Alcea Buttons

Do you have trouble deciding on buttons for a particular sweater? I do. One day while down in Burlington, I visited a quilting store and they had a great selection of buttons. I saw these buttons that I thought would be perfect for Alcea. Not having the sweater with me, it was just a guess, but I was so sure that I bought 4 cards of them -- that's 12 buttons! (You have to have enough right?)



Well, sure enough, when I got home and put them on the body of my Alcea, they were perfect (in my eyes).



One thing I hadn't thought of.....they had 4 holes to sew them on with -- they didn't have a shank. Usually with the corrugated rib I like a shank button so that it sits up and through the corrugated ribbing, not disturbing the ribbing much.



As these PERFECT buttons didn't have a shank, I recalled something that my Mom once showed me to do -- off to get some toothpicks!



Yes, toothpicks.



I use a strand of Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift in my needle to sew on buttons -- you've marked your button placement already ok? -- so where you want a button up through the rib, through the button hole, down the opposite hole and right through the band. Leave a good tail on your yarn. Before you go any farther, slide a toothpick under the button -- push it through so that the larger end is near the button holes. Leave it there and continue to sew on your buttons.

As these buttons have 4 holes -- I go up and down through each "pair" twice -- now you have both the start and end of your sewing yarn at the back of the rib -- tie a knot! Trim the ends, leaving about 1/2 inch tails. Remove your toothpick.

Continue for all of your buttons.


I placed the buttons on the Alcea band in relation to the centre of the pattern repeats - I learned this from Lorraine -- she did it on her Saga Rose and although sometimes it means that you may have a slightly different spacing for the top button, and the buttons on your rib -- sometimes it works out quite well. Because of the large overall repeats of Alcea, and the neckline placement and the deep bottom rib -- it worked out well and I really like it.

Last trick for your buttons -- on the back -- treat your knots with fraycheck -- you buy it in a fabric store -- it does just what it's called -- it checks fabric from fraying -- so I put a drop of it on the knot -- it hold the yarns from loosening, and secures your button.


So I've finished off the small neckline steeks, and I'm going to do my front button band steeks too -- with a little finishing on the band itself -- then I'm going to cut the armhole steeks, measure how long my sleeves need to be and figure out where to start!


Happy Knitting!

Comments

  1. Hi Anne -- How do you make neat buttonholes in corrugated rib, without floats of yarn getting in the way? Could you do a mini-blog-tutorial like you did for the buttons? (Great idea, by the way; I have flat buttons for Erin so I will use your toothpick method to sew them on!).

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  2. Anne - what a great idea to use the pattern repeats to center the buttons. It's such a pain to calculate the space between them.

    Ricki

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  3. Do you have excellent advice for how not to make your buttons/sweater 'gape'? If you have it already on your blog, where might I find your suggestions? Alcea is awesone!

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  4. Anne- You see, you should always listen to your mother!
    Looks great Anne, and the buttons are perfect. It's getting to be more of a challenge finding the right buttons.

    Are you doing the "Happy Dance"?

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  5. I told you I'd comment next time you posted so......here I am!

    I will have to remember this post next time I knit something with buttons. I know I put them too close to the fabric on my Needful competiton sweater.

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  6. Oh, they are perfect! Thanks for the tip, btw...

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  7. perfect buttons make the sweater :-)

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  8. ALCEA is simply stunning! Love the buttons and thanks for all the tips.

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  9. Your Alcea is absolutely drool worthy! And, my grandmother did that trick. Didn't remember it until you demonstrated - and very thoroughly I might add. Yay You!

    Now, when do I get my Alcea - I do get one, right?

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  10. Dear Anne:

    Alcea is beautiful. Great job of knitting. The buttons are simply perfect. I need buttons for Beadwork, but so seldom do buttons on any thing, preferring clasps, I don't know where to look.

    I haven't been by for a bit, but always thinking of my redheaded friend. (I have a ton of freckles, I hope I am not alone). The red hair is fading and I perk it up with a little rinse. Works for awhile.

    Anne, have you ever looked at Turoe and thought about Jamieson 2 ply for it?

    I love that sweater.
    junie

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  11. Beautiful sweater, Anne! And thanks so much for the tips both on button placement, and the toothpick - whodathunkit?

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