The topic of manual buttonholes vs buttonholing machines is pretty hot at the moment. Even though many might say that the buttonhole sewing machine is the best, without knowing how to make proper buttonholes on different materials, it would not be possible to get satisfactory results.
Talking of learning to make proper buttons, we are here to show you how to knit a buttonhole in rib. This is the thing that most people struggle with. However, we are here to make things easier. So, there is nothing you need to be worried about at this moment.
How to Knit a Buttonhole on a Rib?
Learning to knit a buttonhole in garter stitch and knitting a buttonhole in moss stitch was pretty easy, right? Well, this process is going to be easy as well. And the steps you need to follow for this are:
Step 1: Create the Primary Buttonhole
As you know, there are different types of knitted button bands. Here, the one we are following would be one that is best for the rib.
Nevertheless, the first step would be to row five and continue knitting on one purl for one rib for five of the individual stitches. Here, the process would be a little different than the one we followed on the steps of knitting a buttonhole band.
Step 2: Cast the Three Stitches
Sewing buttonholes on old machines might have been easy, but making a cast on the stitches with hand will be easier. Here, use the purlwise method and do not stop until the end of rows. On that note, you need to start from the very beginning using a purl stitch.
Step 3: Row Knit the 5 Stitches
The next step would be to row knit the stitches. Here, cast three more stitches onto the very right handle needle. But do not make the stitches too loose and loopy, or you will fail the main purpose of tidying up knitted buttonholes.
Continue to work across the left-hand needle. Follow the same process and start with a knitted stitch.
Step 4: Follow the Same Process for the Other Buttons
After completing step three, you need to start knitting 18 more rows using the one purl one rib method (just like before). Then, start working on the second hole by following the previous steps and make it look like the one you just completed.
Here, the width of the rib band will vary a bit. But if the holes are not looking tidy, use a buttonhole scissor depending on the types of clothing buttons. However, do learn methods of using buttonhole scissors before using them.
Step 5: Complete by Casting off
After completing the required amount of buttonholes, you need to take the cast off. And like the process of knitting a vertical buttonhole, you are going to end up with buttons that are going to look vertical. However, with the slight movement of your hand during the process, the holes might end up looking a bit round.
Learning how to knit a buttonhole in rib will be easy only if you follow the steps properly. That being said, we hope that the steps we provided were pretty easy to follow, and you ended up with proper buttonholes on the rib after following the steps. Lastly, whether you’re knitting or crocheting, getting a suitable chair for crocheting will help you work with ease.