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  • could you dye the cardigan?

    • My thought as well.

      • Me too

    • I was thinking the same thing…don’t give up on that sweater.

  • A heartbreaking tale of agony and woe! I vote for felting the whole damn thing and turning it into a bag; or cut it up into potholders if you’re really angry.

  • No wonder you are moving determinedly forward in the picture! What a bummer, to put it mildly.

    Think of all the clothes those buttons ruined for people over the years.

    I’m realizing I may need a full skirt. They all seem to have left my closet.

  • I’m with June … overdye it. With new buttonbands if the felting is that far gone.

  • I think dying it is a good idea too and if that turns out terribly then felt it it and use it for projects/scraps. This is MDK, there is always an indigo vat waiting somewhere.

  • Could the dye stains be incorporated into a design element,by either painting more dye onto the sweater or by embroidering yarn over them? Have you seen Wooly Tattoos by Dottie Angel aka Tif Fussell of Tolt Yarn and Wool? They are dreamy and exquisite and quite vintage in appearance,like antique crewelwork tapestries. I think they would mesh quite well with your vintage styling.A whole completed cardigan seems a great thing to waste to me,and deserves a valiant rescue effort indeed…

  • I’m in the dye it crowd, with felt it as a back up. One of my favorite knitting bags is an old, thrifted, felted, cardigan, which I then sewed shut on the front and bottom, and cut off the arms to turn the shoulders into handles. Felted wool is fun, and I bet your yarn would be gorgeous felted,

  • How upsetting! I think I would use the sweater for gardening and odd jobs where I need warmth but don’t want to worry about damaging my sweater. Somehow those clothes often get the most use.

  • I would just make it my house cardigan. I always have something in my wardrobe that is only meant to be worn in the house (although occasionally, I’ve been known to risk running into someone and wearing them on a quick jaunt to the market). It’s usually something soft and cozy for those times when I don’t want to risk ruining something “good”.

  • Try dyeing, black, if it comes to that.

  • Would the button bands be really hideous if they were deliberately felted? And the whole lot dyed? Bottons be darned, they aren’t worth throwing in the towel over just yet. I wonder how many dresses they’ve ruined during their time on Earth.

  • Can you frog the button bands and reknit them? If not, overdyeing seems the best option, with felting it into a knitting bag as a backup. (Yours really is a tragic tale, but there may be a slight tinge of schadenfreude among the readers. “See? Terrible things happen even to the best of knitters.”)

  • Oh so sad !

  • I love the cardigan incarnation, and the no-dye-involved wooden(?) buttons look great on it! Also, I’m so sorry to hear about your tale of button woe. Is it wrong of me to say that it is somehow comforting to remember that even the professionals have bad knitting days?

  • So so sorry about the offending buttons!! I had a similar problem with thread one time. Working on a sweater for my grandchild even. Argh!! I was able to remove it with Retayne thankfully. But I agree with rest – dye the sweater so the button offel can’t be seen. One never thinks of buttons bleeding, huh???

  • Sounds like your “Bakelite like” buttons were actually celluloid. http://www.etsy.com/shop/coloradofinds

  • I vote to dye it.

  • I’m so sorry. Note to self: Check vintage and handmade buttons for colorfastness. And to be safe, add a Color Catcher sheet to the bath. If it’s just the button bands, could they be replaced?

  • Dye it! Black gors with everything.

  • It is, like it’s sister pullover, a gorgeous sweater! Thank you for both patterns.

    So sorry about #5 and the disappointing vintage buttons. A cautionary tale for the rest of us…test such buttons or other adornments first (and I would not have thought of that).

  • I have a laptop sleeve made out of a similar disaster. I also meant to use the rest of the sweater for coasters, (mug mats) but never have. Love this cardigan – I’ll see how Carbeth #1 looks first though!

  • If overdyeing it doesn’t work, I like the felting idea. Turn it into something else.

  • frog it and then over-dye the yarn. wasting good yarn is not an option.

  • wide ribbon button bands sewn over the splotches? (e.g. norwegian sweater placket tapes, or fancy german grosgrain?)

  • I would like to see a picture of what those buttons did. Dying would work, but maybe a little addition of embellishments would work too.

  • I would definitely over dye the cardigan. You could send to an indie Dyer you trust & ask them to do so . Thank you for the cardi version !!

  • Over dye it! You can’t ruin it.

  • The cardigan is beautiful, I just love the button band.

  • This happened to a friend of mine who had happily stitched brightly coloured buttos all over a fine pink cardigan…..when washed the buttons ran all over it, such woe:-(

  • Thank you very much Kate, your knitting is beautiful and it made me want to knit again. I liked the history of the cardigan.
    greetings from Buenos Aires,