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Old 01-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by lewister View Post
I'm working on the Girl Friday cardigan right now. I'm not to the button bands yet (my first time doing them!), but they are picked up and worked in one piece with the collar. And it looks like they're vertical. You BO three stitches going around once, then CO three stitches coming back. It's a reasonably snug sweater on most people and the vertical buttonholes don't seem to be an issue.

Edited to ask:
Since I've never done button bands/buttonholes before, isn't it actually possible to do horizontal buttonholes even if you pick up the button band to work it? I'm assuming you' could just bind off, then join a small ball of yarn between each hole, much like you'd BO and join to work the two sides of a neckline or to make the holes for the legs of a dog sweater. Granted, I also assume this would be a pain in the butt with all those little balls of yarn, but it would only be for a few rows. Is my logic correct?
That's a cute cardi. I might try it since the pattern was written with a size big enough for moi even. I need extra room up front in my sweaters but the pattern might allow for enough ease that I could skip short rows for once in my life. Have you seen Amy's Knitting one-row button holes video? It really is easy to follow if you've not done buttonholes like this before. Last night when I tried it I decided I want to use them.

I've done the eyelet style (yo, k2tog) buttonholes before and can use them. I think trying to do the horizontal ones knitting the bands as I plan to do would make for too many loose ends. I'm not knitting the bands then seaming them on to avoid seaming and as many loose ends as possible. The ideas here are interesting and might be useful in another project, another time. I love that new ideas come out in these threads and help me think about things in a different way.

I'm considering how to do the pockets. I'm working bottom up, no side seams, and think I'll do the kangaroo style pockets; I have to decide before I finish the 3x1 ribbing for the bottom (it didn't curl on my swatch, will it when it's actually a sweater bottom?) because I'll do the slip stitch double knitting thing to make the pockets as I go up. I'm also wanting to incorporate a little bit of something other than stockinette in the front and I'm thinking a few sets of simple slip stitch might be what I'll do.
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