A Tip For Sewing Buttons On Hand Knits

I love to knit and spend between 1 – 4 hours most days knitting.
You might wonder how anyone could make or find that kind of time to knit. The answer is easy.
I’m a knitting fool.




I have knitting projects stashed near every chair in my home and if I know that I’m going someplace where I may have to sit and wait, I never leave home without my knitting. When it comes to needlework, the useful employment of small fragments of otherwise wasted time can add up to many finished projects.
In fact I finished a “top down” seamless raglan cardigan the other day, that was constructed solely from just such moments.

Knit Sweater Needs Sew On Buttons

Top Down Raglan Sleeve Sweater

Top down cardigan sweaters are a favorite of mine because there is little or no sewing involved. The knitting is very straightforward and wonderfully mindless.
Pretty much the only sewing is attaching the buttons. Many years ago I learn a trick for sewing buttons onto knitted items that has saved me plenty of aggravation and lost buttons.




When sewing a button on a hand knit item, the button will stay more secure if two buttons are sewn on the item instead of just one.

Two Buttons On The Band Prevents A Pull Through

Two Buttons On The Band Prevents A Pull Through

The way I do it, is I first pass a thread of split yarn through the back button and attach it to the sweater from the wrong side.

Back Button Goes On First

Back Button Goes On First

I then bring the yarn to the front of the knitted item and then attached the main button. The yarn is then passed through the back button once again and is secured with a double knot. The result is back to back buttons.

Front Button

Front Button

The ends of the yarn are clipped and the outcome is a button that stays secure and will not readily fall off.

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