Instructions for creating small buttonholes for a baby sweater are given below. These are 2 stitches wide, but the knitted fabric is stretchy, and these holes will easily fit a 5/8” button. This is a more complex method than the 2-stitch buttonholes found in many knitting machine manuals, but it really isn’t very hard to make and looks much neater.
We will make just one buttonhole for a sample. After you complete it, please make a larger sample with at least 3 buttonholes in it, so you get experience working with a real buttonhole band. The sample uses sport weight yarn, or DK weight, that knits to a gauge of 22 sts per 4” at tension (T) 4 on an LK 150 machine.
Important! Even though only 2 stitches are marked with contrast yarn or ravel cord, most of the buttonhole is actually worked on 3 needles. Counting from the left side of each group of 3 stitches, left needle is number 1, middle needle is number 2, and right needle is number 3.
Knit 1 row at T 6. This seals the hem, and the looser row provides more ease when joining the band to the sweater.
Remove the completed band on waste yarn. When joining it to the garment, reverse the work; the knit side of the waste yarn should face you, the purl side faces the machine.
This is the right side (public side) of the band.
And this is the inside of the band. It also looks pretty neat on this side.
This concludes the detailed instructions on how to make a buttonhole in a folded stockinet band. I hope you find it helpful.
For a 12-page PDF of this tutorial, please click here. The photos are larger, for more detail.