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.
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.)
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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