Buttonholes… Aren’t they one of the knitter’s worst nightmares? They are small and mostly invisible when the garment is buttoned up and still we know they’re there and we want them to look nice and professional…
This week I’m going to try and find the perfect way to knit a buttonhole. I even have an idea of my own but I need to check first – some clever brain might already have come up with it well before me!
The best source I’ve found this time is the TECHKnitter (by the way, she’s a genius – to read without moderation!), she has a series of posts dedicated to buttonholes so I’ll simply post a link to her alphabetical index: go to the BUTTONHOLES section and see for yourself.
Now, if you are not a buttonhole maniac or a n incurable perfectionist (or just too very busy to experiment), check this Knitty tutorial featuring three classical buttonholes: the YO (sheep’s eye in TECHKnitter’s terminology), the one-row and the two-row.
And now I’m off to try a couple of methods!
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All right, I guess it’s time for the verdict… I must admit that this week’s challenge hasn’t been a success: I’ve tried several methods and I’m not convinced… When I need to knit a buttonhole band, I’ll probably work it in two halves and then sew them together leaving vertical holes for the buttons. Another method I like a lot is a knit-on i-cord, I’ve already tried it on a project I can’t show you just yet and it does result in a clean professional looking finish. Here’s a picture from Kate Davies’ blog so you can see what I mean!
As a last resource, I’ve written to my Mom asking her about her buttonhole knitting tactics… I’ll let you know if she comes up with something original! Until then – good knitting to all of you!