How to Make a Buttonhole Knitting: Put Your Knits Together

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Making a buttonhole in knitting involves binding off stitches and then casting them on again in the following row. This is a great way to add some functionality to your knitting projects. Make sure to keep an even tension and follow the instructions for your specific pattern. Once you’ve completed your project, you can enjoy your new functional creation.

Making a buttonhole in knitting has never been easier! All you need is some needles, yarn, and a tapestry needle.

In this article we’ll show you how easy it is to bind off your stitches, cast them on again in the following row, and create a perfect buttonhole with just a few simple steps.

So grab your materials and let’s get started! You will be surprised how quickly you can make the perfect buttonhole for any project.

Gather Materials: Needles, Yarn, and a Tapestry Needle

Gather your tools–needles, yarn, and a tapestry needle–to start the journey of crafting a beautiful buttonhole!

Before you begin, it’s important to understand tension. If the stitches are too loose, then the buttonhole will not stay closed when placed under stress. Conversely, if they are too tight, the fabric around the buttonhole may become distorted. Consider choosing a yarn that has some elasticity to help keep tension consistent throughout your project.

When selecting needles for your project, make sure they match up with the suggested size on your ball band or yarn label. This will ensure that all of your stitches are even and uniform throughout the project.

Finally, tapestry needles come in various sizes so choose one that fits through both strands of yarn easily without snagging or splitting them apart.

With these materials in hand, you can confidently move on to creating a swatch!

Make a Swatch

To prepare for the buttonhole, get your needles ready and create a swatch of your knitted fabric. You’ll want to knit up a gauge swatch following your pattern’s instructions to ensure that your finished project will be the right size.

This is especially important since buttonholes can vary in size depending on the size of the button you’re using. Plus, working with a smaller piece of fabric makes it easier to make mistakes without ruining an entire garment.

Start by casting on more stitches than required – this will help you measure out the exact stitch count needed for your pattern later on. Work with different colors if it helps you keep track of where one row ends and another begins as you knit along in stockinette stitch or another pattern stitch as specified by your pattern.

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Once you’ve completed a few inches of knitting, take some measurements and calculate how many stitches per inch (or cm) are present in your knitted fabric. Make sure that these numbers match up with what’s stated in the knitting pattern; if they don’t, try again until they do!

Then bind off those extra cast-on stitches so that all remaining rows are at the correct stitch count for your project. Now that you have a good starting point, it’s time to learn the basics of binding off stitches for making buttonholes in knitting!

Learn the Basics of Binding Off

Now that you’ve got a gauge swatch ready to go, it’s time to learn the basics of binding off stitches for buttonholes in knitting!

As an example, if your pattern requires four inches of buttonhole stitches, you’ll need to bind off as many stitches as that measurement calls for.

To do this correctly, you must pay attention to both your tension and yarn weight when binding off:

  • Tension – When binding off for a buttonhole, make sure that the same tension is used throughout. This will help ensure a neat finish and prevent any holes from forming.
  • Yarn Weight – It’s important to choose the right yarn weight for your project. If you’re using a lightweight yarn, it may be difficult to achieve the necessary tension when binding off. On the other hand, if you use a heavier yarn it might create too much bulk and affect the shape of your buttonhole.

To bind off correctly and make sure your finished product looks neat and even, take some time to practice with different types of yarns until you find one that works best for your project.

Understanding how each type of yarn behaves differently is key in creating perfectly shaped buttonholes every time!

When binding off your stitches, always keep an eye on both your tension and yarn weight so that you get consistent results with each row.

With enough practice and patience, making a perfect buttonhole will become second nature in no time!

Bind Off Your Stitches

Once you’ve got the working tension and yarn weight just right from your gauge swatch, it’s time to tightly bind off your stitches for a neat finish.

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To do this, knit two stitches together as one stitch and then pass the first stitch over the second. Repeat this process until there is only one stitch remaining on your needle. Cut your yarn and pull it through the last loop to secure it in place.

After binding off all of your stitches, it will look like several loops are still connected to each other. This creates an opening in your knitting and allows you to insert a button or closure later on.

You should now have an even edge with no dangling threads or loose edges that could unravel easily.

To ensure that your buttonhole looks neat when completed, make sure that you’ve bound off each stitch evenly so there are no large gaps between them when pulled tight. If you find any uneven spots, simply tug gently at the yarn until they are aligned properly before continuing with the next step.

Now that you’ve successfully bound off all of your stitches, you can move on to casting them back onto your needle so that they can be knitted together in the following row again!

Cast On the Stitches Again

You’ve completed the tedious task of binding off your stitches, and now it’s time to cast them back onto your needle so that they can be woven together in a beautiful pattern. Picture yourself weaving these delicate threads into a tapestry of perfection, creating something unique and special!

To increase the number of stitches for button placement, use the backward loop method when casting on new stitches. This involves wrapping your yarn around the needle from front to back then slipping it onto your left needle as one stitch. Do this until you have reached the desired number of stitches needed to create the buttonhole.

The next step is to arrange all of your newly cast-on stitches evenly across two needles. Make sure that each needle has an equal amount of stitches before continuing with the project.

Once you’re certain that all of your stitches are well balanced and ready for knitting, begin by knitting together every stitch on both needles in one row. When finished with this step, you should have created a neat little line that will form part of the buttonhole opening once complete.

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To finish off this section, slip each stitch from one needle onto another just as you did when beginning this process – being careful not to twist any stitches along the way. Finally, check to make sure everything looks neat and tidy before starting on testing out how easy it is for a button to fit through!

Test the Buttonhole

After weaving your stitches into a tapestry of perfection, test out the buttonhole to see if it’s tight enough for a button to slip through like liquid gold.

To do this, you’ll need to check for:

  • Stitch Tension: Check the tension of each stitch in the gap you created with the bind off and cast on process. Make sure that none are too loose or too tight – they should be consistent throughout. You can adjust them as needed.
  • Button Placement: Be sure to place your button in line with where you’ve made the hole so that when it is secured, it sits correctly and doesn’t disrupt any other stitches in the knitting pattern.
  • Overall Fitting: Once everything is set up correctly, test out how well your button fits through the hole. If it goes through easily and looks neat, then you’ve done a great job!

If all looks good, then congratulations – you’ve now successfully completed a beautiful little buttonhole! It may take some practice to get used to this technique, but once you have it down pat, there’s no limit to what kinds of creative projects you can make using buttons and knitwear!


Congratulations! You’ve just created a beautiful buttonhole in your knitting project.

You can now continue with the rest of your project, knowing that this carefully crafted buttonhole will be sure to last.

Not only did you learn a new skill, but you also enjoyed the creative process while doing it.

With practice and patience, you’ll be able to make even more intricate patterns and stitches as time goes on.

So keep at it: create something new every day and enjoy the satisfaction of mastering a craft!

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce is a knitting enthusiast and the founder of With a deep passion for the craft, Katherine aims to make knitting accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. Through, she provides online tutorials and resources to help others discover the joys of knitting and develop their skills.

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