Beyond Puerperium: now with more pep!

I found a way to liven up that muddy and dull Beyond Puerperium sweater – buttons!

I originally thought that this sweater would look nice with bright yellow buttons, but when I actually went to the button shop (Windsor Button, FTW!), these mainly red buttons looked really great against the fabric, and were just the right size.

Pattern: Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker, light worsted weight version, size 3-6 months, with the “long tapered” sleeves option. I didn’t make any significant changes, other than to knit the sleeves flat and then seam, in order to avoid the color jog (same as in Budgie).

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in oceana and chamomile, less than 1 skein of each. I’m still upset about how much the yarn bled.

Needles: US7 circs.

Gauge and finished dimensions: gauge is about 4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in stockinette. Sweater is about 19″ across the chest, 10″ shoulder to bottom hem, and 5″ from armpit to sleeve cuff.

Overall, this is a great little sweater, despite the yarn foible. Now to wrap it up, and give it away!

P.S. A recent picture of my sweet boy, for the Gregory fans among my readers :).


32 thoughts on “Beyond Puerperium: now with more pep!

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  1. pat

    What a great solution to your “problem.” Those buttons add “pop” to the sweater (as the makeover folks would say).

    OMG your son just keeps getting cuter!

  2. Leslie

    Ack! He’s turning into a Smurf!! But an adorable one nonetheless.

    Those buttons are the saving grace – good call.

  3. Jennifer

    My word, it’s like an entirely different sweater! and yes, thanks for sharing a great Gregory picture, he’s certainly growing up, and so very cute!

  4. jules

    it’s probably a good thing i don’t live near that button store – i would want ALL OF THE BUTTONS! those buttons totally rock that sweater. very cute!

    omnomnom blue crayon!

  5. Amy

    The buttons are just the ticket for that sweater! Good choice! And…ahem..who *isn’t* a Gregory fan?!?!? Adorable as usual. :)

  6. Catie

    You don’t have any readers that *aren’t* Gregory fans, do you? He’s just about the cutest boy EVER!!

  7. Kathy

    I really like that pattern and am about to start another one. For your little guy, maybe you’ll like her other pattern, TAMA.

  8. Angie ("Sybina")

    Gregory is sooo cute! I am always so excited when I see a post come in from you, I always read it first. You are awesome!

  9. Angie ("Sybina")

    Gregory is sooo cute! I am always so excited when I see a post come in from you, I always read it first. You are awesome!

  10. WendyBee

    At the risk of redundancy, I agree with everyone. The sweater is fabulous. The buttons are terrific. But Gregory is like the dessert, with whipped cream and a cherry on top! (Count me among his fans.)

  11. phyllis

    Thanks for the Gregory pic! It is hard to believe how he has grown. I bet he is smart too! And funny?

  12. Mary K. in Rockport

    The perfect buttons; they almost look like little smiley faces. I had forgotten that crayons could be so delicious. Magic markers are even more so!

  13. whitney

    Oh, those buttons are PERFECT! I love how they make all of the colors just pop.

    My goodness, your kiddo is just the cutest. Mmmm, crayons.

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