I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I gave you an update on the sweater I’m working on for my husband. Oof- actually it’s been almost a month. (Sorry, husband! Hopefully I’ll have it finished by August at this rate!)
Anyway, this time, I knit up the button band (or rather, the zipper band). Instead of using the pattern, I used my own standard button band (mostly because I lost my paper copy of the pattern).
My button bands actually start when I’m knitting up the sweater body. I always slip the first stitch of each row. This creates a nice, neat edge that makes it easy to pick up stitches evenly all the way around. And I’ve found that picking up one stitch for every two rows makes a button band with just the right tension. This way, you don’t even have to count, except for making sure you have an even number of stitches to make your ribbing come out right.
I worked the button band on this sweater for about an inch, in a 2×2 rib. This is a little narrower than my usual button bands, but that’s because I’ll be using a zipper, not buttons. If you use buttons, the button bands will overlap, so you’ll need a wider band. If you use a zipper, the bands don’t overlap, so you need a narrower one.
Next up-I’ll start working on the sleeves!