Back in October DS#1 wanted a hooded cardigan, just like his little brother. And like a good Mommy, I went and found a pattern, and then we set off to find yarn. DS is the one who selected the color. The yarn is Homespun (third from the top – Candy Apple) by Lion Brand. I appears to be an almost direct substitute for the suggested yarn. I modified the patten somewhat, in that I intended to add a zipper, and didn’t care for the pocket. I also thought the cardigan should be a bit shorter, and I didn’t feel like casting off at the top of the body, only to have to pick up those same stitches for the hood. So… I
put them on a holder in stead. Maybe I should have followed a dear friends example and used a 3 needle bind off for the shoulders, but I didn’t. Now, for those who read carefully, I said I intended to add a zipper. This was before DS told me somewhere around the end of the sleeves (I only had the hood to go at this point) that he wanted buttons. What is a knitter to do? I got buttons, and carefully added crocheted button hole loops to the cardigan. Here are some pictures of the process:
First I put pins where I wanted to add the button hole.
I attached the other side the same way, and wove in the ends. The most secure way I know of doing this is to first go up, then down, like the next two pictures are showing. But I have also used duplicate stitch, and it seems almost as strong.