Button bands and button holes

Learn how to make different sized button holes in our clear and easy video!

There are several ways of making buttonholes, and the method you use depends on the size of hole required.

Two row buttonhole

  1. Work to the position of the buttonhole, then work the next 2 stitches.
  2. With the tip of the left needle, slip stitch over second stitch.
  3. Continue casting off in this way for the required amount of stitches, then work to end of row.
  4. Turn and work back along the row until you reach the stitches that were cast off on the previous row.
  5. Turn the work around and insert the tip of the right needle between the first two stitches on the left needle.
  6. Using the cable method, cast on the same number of stitches that you cast off on the previous row.

Pro Tip

If you place the last stitch in the normal way, a loop will form creating a second buttonhole. To stop a loop from forming, before placing the last cast on stitch onto the left needle, bring the yarn between the needles to the front of the work. This will stop a second loop from forming.
Turn the work around again and complete the row. The buttonhole is now complete.

Small eyelet buttonhole

  1. Work to the position of the buttonhole. If the next stitch is to be knitted, take your yarn forward to the front of the work between the tips of the needles and knit the next 2 stitches together, which will make a hole. By taking the yarn forward a loop is formed which will make another stitch.
  2. Complete the row.
  3. On the next row, simply work the row as normal knitting the loop.
  4. You have now completed your small eyelet buttonhole.
  5. If however when working the buttonhole, the next stitch is to be purled, wrap the yarn around the needle from front to back, then purl next two stitches together which will make a hole. By wrapping the yarn around the needle a loop is formed which will make another stitch.
  6. Complete the row.
  7. Next row simply work the row as normal purling the loop.
  8. You have now completed your small eyelet buttonhole.
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