Thank you all for the kind words on Flutter. I'm wearing it today and it is comfy :-)
Meanwhile, I have been plugging away on my husband's cardigan. This morning, I happily announced:
"I managed to finish the second shoulder last night. So now, we just have to decide how high you want the collar, and then I do the buttonband, and that's it!"
"Buttonband? It's going to have buttons? I thought it would have a zipper."
Arghhhh! No wonder you're not supposed to knit sweaters for your man till there is a some sort of cultural/religious bond that is acts as a barrier to keep you from heading for the hills when you hear something like that, right?
Okay, folks. I knit this following the design elements for Jared Flood's Big Blue. This is knit back-and-forth, with a 2-inch gap that I left in the front for the buttonband. Any suggestions on what I do now? I know I need to block this first to see what I really have to work with. I'm guessing I need to pick up along the edges and knit some sort of zipper facing (which I've not made before). And I'm guessing it should be in stockinette because I'm imagining that ribbing would flare out once I tried to attach a zipper. But maybe not? Should I go for 1" facings and make it symmetric? Or a 2" facing on one side for an asymmetric opening? Any input is appreciated.