Eyelet Button Holes

a mini series of button holes

The Eyelet Button Hole tends to be my go-to button hole. It’s tiny and unobtrusive so it’s nice for cardigans that might be worn unbuttoned. It’s simple to work (k2tog + yo) and can be accomplished in one row. It makes a nice small button hole so it’s handy when working with a larger gauge and it doesn’t tend to stretch very much over time. It’s my favorite.


It’s by no means perfect, though. It’s not especially strong because a lot of stress is placed on the single strand of yarn from the yo. I only ever use it with sturdy yarn and I generally only use it with worsted weight or heavier yarn. I would never ever ever ever use it with single ply yarn. I just wouldn’t trust the button hole to hold.

Is there anything else that you’d like to know about button holes for these posts? I don’t think I can accurately give the size of them or anything as specific as I did with the stretchy BOs & COs.






3 responses to “Eyelet Button Holes”

  1. Lisa S.

    While you can’t give sizes, you could say how large a button you’ve used with a particular button hole. That would give an idea of size.


    1. Andi

      That varies with yarn and gauge, though.

      1. Lisa S.

        Well, yeah. But everything about knitting varies with yarn and gauge. Not to mention whether you knit tightly or loosely, the size of your needles and the pattern stitch.


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