Thursday, March 13, 2014

Buttonbox: One Year On

It's one year since Buttonbox came out. It's been quite popular, having been favourited 2904 times, queued 1001 times, with 112 projects posted on Ravelry as of today. I've enjoyed seeing what everyone has done with it. Some faves:

antje's Buttonbox--This one went up almost before I could blink and it remains a favourite. I adore the ivory colour and the way it highlights the texture. Make sure you click to enlarge the photo of the buttons. Wow!

thebigsheepme's Buttonbox--Note that this was this knitter's SECOND Buttonbox. The first one was here.

jollypondknitter's Buttonbox--How can you not love this version--it's got handspun and bright colour all at the same time.

YarnFolkAnn's Buttonbox--I'm a Peace Fleece lover all the way!

Of course, not everyone has been totally happy with their waistcoat. Two problem areas have emerged that are within a knitter's control:

1. This pattern works best for non-superwash yarns. It's designed for yarns that can be moulded when wet. Knitters who've used superwash wools have had difficulty getting the collar to stay folded and getting the bottom garter stitch border to lie flat. Notice that I used handspun for my vest and Shelter, an untreated woollen-spun wool, for Isabel's. Both give you a lot of control during blocking.

2. Make sure you check out the measurements on the schematic before you start. Some knitters have found that the armhole depth is greater than they would like. Remember, this is something you have control over. Don't blindly knit the lengths that are stated in the pattern. Just be sure to end the shoulder on the same row of the stitch pattern as the pattern suggests to be sure of having an uninterrupted sequence of little boxes. Be brave!

This pattern is perfect for transitional seasons. I wore mine all last spring under a jacket in the morning, then without the extra layer in the warmer afternoons. If you haven't tried this pattern out, I hope you'll consider giving it a shot. Happy knitting!


  1. I absolutely love my Button Box! I wear it all the time. It's perfect for the weather we have here, under an oversized cardigan or light jacket when its cooler, or alone over a tee when its not as cold. I appreciate your responses to my questions about the charts early on. It was a very easy and satisfying knit and I am planning on making another for next winter in a natural cream. My first one was in the navy Shelter, which was so fun because it has all those colorful flecks in it. Thanks for a great pattern!

  2. Carolyn aka knit-facedMarch 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Oh Elizabeth, congratulations on the One Year mark !! I remember the release, but did not associate it with my Hubby's BD ... I do remember how good looking the pattern was, fit so attractively, and was FREE ! I was one of the instant faves, and into the library. Think it needs to move up into the queue, for right after the completion of Harriet ;-)

  3. Hi, I am making this vest but have got stuck on the knot stich. Unable to understand that. Can u plz help ?

    1. Without seeing your knitting, it is difficult to solve this for you. I suggest you take your knitting in to your local yarn shop and ask someone to demonstrate.