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How To Knit Buttonholes
Some patterns will give you specific instructions on how to knit a buttonhole; others will simply tell you to make one without explaining how.
Even if the pattern does give exact instructions, they may be for the most basic of buttonholes: yarn over and then k2tog. This makes a functional buttonhole but there are more choices than this.
The way a buttonhole is constructed determines how strong it is and how neat it is. If you are using bigger buttons and want larger buttonholes, the basic buttonhole will only be as large the yarn over.
Buttonholes are usually placed in the middle row of a buttonhole band. Since most bands are 5 or 7 rows, the buttonhole will be worked on Row 3 or 4; therefore, sometimes the buttonhole is worked on the right side and sometimes on the wrong side.
Here are instructions for knitting 5 different types of buttonholes. Buttonhole 5 is the neatest buttonhole and seems complex but if you follow the directions step by step, you'll be fine.
Buttonhole 1-Basic Buttonhole Knit Over Two Rows
Buttonhole 2-Buttonhole Knit Over One Row
Buttonhole 3-Buttonhole Knit Over One Row
Buttonhole 4-Buttonhole Knit Over One Row
Buttonhole 5-Buttonhole Knit Over One Row
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