I’ve been cranking away at the sweater I’m making for my husband, and I’m making good progress!
The shoulders are done and I love the seed stitch and reverse stockinette, though they look a little narrow, but they should stretch out with wear/blocking. I have to trust the pattern- Ann Budd hasn’t let me down before. And, I’m almost to the bottom of the hem! Just an inch or two more, and it’s on to the sleeves.
I’m really pleased with how the yoke and neckline have turned out. I really wanted to make a Henley sweater for my husband. I think Henley are very flattering, and fall nicely in-between a fancy-pants cardigan and comfy-casual pullover. Also, we all know how much I like buttons.
So, I started the sweater following Ann Budd’s instructions for a cardigan leaving off 2 stitches from the mid-line on each side to accommodate the extra width of the button band. I joined up the underarms and worked back and forth for a few inches. Then, I began to work the sweater in the round, casting on 4 stitches at the center to get the full stitch count.
I kind of improvised the button band (do you know how lovely and relaxing this sweater has been? I haven’t had to take one note the whole time! And I only have to knit it in a single size! Delightful!). I picked up and knit stitches on either side for the button bands, working a 2×2 rib, and making “k2tog, yo, yo, k2tog” button holes on the left side (I had to check with my husband’s shirts- I can never remember which side buttons go on!). After binding off each side, I picked up and knit the neckband, which went from the edge of one button band to the other. I worked the neck in a 2×2 rib, too (except the ends, where I knit 3. That’s a trick I picked up from an old knitting book to compensate for the curling that inevitably happens at the edge of your knitting) and worked a final button hole in line with the others I worked on the left side.
Then, I sewed the bottom ends of the button bands into place, overlapping them and trying to make them as flush with the body of the sweater as possible.
I’m very pleased with how it’s turning out! Now I just have to make the rest of the body, the sleeves, and pick out the buttons. Almost done… right?
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