Knitting Tutorial: One Row Buttonhole

Cardigan Sweater Knitting Tutorial: Learn how to knit a sturdy, one row buttonhole
For many, many years, I used a traditional two row buttonhole in my cardigan sweater knitting. The process is easy to understand and it creates a decent result. Then I ventured out of my knitting comfort zone to try something new and I'll never look back. The one row buttonhole is, in my opinion, sturdier, neater, and just as easy to knit.

Before You Begin

Working a buttonhole over a single row of knitting is pretty straightforward. You begin by binding off a series of stitches along one edge of the buttonhole. Turn your work over. Cast on stitches on the opposite edge of the buttonhole. Turn your work over again and continue knitting your row, placing additional buttonholes as needed.


Thanks to Skacel for providing the HiKoo Sueño Worsted yarn,  addi Click Bamboo Tip Interchangeable Needles and the horn buttons used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

One Row Buttonhole

Recommended Pattern

Ready to try this technique in a pattern? I used one row buttonholes when knitting the Slipstream Cardigan shown in this lesson.

Slipstream Cardigan Pattern: Learn how to finish a sweater with button holes knit over a single row of stitches

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Knitting Video Tutorial: Learn how to bind off and cast on stitches over a single row to create a one row buttonhole

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The Chilly Dog: Knitting Tutorial: One Row Buttonhole
Knitting Tutorial: One Row Buttonhole
One row buttonholes are a neat, tidy and easy to knit.
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