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Yarn and Gauge Info
The asterisks indicate the most frequently used needle size for this yarn weight. The other needle sizes given are used for this yarn weight for certain pattern stitches, certain fibers or for certain desired fabric densities appropriate to, or necessary for, a specific pattern design.

The yardages given in this chart are for 100% wool. The ratio of yards per ounce is not an exact science as there are many variables, which determine this ratio.

Spins, slubs, tweeds, quality and processes (Superwash), all alter the ratio of yards per ounce per yarn weight category. Luxurious fibers, including alpaca, silk, mohair and camel hair, as well as cotton, linen, rayon and blends of any of these fibers have their own ratios of yards per ounce per weight.

Regardless, any fiber, if it is true to a weight category, will obtain the required gauge on the given needles in Stockinette Stitch, yielding a desirable fabric – one that is not too dense (tight), or too loose ().

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Penny Straker is now 70 years old and still working at both her knitting and gardening businesses. Please note that from April 1 through November 1, her time to respond directly about pattern-related issues is extremely limited due to the long hours of her gardening business. In an effort to assist knitters who may need help or have questions, we’ve set up a Ravelry group with a help thread. Your questions may also help others if posted publicly.


C796 Child’s Staithes Guernsey

B877 Innisfree

763 Inverness

Owls Eye Buttons
These hard-to-find quality 1/4" two-hole Mother-of-Pearl buttons are exactly the correct size for the owls on the sweaters and caps for patterns C818 Owl & Cap and B818 Baby Owl & Bonnet.

Buttons that are made of plastic, that are a different size, or that have four holes, truly spoil the look you want for your charming little owls. If you are knitting any of the owl designs - look no further for these special buttons. Here they are!

We offer these buttons because they are especially hard to locate. You can buy the larger closure buttons for the sweaters at your local yarn store, fabric store or craft store. Those stores will have a good selection of them. May we suggest mother-of-pearl for the closure buttons, too – they come in lovely soft, natural shades with a deep luster - subtle yet beautiful.

Owl Button Packs: prices include shipping and handling charges

Baby Owl & Bonnet
  • B818 Sweater & Bonnet Set: 28 pcs for $22.00 
  • B818 Sweater Only: 18 pcs for $15.00 
  • B818 Bonnet Only: 12 pcs for $11.00 
Owl & Cap C818
  • Sweater & Cap Set: 38 pcs for $28.00 
  • C818 Sweater Only: 18 pcs for $15.00 
  • C818 Cap Only: 20 pcs for $16.00 

Place your order with PayPal, or mail your written order and a check. 

If mailing a check please be sure to: 
  • Include your mailing address, phone number and email address. 
  • Make your check payable to Straker Classics.
  • Straker Classics 111 Rockland Street South Dartmouth, MA 02748 
We will mail your buttons by USPS first class mail (allow 4-8 business days).

Owls Eye Buttons
Straker Classics | 111 Rockland Street | South Dartmouth, MA 02748 |