Thanks everyone for the support on the Button Me Up pattern!

Unfortunately, I’m having some rather irritating email problems at the moment (anyone else in Toronto having trouble sending email through the Mail program to the sympatico server?) and other computer woes so no proper post tonight – not up to rasslin’ with the computer.

Patterns are still going out though! And there’s more destashing to come soon, too.

go on, button me up

Finally…FINALLY. I’ve been wrestling with the pattern for some weeks now, not because of the actual pattern itself, but making up the pdf – turns out Acrobat is a handy, handy program. Many thanks to some almost-family for use of said program.


Button Me Up! is a fun, fast and easy pullover knit seamlessly in the round from the bottom up with raglan sleeves. The functional buttoned yoke is knit flat, with button bands picked up and finished afterwards. Just the thing to show off unique or vintage buttons – the ones on this sweater were pulled from a thrifted vest!

The yarn used in the pattern, Cascade Pastaza, is incredibly warm and quite durable. But if you don’t require such insulation, feel free to substitute any chunky-weight wool, wool blend, or cotton!

Chest: 32[36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches
Length: 21[21, 22, 22, 23, 23] inches

Cascade Yarns Pastaza [50% llama/50% wool; 132 yards/100g]
[MC] colour 060: 4[4, 5, 5, 6, 7] skeins
[CC] colour 062: 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 3] skeins [color 062]

5mm/US 8 double-point needles
4mm/US 6 16” circular needle
5mm/US 8 24” or 36” circular needle
4[5, 5, 5, 6, 6] 7/8” buttons
stitch markers
tapestry needle

In st st using larger needles, 15 sts/20 rows = 4” (10 cm)

This pattern is suitable for beginners. Skills: cast on, knit in the round, purl, decrease, cast off, and a wee bit o’ crochet.


$6.00 CAD

Just click the button to purchase through Ravelry – you will receive and automated download link, and the pattern will be saved to your library! Payment is through Paypal, credit card or balance transfer.

Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.

time for a recharge

I have been so wiped from school. It’s finally reading week, and I’m…trying to catch up on work. Seriously, I have no idea how people go away for reading week – if I went away for the week I’d been way more behind! Not to mention the fact that I have a test on the first day back.

I’ve been taking the weekend to kind of chill out, though. Sleeping in, eating, knitting. My wheel’s down at the store still so no spinning, but I hope to fix that up soon!

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Tuscany. This is only the first sock – I’d intended to gift these during January, maybe, and now I’m rather worried that they won’t be done before winter is over!

I don’t care how many people are whining about the weather, I like the winter and feel gypped by this particular season. I’m sad it’s going to be ending soon – usually by this time of the winter I am sick of the slush and snow, but since it didn’t snow until January (and I went biking at new year’s) I’m really not ready for it to be over. Also? I don’t think you should complain about the winter if you live in a place that, you know, gets winter. If you hate it all so much, move somewhere warmer! It’s used to be much colder in the winter (I remember going skating in -25 C weather and that was only a few years ago) so we’ve been pretty damn lucky that it’s been so warm this season. /end rant

Ahem, where was I? Right, socks. My sock mojo seems to have been missing the last little while, but I think a new sock in Colinette Jitterbug is actually helping – I really want to knit it! Photos of that one to come.

I’ve been working on a sample sweater for lettuce knit – the Jane Origami Pullover from Handmaiden, in a pink/brown colourway (lightbox success!).

And! I have an FO to share. Soon. I should probably be finishing up some of them heavy-winter type garments soon as well…