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I bought some gorgeous buttons a little while ago - they are polished and shiny ammonites in glorious browns and greys! My best friend used to be a geologist, and I have in mind knitting a cardigan for her, using these buttons. The cardi will probably be honey-coloured or something like a dull cream.

I did find a pattern for a cardi with a giant ammonite-like spiral, and I'm quite interested, but I won't have my best friend around to fit it to while I knit! Also, I'm a bit wary of turning it into a cardigan, although apparently this is a thing that can be done. And I'm having problem finding a yarn for this - ideally I'd want a cream with some variation in it, but not too much… the main drama is in the buttons, and a too-dramatic yarn would detract.

I've since been looking through Ravelry, and found some seamless designs (I hate sewing!) which I like the look of:


Simple Cardigan #168



My friend is mid-50s, about 5'3", bust probably about 40"-42". I'm looking to knit something in DK or worsted, definitely not heavier than Aran weight because the buttons are not large, but not 4-ply or smaller because life is too short as it is. I want it to be interesting, but not fiendishly complicated….

My request is this: I'm not yet very experienced at figuring out what might be a good or a bad idea with regard to pattern choice! So I'm looking for advice—can you see potential problems with these patterns? What looks like the most fun to knit and wear? Any recommendations?

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Date: 2013-10-22 12:28 am (UTC)
rokeon: two pennies (my two cents)
From: [personal profile] rokeon
Two possibilities for you, though I haven't actually worked with either of them and can't advise on anything other than how shiny they look online- Grace cardigan and Swish tonal yarn.

The cardigan is from a whole book of patterns designed to avoid sewing and seaming, Finish Free Knits. The pearlescent colorway of the yarn might be too grey for what you want, but I thought the color variation might be subtle enough to avoid drawing attention away from the buttons.

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Date: 2013-10-22 04:22 pm (UTC)
geeksdoitbetter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geeksdoitbetter

i choose roheline!

and, folks on rav have done wonders in your chosen palette (

as to fit, if you or another patient friend are similar in size to best friend, then you've got your model

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Date: 2013-10-22 10:59 pm (UTC)
babs_sg1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] babs_sg1
I personally would lean towards the Simple Cardigan or Persimmon cardigans because it really sounds as if you want the buttons to shine/pop. And now I, who haven't knit a sweater in who knows how long, desperately want to make Persimmon or the Simple Cardigan!



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