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Ceil Posted - 07/05/2014 : 9:37:20 PM
This is one of those times when I wish a book full of this kind of thing was available. Short of looking through 1,000 magazines:

I have three one-inch-across, round buttons that would look cool on a vest I'm designing with a longer than usual V neck, but I don't want a 2-inch wide placket on each front of the vest to support them and their large buttonholes. I wonder about a "rolled" edge of some kind that won't force both fronts to also curl, but haven't a clue how to plan it. Any ideas out there? I can't finalize the number of stitches to cast on until I figure this out!

Thanks so much!!

(Ravelry: ceilr)
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lacylaine Posted - 09/14/2014 : 6:37:47 PM
Ceil, I wonder how difficult buttoning your "in line" buttonholes would be? I like the idea of the i-cord but I would like it better if the buttons were actually part of the design on one side. I don't know; this one is tough. Best of luck!

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Janettoo Posted - 07/12/2014 : 7:52:04 PM
I second the idea of i-cord. I have used it for front edges on cardigans and vests, and it always gets complements. You can use either a matching yarn or a contrasting color. Or both: an inner cord that contrasts and a second i-cord around it that matches. With matching yarn i-cord makes a very nice subtle edge.

It shouldn't be too hard to find instructions on how to pick up stitches and do an i-cord edge. To make the buttonholes you continue knitting the i-cord but don't attach it to the sweater front for as far as you need an opening for the button. You can also make the i-cord separately and sew it to the sweater, again not attaching it where you want the buttonholes.

On the button side, sew the buttons in place between the cord and the sweater fabric.

To put a break on rolling in a rolled edge, do one purl row.

Crochet around the edge with gaps for buttons is also an option.

Janet in TN
Ceil Posted - 07/06/2014 : 9:59:39 PM
The one thing I haven't yet tried is an "in line" buttonhole that runs in the same direction as the placket. I don't normally use this because the buttonholes can stretch as one moves in the garment.

Now that I've slept on it, ajnother thing I'm considering is sewing each big, round buttons on one placket side with a 1/2-inch button on the WS. I can then make much smaller buttonholes on the other side of the placket for the half-inch buttons to go through. I also considered big snaps under each big button, but that would mean one half of the snap would be visible on the placket. I know I won't like that look.

And yes, I am swatching to be sure. A swatch is in process as I write.

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eldergirl Posted - 07/06/2014 : 8:51:46 PM
Nicky Epstien has written three books on edgings, "Knitting on the Edge" is the first.....and maybe the simplest? Schoolhouse Press website has help with I-Cord edgings of several types, and in the latest Vogue Knitting Mag, there is a stunning vest by Franklin Habit, (on page 50 ) which has interesting edgings.

It sounds to me as if the ICord edging would be good, and if you want it firmer, you could do two edges, giving more width and firmness (find the info on Schoolhouse Press .

Best of luck!


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Shalee Posted - 07/06/2014 : 7:17:58 PM
Different ideas run through my head. There are so many ways you can go. Draw a basic vest then experiment with types of closing and the texture of your stitches. Lots of drawing your ideas. Do you want a heavy or light fabric? Swatches will be your best friend. When I design for myself and friends I make swatches. I also keep the swatches, washed and blocked. You keep the swatches just in case you need the yarn to finish the project or make repairs later on.

Sharon in NW PA
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