Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Tutorial

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 11

Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole is an interesting variety of buttonhole that consists of two rows worked interlaced as you work them back to back. It forms really attractive band that is ideal to use on a border, a seam decoration on a crazy quilt or if you work it row upon row it makes a very nice fill too. You can also add beads for extra zest.

How to work Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

You need to be familiar with Up and Down buttonhole stitch to work this. You first work a row of up and down buttonhole stitch then the interlacing is done on the second row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 1Starting as you would with buttonhole work the first stitch of the pair as a regular buttonhole stitch with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 2For 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.

Wrap 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.The loop forms as you stitch.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 3Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is wrong the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 4This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. This forms the first pair of tied stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 5Work along the line.

Turn your work.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 6To commence the second row bring your needle from the back so that the thread emerges just above the line of the first row.

Thread the needle under the first bar on the first row, that you have just created. At this stage you are going under the thread but not through the fabric.
Pull the needle through.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 7Work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 8Thread your needle under the next bar and work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 9Continue along the line threading your working thread under each that is between each pair of stitches on the bottom row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 10I have worked the two rows in different colours so readers can see how the two rows are laced together. As you can see you could incorporate beading with this stitch very easily.

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8 Responses to Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Tutorial

  1. Annet says:

    This stitch looks great, I’m looking forward to give it a try. Today I wrote about a CQ birthday card with TAST stitches, a great excuse to try TAST stitch 127 on rickrack!
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2014/09/blue-birthday-card.html

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Annet I took a look a look at your your aunts birthday card I like the buttonholed cable chain on it. I am sure she will love it too

  2. ann says:

    Great stitch! I like it with the single color and two. Perfect to build upon with other stitches too! I guess I need to find a place to post pix one of these days.

    Thanks, Sharon

  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for the instructions Sharon. This is an interesting stitch. My sample isn’t all that great but with practice I will get it. http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/2014/09/take-stitch-tuesday.html

  4. Renee says:

    I look forward to trying this stitch out! Your examples are gorgeous.

    I completed the beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitch this week. http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/2014/09/tast-09022014.html

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