Luxury Large Button Wrap

comments (9) April 7th, 2008     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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You can make this luxury large button wrap in just one weekend.
Designers like Michael Kors feature the great big button embellishment all over their 2008 collections.
Even shoe designers like Type Z are adding a bit of designer button dash.
I hit paydirt at my local yarn store: Lauras Yarntastic.
Fashion a buttonhole that fits your button size.
You can make this luxury large button wrap in just one weekend.

You can make this luxury large button wrap in just one weekend.

Photo: Tina Hilton

Luxury Large Button Wrap

Button, button, who’s got the button? Big buttons are everywhere this season. Top designers are using big buttons as a focal point. Michael Kors' spring ’08 collection incorporates large buttons to punch up a basic black suit. Even fashion edge footwear designers like Type Z have capitalized on this trend by adorning a style of low heeled boots with a big, bold button.

Take a cue from the trendsetters and whip up this designer wrap in a luxury fiber like angora, llama, baby camel or alpaca. There is an explosion of jaw-dropping buttons to choose from to put an exclamation point on this simple-to-knit wrap. Hit your local yarn store as I did (Laura's Yarntastic) or surf the Web to really boggle your mind with the outstanding button selection available. Knit it this weekend, and Monday morning your friends will think you got a raise!

Heavy worsted wool will offer the best weight to make a light but warm wrap. Pleasure by Berroco (66% angora/29% merino/5% nylon) was used for the wrap. This yarn is like butter and I was sad to learn it had been discontinued. Priced at around $12 per 50 g/130 yard skein, it was a pretty good value for a yarn that was a dream to knit with. Check with your local yarn stores or go on line to find some before it is history. Alternatively, I found a couple of great substitutes including Classic Elite Montera (50% llama/50% wool) and Cascade Pastaza (50% llama/50% wool), both in a variety of delicious colors.

What You'll Need:

Yarn: 500 yards
Button: Make it big (2-3 inches) & make it bold
Needles: # 10.5 circular
Extras: Large tapestry/yarn needle to weave in the edges and sew on the button
Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows on a 4-inch swatch. Unlike a sweater where it is crucial to have accurate gauge to ensure proper fit, a wrap is more forgiving to size anomalies. If you are using a yarn that is well outside the parameters of the featured yarns, I would strongly recommend you swatch to avoid size disappointment.
Size: One size fits all but feel free to make it wider or longer to suit your own specifications. Just remember to recalibrate the position of your buttonhole if you make it longer.

Instructions
Cast on 72 stitches.
Pattern Rows:
Row 1: Knit 3, purl 1, and continue pattern across row.
Row 2: Knit 1, purl3, and continue pattern across row.

Repeat these two rows until piece measures 44 inches.

Make buttonhole - Right side: (Knit 3, purl 1) twice, bind off next 8 stitches, continue in pattern across row. Wrong side: Work in pattern until bound off stitches are reached and cast on 8 stitches, and continue in pattern until end of row.

Repeat two pattern rows until desired length (ours is 52 inches).
Bind off all stitches.

Position the button along the same side of the wrap as the button hole and sew in place. To determine the location of the button, position the wrap around your shoulders to determine how loose or tight you would like it to fit.

Now that you see how easy it is, find a wonderful yarn in your favorite color, scope out a killer button and get to knitting!

Knit well and often,

Tina


Wrap designed by: Dee West,

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Comments (9)

mystic writes: to stargazer1975 - lots of crochet patterns out there on many websites. Also books and downloads for converting knit patterns to crochet just google it. Love this pattern and have started it tonight. Beautiful, beautiful.
Posted: 2:03 am on February 10th
Stargazer1975 writes: Love the look of the 3-button wrap as seen on line at Nieman Marcus. All I can find so far are knit patterns. Does anyone have a crochet pattern for a wrap. I don't knit only crochet. The one pictured above is darling. Thanks
Posted: 9:22 am on February 4th
sheilac writes: I just printed this one, now I'm off to get the yarn!
Can't wait to get started.
Thanks
Posted: 4:16 pm on June 22nd
gracielynn writes: Love the wrap ! your choice of color is just right.
can't wait to try it .
keep writing & knitting :_)
Gracielynn
Posted: 10:01 am on June 5th
rodezzy writes: Thanks for such a beautiful knitted poncho pattern. I will try it, I have some new yarn coming and it just might work. I love the one button idea. Great!
Posted: 1:10 pm on May 1st
Laurel_Tuohy writes: Love this! I want to make one and wear it over a light jacket like a scarf. Great choice of color too, Tina!
Posted: 12:03 pm on April 22nd
bonnindesigns writes: I bookmarked this project! I made a similar one in a stockinette stitch and this takes it another step further. Love it!
Posted: 11:07 am on April 16th
crafty_gal writes: Thanks for the great project and yarn resources. I'm putting this project on my "to do" list!
Posted: 4:45 pm on April 11th
SMVG writes: I LOVE this blog! Reading Tina's articles and tips is like talking to your next door neighbor about knitting. Keep it coming. I can't wait for the next article.

SMVG
Posted: 10:39 am on April 9th
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