The last sweater I made for Sophie met a rather unfortunate end. I think she tied it around her waist while she was riding her bike late this past fall and the wheel must have rubbed against the knit, making quite a large hole and my darning skills weren’t up to the task of that level of repair.
I had made and nearly finished a simple cardigan for her back in October, but I was short the yarn for pockets, and I wasn’t loving how stiff it felt. So I did what any frugal mama would do when the knit you just finished isn’t up to standard. I frogged it. Yes, the whole thing. And then I cast on again.
Would you believe that the same amount of yarn that couldn’t make a sleeveless cardigan was more than enough to make this sleeved button up? I didn’t think it was possible, but it was. This yarn seems to have been made just for this pattern, because it’s soft and warm and not too bulky. I used the Waltyn sweater pattern from TheVelvetAcorn. It was a perfect easy knit, and I love collar detail.
And then, of course, I met my nemesis – Buttons. Not just a couple. But ten of them! I needed 10 buttons to finish her sweater! I truly searched for just the right buttons. But my budget wasn’t going to allow for the amazing ones I found (at $4 a piece!). I’ll admit I considered just letting her continue wearing her button up without buttons, but she didn’t like the way it fell from her shoulders and just wouldn’t stay put. So a trip to the art supply shop for some polymer clay was in order. A quiet afternoon later, I was able to craft buttons that were fitting for this sweater and the girl who still loves pink above all other colors.