Wednesday, August 20, 2008


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Do you have a project that's in need of a fabulous fashionista button, but you don't know how to make the hole for it? No worries here. Dive into making a button hole that will leave you wondering why you never tried it before. First of all, there are several ways to make a buttonhole, but I have found this method leaves a hole that is sturdy and wide enough for your button. You will knit or purl (depending on your pattern stitch). For the lesson I knit Row 1 and purl Row 2.

Let's get to it.

Row 1 – Knit over to the stitch where you want to start your buttonhole on your garment.

You will then yarn over (Y/O) twice (that is, bring the yarn forward and wrap around your needle twice) and knit through the back loop of the next stitch.

Knit the next two stitches together and continue knitting across the row.

Row 2- Purl over to the yarn overs (Y/O) from the first row,

purl one yarn over (Y/O) and drop the other yarn over (Y/O) off the needle.

You will continue to knit across the row. Dropping your yarn overs (Y/O) can be a little scarey at first, especially if you're new to knitting, but it works out – no worries!

Row 3- Knit to the buttonhole, knit one stitch through the hole and let the old stitch fall off your needle, continuing to knit across to the end of the row. This makes the perfect opening for your button.

Attaching the fashionista button….you will obviously have to line up the button hole and button so please mark the spot with a marker or rustproof pin. I prefer to sew the button on with a strand of yarn I'm using, when possible, to make the button extra secure (we're hard on buttons around here!).

I hope you'll enjoy your new found skill of button hole making! Go you! Now get out there and accessorize my wickedly knitty friends. I see you doing your happy dance, out there – lookin' good.

You can find more tips and resources in Knit 1 for the Road, now on Amazon and on my Etsy shop, margknittinaround.

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Marg buttoning down with no worries ;)

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