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Buttonholes are a utilitarian part of knitting that, in conjunction with buttons, perform the function of keeping a garment or accessory fastened together. This does not mean that buttonholes need to be simple or plain, but it does mean that they require a certain level of stability, especially if larger buttons are desired on the finished piece. The chained bind-off buttonhole is both visually attractive and superior in stability, making it a sturdy addition to any piece that will receive a rough-and-tumble workout (children's garments perhaps?). This buttonhole is worked with an opening using waste yarn, very much like an after-thought heel on a sock, or a thumb on a mitten. Then stitches are worked for one single round before being bound off for an attractive chained edge. For this tutorial the buttonhole is worked with a contrasting color to better exemplify the steps.

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Creative Knitting Editor Corrina Ferguson Meet Corrina Ferguson, new editor of Creative Knitting magazine. Corrina knits and designs in Florida where there are only about three sweater days per year, but she keeps on knitting and dreams of retiring somewhere where it snows. Corrina is a knitting designer, instructor and technical editor, and author of Warm Days, Cool Knits.

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