Then I went and chose buttons. I sewed them on carefully.
So I went to the fabric store and bought some grosgrain ribbon.
The problem was -- if not perfectly solved -- resolved.
I have never added any woven material to my knits before. I was a bit skeptical, but the band definitely needed stiffening. I briefly considered ripping out my cast-off and knitting a double band, but that just seemed ridiculous after I had sewn the buttons on.
(I never noticed before how long my arms must be -- I lengthened the body of this pattern substantially for my measurements, and the arms even moreso. I think this sweater looks rather disproportional flat! It fits perfectly, though.)
Tangled Yoke from Fall 2007 Interweave Knits
Rowan Felted Tweed Color 039, Crush (discontinued) -- just under 7 balls
Began January 2008, completed February 2008.
After this knit, I did not touch a knitting needle for two weeks. (Ok, maybe 2 inches of a project, but no more than that.)I was too distracted.