Sunday, 28 October 2007

Nameless buttonhole

Here is the nameless buttonhole.

It was inspired by EZ's afterthought buttonhole, but with this one you do need to decide where you are going to put it. It works beautifully in garter stitch, as you can see -

It does hide itself quite nicely - here you can see it more clearly.

I am sure it isn't original - what is ever new in knitting, anyway? - but it is new to me and I am quite pleased with it.

It is extremely easy to work, very logical. I shall demonstrate on a stocking stitch swatch, as it is easier to see what is happening.

When you reach the point where you want your buttonhole to be, you drop your working yarn and work the appropriate number of stitches with a piece of waste yarn. Three stitch buttonhole = three stitches in waste yarn.

Then you slip those stitches back to the left hand needle -

- and you pick up your working yarn and continue. Like this, straight across.

You end up with a little blip of waste yarn where the buttonhole is going to be, of course.

And when you are ready, then you finish the buttonhole. Using a length of the working yarn, bring it up through one of the stitch loops next to the buttonhole -

- and work around in back stitch, taking care to work through the separate stitch loops.
This is the corner stitch, the one next to the waste yarn - and the same goes for the other end, of course.

This is what you end up with - it is easy to weave in the ends for this, because you can leave them as long as you like.

And then you simply remove the waste yarn. If you've been careful with your stitching then it will come away very easily indeed. And your buttonhole is finished - a neat, symmetrical result. Not so bad, I don't think. And if you like, you could make the stitching into a decorative feature. You could use a contrast yarn perhaps, or maybe chain stitch rather than back stitch.

Looks best in garter stitch though, definitely.


Pixie said...

Wow that looks like magic to me, so how about the Magic Buttonhole? neat how you teach us to do different things and make it look so easy :)

Queen of the froggers said...

Thank you. A great tutorial.

Soo said...

Very clever!! Definitely a page to bookmark.


Marianne Jacobs said...

Very neat solusion for an often messy look in a border

needlebed said...

Thank you, that looks great. Could a similar method be used on a knitting machine?