Those Buttons Though #freepattern

Updated: Apr 9

I absolutely adore how this little cardigan turned out!

Without a doubt the best part (IMO) are the buttons!

I didn't have anything handy that matched the colors I was using, and after scouring my stash of craft supplies I came across these old, polished chunks of amethyst.

They were originally part of a broken bracelet or necklace that belonged to my grandmother and I re purposed them as buttons.

I love the idea of reusing old things in new ways, and I love the sentimental value of gifting my daughter a homemade cardigan with buttons that her great grandmother wore as jewelry.

How cool, right?!

Size

Cardigan has a circumference of 22" (25")


Materials

1 skein of Paton's Grace in Viola

1 skein of Paton's Grace in Natural

2 (3) skeins of Paton's Grace in Ginger

Crochet Hooks in sizes 4mm/US-G/6 and in 5mm/US-H/8 (Get a variety pack here)

Tapestry Needle

5 buttons

Matching Thread


Gauge

16 stitches = 4";

23 rows = 10" with larger hook


Special Stitches

Shell = 5 dc

dc2tog = yarn over and draw up a loop in next stitch, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook- 1 st decreased.

sc2tog = draw up a loop in next st twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook- 1 st decreased.


Instructions are given for size 6 months. Changes for size 12 months are in parenthesis.


Instructions

Sweater

Body (worked in one piece to underarms): With smaller hook and Ginger, ch 104 (116)

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn.

103 (115) sc

Change to larger hook.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), skip first 3 sc, *shell in next sc, skip next 2 sc, dc in next sc **, skip next 2 sc; repeat from * across, end at **; turn.

17 (19) shells

Row 3: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, * shell in next dc, skip next 2 dc **, dc in next dc, skip next 2 dc; repeat from * to last st, end at **; dc in top of ch-3; turn.


Repeat Row 3 for pattern until 5" (5.5") from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.


Yoke

Row 1 (RS): Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and a ch-2 space), skip first 3 dc, * sc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc **, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc; repeat from * to last st, end at **; dc in top of ch-3; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in next ch-2 space, * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, skip next dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 space; repeat from * across to last sc; sc in last sc, sc in space, sc in 3rd ch of ch-5 changing to Natural; turn.

85 (95) sc

Cut Ginger.


Stripe Section

Row 1: With Natural ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Rows 2-4: Repeat Row 1. Fasten Off.


Sleeve (Make 2): With larger hook and Ginger, ch 32 (34)

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook an din each ch across; turn

30 (32) sts

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), skip first dc, dc in each dc across and in top of ch-3; turn.

Repeat Row 2 until sleeve measures 4.75" (5") from beginning. Fasten off.


Join Body and Sleeves

With right side of Body and Sleeves facing, attach Viola in first sc of Row 4 of Stripe Section of Body.

Row 1: Ch 3, dc in each of next 17 (20) sc, dc2tog.

Working across top of sleeve with right side facing; dc2tog in first 2 dc of sleeve, dc in each of next 26 dc of sleeve, dc2tog in last 2 dc of sleeve.

Working across back of sweater, dc2tog in next 2 sc, dc in each of next 41 (45) sc, dc2tog in next 2 sc of sweater.

Working across last row of second sleeve with RS facing, dc2tog in first 2 dc of sleeve, dc in each of next 26 dc of sleeve, dc2tog in last 2 dc of sleeve.

Working across front of sweater, dc2tog in next 2 sc, dc in each of next 18 (21) sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 16 (19) dc, dc2tog, place marker, dc2tog, dc in next 24 (26) dc, dc2tog, place marker, dc2tog, dc in next 39 (43) dc, dc2tog, place marker, dc2tog, dc in next 24 (26) dc, dc2tog, place marker, dc2tog, dc in last 17 (20) dc working last dc in top of ch-3; turn.

129 (143) sts.

Move markers up as you work.

Rows 3-8: Ch 3, skip first dc, * dc in each dc to 2 sts before marker, (dc2tog) twice; repeat from * 3 more times, dc in each st to end- 8 sts decreased on each row.

81 (95) sts remaining after row 8

6 month size ONLY

Row 9: Repeat row 3 changing to Natural in last st; turn-

73 sts

Cut Viola.

12 month size ONLY

Row 9: Repeat row 3.

87 sts

Row 10: Repeat row 3 changing to Natural in last st; turn-

79 sts

Cut Viola

Both sizes

Row 10 (11): With Natural, ch 1, *sc in each st to 2 sts before marker, (sc2tog) twice; repeat from * 3 more times, sc in each st to end working last sc in top of ch-3; turn.

65 (71) sc

Rows 11-13 (12-14): Ch 1, * sc in each st to 2 sts before marker, (sc2tog) twice; repeat from * 3 more times, sc in each st to end; turn.

8 sts decreased on each row and

41 (47) sts remaining after row 13 (14).

Fasten off.


Finishing

Sew sleeve seams.


Sleeve Edging

Row 1: With RS facing and smaller hook, attach Natural in first unused loop of beginning ch; ch 1, sc in first loop and in each loop across; slip stitch in beginning sc, turn.

30 (32) sc

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Fasten off.


Lower Edging

Row 1: With RS facing and smaller hook, attach Natural in first unused loop of beginning ch; ch 1, sc in first loop and in each loop across; turn-

103 (115) sc.

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Fasten off.


Button Band

Row 1: With RS facing and smaller hook, attach Natural in top of left front edge; ch 1, sc in same place as joining, sc evenly spaced across front edge to lower edge; turn.

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Fasten off.


Buttonhole Band

Row 1: With RS facing and smaller hook, attach Natural at bottom of right front edge; ch 1, sc in same place as joining, sc evenly spaced across front edge to top edge; turn.

Note: Place markers for 5 buttonholes, the first marker at 2nd sc of row, the last marker at 2nd from last sc and 3 more evenly spaced between.

Row 2: Ch 1, (sc in each sc to marker, ch 2, skip next 2 sc ) 5 times, sc in each sc to end; turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc and 2 sc in each ch-2 space across; turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across.

Fasten off.


Sew buttons on button band opposite buttonholes.


Happy creating!!

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