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Button, button…who’s got the buttons?

My Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan, that I blogged about in the 2 posts below this one,  is coming along just great!

I have now completed both sleeves and the second one, working the pattern section was almost easy. 😉

I’ve just started the body of the sweater, that is worked in one piece, on circular needles. I’m not crazy about working on circulars at any time but I did come up with a couple of tips that are helping to move things along faster than usual:

* I dipped the circulars in very warm water to soften up the cables and help to straighten them quite a bit. The needles I’m using are plastic so no worries about getting them wet.

* Stitches tend to tighten up (go figure, and not just with me!) when working on circulars. I realised I had a habit of  working close to the points when knitting a stitch (at times) not pushing the stitch down to the widest part of the needle, making the loop a bit bigger before completing the stitch. This little change has made a big difference in the progress I’m making.

I’ve also been looking for buttons to finish this sweater and I thought it would be an easy thing to do. But I haven’t had any luck so far.

The cardigans I’ve seen made with this pattern  have had one of the contrast colors for the button color, so I was thinking the avocado or spring green I’m using would be nice. The buttons are 1″ and I need 6 at least, I usually like to get a couple of extras, just in case.

 I tried Etsy, some online button companies, Ebay, local (forget it!)….nothing. The only avocado greens I find are in that ugly shade they used to have for kitchen appliances. Definitely NOT what I want.

Here’s the photo again, showing the contrast colors, including the greens:


If you have any suggestions for a good place to find buttons online. Or if you have any in your own stash you’d like to sell or pass along; do share in a comment here.


I’m also working on my novel this morning (passed 56,000 words as of yesterday) and it’s going so well. Almost finished the first draft, ready to print out and start editing.

 I plan to work on my cardigan today too. I’ll need those buttons, real soon! 😉

 I’m on a knitting binge these days. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it and how relaxing it is too. A great way of chilling out!

I’m working on this cardigan, a large “patchwork” knit throw and a knitted cable headband right now.

Happy Weekend and Week. 🙂

Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardigan Update


Taaaa daaaa……. 

I am so happy that I finally got this sweater started. 🙂

The photo above is of the first sleeve (completed but not blocked). I struggled with the pattern for a couple of reasons but with a little bit of help along the way from some bloggers, knitting videos and books on the subject of Fair Isle, I finally figured it out. So far at least LOL.

For anyone who is making this pattern from the Stitch and Bitch Nation book, here’s a few tips you might also find helpful:

-The sleeve instructions do not mention that there is 1 stitch at each end of row, that is not included in the chart. So when you start the chart, keep that in mind and just knit or purl the first and last stitch and then work the chart rows in between.

-The chart rows have the numbers all on one end but the rows go back and forth on the chart. I always thought that charts were to be read from the number and then forward but that’s not the case, at least with this pattern.

-Finally, when holding the yarns (I knit English/American style with yarn in my right hand only) keep the dominant color that is currently in use, under the other yarn. For example, if as in my case you have a pink main color and are working the green pattern you would start the green design with the green yarn below the pink one.

Floats (the strands of contrast color yarn in between patterns) I am still working on to get them a bit neater. But not too bad for a first try.

I am really happy with how this pattern looks so far. It needs to be blocked to make the patterns really POP (or so I’ve been reading) but the colors seem to go together so well. So much nicer in reality too.

This yarn is working out great. You can read more about it in the post below this one.

I need to pick out some nice buttons for this cardigan too. The pattern and ones I’ve seen online show contrast buttons. I don’t know yet what I’ll use but hope to find some vintage or reuseable buttons to give it a nice finished look.

I’m off to knit sleeve two. Yippee!!! 🙂

Have a wonderful week. And happy knitting (if you are too). 😉

PS: If anyone reads this that is making this sweater and wants to ask a question about it, leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it here. I think I’ve worked out all the kinks now!!!

Finally…. Fairly Easy Fair Isle!

Back in 2010 I wrote this post re: the Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan from Stitch and Bitch Nation, that I wanted to make.

Well, I finally am!

This is a cardigan that has been very popular around the knitting blogs for a long time and a pattern that is apparently a good way to start working with Fair Isle designs. This is my first attempt at any project like this and I admit, I’m a bit overwhelmed at this point, at the thought of actually getting it done.

But, I’ve tackled other patterns in the past that I thought would be challenging and I managed to work my way through to the end, most times.

And what a great feeling it is to ace a pattern that IS a challenge! 🙂

I am going to need some help with reading/working the colorworks charts for the yoke and sleeves of this cardigan. The knitting and construction itself, no problem. If anyone is reading this who did make this cardigan, I’d really appreciate any pointers and tips you could send my way. I am an absolute Fair Isle novice but not for long!!!

Here’s a photo of one of these cardigans in darker colors:

I went with spring colors for myself and in a yarn from synthetic fibers. I’m using Lion Brand Jiffy and I’m actually very happy with the quality of this yarn. I am trying to transition away from using wool and silk yarns these days. The cruelty aspect of production of these types of natural fibers, has really turned me off from wanting to use them. I love wool but I don’t love how many sheeps are treated to produce this product.

I choose these colors, what do you think? Made me think of spring! 😉        


Main Color: Jiffy Dusty Pink

The photo makes the color look a bit brighter than it is.

It’s actually a very pretty dusty rose color.

Main and contrast colors for Fair Isle design

I’m starting with the sleeves as they are worked on straight needles. I need to get another long circular needle to work the body of the sweater. And speaking of the circulars, I’ve gone over this pattern 3 times and I can’t see where the shorter circular needle is actually required? I’m not going to buy that one for now.

If anyone knows of a good site to view Fair Isle tutorials and how to read a chart, do let me know, thank you!  I need all the help I can get.

Wish me luck! 🙂