As the weather turns chilly (oh about 65 here in SoCal) I am starting to pull out my sweaters and my knitting books and I let my creative juices flow!
So if you know a bit of knit and crochet you can make this fun little project I came up with while flipping through one of my favorite knitting books:
Cool Vintage Patterns for Men, Women, and Children from the 1900s through the 1970s
By Kari Cornell and Jean Lampe
Everything old is new again in this collection of fun, hip knitting patterns dating from the early 1900s through the 1970s. Within the pages of this book you'll find everything from the pattern for those classic embroidered mittens your grandmother knitted to the alluring mohair sweater your mother stitched during her college days.
Retro Knits collects 50 vintage patterns for items as stylish today as they were in their time. Organized by decade, these patterns have been culled from vintage pattern books published by yarn makers, and feature old photos, pattern book covers, and original instructions.
The patterns--for hats, mittens, socks, scarves, sweaters, vests, and shawls, all picked to exemplify the era of origin--also offer modern yarn and needle suggestions, new schematics, and updated sizing.
So in addition to all the great patterns, there are also wonderful photos interspersed within the pages, which is where I got my inspiration:
This is the photo from the opening page of the 1930s section. It's not one of the patterns but it does have this neat double button closure. I have this sweater that was in need of just such a device.
I went to the stash and found a yarn that went with my sweater in size, sheen and color. In this case it is Patons Brilliant in Natural Glow
I also rustle up 2 small shank buttons, in this case about 3/8 inch in diameter.
Since the sweater has a very open stitch I can poke the buttons through very easily. You will want to test this feature on your sweater.
To cover the buttons I:
Chain 3 and slip stitch to join
Single crochet about 12 stitches into the center of the ring and join.
Then I did a whip stitch through only the back loop around the circumference of the crochet disk and pulled to gather the crochet disk over the button.
I then knotted the ends together to secure.
To make the center connector I simply knitted a 4 stitch I-cord for about 2 inches. This will depend on how long you need your connector.
I simply used the tails to stitch each button to the ends of the i-cord.
Easy, hu? So if you have a sweater that's in need of a closure just pick buttons slightly smaller than the openings you can create in the knit stitches (or make little i-cord loops on each side!) and crochet enough of a disk to cover the button. Then knit enough i-cord to connect the sides. That's really all there is to it.