Download this is Esperance tutorial (Esperance-Getting Started) on how to do the Esperance Cowl Setup round, which includes placing buttons. Sometimes pictures just help communicate!. Esperance-Getting Started
The sample is done in two colors for clarity, using Willow from Zealana and an assortment of buttons I had in my button stash. The YarnSisters are always generous in providing me with yarn.
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