I was knitting a baby sweater for a pregnant friend. The pattern called for button holes and tiny buttons. I remembered the frustration of trying to button a squirming newborn into a wee sweater and thought that snaps were so much easier do up. The problem is that snaps can't be sewn onto a knit sweater. That's when I decided that lining the sweater with flannelette would provide the firm structure needed to attach snaps.
Here's how I did it.
Step 1: Materials Needed
a pattern, yarn and needles to knit the sweater of your choice
flannelette: in a matching or co-ordinating colour to line the sweater. A baby sweater will need less than half a yard or meter of fabric.
sew on snaps
buttons in matching or co-ordinating colour
sewing needles and matching thread.
fabric shears (scissors)
Step 2: Knit the Sweater
Step 3: Pin the Pieces on Lining Fabric
Step 4: Sew the Knit Pieces Together
Step 5: Sew the Lining Pieces Together
I sewed the lining together by hand. Each seam is so short it just wasn't worth setting up the sewing machine to piece them together. If you find fiddling with the sewing machine easier than hand sewing, by all means, use the machine.
Step 6: Pin and Sew the Lining Into the Sweater.
Once the lining is all pinned, sew the two together using a fine needle, matching thread and small stitches. I think this part is better sewn by hand. I would be afraid the knitted piece would catch in the feed dogs on the sewing machine or knitted stiches would catch in the presser foot if you sewed it knitted side up. Either way, it's not worth risking all your hard work and it really doesn't take long to sew around the sweater by hand.
Step 7: Adding Snaps and Buttons
Sew the snaps inside the sweater and then sew the buttons on the top of the front placket just above the snaps inside. The buttons are purely decorative.
That's it! You've made a warm, cosy sweater for baby and made the mom's job much easier too.
Although I haven't tried it, I don't see why the same method couldn't be used for an adult sweater if you wanted to add warmth. Adults, however, don't usually find buttoning a sweater too difficult.