Single bed slits aka horizontal “button holes”

There are many good instructions online for producing buttonholes in doubled over knit bands. This version is from the Brother Knitting Techniques Book, now downloadable for free online

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Many hand knitting patterns are published, often in garter stitch, using slits that one may think of as larger “buttonholes” to create a range of interesting fabrics. Trying to produce such slits single bed, without the use of additional strands of yarn and in turn, having yarn ends to weave in, leaves few options.

This method may be used when creating multiple slits across a row as well. Holding is used to break the knitting into segments. The drawn illustrations show steps are taken, not needle positions.

COR, for the bottom of the slit: 1. transfer the first stitch in the buttonhole group onto the adjacent needle to its right

bhole_012. transfer pair of stitches together onto the now empty needle to their left. The knit carriage, holding the yarn, will be on the right

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3. push the needle forward until the first stitch (green) passes over the needle’s latch bhole_044. push the needle back to work position

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5. the forward stitch (red) is now knit through the one behind the latch

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This essentially binds off a stitch. Repeat steps 1-5 until for the number of bound off stitches required; the last stitch in the group is then transferred onto the adjacent needle to its left. The bottom edge of the “buttonhole” is now complete. bhole_06aTo make the top edge of the buttonhole/ slit bring its corresponding needles out to hold, cast on the desired number of stitches with latch tool from right to left. bhole_07aIn order to best accomplish this with COR set KM for holding, push empty needles back to A position, knit up to now empty “buttonhole” needles img_4069bring empty needles out to hold img_4070insert latch hook from back to front through below the last stitch now knit on the right screenshot_36twist tool clockwise screenshot_37bring empty needles out to hold img_3966come up between the first 2 needles on the group’s right screenshot_38continue with latch tool bind off, the last loop in the chain is hung on needle already holding 2 stitches from the last bind off transfer img_4071tighten up loop 
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return “buttonhole”  stitches into needle hooks, back to B position
img_4073COL: set KM to slip in both directions and move to right img_4074COR: cancel holding, adjust tension, knit across remaining stitches to Limg_4075COL: cancel slip <–>, continue knitting screenshot_08img_4077img_4078

Two more versions from an ancient Brother manual, the first technique may be used whenever a large eyelet is wanted, the second may be snug, one should always test techniques on swatches using the yarns intended for the final piece
For hand knitters: my new favorite hand-knit buttonhole in video format
in written/ illustrated form
two fabrics using slits: a free Ravelry pattern 
my blog post in response to a Pinterest request: variations in rib with holes

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