Introducing Cosette

June 8, 2015 by Jennifer Wood

 

Cosette by Jennifer Wood

Cosette is a sweet, lovely cardigan as fresh as spring. I named it Cosette because I was listening to Les Miserables while knitting it.

Cosette by Jennifer Wood

 

It describes Cosette blooming into a beautiful young woman like the blooming flowers in the garden. The cables transitioning into lace in the stitch pattern is like flowers blooming from the cables.

Cosette by Jennifer Wood

 

This cardigan is constructed from the top down in one piece with saddle shoulders and set-in sleeves. The shoulders are shaped by short rows.

Cosette by Jennifer Wood

There is no body shaping past the armholes; the lace panels add some natural shaping. The length of the body and sleeves are easily adjusted. There is a tutorial for the Hemmed Button Band here.

Cosette by Jennifer Wood

I used Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply for the sample. This was my first time to use this yarn and I love it! It is soft, has great stitch definition and the colors are wonderful!

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Here is Liana!

May 4, 2015 by Jennifer Wood

Liana by Jennifer Wood

Liana means to climb like a vine, the twisted stitches in this cardigan are like a vine twisting around the eyelet flowers. It is a pretty, graceful name for a pretty, graceful cardigan. Liana is a lacy cropped cardigan perfect for wearing over your spring dresses or a tank and pants.

This is not a quick knit but the result of a beautiful cardigan is so worth it!

Liana by Jennifer Wood

 

This cardigan is constructed from the top down in one piece with raglan increases to shape the bodice. To create a flattering fit, there are short rows to shape the back neckline higher than the front.

Liana by Jennifer Wood

The length of the body and sleeves can be easily adjusted. The buttonhole and button bands are worked as part of the body of the cardigan. The buttonholes are the yarnovers in the buttonhole band so you may use as many buttons as you desire. I placed a button for every 2 inches.

Liana by Jennifer Wood

Be sure to swatch and block the lace pattern. This is a stitch pattern that can tend to grow especially with non-wool yarn. Be sure to check all measurements on the schematic as this pattern is a bit tricky to modify once begun aside from the sleeve and body lengths.

Here is a link to tutorials for the finishing of the Button Bands:

http://www.woodhouseknits.com/tutorials/

Liana by Jennifer Wood

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The Beauty of a Hemmed Button Band Tutorial 1

April 18, 2015 by Jennifer Wood

On many of my cardigans I use a hemmed button band. I started doing these because I felt that the two layers were a sturdier fabric to sew buttons onto. But there are other benefits of a hemmed button band. They can be worked with the sweater, less finishing, you do not have to pick up stitches after you finish the sweater to work the button band. While working you can change skeins on the button band end of the cardigan then you do not have weave in those ends. You can use them to seam the button band or just tuck them in between the layers. Then when you are sewing on the buttons, those ends do not have to be woven in, they can be tucked in between the layers. Thus the beauty of a hemmed button band!

As mentioned above you can use your loose ends to sew the button band. When I have done this I start the seam where the loose ends are and work out from there going one direction with one and the opposite direction with the other. Of course you can cut a strand of yarn that is a little bit longer than the length of the button band and use it to sew the button band.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First you I the button band along the twisted stitch (the first twisted stitch on the WS) that is in the middle of the purl stitches. You can see the the column of knit stitches (these are the purl stitches that are worked at the beginning of the button band on the RS). Next to that column is the second twisted stitch (on the WS). Then you have the knit stitches (these are the first set of purl stitches in the button band from the RS).

Next as shown in the picture I thread the tapestry needle through the outside leg of the first knit stitch then through the last stitch in the button band. You repeat this over the button band. How often I do a stitch depends on the weight of the yarn. If it is fingering weight I usually stitch every third knit stitch, if it is a worsted weight I usually stitch every other knit stitch.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

When I get to the end I knot the yarn by making a stitch and threading the tapestry needle through the loop before the stitch is pulled tight. I usually do this a couple of times.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Then I thread the needle in between the layers for about an inch and pull the yarn through the layers.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Then you pull the yarn slightly and cut the end. Easy as pie and no weaving in loose ends!!

Now for sewing on the buttons!

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The Beauty of a Hemmed Button Band Tutorial 2

April 18, 2015 by Jennifer Wood

Sewing on the buttons.

On many of my cardigans I use a hemmed button band. I started doing these because I felt that the two layers were a sturdier fabric to sew buttons onto. There are other benefits of a hemmed buttoned band that are listed in the first tutorial. In this tutorial we will stitck to those that refer to the sewing on of buttons. When sewing on the buttons, the ends do not have to be woven in, they can be tucked in between the layers. Thus the beauty of a hemmed button band!

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

This is what you need: buttons, ruler, tapestry needle, yarn and scissors (I forgot to put them in the picture)

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Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First I lay the cardigan out and place the buttons on top of the button holes to decide how I will place the buttons. The picture on the left has the buttons placed every third button hole, the picture on the right every other button hole. I like the one on the right best. A side note on the left one, using every third button hole did not come out even on my cardigan so I put the last 2 buttons closer. I will often do this when that happens, I like the way it looks with 2 buttons for the bottom band.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Then I measure the distance between the center of two buttons. For this cardigan it was 1.75 inches.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

 

Thread a button with a strand of yarn. Then for the first button I stick the tapestry needle through the first button hole to the WS on the cardigan. This gets the first button in the right place so the button hole band and button band line up nicely at the top.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

     Then “unbutton it”

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Next I unthread the needle and rethread it to the end of the yarn on the RS of the button and thread this end, into a close but different spot then the first one, to the WS side of the cardigan.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I have both ends on the WS side of the cardigan. I tie the ends into a knot twice.

 

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I cut the long end of the yarn off and thread both ends through the needle.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I thread the needle in between the layers for about an inch and pull the yarn through the layers and cut them.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

For all the rest of the buttons I measure for placement rather then using the button hole band for placement. I have found that the button hole band will tend to move on me and I do not get the buttons event spaced if I use it for button placement. Not the best look! So I use the ruler and stick the rethreaded needle close to the center of the button band at the appropriate distance. Then I repeat the above to sew the button on.

Wood House Knits Button Band Tutorial

Then look all the buttons sewed on and you can’t see a single loose end. Oh, the beauty of a hemmed button band!

 

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