Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits

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Cranky_Daphne Daphne Adair, contributor
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Sewing needle options, thread, and button.
Place the first stitch to get the button in the right spot.
Secure the thread by pulling the needle through the doubled thread loop.
Sewing needle options, thread, and button.

Sewing needle options, thread, and button.

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Now for the sewing: Go through the back of the button band, then back up and through the button three or four times, not too tightly. Make sure to go around both "legs" of one knit stitch to help your button lie flat and avoid pulling too much on one strand of yarn; this can distend your stitch

Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits
On the back of the button band, give your button a wide base to help it lie flat and to protect your knitted garment.

Tip: If you just can't avoid tightening up, try putting a toothpick or slim DPN or crochet hook between button and garment, then slip it out before the next step. The next step? Bring the needle back through the garment to the space between the garment and button.

Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits
Bring the needle up between the garment and button.

Wrap the thread around the sewing, creating a shank.

Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits
Wrap the thread around the "legs" created by your sewing.

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Comments (4)

cajafa writes: "the knitter was using the project yarn and blunt-tipped yarn needles to sew on her buttons"

Yikes! that's what I've done in the past. I'm glad I decided to check myself and look up the proper way to do it. Thank you for this post!
Posted: 12:00 pm on November 17th
Nani_Rose writes: I just completed a baby dress with three buttons. Buttons slip out of button hole. Any tips on button holes?
Posted: 3:02 pm on April 29th
joyce_amarantha writes: Thank you SOOO much for posting this! I've been dreading the day I finally have to sew something onto a handknit. I'm decent with a needle and thread when it comes to fabric, but how exactly do you anchor thread on a knit?!? I think that question has made me subconsciously delay knitting my first cardigan. :D Now I can move forward without worrying about them darn buttons!
Posted: 8:38 pm on March 1st
Ingden writes: Thank you for this. I have a finished version of the Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene, and I don't want to wear it sans buttons. I was afraid to sew on the buttons just yet. I mean, why ruin all that hard work?

Nice entry, too! Thanks again.
Posted: 12:38 am on October 13th
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