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How to Knit Buttonholes (Knitting Technique)

Learn how to Knit Buttonholes. My easy-to-understand 5-Step process guides you through every knit stitch and technique required to create knitted buttonholes in your creative project.


MATERIALS USED TO KNIT BUTTONHOLES

  • Yarn
  • Knitting Needles
  • Buttons
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
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5 STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO KNIT BUTTONHOLES

Step 1 – BUTTONHOLE SIZE

  • Start on the Right Side of Your Work
  • Place Button on Knitted Work
  • Determine Number of Knit Stitches to Create Buttonhole, slightly less than button diameter

Step 2 – BEGIN BUTTONHOLE EDGE

  • Bring Yarn to Front
  • Slip 1 Stitch Purlwise
  • Bring Yarn to Back

Step 3 – KNIT BOTTOM EDGE

  • Slip 1 Stitch Purlwise
  • Pass Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO)

Repeat 2-Step Pattern Above for Number of Knit Stitches to Create Buttonhole, then

  • Place Last Stitch on Right Needle onto Left Needle

WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL TO KNIT BUTTONHOLES


Step 4 – KNIT TOP EDGE

  • Turn Work from Right Side to Wrong Side
  • CABLE CAST ON knitting technique for Number of Knit Stitches to Create Buttonhole PLUS 1

Step 5 – FINISH BUTTONHOLE EDGE

  • Turn Work from Wrong Side back to Right Side
  • Slip 1 Stitch Off Left Needle Onto Right Needle Purlwise
  • Pass Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO)

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