Done and dusted. Almost!

LInda Lencovic BEYUL, Kettle Yarn Co.

It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally managed to finish my Sibella Cardigan! This jumper has taken me forever as I have, unusually, been working on many things at once, and took even longer due to my recent tendon problems… but I managed to carefully get the ribbon and buttons on the other day and am so pleased.

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Beyul is an absolutely perfect match with the lace pattern and I am so pleased that the stitch definition showcases the lace divinely. I have been hoarding this amazing ribbon Maggie from Textile Garden gifted me at the end of Woolfest earlier in the year for the project (thanks again Maggie!).

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Isn’t it amazing? It is even more beautiful in the flesh as the texture of the ribbon is so unusual. It really adds a touch of secret panache to the inside of the button band! Click on the images below for more detail:

I headed over to my favourite haberdashery Wayward for vintage buttons and knew I wanted black glass ones. It took me a bit of time to sift through everything, but I found them right before I was about to give up, in a lower cabinet, hidden away at the back. They are the perfect size and have a beautiful weight and feel to them.

Here is the finished cardi on Josette, waiting to be worn out this weekend!

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One thing, though. And this is a re-occurring problem that keeps cropping up with my makes. I find that, even with the ribbon reinforcement, it gapes…which is something absolutely loathe in a cardi.The band is a narrow garter strip and both buttonhole and button are quite close to the edge.

Opinion time – these are my possible fixes:

  1. add an i-cord edging to the buttonhole side to add a bit more width and hope that this helps with gaping
  2. add an i-cord edging with buttonhole gaps and close the buttonholes in the garter with the hopes the i-cord edge holds the line better
  3. frog the band altogether and reknit the garter as a vertical ribbing band like my Tambourine. I found this edging amazingly effective on a much more form-fitting knit!

What do you all think would work best? Or maybe you have a better option? Help? I need this to be perfect and it is SO close! ;-?