More Knitted Buttonholes

Last week I gathered a number of videos together that demonstrate horizontal knitted buttonholes. There are other ways to make buttonholes in a knitted garment. Today I’ll touch on three more types:

  1. Yarn-Over (Eyelet) Buttonholes,
  2. Vertical Buttonholes and
  3. “Afterthought” Button Loops.

If you are making something that can use small buttons, like a baby sweater or a headband, you can actually use an eyelet as a buttonhole. These are technically called yarn-over buttonholes, but you often see them called eyelet buttonholes as well. In my Summer Hair Band #1 pattern from a number of weeks ago, the pattern is made up of staggered rows of eyelets and you actually use a row of those eyelets as buttonholes. These are very easy to make and work well for relatively small buttons.

Yarn-Over/Eyelet Buttonhole over 1 stitch (in stockinette stitch and 1×1 ribbing)

Yarn-Over Eyelet Buttonhole over 2 stitches (in 2×2 ribbing)

This is an excellent video. She explains and demonstrates how to avoid interrupting the knitted pattern very nicely in this video.


Next we have a demonstration of the vertical buttonhole. Vertical buttonholes are not the most stable, but they do look quite nice and discreet. They are not difficult, but they are a little more fussy to do. This is only because you have to use an additional piece of yarn and then weave in the ends afterward.

Vertical Buttonhole


Another way to add a buttonhole is to create a button loop after the garment is completed. The nice thing about this technique is that it doesn’t interrupt the knitting process as you go. This means that it doesn’t change any pattern you have knitted in. Also, you can actually put off deciding what size buttons you want to use until after the garment is complete.

Button Loop (or Afterthought Buttonhole) using 3 strands


The previous video shows the process of making a button loop close up and slowly. The next one shows you the entire process right to the end on an obvious garment. You can actually see how it looks in relation to the garment. The only thing I would add to these is that I would actually put the intended button through the loop before I commit to the size so I’m sure it will work for the button I want. If you haven’t chosen a button, I would say at least decide what size of button you want to use so that the proportion appeals to you.


Button Loop (Afterthought Buttonhole) using 2 strands


I hope that this selection of videos will be helpful to you. Most patterns will give you directions for the type of buttonhole that the designer intends. Having an overview of the different types of buttonholes possible can help to understand those directions a little easier. Also, if you find that you don’t like the style that a designer has proposed, you have the tools to be able to swap it out for one that you prefer.

It’s good to have options! 🙂

I want to add a little side-note about YouTube videos. I absolutely love the fact that so many people share their skills in this amazing and easily accessible format. I have the utmost respect for them, for their time and their skill and their willingness to share that. I share links to these videos with that in mind. When you find a YouTuber that explains and demonstrates things in a way that works well for you, I encourage you to subscribe to their channel. There are loads of fantastic videos out there.

Show your love and appreciation by liking, sharing and subscribing for these amazing and creative people.


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