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Rita Maassen on craftsy.com
Willich, Germany

In my everyday life I work as a web and graphic designer. After work (and in nearly every free minute) I fetch my needles and start knitting. One day when my family and friends where completely ...

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Button Band Sweater 'Elena'

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Button Band Sweater 'Elena'
Button Band Sweater 'Elena'
Button Band Sweater 'Elena'
Button Band Sweater 'Elena'
Button Band Sweater 'Elena'
Button Band Sweater 'Elena'

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit and purl, standard decreases and increases

Pattern Description:

It's just an illusion: Pattern for a light oversized sweater with a decorative button band. Both front parts are worked at once and then sewn together after knitting the button band. So the front part is not really buttoned - the buttons are only sewn to the band and the left front part. So you don't have double thickness although it looks as if you have.


22 stitches and 29 rows in 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • US sizes 6/8 and 10/12
  • Bust: 19,5" / 21,5" (50/55 cm)
  • Length: 21.5"/22.5" (56/59 cm)
  • Upper arm: 19.5"/20" (52,5/54 cm)


  • any yarn that obtains to gauge
  • I used 11 skeins of DROPS Cotton Merino

You Will Also Need:

  • US 8 (4mm) circular needles
  • 5 buttons (22 mm diameter)

Suggested yarn:

1500 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

DROPS Cotton Merino


#10 (pistachio)