buttonholes

Posted by: highwindy (IP Logged)
Date: April 20, 2009 07:51AM

I finished a cardigan baby sweater that has three buttons up the front. The bottom buttonhole is perfect, but the top and middle buttonholes seem to have disappeared even though I remember knitting them. Since the sweater is finished, is there a way to add buttonholes now?

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Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: April 20, 2009 08:45AM

You can certainly add button holds after the fact. What kind of a buttonhole did you make? If it is something as simple as the k2tog, yarn over type button hole, I find that sometimes inserting my finger between some stitches and wiggling it around makes a hole big enough to serve as a button hole.

If you need a more finished button hole, you can mark where you want the hole to be and then carefully snip the yarn in the middle of what would be your button hole, carefully slip the yarn until you have the appropriate size hole and then take your yarn, or a complementary colored, smooth yarn, and either do the buttonhole stitch all around, or for a more casual look, whip around the edges of the button hole.

If you remember creating the other two holes, I would carefully look over my work -- your stitches may have closed in on themselves a bit and if you can find the holes, put your finger in and wiggle around a bit to bring them back out.

Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: April 20, 2009 07:33PM

One trick I use when knitting a baby sweater is to put buttonholes on both sides of the button band. This way the sweater can be used for the initial recipient, then for younger brother(s) or sister(s). And, there is NO question as to where the buttons belong. No odd placements causing gaps or funny stretches.

Happy Knitting!!! Marian