- Tape measure
After knitting or stitching your beautiful new jacket, shirt, sweater or coat, it is time to find the correct placement of the buttonholes. Most patterns that can be purchased in fabric or hobby shops include detailed instructions on exactly where to place buttonholes. However, for those fierce mavericks of stitchery who create without a specific pattern, there are numerous websites that offer buttonhole calculators. After putting in the correct measurement information, the computer program will figure out the data and give you measurements of the perfect buttonhole spacing for your stunning new garment.
Go to a buttonhole measurement website (see References section for links).
Count or measure the spacing from the bottom of the front band of the garment. This will be a large number.
Enter the number of rows of stitching in the front band.
Find out the number of stitches in one buttonhole.
Enter the number of buttonholes you will place in the front band.
Determine whether the garment is for a man or woman. The buttonholes will go on different sides of the clothing. For men, the holes will appear on the left side and for women, holes will have buttons on the right side of the band.
Click the "Calculate" button and directions will be given to you for your exact buttonhole measurements.