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Question: I’ve been following a pattern to make a cardi which has button loop fastening at the neckline. When I get to making the button loop, the instructions just say “make a button loop”. What should I do?

Tina's tips on how to make a button up.Answer: Knitting patterns can be vague when it comes to making button loops. But don’t panic. There are a few ways to make them, all of them simple.

You might want to consider making it with a crochet hook. Just mark the points where you want the loop to start and end. Attach yarn at the place where you want the button loop to start. Make a crochet chain just large enough for the button to be pulled through and fasten off at the point where you want the loop to end. If you want to strengthen the loop made, work slip stitch or double crochet into each chain.

If you don’t want to use a crochet hook, you can make a sewn button loop. Thread yarn through a knitter’s sewing needle and attach it at the edge of your knitting in the position where you want the button loop to start. Make a loop slightly bigger than the button and attach it to the edge of your knitting where you want the loop to end. If you need to, repeat this to make a few strands, depending on the thickness of the yarn you use. Work buttonhole stitch over the strands and fasten off.