Sunday, February 22, 2009

Being Fearless....

or just plain old obstinent, stubborn, crazy, you guess which one!

Well by now you know I just can't have "nothing" go wrong with my knitting projects!

Case in point, um..er...deciding to knit the button band on Mr. Lipstickjeans wider (total 2.5" before bind off) to help with the fit. (sorry in advance for the blinging pics...dammit red!)

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Well, you see to the right, still on cable and about to be bound off...errr...methinks I should have knit the buttonhole a few rows earlier...sigh..

But you know...I have like 250 stitches for the button band (both sides and neck) and....I would have to frog 9 or so rows to fix.... so not happening if I had anything to say about it!

So I contemplated and asked around a bit....got a few suggestions too.

Then I decided to be fearless.

Sewn buttonhole
I sewed up the buttonhole best I could...

Pre-steek
I was sent this website on crochet steeking (hehe..yes I know it's crochet ;) I finally centered the crochet buttonhole the way I wanted....

Then since I wasn't at a bar, only at knit nite where there was only coffee....I just did it.
Post steeking
I steeked a buttonhole...I was sick to my stomach for a minute...then I said what the hell! I mean no one will see it after I put the button through...It's centered, and I like it well enough...not perfect...

All ready....
The finished product. It finally dawned on me to use the buttonhole stitch to reinforce it.. I carefully removed the mess I was making and did that. It's not the best, but much better than frogging and reknitting. Yarn wasn't the issue...gosh I have 2 full skeins and about 3/4's of another leftover. I even had gauge and used same needle sizes as the pattern.

Yes, that is the circular cable still on there. Yes, I still have 250+ stitches to bind off....then the bath....then we'll see how the buttonhole held up and if I if was being fearless or ......... stay tuned!

14 comments:

tiennie said...

Awesome job on your fearlessness!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Fearless indeed!! And you are sooooo close to being finished! Can't wait to see it!

babblingbrook said...

Good luck! You did a great job & I can't wait to see it all done!

oh and you are my hero for being so fearless!

turtlegirl76 said...

Wow! That's so cool that you did that! Can't wait to see it all done!

Lynn said...

Any time there is cutting involved, I get sick. The whole skeeting thing makes me nauseous! I think you were VERY brave and I agree, once you button the sweater, no one will notice. Even if the sweater isn't buttoned, I still doubt people will notice. Unless you feel the need to SHOW them the blinding (to you) button hole. I can't wait until you are done.......

Julie said...

Great job! I never heard of crochet steeking; thanks for the link.

Karen said...

Rock on with your Fearless Self!!! Once you get it blocked and a button is through it, it will look perfect!!

weezalana said...

You go girl!

Okay, I can't pull that off. But dayum woman, fearless indeed! Nicely done!

Carol said...

I think it looks great...your braver then I am .... I wouldn't dare do steeking

Bezzie said...

Oh wow! Is this like the gateway steeking? Pretty soon you'll be doing the hard stuff?

Carol said...

Excellent steeking job! hope you don't get carpal tunnel binding off all those stitches.

sgeddes said...

Excellent job on the steeking! I'd still be there waiting, afraid to make the first cut. Before you know it, you will be making all kinds of projects with steeks!

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Nicely done, oh fearless & knitter/crocheter!

The Knitted Squirrel said...

Great Job! It looks wonderful!