I’m searching for a technique to use to create the buttonholes for my first-ever adult cardigan. During my search I’ve run across several references to “Anna Zilboorg’s The Perfect Buttonhole”. From the pictures I’ve seen, the buttonhole that results from this technique is a thing of beauty. Looks solid (like it will hold up over several years of use without stretching out) and, from what I’ve read, one of the benefits of this technique is that it creates a self-facing buttonhole band, which helps prevent the sagging that seems to be a problem over time with unfaced button bands. I purchased from Interweave the video of Anna teaching the technique and it is quite a complicated, somewhat more finicky technique than I’ve ever seen before but I think the results might be worth the “finicky factor”.
Has anyone here used this technique? Is it as complicated as it seems at first viewing? Is it easy to learn? Is the result worth the effort involved? Is it do-able when you are picking up stitches for the neckline and button band at the same time as the buttonhole band? Are there any things to be aware of before deciding to use this technique? Do you recommend/prefer a different buttonhole technique? If so, why?
Please share your buttonhole technique wisdom!