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Old 11-27-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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Cardigan rib button holes
Hello! I am new to the forum but have knitted a few things before. I am in the UK so I use the english knitting method.

I am just trying to finish a cardigan that I have been doing on and off for a few years....

It is a Jaeger pattern (JH 0056) in Iona Tweed Aran and I am doing the ladies version. It's basically a stocking stitch pattern with large ribbing at all the edges. The problem I have is to do with the buttonholes on one long side. Consists of 7 rows of K2 P2 ribbing, with the buttonholes in the 4th row. The pattern goes like this:

Row 4: (RS), rib 3, yrn (to make buttonhole), K2tog, rib 6, yrn(buttonhole), K2tog, *rib 10, yrn, K2tog: rep eat form * 5 more times.

Now, having looked at the how to stuff on here I don't think that this a good buttonhole method, but that aside I think that I have not even done this properly. When I saw yrn, I brought the yarn around the needle so that it was in the Knit position but not wrapped around the needle to make an extra stitch. For the K2tog I did just that, put my needle through both stitches and knit them as if they were one.

With the ribbing finished (which was difficult because it went wrong, and now I see why as I actually lost stitches and messed up the rib rows), I find that I don't really have buttonholes at all, but one of two gappy bits (small and tight) and the others appear to be lost in the knitting.

Ok, do I have to unravel all the ribbing and start again? And will the buttonhole that they have in the pattern work if I do it properly?

Oh, and I am running horribly short of wool...

Thank you for any help!

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Old 11-27-2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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Hi Nicky! Welcome to the forum. That looks like the type of buttonhole that creates a small eyelet instead of a slit, which means that yes, the yrn should've created a new stitch. Have you tried putting a button through it, though? Maybe it'll work anyway. If it doesn't, from what I've read, that type of buttonhole isn't the sturdiest, but it works well for small buttons. HTH

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I'll examine it again to see if I can make it work for a small button: I don't relish the thought of having to undo it all. Only 7 rows but about 300 stitches!!

I'll let you know: thanks for the advice.

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