Since most of my designs are cardigans, I thought it might be nice to share one of my favorite buttonhole techniques. I've been told by some knitters and tech editors that it that is not used too often. Or maybe it's just one of those secret knitting techniques people just don't talk about. Either way, it is too nice of a buttonhole to have it languish in the cold, dark, overlooked world of good finishing techniques. Enjoy!
One row buttonhole tutorial
1. Work to the point of your first buttonhole and with your yarn in front, slip 1 stitch purlwise.
2. Move yarn to back.
3. Slip 1 st purlwise from the left needle to the right needle.
4. Pass the 2nd st on the right needle over the first st as if to bind off.
5. Repeat slip 1, bind off 1 for as many stitches needed to fit your button, I am binding off 4 total.
6. Slip the last stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.
7. Turn the work.
8. Using the cable cast on, begin casting on for the top of the buttonhole.
8a. To work cable cast on, put right needle between first and second stitch on left needle.
8b. Wrap yarn.
8c. Pull yarn through between 2 stitches.
8d. Place new stitch on left needle. Be sure not to pull too tight when making new stitches! You want the tension to be close as possible to your bind off edge on the bottom.
9. Cast on one more stitch than you bound off. In my case, I'm casting on 5 sts (4+1).
10. Turn the work, slip the first stitch on the left needle over to the right needle.
11. Pass the extra stitch from the cast on over the stitch just slipped to the right needle to close the buttonhole.
Work in rib, stockinette or pattern until you get to your next buttonhole and repeat.