Passap Buttonhole by Thelma Viers

DSCF2656 thelmaviersbuttonholeHere is the Thelma Viers buttonhole done on the passap machine. STILL MY FAVORITE! It is done on the single bed. She wrote directions for the Brother but it was actually easy on the passap. When I got to the buttonholes I just hand knitted the two rows instead of trying to do it with the carriage.  These buttonholes can be done on any machine. I think they look neater even though you can see them more than KC Knits buttonholes in last posting and in the top picture of this posting.

I started with waste yarn. Knit 6 rows. The next two rows I did by hand. You hand knit the stitches to the first buttonhole. Pull the stitches out all the way and bind off for buttonhole. I used four stitches. Hand knit the stitches to the next buttonhole and bind off and continue to last buttonhole and hand knit the remaining stitches.  To do the next row to the right, you will  hand knit the stitches to the buttonhole. E wrap these four empty needles and hand knit to the next buttonhole and do the same and continue to the  end of the row. Knit 6 rows. I transferred the stitches to the front bed and did a loose row for turning row but I cut the yarn and moved carriage to the left side to knit the one row to the right . I transferred them back to the back bed and continued with the second half of the band. Knit 6 rows. Now you will do the two hand knit rows to complete the buttonhole. Hand knit the stitches to the first buttonhole.  Now pick up the wrapped edge of the buttonhole in the first half of the band and hang on the four buttonhole stitches.(there will be two stitches on each needle of buttonhole) Bind these stitches off and hand knit to the next buttonhole and do the same. For the return row to the right, do not hand knit to the first buttonhole . Instead pick up the bound off edge of the buttonhole from the first half of the band and place these stitches on the empty buttonhole needles. Do that for each buttonhole. Also, pick up the loop to the right of each of the buttonholes from the e-wrapped row and hang on needle on right of the buttonholes (prevents a hole). Take your carriage to the left side on a free pass and then knit the row to the right. This completes the buttonhole. Check it out now to see that  the buttonhole is open. Then knit the last six rows and take off on waste yarn. I hope I have not confused you. I knit these bands about one tension tighter than the garment tension.

Because I put an odd number of rows to do the turn row, I cut the yarn and take carriage to the left and knit one row to the right. You must be on the right side of the needle bed when you do the hand knit rows. The ends of the bands are open but then I just use the end yarn to sew them closed. Next, I will do two more different methods on the passap for buttonholes.


  1. Linda Lanese Said:

    Nice buttton hole lady 🙂

  2. Betty Said:

    Thank you for the instructions for the buttonholes on the flat bed. This is better than the one that i have always done, although mine is a good one

  3. How do you do yours Betty? 🙂

  4. Elise Said:

    Can I ask you: I did the buttonhole by hand according to Thelma’s instructions. However, when it comes to closing the buttonholes, doesn’t the e-wrap come first, then the bound off edge? Just been practising and perhaps I did something wrong, but first the bound off edge and THEN the e-wrap edge did not quite work?
    Thank you

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