Finally got the buttons on. Attached them using the sweater yarn, but split the 4-ply yarn and used 2-plies to sew on buttons. Turned out ok:
What to do with a leftover ball of yarn? Make a Tam O'Shanter, or beret. Just for fun I repeated the lace-like insert I used next to the button band on the sweater and repeated it 7 times on the little hat:
I blocked the Tam on the biggest plate I had in the cupboard:
Here is a closeup of the buttons I found. And a better pic of the small lace-like insert next to the button band:
All in all I am happy with the project. I prefer to work with natural yarns for garments and hats as they block better, but love the acrylics for crocheted afghans.
Thank you for popping in for a visit. Until next time. . . it is back to sewing/quilting for me. What are you up to?