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How to steek a Cardigan by ARNE&CARLOS. Part 3 Knitting the placket and the button holes.

We are doing a 4 episode tutorial on how to knit and steek an cardigan. In this third tutorial we go the preparations to cut the front and we show you how we do it. See the tutorial here:


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Yarn: We’ve used a DK weight yarn for this cardigan, the Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120

-Main Colour 00500 Dovre, between 650-700 grams (13-14 balls of yarn) for a Men’s Medium Sweater.

-The placket, cuff and bottom hem were knitted in colour 00154 Jeans and you’ll need 100 grams (2 balls of yarn)

Buy the yarn here.



After you’ve cut your cardigan,  you can now knit the 2 plackets in the front. On our jacket we cast on 11st for the rib +  18sts for the facing.  The rib is * k1,p1* , the facing is k on k and p on p.

Check the  men’s and women’s buttoning options to see on which side you want to sew the placket with buttons and on which side you want to sew the placket with buttton holes (we show you and easy way to remember the men’s option in our video).  When you place your placket over the opening in front from the outside, the knit side of the faceing should be next to the opening in front. When you stitch the facing to the body, the knit side on the facing will then be folded to the inside of the body an stitched down over the raw edge from cutting the garment (see video).

Make the placket without the button holes first and then you can mark the button holes on this one to get them placed nicely and evenly on the one you are knitting with button holes.

On our placket we make the button holes like this :

knit 4st (k1, p1), bo 3st, k4 (p1, k1 ) and on the next needle you make the kast on 3st over the 3 you bind off.  We placed 1button hole in center of ribb on body and then 1 button hole on every 10cm.  This will be differnt on every size,  adjust  your placket to the buttons you want. We always recommend to make a small  sample first.



Sew the tabs to the body using approximately 1 cm seam allowance. Place the seam exactly between the facing and the first stitch on the tab.



The facing on the placket is stitched down to the inside of the body. This way you hide the raw edges from the cutting of the garment.



This concludes this week’s tutorial. Next week we will show you the collar and the finishing touches.

If you haven’t seen parts 1 and 2, here they are:

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And you can get the free patterns here.

Happy Knitting!