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How To Make A Buttonhole

How To Make A Buttonhole

VideoJug's resident expert knitter Rachel Ong is going to show you how to make a buttonhole. This simple yet functional creation is an essential skill every knitter must possess. So learn how to make a buttonhole the VideoJug way.

Step 1: You will need

  • A button
  • A sewing needle
  • Some sewing thread
  • The fabric on which you want your button hole

Step 2: A large buttonhole

This is a horizontal buttonhole worked over two rows.

To make it, first measure your button against the fabric where you would like to make a hole. Your buttonhole wants to be about the same size as your button. Here it is about 5 stitches wide.

Start knitting your row as usual then stop at the point you wish the buttonhole to appear.

Cast off the required number of stitches, in this case, five, before continuing to knit to the end of the row.

To learn more about casting off see our video 'How To Cast Off'.

On the next row, knit until you reach the cast-off stitches then and cast on the same number of stitches as you cast off before continuing to knit to the end of the row.

To learn more about casting on see our video 'How To Cast On'.

You now have a buttonhole the perfect size for your button.

Step 3: A small buttonhole

This simple buttonhole forms a very small hole and can be worked over two stitches.

At the point you want your buttonhole, bring the yarn to the front of the work, then knit two stitches together. Continue knitting your stitches to the end.

On the following row, when you get to the two stitches knitted together, the yarn over the stitch should be worked as a normal stitch.

This will make a small but functional button hole.

Step 4: Sewing on your button

Once you have made your buttonhole, you are ready to sew on your button.

First line up you button with your button hole at the point you wish it to fasten.

Next take a long length of sewing thread, knotted at one end and threaded through a sharp sewing needle.

Starting at the back of the fabric, pass the needle up and through one hole in the button then pass it back down through the other hole in the button.

Repeat until your button is secure.

On the next stitch up, pass the needle up but to the side of the button and wrap the thread around the sewn stitches a number of times.

Finally pass the needle back down through the fabric and make a couple of stitches at the back to secure.

With buttons and buttonholes in place and can look forward to wearing your knitted garments without them falling off!