A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.


From its humble beginnings as a purely utilitarian craft,
knitting has evolved into a true art form
encompassing elements of design, fashion, and craftsmanship.
~~Elise Duvekot, author of Knit One Below

Finishing techniques are not merely decorative extras–a beautiful project can be made less attractive by an awkward edging or uneven seam; an otherwise perfect knitwear left dull and plain without embellishment. Just as easily, a mediocre sweater can be made fabulous or a generic pattern transformed into something special with a few well-chosen addition.

Sharing with you today is one technique I feel everyone should know. Here is a tutorial on How to Sew Button on a sweater where thread is invisible on the back side (as shown in Pic 12) and secured, not flimsy or risky to lose a button or two in the future:

1. Buttony Sweater All Buttoned Up–Center Pic, (from top and from left to right) 2. Buttony Sweater Back, 3. Step 1, 4. Step 2, 5. Step 3, 6. Step 4, 7. Step 5, 8. Step 6, 9. Step 7, 10. Step 8, 11. All Done!, 12. Back – Invisible Thread, 13. Front
STEP ONE (shown as Pic 3 above): Line up gartered-band with buttonhole-band. Thread a sewing needle with approximately 24″ of thread. With it, pick up a stitch each from two ridges (bumps) where the button is centered, pull thread through two stitches. Take both ends of the thread and knot it so you have a tail after the knot approximately 1.5″ long. Don’t cut off the tail.

STEP TWO (shown as Pic 4 above): Slip the button onto the needle. Pull the needle out one button’s hole with it resting on the knitted fabric. Push the needle through the next button’s hole back into the two gartered stitches picked up earlier in Step One, not through the fabric. Pull the needle until the button is resting flat against the fabric.

STEP THREE (shown as Pic 5 above): Tie a square knot. Each child/adult should know how to tie one.

STEP FOUR (shown as Pic 6 above): Stitch through the same two gartered stitches.

STEP FIVE (shown as Pic 7 above): Push the needle up one button’s hole (from back to front) and pull thread out.

STEP SIX (shown as Pic 8 above): Push the needle through the next button’s hole back into the two gartered stitches picked up earlier in Step One, not through the fabric. Pull thread out (from front to back.)

STEP SEVEN (shown as Pic 9 above): Tie another square knot. Stitch through the same two gartered stitches again.

Repeat STEPS ONE through SEVEN numerous times until you deem it’s secured. Clip threads close to the knot, but DON’T cut off the knot! $1.75 for two buttons–I don’t ever want these babies to come undone.

Or, weave in thread ends (as in a duplicate stitch) with a crochet hook as shown in Pic 10. Voila…this baby isn’t going anywhere (as shown in Pic 11).

I am not a great seamstress but do hope this is helpful for knitters who don’t sew.

Happy creating!

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