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Shabby Chic Buttonholes How To

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Shabby Chic How-To

Sometimes techniques occur in the actual knitting of a pattern, which are common, but may be worked in a variety of ways. When the pattern hits at that sweet spot of 1 page portability, specifically spelling out the steps would make it verbose and unnecessarily lengthy.

The slits in next week’s release, Shabby Chic, is such a case. So instead of adding the specific steps to the quick knit, I decided to blog the exact method of bind off and cast on that creates those interesting slits in the pattern. Since in reality, they are simply buttonholes feel free to use favorite buttonhole method – doing so will make your Shabby Chic uniquely you!

Bind Off
A simple purl bind off.

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 1: pattern to BO


Step 1: pattern to BO

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 2: p2


Step 2: p2

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 3: psso
Shabby Chic How-To


Step 3: pass 1st st over st just created
Purl 1 and psso until the specified number of stitches are bound off.

Pattern to end.

1 stitch I-cord Cast On

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 1: pattern 1 st before BOs


Step 1: pattern 1 st before BOs

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 2: kfb


Step 2: knit into the front and back

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 3: turn


Step 3: turn work (rs now facing)

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 4: kfb


Step 4: knit into front and back – 2 sts on right needle

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 5: s2b
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To


Step 5: slip 2 sts back to left needle






Repeat Steps 4 & 5 until you have added the required number of CO stitches plus 1! So if it says CO 5, you will be ready for the next step when you have 6 “new” stitches on your left needle. 1 stitch from the original kfb and 5 cast on sts.

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 6: turn


Step 6: turn work (ws now facing)

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 7: s1


Step 7: slip 1

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 8: psso


Step 8: pass last cast on stitch over slipped stitch

Shabby Chic How-To
Step 9: s1b
Shabby Chic How-To
Shabby Chic How-To


Step 9: slip stitch back


Step 10: pattern to end.

Shabby Chic How-To
Et voila – purl bind off and 1 stitch I-cord cast on “slits”


Et voila – purl bind off and 1 stitch I-cord cast on “slits” (aka buttonholes).

What are your favorite buttonhole methods? Which will you use to make your Shabby Chic uniquely yours?

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