5 Knit Buttonholes You Need to Know Now

Thanks for taking the class! I hope you now have some more buttonhole “tools” in your Knitting Toolbox.

Here are some other resources you might find helpful:

Simflex Expanding Sewing Gauge
The Simflex Expanding Sewing Gauge is the nifty tool I had in class. That link is to the best price I could find at the time, but you might poke around Amazon to make sure you find the best price.






TechKnitter has a series of articles on buttonholes.

Part 1 Buttonholes in Handknitting

Part 2 Button Lore

Part 3 The Sheepseye (yarnover) Buttonhole

Part 4 Vertical Buttonholes

The Improved Eyelet Buttonhole from A Pile of Sheep is described here.

The Tulip Buttonhole from TechKnitter as demonstrated on YouTube by Eunny Jang. I haven’t used this one in “real life” yet, and it’s a bit fiddly, so it didn’t make it into class. It’s worth a try.

2016 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival students: There was some confusing about the Larger Eyelet Buttonhole in 1×1 Rib (p. 2 of handout). Step 2 is written correctly. The instructions are as follows:

Step 1: Work several rows of k1, p1 rib, to row where buttonhole will be placed.

Step 2: Work in rib to buttonhole location, ending with a purl stitch (this means the last stitch that you work is a purl), ssk, yo, p2tog; rep from * for desired number of buttonholes and ending with rib to end of row.

Step 3: Work next row in pattern, placing (p1, k1) in the yarnover.

On p. 3 of the handout, One Row Buttonhole with Crochet Cast-On, Step 5 should say: “Insert crochet hook from front to back between first 2 sts…”