This is a buttonhole that I do when I’m doing a 1×1 rib, and I’ll also do it to you with 2×2 rib.
And here’s why I like it so much If you look at this 1×1 rib it’s hard to even see where those buttonholes have been worked. If you look at the back side, you can see them, and the more you use them, the more apparent they’re going to become. But they tend to. If you don’t button your cardigan, they tend to stay pretty nice and small. So that’s why I like them I think they’re really a nice neat buttonhole.
So to do this It’s a two row buttonhole and what you’re going to do is. I’m just going to do a second layer of buttonholes and what you’re going to do you always work the buttonhole on a purl stitch on the right side. So you’re going to start the buttonhole one stitch before your purl. It’s going to be your buttonhole. You can actually mark this stitch if you want to, and you can go ahead and mark all the buttonholes you’re going to make all the way up.
I’m just going to do it on this one. So there’s my buttonhole stitch right there. The stitch before, you’re going to knit one front and back into the knit stitch. Next, you’re going to purl, and then you’re going to take that little extra stitch you just made by knitting into the back of that knit stitch, and that you’re going to pull over. That is what you’re going to use as your bind-off.
Now immediately slip that new stitch over to your left needle and knit it together with your next knit stitch. And now you’ve got two knit stitches next to each other and that hole there is where your buttonhole is going to be. So again … You’re going to knit one front and back. Purl your actual bind-off stitch.Pull that little extra stitch over to bind it off.
Slip it immediately over to your left needle and knit it together with your first knit stitch. That is how you’re going to work each bind-off… or each buttonhole. And then when you come back to those stitches, on the next wrong side row — and you do want to work this on a right side row. On the wrong side row when you come to those gaps you are just going to backwards loop cast one on where you have that space. And that is it.
Here’s my gap I’m just going to backwards loop cast-on one stitch Stay in pattern Backwards loop cast-on, in place of that it would be a knit on the wrong side Carry on in pattern.
And that’s it That is how you work that That little knitting one front and back into the stitch before is the same trick that I use when I’m doing neck lines to bind-off. You can see already how invisible those are There’s one there… and one there… But they’re pretty invisible.
So that’s it So then I’ll show you if you’re doing a knit 2 purl 2 rib you can do a two stitch buttonhole in the same way, and I’ll show you that. That was the 1×1 rib, and now I’m going to show how if you’re working a 2×2 rib, how you can use this same method. So here you can see it’s a little more evident because these are two stitch buttonholes. But it leaves that row of knit stitches in tact and the buttonholes take place within that purl ridge, and that’s why they stay pretty neat.
So to work it, it’s exactly the same idea It’s just you’re going to bind-off one more stitch. And again you’re going to work it. The stitch before — these are the purl stitches I’m going to use for the button hole. So in the knit before, I’m going to knit one front and back, purl my first of my bind-off stitches, pull the little extra stitch over as the first bound off stitch, purl one more and pull it over, and that’s the stitch you’re going to slip to your left needle and knit it together with your knit stitch there. And again you can kind of manipulate it so that it neatens it up. So the difference on this one is… Well maybe I’ll do one more for you… So again knit one front and back, purl your first bind-off stitch, pull that extra stitch over, bind-off one more purl-wise slip the resulting stitch over to your left needle, knit it together, and carry on.
So when I cast on the stitch over those gaps, rather than casting on two, I use the same trick that I use when I’m casting-on for underarms I cast-on only one and then… when I come back to that stitch on the next pass I’m going to pick-up to pick up that slack. Here I go again… I’m only going to cast-on one of the two stitches. And carry on And when I come back to it, that’s when I’m going to pick up that extra slack, and make the second stitch that I need. Here is where I cast-on This tends to happen when you use backwards loop cast-on.
So rather than fight it, I’m just going to go with it I’ve got the slack I’m going to use it. Come from behind with your left needle and then purl into its front. It’s always a little tricky. And that takes up that extra slack, and now you’ve got both of your stitches. And that just again aids in keeping that a little bit neater.
So again, when you come to the spot where you cast-on one come from behind with your left needle and purl into the front of that stitch, and that will take up that extra slack, and keep the buttonhole neater. So there you go. This is what it’s going to look like and that is how and that is how I use this buttonhole method for a 2×2 rib.