A Better Buttonhole

Knitting the Twist Cardigan has provided the opportunity to learn a new buttonhole, specifically the Tulips buttonhole by TECHknitting.  Here are my test buttonholes:

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If you want to do this buttonhole, the Interweave KnitsSpring Summer 2010 issue has the directions, but I found this video was pretty darned helpful in learning about to do.  My experience was that I didn’t need to use the smaller dpn needle to do the cast-on for the stitches of the buttonhole (which uses a crochet hook with a yarnover). I think this is because I’m a loose knitter, and I was able to pull those stitches quite tightly as I cast on. Since I was doing several buttonholes in one row, this was a way better thing.  They came out looking very symmetrical:

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I had a hiccup on the collar because I didn’t trust the pattern (sorry, Bonne Marie, how stupid is that!).  I cast-on fewer stitches for the collar than the pattern required because I was using my usual ratio formula.  This would have worked if I had intended to simply do a neck-band, but instead it pulled everything tighter that would be helpful for a collar turning out.  So I tinked my 3 inches or so of collar and tried again with the actual directions, and it worked (of course).  So I also followed the end cast-off directions, proving that I am teachable, and realiaed that the pattern has the collar echoing the button band cast-off.  Chic Knits patterns do this kind of thing all the time, it is so nice that someone else has thought of these things.

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Tasks remaining:

  1. Attach the sleeves (already knit) and pray that I don’t have any color-pooling because I didn’t alternate skeins on one of them.  If it is too noticeable, I will have to re-knit.  I’m trying to overlook that possibility.
  2. Block.  I think the slight pulling in on the bands will resolve itself nicely with blocking.
  3. Attach ribbon to button band and buttons for couture buttons.  I have the decorative buttons and the backing buttons.  I’m using these tutorials from Gigi of the Knitmore Girls. (look on the right side for grosgrain ribbon and button tutorials.)
  4. Weave in ends.  Celebrate greatly!
  5. Think about knitting a hat to match with the leftovers.
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2 thoughts on “A Better Buttonhole

  1. Carin,
    You’re welcome. I love this new buttonhole – much sturdier to me than the traditional one-row version I know.
    And I’m coveting a Twist of my own, I am! This is a gift for my cousin, without whom I wouldn’t have survived the past few months!

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