Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

How to work Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Work this stitch from left to right and be familiar with the regular form of Up and Down Buttonhole stitch. Alternating Up and down buttonhole 2Starting as you would with buttonhole stitch and with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through. Alternating Up and down buttonhole 3For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing upwards as illustrated. Alternating Up and down buttonhole 4Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping. This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. For regular up and down button hole you would work along the line at this point.

Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is lets say a creative way of doing it and is technically incorrect as the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 5For Alternating Up and down buttonhole stitch, you work the next pair of stitches pointing in the other direction.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 6Once again make a regular buttonhole stitch but this time point your needle upwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through. For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing downwards as illustrated. As you pull the needle through pull he needle away form you and hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 7 This forms the second pair of stitches. Continue along the line with alternating the direction of each pair of stitches as illustrated.




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13 Responses to Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend. I have started beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch samples here-
    https://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2014/33-127-beaded-altupdown-buttonholestitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  2. Hi Sharon,
    As an experiment,alternating up and down buttonhole stitches were worked on some shapes and curves on my sampler.
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/tast-2014-32-126-alternating-up-and-down-buttonhole-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Maureen says:

    I have finished samples for Nos. 126 and 127. It is a great pair of stitches to do and I intend using them more often.
    https://crazyqstitcher.wordpress.com/

    Thanks again Sharon for taking time for us when you have such a busy year happening.

  4. Hi Sharon,
    Here is stitch 125 beaded herringbone, very plain but it makes a nice band.
    http://carorose.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/08/tast-2014-stitch-no-122.html
    Have a good week.
    Carolyn

  5. Angela says:

    I am looking forward to trying the beaded version! In the meantime you can see what I did at http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/2014/08/take-stitch-tuesday-alternating-up-and.html

  6. Renee says:

    Thank you for sharing! I already have ideas for ways to use these two stitches!

    This week I tried out the whipped wheel and the beaded herringbone stitches.
    http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/2014/08/tast-08192014.html

  7. Annet says:

    Today I wrote about the closed herringbone. I used it for shadow work, there are a few links with more info about shadow work in my blog post:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2014/08/closed-herringbone-or-double-backstitch.html

  8. Fotoula Evgeniou says:

    Thank you so much for youre generosity!!!!!!!!

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