When I was in elementary school I would start every school year with a new sweater that my grandmother crochet for me. Each year it would be a different color that she chose and I would wear it, literally, to death. But something that I remembered about all of these sweaters, were the buttons. They were covered. And I remember them looking similar to a wagon wheel motif.
So I finished my Owls sweater by Kate Davies this past week, I knew that I would use buttons for the Owls’ eyes so I wanted something on the button band that would not detract from their eyes. I wanted something understated. So I wondered how my grandmother made those covered buttons? The Internet must have something! I couldn’t find what I was looking for even though I did find crochet button covers but that was wasn’t what I wanted. I did find this post from Kathleen Cubley’s Knitting Daily's blog about weaving yarn around a button.
Which gave me an idea … while I was looking for 3 very understated brown buttons, I found flat buttons in my button jar that are probably used for reinforcing coat buttons. And from here it gave me the idea of Ms. Cubley’s posting and “felting.” So I gave my theory a try because, honestly what was the worst that could happen? I would just have to use the 3 existing brown buttons that I chose for my backup plan.
So I took the flat button and wrapped the Cascade Eco yarn that I used in the sweater and wrapped it several times around the button till I was happy with the look. I tied it off in the back, stuck these buttons into a mesh lingerie bag, and put it and a towel into the washing machine to felt. They turned out beautifully!
|Step 3 - wrapped the yarn around until I was happy |
with the result and then I simply tie it off
Then for the eyes, I used Fimo clay and blended 3 colors together to get the marble look I wanted.
|The back of the sweater|
The Martini Knitter