Buttons. They call to us as much as pretty skeins of yarn. We can’t resist their siren song, we stash them…and then can’t figure out what to use them for. Button Street was born of a need to use a set of beautiful buttons that wanted to come out to play. Set on a canvas of stockinette stitch in a hand dyed semi-solid yarn, the buttons take center stage while the fitted silhouette skims the lines of the body to flatter the figure.
Button Street is worked from the shoulders down with set-in sleeves that are created simultaneously with the upper bodice in a technique originally described by Barbara Walker. Only a few stitches are picked up at the top of the sleeve cap, and carefully placed increases shape the sleeves and bodice. A photo tutorial is included with the pattern to help you along.
Once the underarm is reached, the sleeve stitches are placed onto waste yarn, and the construction proceeds as with all other types of top-down sweaters. Shaping to the waist and hips is accomplished along “Princess” lines to allow for maximum flexibility in modifying to suit your particular shape and fit preferences.
Instructions are included for both a hip-length (pocket-less) version, and a pocketed, tunic length that’s great to wear with leggings. While most of the garment is seamless, the inside portion (in a contrasting colorway) of the pockets is sewn to the inside of the cardigan.
$7.00 per pattern
29(32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50)” finished bust
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
800 – 2000 yards (732 – 1829 m)