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No More Flabby Button Bands!    
   

I recently made a simple stockinette hooded cardigan out of worsted weight cotton.

I made 3 attempts at conventional "pick-up-and-knit" style button bands - each time I picked up around 400 (!) stitches around the fronts and hood. It is a LONG sweater.

No matter what I did, the fronts rolled inwards in a most flabby way.

THEN, I remembered seeing a VERTICAL button band somewhere, so I tried making up a version of it.

I cast on 10 sts and worked:

RS: K2, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K2

WS: slip first stitch purlwise (with yarn in front), P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1, slip last stitch purlwise (with yarn in front)

I worked the buttonholes in the middle two stitches.

Then I mattress stitched it on.

This has now become my favorite button band and is landing on all my projects.

 

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