Bond Machine Knitting - Button and Buttonhole methods

Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 12:29:48 -0500
From: (Cindy S Polfer)
Subject: [BOND] Buttonhole method(s)

These are directions for a buttonhole in 1x1 rib, but could probably be
adapted to a 2x1 rib also.


[Note:  When working this method the wrong side of ribbing is facing you.
 The right side will be against the machine.]

Work the number of rows to where you want buttonhole to be.  Convert to
1x1 rib.  We will now work the buttonhole.  At the place where you want a
buttonhole, transfer one of the stitches you converted (it will be a knit
st) to an adjacent needle. [ Note: You need to use one of the stitches
you converted or the rows will look funny on the right side of your
knitted rib.]   Leave empty needle in WP (working position). This is so
it will pick up a strand of yarn when you knit the next row). Work the
next few row and convert those rows knitted to rib.  When converting the
buttonhole row, I like to insert the tool into the row just above the
yarn over hole (button hole), drop the stitches to that point and latch
up. It seemed to make a sturdier buttonhole.  You could also drop it to
the hole, and then latch up (I didn't think that was as sturdy).  I would
try a sample and see which one you like best.  You will find that the
buttonhole has been placed in the purl stitch on the right side of the
rib.  On the wrong side, the latched row will look a little funny and not
continuous because of the buttonhole.  The latched stitch will veer
sideways just under the hole and then continue straight up above the


This is a variation of the above buttonhole.  It makes a slightly larger
one.  Work the buttonhole as before, but when you place your hook into
the "yarn over" made and then drop the stitches to latch them back up,
latch up as follows:  Instead of latching up the first bar you come to
above the "yarn over" strand, skip it, and latch the next one, latching
the strand you skipped into the stitch you latched up ( it would be like
doing one shaker stitch).  Doing this just makes an "elongated"
buttonhole and produces a little more room than the other to put through
a little bigger button. 

To give the above techniques a try, try working a 10 stitch sample.

Cindy Polfer -
Big Rock, IL


Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 09:01:26 -0600
Subject: [BOND] sewing on buttons

Hello folks,
I would like to share my method of sewing buttons on cardigans and 
hanging towels..or any other stress points. I find little flat clear buttons 
and sew them on the back are sewing both buttons on at 
the same time, but leave a little ease between the two for buttoning 
the pieces up. Hope this is of use to someone. I hope you are having 
a great day!
Helen in Calgary, Ab
Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you are up to!


Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 11:58:36 -0400
From: "peretz" 
Subject: Re: [BOND] sewing on buttons

When sewing on buttons, one thing to consider is that some sewing threads
will actually cut into the yarn of a sweater esp. if the button is sewn on
very tight and over time, can damage it. 
I often sew yarn on adult sweaters with perle cotton. If you have a fine
weight yarn, like fingering yarn  or can ravel out one ply of the yarn of
the sweater, that make a good thread for sewing on buttons.

Lee Peretz, Lexington, KY


Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 16:01:57 -0400
From: "Insure X Inc." 
Subject: Re: [BOND] sewing on buttons

My grandma taught me a long time ago to put a little dab of clear nail
polish on the thread or yarn after you sewed it on. It really holds up

Deb Morrow
Insurex Inc.


Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 22:22:31 -0400
From: "dotss" 
Subject: Re: [BOND] sewing on buttons

When I sew on buttons, either on knits or woven fabrics, I use the 1/4 inch
satin ribbon.  Just run the ribbon from the back, through the button, and
to the back again.  Tie and trim.  One time through seems to be enough. 
The Grand kids haven't been able to loose any buttons since I started this.

Evelyn in NY


Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 23:25:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: (Rita Orwick)
Subject: [BOND] Sewing on Buttons

I always use a piece of yarn from the sweater to sew the button on.
Same as with the ribbon, thread it through the button, tie the two ends
on the back and weave in the ends and you are done.  

If the button hole is too small for the needle, use a needle threader to
pull the yarn through.

Rita in NJ


Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 17:12:55 EST
Subject: [BOND] Crocheted buttons

I found directions to make crocheted covers for buttons.  I haven't tried it,
but it looks simple enough. 

Chain 3 and join with a slip stitch; work 6 sngle crochet into chain and
connect with a slip st.  On subsequent rows, increase in every other stitch
until the required diameter for a specific button.  Work 2 rows even, place
the button inside, then decrease on each row instead of increasing, to close
the back.  This button shape may also be stuffed with a padding instead of a
button used.

Valerie in Mishawaka, IN

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