Luxury Large Button Wrapcomments (9) April 7th, 2008
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.
Cast on 72 stitches.
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,
Wrap designed by: Dee West,
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