Knitted frog closures are most often used to button knitted jackets or cardigans closed. The knitted frog is a basic I-cord that is twisted and woven upon itself. The frog generally includes a knot that functions as a button and a loop on the opposite side that functions as the button hole. Making the I-cord is not a basic knitting skill, but it does require use of double-pointed needles and accurate tension. Because of this, knowledge of basic knit stitches is a prerequisite for knitting frog closures.
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Things you need
- Two double-pointed needles
- Sewing needle for yarn
Cast on three stitches.
Slide work across needle and knit in the round using the other double-pointed needle. It can be difficult to get the I-cord started because you have to pull the yarn around the back of the work to start the second row.
Continue knitting in the round until your I-cord is 13 to 15 inches long.
Make another I-cord two inches longer than the first.
Use a pattern to lay out your I-cord on the front of the jacket. If you do not have a pattern, twist the shorter I-cord into a pretzel-like design. Pin I-cord in place. Make sure to leave a loop of the I-cord extending over the edge of the jacket front to serve as the button hole. Do not stitch in place yet.
Fold the second I-cord in half. Tie a knot in the fold. Twist the second I-cord into a mirror image of the I-cord you have pinned in place. The knot should be on the front edge of the jacket across from the loop you made on the other side. Pin your I-cord in place and make sure your designs are symmetrical. Tuck the ends of both I-cords under to hide them.
Check that the closure works satisfactorily. If the loop is too big, adjust placement to make it smaller. Adjust I-cord on other side of jacket to keep them symmetrical. Check that the closure is aligned properly so that the jacket hangs straight when the frog closure is closed.
Stitch your I-cords in place when you are satisfied with your pinned layout.
Tips and warnings
- Even knitting tension will keep your I-cord properly shaped. If you are getting thin and thick areas of I-cord, this is a tension problem. Adjust the wraps of yarn around your tension finger until you can keep the tension even.
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