5 Tips for Attaching Buttons on Knits

5 Tips for Attaching Buttons on Knits

Because of the loose nature of knits and the sometimes fragile yarns used, special care needs to be taken when attaching fashion buttons to knits. Add stability and protect your knit fabric, whether you are attaching a button to a single or double layer of knitting.

  1. Add a second button on the inside of the garment. This is often a small, flat, clear plastic button.

  2. Sandwich your knitting between the 2 buttons. This will put less strain on the knitting and will keep your buttons more secure.

  3. Use sewing thread or split your knitting yarn for an exact match for attaching the buttons.

  4. Add a strip of interfacing (fusible or not) to the underside of the button area. If you are sewing buttons to a doubled band for example, slip a bit of non-woven interfacing between the layers to give shape to the band and stabilize the buttons.

  5. Sew a spare fashion button in an inconspicuous place (a seam near the hem). This will allow the button to be laundered with the garment and may come in handy if one of the original buttons is lost.

sewing buttons on knits

5 ways to get a pattern for machine knitting

5 ways to get a pattern for machine knitting




Machine knitters often complain that there aren’t enough updated patterns that are written for their machines.

BUT there are LOTS of ways of creating just the pattern you want.  It takes a little creativity and patience.

Not having slick magazines featuring machine knitting patterns is NO EXCUSE for not using your machine to it’s fullest.

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Do you have a sweater in mind, but can’t find a machine knitting pattern?

Do you have a sweater in mind, but can’t find a machine knitting pattern?

Do you have a sweater in mind that you’d love to knit, but can’t find a pattern?

One of the more common complaints from machine knitters is the lack of updated machine knitting patterns. Face it, we just don’t have as many designer writing for our machines as we once did.

The solution?  DIY!

There is sweater inspiration everywhere you turn, not just from hand knitting patterns.

Watch our newest video “Copy a Ready to Wear Sweater”. In it, we discuss our 3 criteria for considering a RTW design for machine knitting.

Can this sweater be knit on the knitting machine?

  1. Is it possible?
  2. Is it practical?
  3. Are you willing?

2 yarn ends for marled fabric

2 yarn ends for marled fabric

Machine knitters, get creative with yarn and color!

    1. Run 2 strands of contrasting (or complimentary) colors together.  The yarn will “automatically” create interesting stripes for a graphic design
    2. Use a yarn twister and the stripes disappear and you get a marled fabric

What’s a yarn twister?

A yarn twister is a nifty device that look similar to a yarn winder. It gives you the ability to twist multiple strands of yarn together.
Lots of options:
Twisting will blend colors and change the texture of the resulting yarn strand. You can twist a fancy or textured yarn with a plain yarn. Make thicker yarn and interesting yarn combinations.

You can find twisters in the used equipment market. There are also new twisters available from fellow machine knitter, Kris Krafter http://www.kriskrafter.com/kryatw1.html (see video below)









This sample is full needle rib (all needles in work on both beds) in the beautiful Jaggerspun Superfine Merino.

3 ways to fix a dropped stitch

3 ways to fix a dropped stitch

Someone mentioned that I never show my mistakes in the videos (thank goodness for the ability to edit!)  I was on autopilot today picking up a dropped stitch and took some photos.

For some reason, this happens when I’m on the home stretch of my knitting, I’m binding off (around the gatepegs) and I drop a stitch.

Here are 3 ways to pick up a single stitch.


Dropped more than one stitch?

knitting machine transfer toolTransfer Tool

circles2Dental tool


Work Hook

work_hook4This tool came with some ribbers,
it is helpful in picking up dropped stitches when working on a double bed setup.

Finish a neckline in 30 minutes or less!

Finish a neckline in 30 minutes or less!

Borrowed from the sewing world, we recently re-discovered fold-over elastic.

Fold-over elastic is a soft elastic that comes in a variety of sizes and a HUGE range of colors (Google it … you’ll be surprised). It washes beautifully.

This product is constructed with a crease down the exact center that makes it easy to apply to the edges of your knitting.

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