Horizontal buttonholes – 1 row deep

Selecting the right button is an important decorative choice, but the correct buttonhole is just as vital for the finished appearance of your knitting. In this first look at buttonholes, make a simple horizontal buttonhole over one row.


This is a neat buttonhole that is also strong so it needs no further reinforcing. The buttonhole shown here is worked over four stitches, but the width can be adapted to suit the button being used.

Step 1


Horizontal buttonhole over one row:

Work to the point in the row where the buttonhole is to be positioned. Bring the yarn forward between the two needles and slip the next stitch purlwise.

Step 2


Take the yarn to the back of the fabric and leave it there. Slip the next stitch purlwise and take the first slip stitch over the second.

Step 3


Repeat step 2 three more times. Slip the last cast-off stitch back onto the left-hand needle.

Step 4


Turn the work. Using the cable cast-on method, cast on four stitches. To do this, insert the needle between the last two stitches on the left-hand needle, wrap the yarn around the needle, bring the loop back between the two stitches and then place it on the left-hand needle to make a stitch. Cast on an extra stitch and bring the yarn to the front before you transfer the stitch to the left-hand needle.

Step 5


Turn the work. Slip the first stitch with the yarn at the back, from the left-hand needle. Pass the extra cast-on stitch over the slip stitch to close the buttonhole.

Step 6


Continue working to the end of the row.

Step 7


The finished buttonhole is neatly contained within one row and has strong bound-off edges that prevent the buttonhole from stretching and gaping.