Scout de Jour was finished just minutes before we left to have Thanksgiving Dinner with Anne's family. I didn't rush, didn't push just so I could wear it, it just happened that way. The perfect buttons were found on Wednesday and the perfect buttonholes executed on Thursday.
I know you're just dying to see the finished project, but every time I knit a sweater I'm asked how I get them to fit...so, don't you want to know my secret? I'm also going to share with you how to make a good button band the first time. I'm no expert, it's just that I really don't like doing things twice, if I can avoid it at all. My methods aren't fool proof, but they will improve your success rate.
First, do the gauge thing folks...just do it. Knit a 4 to 6 inch square and treat it the way you would your finished sweater. I like to wash my sweaters on delicate, cold water, in the washer and lay them flat to dry. That's what I do with all swatches. It tells me how a yarn will react and helps in judging what size to knit. Knitting math is as easy as basic math...you can do it, if I can, you can.
Take your favorite fitting piece of clothing and measure it. That will give you a good idea of what size sweater to knit. Claudia used an already finished sweater as a template when she knit Thermal...that's a perfect way to insure your sweater will fit. While knitting I check my gauge often, to make sure the stresses of life (or the extra relaxing times) aren't taking a toll. I also try the pieces on if I can. Every piece is measured when finished and, I block as I go, which is a good way to to make sure all pieces are the size they should be. Measure, measure, measure...it can't be done too often. Count rows to make sure you sleeves, and the pieces of the body are the same length, so that everything will sew together smoothly. All in all, that's pretty basic knitting advise...Knitting 101.
(I deleted my math as several people let me know it was wrong. It was messed it up...I can't do math, evidently...but, some how I did get the right number of stitches picked up and the sweater looks great.)
The way I placed the buttonholes is a little less scientific. One button is in the neck band and the last button is 2" from the bottom edge. With the 2x2 rib it was easy to space the rest by counting the ribs. I can't tell you how much I love this sweater, but I'll try (on Friday). Nancie Wiseman's book, Finishing Techniques, has been my go to book when it comes to finishing details and her one row buttonholes can't be beat. Don't skimp on knowledge when it comes to doing a good job of knitting and finishing. That's Basic Knitting Advice, Knitting 101.