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 pull the needle back down through the shank and wrap it around the shank crosswise. I like to do this three or four times to assure security.

Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits
Secure the thread around the shank.

Pull the thread to the back of the button band and tie a knot-again, I tend to wrap and knot a few times.

Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits
Knot the thread.

Now you can snip the thread and you're done!

Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits
Finished and all buttoned up.

You shouldn't have any buttons falling off your hand-knit garments again. You might still avoid buttons on some baby items, especially if the mom is the obsessive type-being a mom's hard enough, and babies are pretty much cute as a proverbial button without the actual thing getting in the way.

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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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