I don’t know about you, but when I find a project (especially a knitting project) that I fall in love with I start dreaming up what I’m going to wear with it, what materials I’m going to use, and all the other things that go into the project. Well the Grace from Jane Richmond was one of those projects. From the moment I saw it in Jane’s Island book I knew I needed to make one, and not just make one but use top quality materials for it.

So first I went on the quest for yarn and as you saw in earlier posts I had found the madelintosh tosh sock in charcoal at a lys I like to frequent. But by the time I found the perfect yarn and finished up my current WIP’s it was spring time so I decided to wait and knit it in the luvinthemommyhood summer kal because what would be better than knitting up the cardigan of your dreams with the perfect yarn in a wonderful group of encouraging and friendly knitters. While waiting for the kal to begin I ended up finding the perfect buttons from AddVintage, which made everything seem so perfect or so I thought.

So with all of that hype I mean I was wanting/expecting it to come out perfect, but much to my dismay the cardigan wouldn’t stay buttoned. I was very disappointed so then I started looking into reinforced button bands which require a whole bunch of sewing mainly by hand, so I discussed it with my mom and she came up with this idea that I will show you below. It worked and it was a lot faster than sewing it, now I still have some kinks I need to work out, like making sure the ribbon is perfectly line up behind the button hole so the hole in the ribbon can be perfectly centered and making sure that both sides of the cardigan are even. But here is what I did, it was my first time and I don’t swear by it, but I will probably do it again and figured I would share so you all could decide on your own what method to use.


So I got some heat and bond and and hem tape that were the same size as each other and the button band.

I measured out the heat and bond and the hem tape to be the exact same size as the button band.

I measured out the heat and bond and the hem tape to be the exact same size as the button band.

Then I pinned the buttons bands together evenly with the wrong sides facing away from each other.

Then I pinned the buttons bands together evenly with the wrong sides facing away from each other.


Then I followed the directions of the heat and bond using my iron and after I had the one side of the adhesive adhered to the button band I put the ribbon down and bonded it to the cardigan. After both sides were completed I took an exacto knife and made holes through the ribbon so the buttons could go through and resewed the buttons onto the cardigan.

The wrong side of the cardigans button band, the side with buttons sewn in.

The wrong side of the cardigans button band, the side with buttons sewn in.

The side with the button hole cut it.

The side with the button hole cut it.

So here is my Grace.

IMG_4654 IMG_4656 IMG_4653

I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

Well I love my grace now, and it fits perfectly. The madelintosh was a dream to work with, that was the first time I had ever worked with it and it is definitely is not going to be my last considering I have some in my stash waiting to be used. You can see my project page on ravelry here.

*I just thought about this while responding to Michelle comment. When it comes to ironing the heat and bond and also when it comes to adding the hem ribbon to the button band. Sit the iron down, let it set for a few seconds, pick the iron up and move on to the next piece. DON’T push the iron or it will cause it to stretch out and the band will be longer and you may have two different size button bands.


Thinking outside of the box

So if you haven’t noticed all of the projects I make are basically neutrals or blue. The for the love of pink welted cowl being an exception to the rule, because I mean it’s coral and salmon and bright and oh so cheerful. The only reason I made it was because I saw other peoples bright cheerful welted cowls and wanted one of my own. More and more recently I have been noticing other peoples  bright and colorful finished objects and well mine are for the most part neutral or at least jewel tones. I think the reason I make neutrals is because I know they will go with everything, they are timeless, and well safe. I even went to Knitting Temptations yarn store in Dublin, OH and Knitters Mercantile in Columbus OH and I  purchased some new luscious yarn, but guess what they are all blue and two of them are so dark I would consider them neutrals.


Madelinetosh vintage, colorway Cousteau and Malabrigo baby silkpaca colorway Teal Feather, and Paris Night.

I feel the need to step out of my box, but I am afraid. Whenever I see projects I love in bright vibrant colors I get kind of jealous, but I rarely take the leap at making one myself. I guess my biggest qualm is that I don’t want to spend that much money and time on something that I will get to wear every once and awhile. I always walk into the yarn store and look at all of the beautiful bright colors and then I always gravitate to the safe colors that I know I will wear.

Well though I bought safe yarn I can’t wait to start working with those three new skeins, and they all already have planned projects, but I will save those for a later post.  I love malabrigo yarn and I can’t wait to try this silkpaca yarn from them, I have only used their worsted, rasta, and sock yarn in the past. And well madelintosh is quickly moving up the list to my top favorite yarns, it is up there with Cascade, Brown sheep, Malabrigo and Manos now.

Are you afraid to step out of your color comfort zone? Or do you jump right into whatever color you are feeling that day? Are there certain brands of yarn you stick to? I would love to hear from you!