It’s not often you get to take out your pliers for your knitting. That’s a shame. I like my pliers, and I want to use them more often. I found a way to sneak them into Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II as part of the Vanessa antiopa Cowl. (That pattern is part of the knit along that’s going on now, so if you want to get your pliers out too, feel free to join us.)
I used my pliers to make double-sided buttons. You can see here how I used three of them to hold the cowl together.
This is actually a really nifty technique to have up your sleeve. You know how some bits of knitting (especially shawls and cowls) sometimes cry out for a way to hold them in place? But maybe you don’t want to commit to anything so permanent as a sewn on button? Well this is a great way to handle it. Double-sided buttons let you hold your fabric together wherever you’d like with no commitment (and no sewing on of buttons…a task I always find unreasonably daunting).
The instructions are in the book and in in the individual pattern, but it’s handy enough that I wanted to share it here too. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
Grab your ring.
Twist it open.
Load your buttons.
Twist it closed.
Try making a set of these to hold together your favorite bit of knitting. It works with a series of small buttons like these, or you could try it with one larger button as a statement piece. If the backside of your knitting won’t show, you could even do one large, flashy button for the outside, and a smaller one (remember, at least one of the buttons has to be able to fit through the fabric) on the inside.
If you find yourself making double-sided buttons, I’d love to see them in the knit along thread for this project!