How to place buttonholes evenly

Maple Street Cardigan
The Maple Street Cardigan     

The current Knitting Daily Knit-Along is the Maple Street Cardigan, and I'm getting close to doing the buttonhole band. I've tried lots of techniques to place buttonholes evenly, including counting rows between the holes, doing some math to determine the space between each hole, and my favorite—eyeballing it and hoping for the best!

As you can guess, I've had varying degrees of success with these methods.

I decided to try and find a new method that would work for me, and my first stop was series 600 of Knitting Daily TV; I thought I remembered something that Eunny demonstrated, and I was right.

    
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Figure 2

Using just a piece of paper and a pen, Eunny has put me on the road to even buttonholes every time. I just love her!

Placing Your Buttons and Buttonholes Evenly

1. Take a strip of no-stretch string or a piece of paper and make it the length of exactly the beginning and ending points for the buttons.

2. Fold the string or paper into four equal segments.

3. Mark these four segments with a pen or pencil and hold the string or paper up to the knitting (Figure 1).

4. Place markers or pins where the buttons are to be placed.

5. You can also mark the string or paper with size of button to know how big to make the buttonhole (Figure 2).

Here's a clip from KDTV to show you the process, too.

A note about buttonhole size: Don't make buttonholes exactly the same size as your buttons. Make them a little smaller if possible so the buttons will stay in the hole. I've made the mistake of making buttonholes too large, and while it's easy to stitch them closed a little bit, why not make them the right size in the first place?

There are so many tips, tricks, and inspiration in every episode of Knitting Daily TV, and we have several DVD sets on sale in our Hurt Book and Overstock sale.

So don't watch reruns this summer, get Knitting Daily TV on DVD and learn something new!

Cheers,

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