When teaching my finishing classes, I am often asked about working neat buttonholes. I’ve tried many different techniques over the years and never loved any of the results – they seemed to sag and stretch – so I often avoided buttonholes completely.
But then I tried my technique for a neat underarm bind-off (when knitting a sweater bottom-up) and found it resulted in a neat, almost invisible hole. This method also hides the holes in the valleys created by purl stitches on the right side. I’ve given directions for both a one-stitch buttonhole in k1, p1 rib and a two-stitch buttonhole in K2, P2 rib.
Hi Rochelle, It is so dependent on the yarn you are using, there is no general rule. Your best bet is to add a part of your planned buttonhole band to your swatch—maybe even sewing your button choice onto the other side and experiment with buttoning and stretching it. That way you can decide what works best for your yarn, stitch pattern, and button. Hope that helps!
I have a question. How many stitches should you leave on each side of a horizontal buttonhole band?
Thank you, thank you!! This is brilliant and I’m so happy to be able to add this to my repertoire!
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