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elise
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Posted - 09/12/2013 :  4:25:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit elise's Homepage Send elise a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi

I'm working on the Skinny Rib Cardigan, by Debbie Bliss. I've now to the point where I need to do the button band, and I'm a little confused , as it is not stated whether to pick up stitches or do the band then sew it on . P2,KI,P2 rib, so maybe a vertical buttonhole ?
Thank you for your help in advance, and or suggestions.

Ceil
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Posted - 09/12/2013 :  9:38:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd pick them up, because I hate sewing! But I'd knit a "dress rehearsal" first, so you know how the ribbing will look. CO about 18 sts and k in patt for about fur inches, then BO and pick up sts down one side to rob and find our how the ribbing and that buttonhole work. Do this using the same yarn and needles so you get an accurate read. If you don't like how the ribbing comes out, keep it and try again from the other side.

I'm not sure what you mean by vertical buttonholes: vertical to the ribbing or to the garment? IMHO, you'd want them vertical to the ribbing so that they come out horizontal to the garment. You'll get the best closure that way.

I have to do more R&D on vertical-to-ribbing buttonholes and I can tell you they can be done very neatly. But one end of the hole needs to be near the h halfway point on the band so that the buttons look centered on the band when the garment is worn closed.

HTH,

Ceil
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Ceil
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Posted - 09/12/2013 :  9:46:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I spoke too soon, because I just looked at a photo of the pattern.

There IS a way to knit the button band on when you start at the bottom and work your way up either front. See "Knitting in the Old Way" by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. Again, I would knit a dress rehearsal so that you get the pick-up ratio just right.

Ceil
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elise
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Posted - 09/13/2013 :  04:17:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit elise's Homepage Send elise a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Ceil,

I will try a dress rehearsal (that's so cute) and, do the vertical to the ribbing . I truly am thankful for your help !
Also, I'm going to get the book by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. I looked it up, and , well, can you really ever have too many knitting books ?
Thank you again for your help !
"Elise"
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Ceil
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Posted - 09/13/2013 :  8:40:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I met Priscilla four years ago, and knitted my first sweater without a pattern shortly thereafter, not thinking that this was something I would ever be able to do. I bought this book and devoured it. She's got a lot of good ideas in there. Tome, it's more than just another knitting book. It's a veritable Bible!

Ceil
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