So while I was working on the collar of my cardigan, it dawned on me that I wasn’t too keen on zippers. Buttons suit me better (actually I’ve been torn between buttons and zippers since the start of the project). My problem: I had already started the collar (and had worked almost 5 inches worth of the total 10 inches required).
Time for more rip, rip, ripping–yet again! To prevent the loss of any stitches, I threaded a much smaller circular needle through the second row (you might be able to see it in the previous picture). And then the collar was no more. **sniff, sniff**
The above photo might look as if nothing was holding those stitches, but my needle cable was there somewhere. Then I picked up the stitches along the front edges. Using the same 2 x 2 ribbing used throughout the sweater, I worked 7 rows (with buttonholes on one side spaced about every 12-13 stitches apart). With button bands completed, I went back to the collar. This time I made sure to pick up extra stitches along the tops of the button bands. What do y’all think?
Overall, I really do like the change. Not sure yet about what sort of buttons to use. I could cover all of them in knitted fabric (like the one in the pattern book), but maybe I can find something unique when I travel to the city. So for now, my cardigan shall remain buttonless.
And I couldn’t be happier.