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This is not an instructable to teach you to knit.  It assumes the ability to knit a sweater.

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.
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Step 1: Materials needed

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You will need:
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

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Knit up the sweater pieces and block them according to the pattern. Do not knit in the botton holes given in the pattern. With the snap closure, you won't need button holes.  Don't piece them together yet!

Step 3: Pin the pieces on lining fabric

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Pin the blocked pieces onto the lining fabric and cut out the fabric leaving a seam allowance about a 1/2 inch wide around all sides of every piece.

Step 4: Sew the knit pieces together

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Follow the knitting pattern instructions to sew the pattern together.

Step 5: Sew the lining pieces together

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Following the exact same steps as the knitted pattern, sew the lining pieces together using the 1/2 inch seam allowance.
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.
maggiemay532 years ago
Brilliant, thank you for this idea and instructions.
Nettiemac5 years ago
This is a really neat idea.

And for those adults (or teens) who reckon wool is scratchy, this could be the way to get them to wear those knitted items you have worked hard to make for them - and you could still include the buttons and buttonholes. 
blopez (author)  Nettiemac5 years ago
I hadn't thought of that, but you're right. Good point.