The Hole Truth: How to Knit Perfect Buttonholes and Bands


Price includes 6 hours of class. Early Bird ends 11/29/22.

An in-person class with Phyllis Bell Miller

Mar 3, 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-5:00pm

Learn how to plan, position, size, and create the perfect, knitted button-band. Also, discover everything you need to know about selecting, planning, sizing, placing, and spacing buttons and closures.

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Buttons are the perfect closure for knits. But where to place them and how to size buttonholes and bands to accommodate them can be a mystery.

Fear no more! Here is the how to make knitted buttonholes like a pro and the where, when, and why for selecting, planning, sizing, placing, and spacing buttons.

You will create two viable, button-band samples in class. You will also learn two or more variations for larger buttons. The practical applications will put the theory and rules into action. You’ll learn considerations for changes should you choose to add, adjust, or rearrange your closures on any pattern. As a bonus, you’ll learn calculations for the perfect ribbing, no matter where it is. The comprehensive handouts contain information and charts that guide you through every step.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Basic to intermediate knitting skills, including how to increase (MK1); decrease (SSK and K2tog); yarn-over; do a cable cast- on; and knit into the front and back of a stitch.

Supply list
• Sufficient DK or worsted-weight yarn to make two approximately 11’” wide x 9” tall swatches. You may want to use different colors for the swatches and bands. E.G. Use two colors of yarn. Make each swatch a different color. Then use the other color for the button bands.
• Three or four sample buttons (approximately 3⁄4” – 1 1⁄4” [1.9 cm – 3.2 cm] in diameter) to fit your standard buttonholes.
• One or two larger buttons about 1 1⁄2” – 2” (3.8 cm – 5.1 cm) to fit a larger buttonhole
• Knitting needles two sizes smaller and three sizes smaller than what was used for the swatch
• Sewing and Knitting Gauge or other tool for measuring the gauge of knitted stitches
• Glass-headed or other large straight pins for marking gauge measurements on the swatch
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes

Limited pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Nicole H.
Wonderful Class

This class is indispensable. The handout is incredibly detailed and clear, the presentation organized, and the math simple and generalizable to different garments. Phyllis Bell Miller is a treasure trove of information! Her knitting work is remarkable and inspiring, she is an enthusiastic teacher, and I wouldn't hesitate to take another class from her. I look forward to using her techniques on many future projects.

Cynthia S.
Excellent Presentation

This class was very well presented and had a very detailed handout. The technique for determining the number of stitches for button and buttonhole bands was given in detail using math that would work for any garment. She also gave us detailed instructions for buttonhole placement. In addition to the detailed handout there were several garment samples. This is a technique I’ll definitely be using in the future.

Jane Y.

The class was very informative, and the instructor was very responsive and helpful with questions. She shared some of her personal designs that were pieces of artwork! Lecture time was about 50% of the class, and the rest of the time spent helping people with their specific issues and looking at different types of buttons. Course description should make that clear.

Susan M.
Great presentation

This class was packed with information. She presented 3 different techniques for buttonholes. One of which will be used in my next sweater! Her instructions were clear, she presented plenty of examples and she inspired us. I would attend any of her classes again.

Jeanne S.
Button holes and Button Bands

I learned how to set up a secure button hole and the way to attach a band. The instructions and handouts were very helpful. I look forward to taking more classes from Phyllis Bell Miller.

L. E.
Intriguing technique

Well documented. Excellently taught. Formulas for picking up stitches for vertical bands was super and I will use them from now on.