What makes me chuckle the hardest is when another crocheter is amazed that us designers make mistakes. In my case, I am the best disaster crocheter out there. I make huge mistakes all the time. But the secret to my success is that I learned how to fix all sorts of odd problems so well, that most can't tell I made a mistake in the first place.
For instance, my latest problem: That even though I am an engineer, sometimes math just evades me. And the slot for a pocket ended up on the back of the sweater. Oops. My cousin who was helping me crochet it, who is the nicest friend ever to help me, was so cute- she really thought that I was going for some new kind of fashion statement where the pockets are on your shoulder blades. Uh, no. That's just because I can't add. So after laughing at myself for being a dunce. I went to work, crocheting up the hole and cutting a new one.
Hold on now, Robyn. You cut your crochet? Yup.
Here's how: I used red yarn to highlight what I was doing- you should use the same color yarn. Click picture to make it bigger.
Step one: Locate where you want your buttonhole or pocket to be. In my swatch, I'm showing that the hole is a few rows too high.
Step two: Join a new yarn to the stitch right before where you want to start your hole. Make sure you are looking at the front of the stitch.
Step three: Chain as many stitches as you need for your hole. In this case, I am chaining 4 to make a 4 stitch buttonhole.
Step four: Slip your last loop off the hook
Step five: Using a smaller hook, insert hook (from left to right) into the bottom of ea stitch you want to go on your chain. In my case I want 4. Re-hook the last loop of the chain.
Step six: Pull loop through stitches. SL to the stitch at opposite end of the buttonhole. In this case its the fifth stitch from where I started. Fasten Off
Step Seven: SCARY PART! Cut the middle stitch of the stitches under your chain, the ones you want to get rid off. Unwind the stitches to the ends of the buttonhole.
Step Eight: Fasten off yarn at either end. Weave in all your ends and you got yourself a new buttonhole!
Hey but what do I do about that hole up there?
Step 1: Join new yarn to stitch at opening end of hole. Take loop off of hook.
Step 2: Using a smaller hook, insert hook through the bottom of first stitch on chain, again left to right. Re-hook loop, pull loop through.
Step 3: Perform stitch as normal. In my case, I just did one hdc. Take last loop off of hook.
Step 4: Using a smaller hook, insert hook through the bottom of the next stitch on the chain. Re-hook loop, pull loop through.
Repeat steps 3-4 to the opposite end of the hole.
Step 5: SL working loop to stitch at the opposite end. Fasten Off.
Step 6: Optional- Cut chain in the middle. Unwind yarn to the ends of the hole. (you can leave it there too- if its not that noticeable)
TA-DA! You just moved your buttonhole. Pretty cool, right?