Technique Tuesday – Buttonholes

When making buttonholes, there are a number of methods to use. Some knitters will use the same process every time, others will try a different one for each project. Here I will show you the three main methods for buttonholes, it’s up to you if you want to be adventurous or stick to the one you prefer.

Yarn Over buttonhole:
This one is probably the simplest of buttonholes.

Yarn Over Buttonhole in Stocking Stitch
In Stocking Stitch
Yarn Over Buttonhole in Garter Stitch
In Garter Stitch








How to achieve it:
Knit to your desired location, yarn over (yo), knit the next two stitches together (k2tog), then work as normal. Your button-hole will be small, ideal for kids clothing or a garment that requires small buttons, but it will be neat and tidy if done correctly.

Two Row Buttonhole:
This is an easy to do buttonhole which can be worked to your required size, but it will stretch over time. Make sure you work the buttonhole to as tightly as you can for the button.

Two Row Button Hole Stocking Stitch

Two Row Buttonhole in Garter Stitch







How to achieve it:
Row 1: Work to your desired location. Bind off your required number of stitches, (the photographs above have two stitches bound off), work to the end.
Row 2: Work to the bound off section. Cast on the same number of stitches you bound off earlier using the backward loop method.


One Row Buttonhole:
This is the trickiest of the three buttonholes but is worth the effort. This buttonhole is much more sturdy than the others and has less chance of stretching over time.

One Row Buttonhole in Stocking Stitch
How to achieve it:
Work to your desired location. Bring yarn to the front and slip the next stitch purlwise. Place yarn to the back again and leave it there. *Slip the next stitch onto the RH needle and pass the second stitch over it as if casting off. Repeat this until you have worked the required amount of stitches. Slip the next stitch from the LH needle onto the RH needle and turn your work.

Using the knitting on, cable or backward loop cast on, cast on the same amount of stitches you just bound off, plus one more stitch. Turn your work again.

Slip the first stitch from the LH needle onto the RH needle and pass the second stitch (the extra stitch you cast on) over it. Work to the end.

Personally I prefer the yarn over buttonhole for children’s garments, and the one row buttonhole for adult pieces. It is the stronger buttonhole and will withstand the test of time. All of them do come in handy for their own occasion though so don;t be afraid to switch it up a bit.
I have to add my apologies for the lack of photographs here too. I did take a lot of in progress ones but they didn’t turn out right for one reason or another. I will re-do the photos and add them in asap.

Which buttonhole is your personal favourite?


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