You could also seam up the ones that are there except for the top one(s) and just have a one or a few buttons at the top. I find that's all I button anyway usually.[/QUOTE]
It's the Einstein coat from Sally Melville's "The Knit Stitch"
The buttons aren't huge, but they won't fit through the stitches...I tried already. And since it's a coat, I can't just put two buttons on it. I'm so mad at myself because I've made this coat before and I wasn't paying proper attention to the pattern...just knitting away and messed it up. Now it's done but for the three button holes I missed right in the middle (of course!) I will try your suggestions. Thanks everyone for your help.