The Estonian Button


NOTE: This is a knitting technique that can be applied to many types of knitted fabric. There is not a number of stitches to cast on as it is not a pattern.

The Estonian Button is a cross between a smock and a bobble. It’s created by slipping extended stitches over other stitches, similar to a slip knit pass decrease, only here you are not decreasing. The final effect is a small horizontal bar that adds some extra texture to your fabric. It’s a nice decorative technique that can be incorporated in to all kinds of projects.

This differs from the Estonian nupp, which is more like a tiny tight bobble.

Video Tutorial

Technique Instructions

Skill: Intermediate

  • Step 1: Skip first 2 sts, insert needle in between 2nd and 3rd sts on main needle.
  • Step 2: Work a st and draw a loop through, place onto main needle.
  • Step 3: Insert needle into 1st st, k tbl, pull st off needle.
  • Step 4: Slip two sts on main needle to working needle, pass the first stitch over the other two sts.

Repeat steps 1 – 4 as necessary

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Example of the Estonian Button


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