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Old 02-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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Buttonholes for the math impaired
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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.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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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.
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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

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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
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

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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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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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Just wondering...........what cardigan did GrumpyGramma end up making??

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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
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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