I really designed this to be my idea of the perfect warm-weather-grab
for those long, uncertain days. You may never know when you will
encounter an over-cooled office, a breezy picnic or a late night
outdoor cafe. Many of us live where summers are just plain hot
and often humid. Rarely is there need for something to protect
us from chills. But when you do need that “little something” to
toss on, it is a joy to have it at easy reach. Amiga weighs next
to nothing. It scrunches up to fit into a very little space.
It will always be at the ready.
To make my life easier and to ensure buttons that would not
weigh down or pull the drapey Cotton
Flamme fabric… I made my own! I am also
quite happy with the way the buttons just blend in creating
a hint of interest.
I’ve been making Dorset Buttons for
years. How many times have you had a cardi sit for weeks...months...years
while hunting down the PERfect buttons. By
using the same yarn as your project or complimenting yarn from
your stash, you always have designer buttons at your fingertips.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
US #8/5mm circular needle, 32 inches or longer
1 set US #8/5 mm double-point needles
4 stitch markers
2 safety pins or split ring markers
2 plastic curtain rings OR 2 lightweight buttons, 0.5 inch diameter
17 sts/ 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette st after gentle blocking
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
yo2: Yarn over twice (wrap yarn twice around right needle, from
front to back).
Instructions for the Backward Loop Cast
On can be found here.
Directions for Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy
Bind Off can be found here.
Using circular needle, CO 34[38, 44,
46, 52, 56, 64] sts.
Set-up Row [WS]: P2, place marker, p4[4,
6, 6, 8, 8, 10], place marker, p22[26,
28, 30, 32, 36, 40], place marker, p4[4, 6, 6, 8, 8, 10],
place marker, p2.
Raglan Increase Row [RS]: [K to 1 st before marker, kfb, slip
marker, kfb] four times, k to end. 8 sts increased.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 21[23, 25, 28, 30,
32, 34] times more. 210[230, 252, 278, 300, 320, 344] sts: 24[26,
28, 31, 33, 35, 37] sts for each front, 48[52, 58, 64, 70, 74,
80] sts for each sleeve, 66[74, 80, 88, 94, 102, 110] sts for
LOWER BODY Dividing Row [RS]: *K to marker, remove marker, place
next 48[52, 58, 64, 70, 74, 80] sts (all sts to next marker)
on waste yarn for sleeve, CO 2[2, 4, 6, 8, 8, 10] sts using backward
loop method; repeat from * once, k to end. 118[130, 144, 162,
176, 188, 204] sts.
in stockinette st until work measures 10[10, 10, 10, 9.5, 9.5,
9] inches from underarm or desired length, ending with a WS
BO all sts.
held sts of one sleeve on double-point
needles. Beginning at center of underarm edge with RS facing,
pick up and k 1[1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5] sts to beginning of held sts,
k held sts, pick up and k 1[1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5] sts to center of
underarm edge. 50[54, 62, 70, 78, 82, 90] sts.
XS, S, M Only:
Work in stockinette st until sleeve measures
10.5 inches from underarm or desired length.
Repeat these -[-, -, 17, 9, 10, 6] rounds
-[-, -, 2, 6, 5, 9] times more. -[-, -, 64, 64, 70, 70] sts.
Continue in stockinette st until sleeve
measures 11 inches from underarm or desired
Loosely BO all sts.
COLLAR / FRONT BANDS
Try on sweater to determine best placement
for two buttons. Mark buttonhole placement on right front edge
using safety pins or split ring markers. Recommended placement
is at bust if you are small-busted, or slightly below bust if
you are large-busted. Centers of buttons on sweater shown are
placed approx. 2 inches apart.
With RS facing, using circular needle and beginning at lower
right front corner, pick up and k 3 sts for every 4 rows along
right front edge, placing stitch marker on needle at each button
location; pick up and k 1 st in every st along CO neck edge,
and 3 sts for every 4 rows along left front edge, ending at lower
left front corner.
Beginning and ending with WS row, work 15[17, 19, 19, 21, 25,
29] rows in stockinette st. Buttonhole Row [RS]: [K to 2 sts before
marker, k2tog, remove marker, yo2, k2tog] twice, k to end.
P 1 row, working [p1 tbl, p1] into each
Continue in stockinette st until band
measures 4.5[5, 5.25, 5.25, 5.75, 6.5, 7] inches.
Loosely BO all sts. If you have trouble
binding off loosely, try Jeny's Surprisingly
Stretchy Bind Off (see Pattern Notes).
Weave in ends and gently block to measurements shown.
Make 2 Dorset buttons using instructions below, and sew to left front edge