Sometimes the best button isn’t a button….

Since last month I’ve been working on my submission for the  Kelbourne Woolens: Sweet Summer Sweater Contest. 

I started with a sketch, and a swatch, and have been happily knitting away.  It’s always a happy moment when the bit of yarn in your hands starts to become the thing you envisioned. 

It starts like this…


and this….


and before you know it, you have something like this…


This garment will have only ONE seam/ graft  that runs from sleeve to sleeve, across the front.  It will feature a keyhole in the center front….


and the sleeves can drape open (as in the sketch) or close around the forearm with the aid of a “button” (read on).


A modified form of the classic “feather & fan” lace motif with elongated points flows around the main body, making a decorative, yet stretchy fabric that is flattering to most body types…


The edges are finished as-you-knit with special I-cord edge technique (and it even works purlwise)…


AND…..(here’s the button – no button part)  if you opt to have a simple sleeve closure, you are not limited to using buttons only.  I have these amazing beads that I’m going to use. 


They actually are heat sensitive, and react by changing colors.  I mean, really, how awesome are Mood Beads!  They reflect all the colors of my design, and have a beautiful design of their own.  I think they are the perfect jewelry to my sweater.




So here’s how simple it is…..knit a lacy tube from the hip to the armhole, put half on stash yarn.  Cast on a sleeve, knit across the back, and cast on another sleeve.  Work back and forth to the shoulders.  Split the sleeve, cast on again, and work just the other half of the sleeve and one front part-ways.  Repeat for other sleeve/ front combo, then join fronts together to close the keyhole.  Work just another 4 inches, bind off the sleeves; then fold the fronts down to seam/ graft.  Block and weave in ends.  To keep color bands on the sleeves, a simple form of intarsia is worked, and the main upper bodice is Stockinette st.  

I’ll be finished soon, well before the Sept. 30th deadline, and will post pics on Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Julia Fitzsimmons
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 18:46:55

    I love this design! Will keep an eye out for the finished, published pattern.


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