Good Morning!

So you may have been wondering about the lack of posts recently. Well, in addition to getting married in October, R and I are also expecting our first little bundle of babiness on Christmas Eve.

As you can imagine it’s all a bit hectic around here at the moment. I have chosen to make nearly all of the wedding bits so the house looks like the confetti monster has been poorly in it. Will post some piccies up in due course.

Also I’m working on a baby blanket for the little monkey using scraps of yarn left over from my rainbow granny stripe blanket. I’ll post instructions up in due course. V simple pattern. I’m hoping to edge it with pale yellow satin ribbon.

Hopefully it won’t be so long until the next post!

Ciao for now.



How to knit a cabled braid

Super good morning to you all!

Just a quick one this morning. Here is a cabled braid that you can use to embellish ready made objects, use as a belt or bookmark etc. You can find my tutorial on how to cable without a cable needle here.

Knitted Cabled Braid

You will need:
Correct size needles for your yarn
Cable needle if using


Cast on 10 stitches
Row 1: Purl all stitches
Row 2: K2, C4F, C4F
Row 3: Purl all stitches
Row 4: C4B, C4B, K2

Repeat these 4 rows until the desired length is reached.

Knitted Cabled Braid

I would keep everything relaxed and cast off  loosely. If you don’t everything gets tight and tricky to do.

Don’t forget, you can email me pictures of your finished pieces (or even just started pieces) at katie@buttonsandpickles.com and I’ll pop them up in the gallery on the site.






Cabling without a cable needle – how to

Hello all!

Spiffing day here at Buttons Towers, it’s raining! Hurrah for the great British summertime.

If, like me, you are stuck indoors twiddling your thumbs how about learning something new? Fancy trying to cable WITHOUT a cable needle? “It can never be done!” I hear you cry. Au contraire, mon amis, it can and i shall show you how.

Now the one thing i would say before we get started is that if yor pattern calls for more than 5 or 6 stitches to be put on your cable needle I would still use the extra needle in the usual manner but for everything else this method is just peachy.

I have chosen to use an 8 stitch cable for illustration purposes, this would be shown in a pattern as C4F or C4B. If you have a 6 stitch cable then you will be told to C3F or C3B etc so simply substitute your number into the instructions below when you see 4.

You will need:

Nothing apart from your knitting and the pattern, if you have one. 


To C4F:

Knit up to the point in your pattern where it tells you to C4F. Count the first 4stitches on the left hand needle, you will need to insert your right hand needle into the back of the next 4 stitches after the first 4 you have just counted. Slip the first 4 off the needle, this will leave you with the first stitches of your row, then 4 floating stitches, then 4 stitches on the right hand needle.

DON’T PANIC!!! You will have live stitches floating around off the needles for a little while, but worry not. Keep your cool and all will be well.

With your left hand needle, pick up the floating stitches. Then slip the 4 stitches from the right hand needle back onto the left hand needle. You have now created the twist in the cable. Knit across all of the stitches you have just flipped around (8 in this case) and continue with your pattern instructions.


To C4B:

The process is the same for the C4F except that you put the knitting needle into the front of the stitches instead of the back in step one. You then pick the stitches up fron the back of the work, rather than the front in step two. Follow the pics below:

 All done! No tears? Hooray! And once you get the hang of it it is so much faster (in my opinion) than using a cable needle.


How to Unpick a Knitted Lace Row – with safety line

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all enjoying your day.

I’ve recently started doing some lacey knitting. I’ve got a couple of projects on the go just to stave off boredom 🙂 The best thing I’ve found especially if you are a beginner is to put a lifeline, or safety line, into your knitting. As lace involves lots of yarn overs and knit togethers it can be really tricky to unpick if you make a mistake and I’ve found my self having to rip right back to the beginning of a piece and start all over again.

If you follow these instructions then you’ll only have to rip back a few rows if you go wrong and not get all stompy footed and have to rip back all of your hard work.

You will need:

Darning needle (or smaller depending on the weight of yarn, make sure it’s blunt)
Some waste yarn, in a contrasting colour to your main yarn, that is longer than the width of the piece you are working on
Your lace knitting piece


I put my line in after I’ve completed a full purl row, it makes it easier to understand the stitches when you pick them up again. It’s also up to you as to how often you put the line in. This will depend on the complexity of the lace and how wide it is.

Thread your needle with the waste yarn.

Once you have done a purl row, turn the work as if you are going to knit the next row. Take your needle and begin to thread it through the stitches on the knitting needle. You shouldn’t pierce the yarn, but aim to get the waste yarn running inside the loop of the knitted stitches on the knitting needle. When you get to the end of the row pull the waste yarn through so you have a long tail at either end, remove the darning needle.

Keep knitting, removing the line and placing it further up you knitting as you go.

If you do make a mistake, remove the knitting needle from the piece and rip the yarn back until you reach the lifeline. Then (ensuring that the piece is right side facing) you can pick the stitches up from the left to right with your knitting needle. Gently pull on the lifeline to remove it.

Believe me, this will save the tears 🙂