Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 18 and the Button Baby

Sometimes you have a fun yarn that's very lonely! How far can one ball really get you? We've already had a couple cowls and they're great when you have very little yardage, but let's say you don't want to toss something over the top of your head. You still have options and here's one of them.

Sadly, this yarn has been missing its ball band since before I received it. My guess is it is an acrylic/mohair mix and probably has around 150 yards.

150 yards chunky weight (around 2 sts/in)
Size 15 needles
1 large button
Tapestry needle
Matching thinner yarn for sewing on the button
Depending on the button you may need a second smaller needle as well

Cast on 25
Row 1: Knit into the front and back of first st, K across to last 2 sts, K2tog
Row 2: K across

Repeat this pattern until you have 26 rows.
Complete Row 1.
Substitute row 2 with the buttonhole row as follows: K 11, K2tog, YO, K to end. You will still have 25 sts in the row.

Return to the pattern for another 52 rows. Place a removable marker in the center of the most recently completed row.
Return to pattern for another 26 rows. Bind off.

Altogether you have knit a diagonal garter stitch pattern for 104 rows with a buttonhole and a marker for button placement set equally from the scarf ends. Sew on your button. As you can tell by the picture, a button can mean many things. In my case, I made a piece of i-cord about 9 inches long, tied it in a bow, and sewed through it to make it permanent and used it just as you would use a button by pulling it through the hole.

Wear this scarf by simply wrapping it around your neck and buttoning in the front. Enjoy!

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