The magic of owl buttons…


Its been a few months since I’ve posted.  Its not for a lack of desire – because while I’ve been sewing and knitting up a storm for the babe’s wardrobe, our girl’s feisty temperament has reared its ugly stubborn head and she has simply refused to wear any mama-made articles.  Truth be told, she’s refused to wear basically any but three outfits that she has (if they’re not blue, a hand-me-down from her friend Lily, or plastered with some hideous graphic, they’re not getting worn by this headstrong one.)


I’ve sewn adorable summer dresses, knit cuddly little cardigans, and have cringed with every scream uttered by my gal as I tried to wrestle each item onto her.  To no avail.  Because while there are a few battles I insist on fighting, arguing with Q’s newfound wardrobe selection simply isn’t one of them.  If I’m totally honest, I’m thrilled that Q is starting to become independent and showing her own personal style.  Its just making this crafter mama mourn the days when I used to be able to dress my baby girl in any of my homemade creations.

And despite her resistance to wear anything I’ve made for her, I charged ahead this past week and busted out yet another Plain Vest.  Because I love this vest.  Its the perfect combination of crunchy granola style and just plain good functionality because there’s nothing that combats New England winters like a wooly vest.  And I had vein attempts of being able to wrestle her into something with cute buttons.


It may have been a fluke (and she may never wear it again), but somehow I was able to get her into this gem yesterday.  Maybe it was the distraction of the baby doll she was holding, or maybe it was the adorable owl buttons that did it, but whatever the trick, she put it on without a fight and actually kept the thing on.  Thank goodness for owl buttons.

Sheer magic.


The pattern:  Pickles Plain Vest

The yarn:  Cascade Eco

The needles:  Size 10

The modifications:  I sized up the 12 month pattern to a 2T

CO 92 sts

8 garter ridges

Knit for 9”

Knit 19, BO 10, knit 34, BO 10, knit 19

CO 24 stitches at the beginning of each armhole

Next row: k2tog at the beginning and end of each armhole to tighten things up

1st decrease row–K4, k2tog (17x) to end (99 sts). Knit 4 rows.
2nd dec row–k5, k2tog (14x) to end (85 sts). Knit 3 rows.
3rd dec row– k5, k2tog, Rep till 8 sts remaining. K2tog, k6 (72 sts). Knit 3 rows
4th dec row–k4, k2tog to end.
Knit 1 row.
5th dec row (and buttonhole row): k5, k2tog, rep to last 4 sts – make buttonhole.

Knit 2 rows. BO.


And while they’re not terribly exciting, I did take about a million photos because I figured I may never get her into this vest again.  At least I have the photos to prove that once in a blue moon, I was able to get this kiddo into a hand knit.  Crafter-mama success!


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