Thursday, July 19, 2012

Of Buttons and Buttonholes

On Saturday I'm off to the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton, New York to take an all-day workshop with Carolyn Barnett on the art of making buttons with polymer clay. Carolyn lives here in Kingston and she's giving me a drive. Check out her amazing buttons (and sweaters) here.
The reason I haven't explored making these buttons before is that I've always tried to find buttons made from "natural" materials, like wood, shell, deer antler, pewter,... However, even though I try to pick up nice buttons whenever I find them (often at sheep and wool festivals), it can be hard to find just the right buttons for a project. That's why I want to learn more about making customized buttons.
And on the topic of buttons, the DSK project is now complete, except for them, but you'll have to wait a few more days for photos while I see what I can come up with at the workshop. In the meantime, here's how to make an easy buttonhole--it's the method I used for the project and I love the result.

Knit to 2 sts before where you want the buttonhole, k2tog, YO, k2tog. On the return row, k1, p1 into the YO. That's it! How did I miss this until now?

For modified instructions to insert this into k2, p2 ribbing, see here

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