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I'm planning on knitting a baby cardigan for my latest granddaughter. I've knitted many, many cardigans but always with a separate buttonband that needs to be sewn on. Not my favourite job, so I'd like to learn the best way of knitting a band along with the front, all in one piece. Rib, garter stitch, width? It would save me some time as baby is due soon, so I wondered if anyone has any suggestions. I would be grateful for any ideas! Thank you.
 

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Many different options-I just finished one that had an extra 4 stitches on each front edge and was knitted in garter stitch ( place markers so that you don't forget to change the edge stitches). One side must be the buttonhole row-knit to last 4 stitches, k2t, yo, k2. Depending on size, space this row at even intervals.

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Once you've decided on the stitch pattern and count, if you're using garter or seed stitch you'll want to be aware of row gauge differences. A short row thrown in every so many rows makes a huge difference.

Short Rows in Garter or Seed St Border

eta I've never actually swatched to figure out how often to add a short row, I just eyeball it.
 

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GrumpyGramma said:
Once you've decided on the stitch pattern and count, if you're using garter or seed stitch you'll want to be aware of row gauge differences. A short row thrown in every so many rows makes a huge difference.

Short Rows in Garter or Seed St Border

eta I've never actually swatched to figure out how often to add a short row, I just eyeball it.
Seed Stitch is very stable and doesn't need short rows. I use it all the time and the bands do not pull up like garter stitch bands I see all the time.
 

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Thank you all very much for the suggestions, and for the very clear video link which was very helpful, so I've saved it. I also found another video with another idea that some of you might find interesting. Same idea, just with an 'edge'. It might look nice on a child's cardigan.


As ever, thank you for your prompt help, now I can start knitting.
 

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My suggestion - don’t put button holes in the band. When knitting is finished, sew snaps and on sides and add a nice button on top for decoration. Snaps are easier for the mom and the knitting part is easier for you. If you need more help with this, PM me. Sue
 

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I like to do top down and seamless jumpers/cardigans, I like that the button bands are knit as you go ....the last time I made a cardigan and had to pic up stitches for my button band I wasn't happy with how it looked and flogged and done again I think it took longer than the rest lol
So I now only use patterns that have it included
 

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Good tip here, thanks for the link.

GrumpyGramma said:
Once you've decided on the stitch pattern and count, if you're using garter or seed stitch you'll want to be aware of row gauge differences. A short row thrown in every so many rows makes a huge difference.

Short Rows in Garter or Seed St Border

eta I've never actually swatched to figure out how often to add a short row, I just eyeball it.
 
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