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What Is The BEST/EASIEST Way to Add a Button Band to a Cardigan?

If you’re an expert knitter, I’m all ears!!! 😉

Walk in the Park Cardi

I’ve been knitting for a lot of years and at this point, still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. That’s OK with me though, I have no interest in tackling really complicated projects. I like to relax when I knit and unwind. 🙂 I don’t want it to be stressful. 😦Yes, I like a bit of challenge but not for the whole project.

And when it comes to finishing sweaters, I sometimes struggle with what works best for those important finishing techniques. And they really CAN “make or break” a project, can’t they?

I am now getting to the end of knitting my first: Walk in the Park Cardie (click to read more about the pattern) which is pictured above and it is looking good.

But now comes the part I haven’t been looking forward to: adding the button/buttonhole band.

As you can see from the pattern, it is a very narrow band on this one and it has a color change too. It is suggested in the pattern to: sew it on as you knit. 

I’m wondering what would be the best way to proceed, to make the neatest finish possible?

I have been looking at YouTube videos and blog posts about this subject, a lot of different ideas out there to consider, re: button/buttonhole bands.

If you have experience with knitting a sweater with a band (especially a narrow one like this sweater has) DO let me know what worked best for you.

Thanks if you can help! 😉

Happy Knitting! 

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Thinking About Christmas Gifts to Knit….

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START! 😉

Discover all nine of these patterns for knitting gifts when you download this free eBook.

Get your free copy for all these lovely patterns: here

I just ♥ that white chevron bag and the ruffled wine-colored scarf.

Happy Knitting and Week!

Ribby Slipper Socks, Completed! :-)

easy knit booties 1

easy knit booties 3

I shared the FREE Interweave ebook that included these easy to make slipper-socks/booties, a while back.

Since then, I’ve made two pairs, these blue ones for me and an orange and brown pair for Joe.

What a fun pattern and definitely easy enough for a beginner to follow. And of- so- toasty warm too. 😉

I like the design of these, with the sock-style cuff. They stay up a lot better than some other booties I’ve made in the past.

If you’ve got cold tootsies  and   booties like I do, or are looking for a pattern for someone who does, check this one out.

Children to men’s sizes in this pattern and some other very nice accessories included in this ebook too.

I made mine in Lion Brand Da Vinci yarn (foot) and some “stash” worsted weight yarn( for the cuffs). I only needed one skein of the Da Vinci yarn and I wear size 8 1/2-9 shoes.

As knit booties/slippers have a tendency to stretch, better a bit snug fit to begin with than too loose. 

Let me know if you give them a try! 

Happy Knitting. 🙂

Top 10: Cable Knit Patterns

I ♥ doing knit cables! 🙂

If you’ve never tried them, they are actually a lot easier than they look.

Hope you enjoy this lovely collection of cable knit patterns, courtesy of Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

I think the wreath is my fav. 🙂

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

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Top 5: Spring Shawls – Knit Pattern Links

*** Aren’t these shawls lovely?***

I ♥ shawls and have several knit and crochet ones that I’ve made over the years.

Don’t wear them as often as I would like to though. 😦

Are you a fan of shawls? Have you made any recently?

Happy Crafting and Tuesday! 🙂

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

image1:  Bedford Spring Shawl with Cobweb Frill  (Kathy Zimmerman)

2:  Woodland Spring Shawl  (Chrstina Wall)

3:  Madeira Spring Shawl  (Shannon O’Neil)

4:  Emily Shawl  (Mandy Moore)

5:  Spring Leaf  (Gerrard Allt)

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Knitting: A Lot More Than Just FUN! ;-)

fruit slices socks for post 1

I came across a very interesting article today, at the Tree Hugger site re: the many benefits of knitting.

Not only is it great for stress relief which I did know about, it actually helps in a lot of other ways, to keep us healthy.

**Click to read the post here.**

So, the next time you are trying to justify another trip to your LYS or an online yarn splurge, remember it’s not just fun, it’s so good for your health too.

That’s certainly enough of a reason for me! 😉

Happy Crafting! 

Top 5 Knit Kitchen Decor – Pattern Links

**SOME MORE GREAT PATTERNS SHARED BY FIESTA CAT YARN CO>**

I WANT TO MAKE THAT LEAF WASHCLOTH. HOW COOL IS THAT?

HAPPY KNITTING AND WEEKEND! :<)

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

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1: Out of Its Own League Jar Cozy (Chelsea Barefoot)
2: Rug (Lily / Sugar’n Cream)
3: Leafy Washcloth (Megan Goodacre)
4: Kitchen Towel (Wool-Tyme)
5: Teapot “Cosy” (Alexis Layton)

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