Once your Meme Cardigan is complete, you can choose how you want your front closure.
I tried out two different closures for my cardigans. The first was easy and quick with just a zipper. The second was a little more involved, but worth it. I love both!
For the first Meme, I simply pinned my zipper to the back of the garter stitch edging and then sewed it on.
Couldn't be simpler.
For the second one, I used these cute little wooden oval buttons.
First I attached each button to the garter stitch edging, positioning each one at the middle of the twisted-stitch cable beside the front closure.
On the corresponding band, I attached yarn and worked one slip stitch to stabilize it, then three crochet chain stitches for the loop, and ended with another slip stitch, all corresponding to the look-a-like loop in the cable pattern. Then I wove the ends in very well.
I could have made loops in the garter stitch edge as I worked it, binding off three stitches on one row and casting those stitches back on in the next row. As it was, I had not decided quite how I was going to work those buttonholes/loops, so I worked the edging and let it rest until I decided. This was easy to work after the cardigan was finished and blocked.
At the back of both the button loop side and the button side, I sewed grosgrain ribbon for stability and to hide some yarn ends.
I've worn both these sweaters and tested them and both closures work very well. I am now working on another one for my mom and she has requested big buttons. I'll show you how that goes.
How will you close up your Meme Cardigan?