Passap Buttonhole by Barbar Rein

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I was so excited when I saw how this third buttonhole was done and I thought I would have a new favorite. My excitement was short lived. Here is a beautiful bound buttonhole . The only problem is that I don’t like bands knitted in the same direction as the garment. So, I thought let’s try it horizontally. Because of the way that the edges of the buttonholes are bound off after taking off of the machine, it can’t be done. I would have to bind off one side of the buttonhole and you would get the effect of Thelm Viers  and hers is easier to do on machine. I also tried to bind the one edge of buttonhole off by pulling one stitch through the other and it works but the buttonhole pulls too tight and the hole would be smaller.

I followed the directions and I feel this band it too wide so I would make it less stitches. Also, it might have helped if I did a purl row on edge . I love the bound off buttonhole look though. It reminds me of the bound buttonholes I did on a lined suit in sewing class many, many years ago.

This band was 25 needles and started and ended on scrap yarn. There are two sets of four needles for buttonholes on the buttonhole row. You will pull out four needles starting with the 5th needle on the right. Then skip 9 needles and pull out four needles again. Take a piece of ravel cord and hand knit just the buttonhole needles and then knit to the next buttonhole.  When finished with knitting the length you want, take off on waste yarn. You will fold the band widthwise and then line up the two sets of buttonhole stitches on the waste yarn with the purl side facing you. You will hang the 4  top stitches above the ravel cord from one set and the top from the other set and bind these off. Then you take the stitches below the ravel cord and put on four needles (plus a loop to keep hole from forming) and hang the second set and bind off these four stitches. Then you pull the ravel cord out and you have a beautiful bound buttonhole. If you did it right, the hole will open with a gentle pull. I won’t go into detail but if you would like a full explanation, email me and I will send it.

In conclusion, I still like Thelma Viers buttonholes.

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