Sewing on buttons

If you used a plied yarn for your sweater or project, you can unply a single strand and use it to sew on your buttons. You also can use embroidery thread or simple sewing thread.

As you sew your buttons on, don't be afraid to go into the yarn strands of the sweater. If you try to secure a button by going around the strands and only in and out of the holes between stitches, your button will be unstable and will pull the stitch out of shape.

Most knitted fabric is dense enough to require a button with a shank — a small metal or plastic loop on the back of the button to sew through. If you want to use a button with holes in it instead, you can make a thread shank to allow room for the depth of the band fabric. The following steps tell you how:

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