Increase Button Hole

This is one of those techniques where I read the instructions and think, “Weird.” Naturally those always make it on my list of things to try. The Increase Button Hole is made by binding off a bunch of stitches and then working a couple YOs after the BO. On the next row you drop the YOs and stretch out the last stitch before the hole using the yarn from the YOs. Then you work a bunch of stitches into the front and back of the giant stitch to replace to BO stitches. Weird.


The Increase Button Hole is a bit less bulky than the One Row Button Hole and a bit more stretchy. It does gap a little, but it’s not too bad. It would be a good button hole if you wanted to a use a medium or large button but didn’t have a lot of stitches to bind off like the One Row Button Hole would require.

My only complaint is that the top edge is lumpy and bumpy from working into the front and back of the big stitch to increase. It makes the differences between the BO and CO pretty noticeable.






6 responses to “Increase Button Hole”

  1. Hmm… I bet I would like this one in a seed-stitch button band! Thank for going through these techniques; this is one I’ve never seen/heard of before.

    1. And I’m in search of a buttonhole for a seed-stitch button band. I may have found my solution! Tho that cardigan went into hibernation because I couldn’t find buttons or a buttonhole method I was happy with and now I have too many other WIPS, so it’ll be a while until I try this. Bookmarked it for when I get back to the cardigan.

    2. Andi

      That never even occurred to me! It would work well for that.

  2. I haven’t heard of this one either. I may have to try it out some time.

    How did you even find this technique?

    1. Andi

      It’s from The Knitter’s Handbook. That’s the book I’ve been getting most of my techniques to try from.

  3. These are really interesting! I love technique break downs. 🙂

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