Buttonholes in Knitted Band

Buttonholes in Sideways Knitted Band – not ribbed

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  • Decide length of band by holding garment edge up to machine; pull out required number of needles
  • Use garment tension minus 2 numbers
  • Decide how long your buttonholes will be and where they will be evenly located; jot the needle numbers down of the ones you want for buttonholes; perhaps 2 -4 needles (N) for each small button, 5 or 6 for a medium and 7 or 8 N for a large button
  • Cast on with waste yarn (WY); Knit (K) 8 – 10 rows (Bulky 4 – 6)
  • K 1 row of ravel cord
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  • With main yarn (MY) K 6 or 8 rows (depends on the width of band you desire) (Bulky 4 – 6)
  • Using your notes, pull out the N’s for the buttonholes across piece and let stitch drop behind latch
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  • Cut a short length of ravel cord or thin yarn and hand knit one at a time into the selected N’s – keeping the N’s in working position; repeat for each buttonhole
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  • K 6 – 8 more rows of MY (Bulky 4 – 6)
  • K 1 row at loose tension
  • Tension back as before; K 6 – 8 rows (Bulky 4 – 6)
  • Bring N’s forward a bit for the buttonholes (refer to your notes for needle numbers), ALSO pulling out one extra needle on the left of each group of N’s
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  • Using a single prong transfer tool, pick up the live stitches from the MY that are right below the top line of ravel cord and put into the hooks of your N’s you have pulled out a bit – put a stitch in the new left needle, too
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  • Let original stitch fall behind the latch, keeping new loop in the latch, hand knit each one through
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  • Beginning at the right hand side of the first buttonhole, transfer the stitch on the second N to the first stitch on the right – doubling sts on N
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  • Let the original stitch fall behind latch, and keep new st in hook, hand knit this new loop through it
  • Now transfer that new stitch back to the empty N, leaving the first N on the right empty and out of work
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  • Transfer the next stitch (3rd st) to the right, doubling sts on the 2nd N; let original st fall behind latch; hand knit through that st
  • Repeat across your buttonhole until you have one st left on the extra N you pulled out on the left of each buttonhole group
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  • With single prong tool, pick up the live stitches that are held by the ravel cord across the bottom and hang them in the empty N’s; repeat for each buttonhole
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  • K 6 – 8 more rows in MY (Bulky 4 – 6)
  • Finish by one of the following methods:
    • Remove band on WY
    • Follow instructions to attach the garment for an enclosed sandwich band for cut and sew edges (In Machine Knit Techniques)
    • Attach band to garment:
      • To do a Loop Through a Loop bInd-off begin with COR; To do a back stitch bind off begin with the COL
      • Hang hem from waste yarn, K 1 row, hang garment right side to machine (purl side facing you), and K 1 loose row, remove by back stitch bind off or loop through a loop bind off
  • Remove ravel cord
  • You may copy, print and use any of the info on my blog. Please do not copy and repost anywhere on the internet without contacting me to get my permission. Thank you, Ann
  • Ann Huppert (GrammaAnn)
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