The Victorian Boot Button Loops :: Knitting Stitch #199

How to Knit the Victorian Boot Button Loop

About this Stitch Pattern

This knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the Victorian boot button loops. This button band adds a delicate finish to any project.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count

Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 11 + 2

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 11 + 2

  • Row 1: (Right side) Purl
  • Row 2: K2, *k1, slip this st to left hand needle, lift the next 8 sts on left hand needle over this st and off needle, yo twice, knit the first st again, k2; rep from * to end
  • Row 3: K1, * p2tog, drop loop of 2 sts made in previous row and [k1, k1 tbl] twice in to it, p1; rep from * to last st, k1
  • Row 4: Knit – Work in Stockinette until button band reaches desired width

Stitch Pattern Swatch Photos

Example of the Victorian Boot Button Loop
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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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9 thoughts on “The Victorian Boot Button Loops :: Knitting Stitch #199

  1. Virginia Bowers says:

    I used to think I was a fairly good knitter, but looking at the victorian loop, there is no way I could do that and it is so pretty. I don’t know what drop loop of the two stitches of the previous row and tbl, are totally confusing to me.
    In time before I found KP,I thought I could knit anything, if you could knit and purl and yo, cast on and bind off that was all you needed to do anything. I love stitch a day and the knitting blogs, but it leaves me feeling helpless with my yarn and needles.

  2. Linda says:

    I love this! It would make a pretty edging too. Is there any way to get this around all four sides of your knitting?

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      sure you just have to cast on enough stitches to get all the way around your project. Actually probably twice as many stitches since you’ll be decreasing from 8 to 4 sts on each shell.

  3. Paul says:

    On row 3 you say “k1, p1, twice” but the directions say k1, k1tbl, twice”. Is this the same or results in the same look? I really like this stitch and want to use it as a border (I’ll have to adjust it or sew it on.) Thanks.

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      I changed the instructions without telling my team. The k1 tbl doesn’t work very well so I made it k1, p1. The goal is just to knit multiple times into the yarn over to create 4 additional stitches. How you do that isn’t important.

  4. LeeAnna says:

    Thanks for this pattern! I love your website – I use it nearly every day. 🙂 I use this pattern for Edging rather than a button hole.

  5. Janet says:

    So if I cast on and knit this Victorian Boot Button Loop to put a nice edge on a prayer shawl…how do I cast off with this stitch so both ends of the shawl match? Perhaps I missed something someplace, but I would really like to put a nice edge on my shawls instead of just the usual fringed ends.

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