Sew Easy Buttons
I am ashamed to admit this, but it was several years into my design career before I learned how to properly sew a button onto my handknits. Yes, years. It made me loathe this final step in finishing. All I wanted to do was wear the sweater, not spend nearly an hour trying to fit yarn into tiny holes or poke my needle into my beautiful stitches, trying to determine how it would have the best hold.
While I could be in the minority of having FINALLY discovered the trick to tightly attached buttons, it was monumental enough for me to want to share the technique with you. The biggest aha! realization of button sewing is that there shouldn’t be any knots (jaw-dropping, I know). Apparently, those knots get in the way of a snug fit, as well as distort your knitting. The second shocker was using thread or embroidery floss, not the project yarn. It’s a lot stronger, smoother and more secure (though, if your project yarn is all of those things, by all means use it).
So, gather these items: a needle that fits into the hole of your button, embroidery floss or thread in your desired color, and a pair of scissors.
Begin by marking the position for your button so that it corresponds with the buttonhole. Thread your needle.
Step 1: Insert the needle, from back to front from the wrong side of the fabric up through one hole. Leave a small tail on the wrong side of your sweater.
Step 2: Push the needle through the button’s other hole, down through the fabric to the back of the sweater. Pull tight.
Repeat these steps two to three more times.
Step 3: Flip your sweater over so you can work on the back. You’ll notice a tight loop has resulted from Steps 1 and 2.
Step 4: Insert your needle under the loop you saw in Step 3, coming out the other side. Repeat this step twice more.
Step 5: Cut the thread so that it’s the same length as the tail, then thread your needle with both tails. Secure the tails by weaving them through one or two stitches of the fabric.
Step 6: Snip the tails about a half inch away from the fabric; that will allow the ends to “settle” into the fabric.
Step 1A Step 2A Step 3 Step 5 Step 1B Step 2B Step 4 Step 6