Border bands keep the center edge of a knit piece from stretching. Bands also add a neat trim to an otherwise rough-looking edge and create a place for fastenings — usually buttons. … No need for further finishing — you just knit to the end of the row for your front panel and continue to knit the stitches for the band.
What is a band stitch?
Bands and borders are usually wider than edges; they are used to give stability to pieces. Edges, such as those in lace patterns, are often used to add a decorative touch. The classic ribbing stitch is often used for bands, but you can use a number of other stitch patterns.
Make sure to use the stitch gauge of whatever pattern you are using for the button band. For instance, front button band is 23 inches (58.5 cm) in length; stitch gauge is 4 stitches per inch: 23 x 4 = 92 stitches. If you wanted a multiple of 4+2, you would have to cast on either 90 or 94.
What is the front edge in knitting?
right: As in “beginning at right front neck edge.” Refers to right as opposed to left. When a pattern specifies a right front, it means the front that would be on your right side as you would wear it.
As for the width, the bands on store-bought clothing are usually 1 inch (2,5 cm) wide but you can always make them smaller or larger to go with your design and your buttons.