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Tutorial: One-Row Buttonhole

Buttonholes can be the most obstinate, stubborn part of knitting. The majority of the techniques often look sloppy, unfinished or severely limit your button-size choices. That said, there is one buttonhole that is easy to work, looks smoother than nearly all the other buttonhole options, and offers flexibility with the size: the one-row buttonhole.

Note: First decide the width of your buttonhole. You'll want to keep in mind your gauge and the size of the button, having the buttonhole measure a smidge smaller than the button for a snug fit. The most common size in a worsted-weight yarn for a 1-inch button is a four-stitch buttonhole.

Step 1: With the right side facing, work to where the buttonhole will be placed. Bring your yarn to the front, slip the next stitch as if to purl, and then move your working yarn to the back so that it wraps around the front of the stitch you just slipped.

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Step 1

Step 2: Slip the next stitch on the right-hand needle as if to purl; then pass the first slipped stitch up and over the newly slipped second stitch. You aren't working the stitch, so the working yarn will stay at the back, hanging off the left-hand needle.

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Step 2

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until you have bound off the desired number of stitches. It will feel weird binding off those stitches without working them, but that's normal.

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Step 3

Step 4: Place the last stitch back over to the left-hand needle. Turn your work so that the wrong side is facing. Using the cable cast-on method, cast on the same number of stitches you bound off PLUS one extra stitch. So, if your buttonhole stitch width is three stitches, you'll cast on four stitches total. If you bound off four stitches, you'll cast on five stitches total. And so on .... PS: If you need a refresher on the cable cast-on method, view my video tutorial.

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Step 4

Step 5: Turn your work again so that the right side is facing. Slip the first stitch on the left-hand needle over to the right-hand needle and pass the last cast-on stitch up and over to bind it off. And voila! You are finished with the buttonhole! Now, continue working forward in the pattern as usual.

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Step 5

Use the one-row buttonhole anywhere you need a button closure!

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