02-26-2013, 05:09 PM #1 GrumpyGramma 2nd Sock, I Rock     Join Date: Jul 2011 Posts: 9,773 Thanks: 2,352 Thanked 3,649 Times in 3,095 Posts Buttonholes for the math impaired Today's story problem: GrumpyGramma decided to knit a cardigan sweater and is now ready to make the eylet buttonholes. If GrumpyGramma has 123 stitches on her needle and has decided to use seven buttons, how many stitches will she need to make between buttonholes? I know there must be a fairly simple way to figure out buttonhole placement even for the mathematically challenged such as I. A link to somewhere that tells me how to do it? I usually end up laying the buttons out as I think they should be, then count stitches and adjust until I at least think I have it right. I would appreciate any help in learning how to figure this out. __________________ ~ GG Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper
 02-26-2013, 05:14 PM #2 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts Well yeah, you would place the buttons on the edge of the sweater, then measure from center to center to see how far apart they are, then make the holes the same distance apart. __________________ sue- knitting heretic
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 02-26-2013, 06:19 PM #3 salmonmac Moderator Mod Squad   Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: Maryland Posts: 11,325 Thanks: 836 Thanked 4,136 Times in 3,778 Posts Usually the top and the bottom buttonholes are close to the top edge and bottom edge of the buttonhole band and then the other buttons are evenly spaced between. Eunny Jang has a neat trick where she cuts a strip of paper that is the same length as the length from the top button to the bottom button. Then she folds and uses the creases to mark the other buttonholes. (You can fold as many times as you need to for the number of buttonholes you'd like.) http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/d...es-evenly.aspx No math! __________________ Knitting Help Videos Here!-
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 Originally Posted by salmonmac Usually the top and the bottom buttonholes are close to the top edge and bottom edge of the buttonhole band and then the other buttons are evenly spaced between. Eunny Jang has a neat trick where she cuts a strip of paper that is the same length as the length from the top button to the bottom button. Then she folds and uses the creases to mark the other buttonholes. (You can fold as many times as you need to for the number of buttonholes you'd like.) http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/d...es-evenly.aspx No math!

Love it! I've already gotten these buttonholes figured out, I'll have to remember to try this next time. No math!!!! I knew there must be a way to make it work sans math!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!
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 02-27-2013, 09:28 AM #5 Antares Working the Gusset   Join Date: Nov 2010 Posts: 1,884 Thanks: 236 Thanked 676 Times in 632 Posts Another neat trick I read about (Lily Chin, I believe) is to use a piece of elastic and mark off the buttonholes on it (without stretching it) every inch or so (I suppose any measurement will do as long as you stay consistent and make sure you leave enough room to get all the buttonhole marks you need on the elastic). Then stretch the elastic to the proper size and mark the buttonholes on your band.
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 02-27-2013, 09:53 AM #6 knitcindy Turning the Heel   Join Date: Jun 2006 Location: New Jersey Posts: 794 Thanks: 49 Thanked 167 Times in 135 Posts Just wondering...........what cardigan did GrumpyGramma end up making?? knitcindy Last edited by knitcindy : 02-27-2013 at 09:53 AM. Reason: spelling
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 Originally Posted by Antares Another neat trick I read about (Lily Chin, I believe) is to use a piece of elastic and mark off the buttonholes on it (without stretching it) every inch or so (I suppose any measurement will do as long as you stay consistent and make sure you leave enough room to get all the buttonhole marks you need on the elastic). Then stretch the elastic to the proper size and mark the buttonholes on your band.

This is interesting. I think I understand how it should work. I'll have to see if I can use it sometime.
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