At any rate, once I realized the error, I thought about it and decided I could live with banding instead of the plain background and carried on. I think my inadvertent modification may have been the reason I ran out of yarn and had to order more -- stocking stitch uses more than lacework. Minor problem. Even the additional yarn left me very short and I knit less rows for the buttonband. Still, it was working.
But as soon as I tried it on (just laying it over my shoulders) and looked in the mirror, I realized the problem I'd created: The original pattern had no need, when setting out buttonholes, to ensure that the bands matched, because there were no bands on one side. Plus the one side was so vertically-oriented that the horizontal stripes, so often a danger, were minimized. That's when I panicked and began the swearing. But chatting with Lynette yesterday, I'm reassured that blocking will ensure that the bands match up neatly, even with the buttons on, and also confident that the cable will provide a strong enough vertical line to overcome the effect of the banding. As well, we took care with button choice in order to provide another strong vertical line. After trying out ten or more, these ones made the cut. I wasn't sure at first, thinking they might be too strong a design, drawing attention away from the sweater, but Lynette swayed me, and I'm liking them more and more.
Here's a closer look at the button pattern.
And here's a temptation I couldn't resist -- well, I've actually resisted it on several different occasions but couldn't leave this Handmaiden
To me, there are reflections in this yarn of the bleached driftwood I see on the beach. The resemblance is not as clear in the photo. You'd need to sit with me in the sun to really get it, but here's the yarn again, closer up
and here's a closer look at the driftwood -- especially the colours up in the left top corner. I'm off to Vancouver now -- we're getting all 1980s for a Surprise 50th for my sister-in-law tomorrow night (I got a dress at Value Village -- that 80s cobalt blue, shoulders out to the heavens, embellishment on one side of the yoke, as polyester as you could want!) and then on Sunday, my girls are taking me out for a Mothers' Day Tea. Hope you have a good weekend as well.