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One Row Buttonholes

April 27, 2015
5. pass 1 stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle
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Buttons on our Playdate cardigan from Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe

There are many techniques for creating buttonholes. This tutorial shows you how to make a one-row buttonhole. For information on spacing your buttonholes and creating a button band check out our button band tutorial here.

1-stitch buttonhole: This is my preferred method, it is simple and creates a small, tidy hole. To work a 1 stitch buttonhole simply work (yo, k2tog)

A 1-stitch buttonhole works perfectly for Lush!

A 1-stitch buttonhole works perfectly for Lush, especially if you are using smallish buttons.

2, 3, and 4-stitch buttonholes : For larger buttons, or in lighter weight sweaters (fingering / sock weight for example) a 1 st buttonhole would be too small, so you will have to go with something bigger. For 2, 3, and 4 stitch buttonhole you will work as follows:

1. slip the next 2 sts

2. pass the first over the second and off (also known as binding off 1 st)

3. slip 1 more stitch

4. pass the first over the second (binding off a second stitch)

Note: for a larger buttonhole work steps 3 and 4 more times. For a 3 st buttonhole you would work steps 3 and 4 once more, for a 4 st buttonhole you would work steps 3 and 4 twice more etc.

5. pass 1 stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle

6. Using backwards loop method, cast on 2 sts (or, if you are working a 3 st buttonhole cast on 3 sts, for a 4 st buttonhole cast on 4 sts etc.)

Ready for a buttonhole row!

Ready for a buttonhole row!

Work to where you want your first buttonhole.

Work to where you want your first buttonhole.

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1. slip 2 sts

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2. pass the first over the second and off (also known as binding off 1 st)

One stitch has been bound off

One stitch has been bound off

3. slip 1 more stitch

3. slip 1 more stitch

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4. pass the first over the second (binding off a second stitch).

5. pass 1 stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle

5. pass 1 stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle

6. Cast on 2 sts using backwards loop cast on

6. Cast on 2 sts using backwards loop cast on

2 sts have been cast on

2 sts have been cast on

Buttonhole complete!

Buttonhole complete!

Voila! You have a buttonhole in a single row. Some variation you may want to try include cast on sts in a different manor. We used the backwards loop cast on but you could turn your work (so the wrong side is facing), cast on sts using a knitted cast on, then turn your work back (so the right side is facing).

If you are unsure of what  size of buttonhole you need, try one, work a few sts more, then see if you can get the button through. It should be a bit of a tight squeeze, knitting is stretchy and you don’t want your cardigan popping open!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2015 6:47 am

    Reblogged this on Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl and commented:
    This is a great photo tutorial for creating buttonholes from Tin Can Knits.

  2. knittedblissjc permalink
    April 27, 2015 8:59 am

    such a great walk through of the one row buttonhole! I’m a fan of this technique.

  3. April 27, 2015 7:25 am

    Thank you,i have tried and and failed.Your tutorial is awesome!!

  4. April 27, 2015 6:06 am

    This tutorial is great! Very clear, and perfect timing, as I’ve been procrastinating over working the button band on my first cardigan, which has been in the works for around a year and a half! Thank you!

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