Button bands

Learn how to pick up stitches and make the buttonholes

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Here, we show how you create buttonbands for your garments. This involves picking up stitches along the edge of your piece, and knitting your buttonbands, with buttonholes. (In the video, we’re working with double yarn – but the same technique is used for single yarn.)

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Step By Step

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With the right side facing, insert the right needle into the first edge stitch, from front to back.

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Wrap your yarn around the needle and pull it through.

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Repeat until the end of the row.

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Button Row One: Work to where you want to place the first buttonhole.

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Cast off the number of stitches your pattern tells you to.

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Continue in this way until you have the required number of buttonholes.

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After your last buttonholes, work to end of the row.

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Button Row Two: Work to the first buttonhole.

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Turn your knitting around and cast on the same number of stitches you cast off on the previous row, using the cable cast on technique.

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Turn your knitting back around and continue knitting the next buttonhole.

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Finish out the row, repeating the techniques from steps 8-10.

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