The Perfect Buttonhole
shared by Adrienne Weissman  LWeissman@aol.com

Start with waste yarn and knit a few rows. Knit 6 rows in main yarn and determine placement of buttonholes.

  1. Pull out 4 needles (or desired number for size of buttonhole) and manually knit a short length of contrast yarn through the stitches.
  2. Continue this process for all of the buttonholes needed.
  3. Knit 6 more rows in main yarn and Main Tension and then 1 row in tension 10 (turning row). Then knit 6 more rows.
  4. Bring forward slightly the groups of stitches previously marked for buttonholes and add one more needle to the left of each group.
  5. Pick up the loops in the main yarn that are above the contrast yarn and place these loops in the hooks of the five needles. The knitted piece will now look folded.
  6. Push the original stitches on those needles behind the latches, but keep the picked up loops in the hooks of the needles. Working one stitch at a time pull the front loop through the stitch behind the latch.
  7. Starting at the right, transfer the second stitch to the first needle. Pull the stitch just moved through the original stitch and then transfer that stitch to the empty second needle. Transfer the third stitch to the second needle and pull the stitch just moved through the original stitch and then transfer that stitch to the empty third needle. Transfer the fourth stitch to the third needle and pull the stitch just moved through the original stitch. Transfer that stitch to the empty fourth needle. Take the fifth stitch and transfer it to the fourth needle. Pull the stitch just moved through the original stitch and then transfer that stitch to the empty fifth needle.
  8. Pick up the loops below the contrast yarn and hang these loops onto the empty needles (needles 1-4) and knit 6 more rows in main yarn at main tension.
  9. Knit several rows of waste yarn and remove from machine.
  10. Attach band to body of sweater.
  11. This band can also be knitted after picking up the front edge of the garment.
  12. Remove all waste and contrast yarn.