Most of the ribbons for stabilizing button bands on sweaters have arrived.
There are dachshunds, cactus, boots, flowers, donuts, lovebugs, lovebirds, lamas, and a few other things.
This is how it will be placed along the wrong side of the button band. This is a 1″ ribbon but I’m going to use a 5/8″ ribbon for this narrower band. I have the gray elephant ribbon in both sizes.
Some of the more decorative buttons are a bit heavy and will cause the button band to stretch and flop but adding the ribbon stabilizes the band.
Most knitters probably use some matching, “does not draw attention” ribbon but I love the brighter, happier ribbons that make me smile. That side of the button band will show some when the sweater isn’t buttoned and I rarely wear my sweaters buttoned.
Having all this pretty ribbon makes me want to knit more cardigans . . or maybe just finish some I have started!