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How To Crochet A Basic Buttonhole

Hints and Instructions For Crocheting Buttonholes

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Learn How To Crochet A Buttonhole

This photo shows the first steps in crocheting a buttonhole that is two crocheted chains wide.

Photo © Sandi Marshall. Licensed to About.com, Inc

How to make a buttonhole within a single crochet row:
The row in which you will make the buttonhole is done in single crochet.

For a small button, single crochet in each stitch until you are at the point where you want the buttonhole to be, do a chain 1, skip next stitch (leaving it unworked), single crochet in each stitch remaining in the row. On the next row, single crochet in each stitch until you reach the chain-1 space, single crochet in the chain-1 space, single crochet in each stitch remaining in the row.

For a larger button, single crochet in each stitch until you are at the point where you want the buttonhole to be, do a chain 2, skip 2 stitches, single crochet in each stitch remaining in the row. On the next row, single crochet in each stitch until you reach the chain-2 space, work 2 single crochet in the chain-2 space, single crochet in each stitch remaining in the row.

For an even larger button, add a chain as needed, when you are making the buttonhole.

Hint: Test putting the button through the buttonhole before you finish crocheting that whole row (for example, after you've crocheted four or five stitches beyond the buttonhole chain). The buttonhole shouldn't be too loose (so the button will stay buttoned on the finished piece). If it's not the right size for the button you're using, pull the crochet stitches out to the point where you began the buttonhole chain and adjust the number of chains that you used to make the buttonhole, so that it will fit the size button you're using. It's easy enough to pull a few crochet stitches out at this point, and redo them, as needed, to help insure that you will be happy with the final result on the entire finished piece.

After crocheting buttonholes a few times, you'll find that it becomes easier to judge the number of chains that you will need in any given buttonhole for the size button being used.

Finishing: If you wish to reinforce the finished buttonhole, you can work a round of slip stitch around the buttonhole opening to give it some firmness.

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