Button, Button, Who's got the (Crocheted) Button?

Dec 11, 2012

In the Winter 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, we feature oodles of wonderful garments, many of which contain buttons. Here are a couple buttoned lovelies...

 
The Anna Cloche by Janet Brani  

In our Back to Basics feature, I talk about ways to attach buttons to your crochet sweaters and accessories. But what about when the perfect store-bought button just doesn't seem to be out there? There have been quite a few times when I have found myself with my project in hand, scouring the racks of buttons at the craft store, spending what seems like an eternity trying to get just the right coordinating button.

 
 
 The Lady Edith Jacket by Shannon Mullett-Bolwsby
Fortunately, we crocheters know that store-bought buttons aren't our only option. For the perfect matching button, you can crochet your own with leftover yarn from the project, or a contrasting color. You just need a plastic ring of desired size or a plain button that could use a bit of (crocheted) flair.

Begin by making an adjustable ring (see Toni's blog for instructions). Work 10 sc (more or less depending on the desired size of button) in the ring. Tighten the ring. Ch 1, (sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc) around.

 

If using a plastic ring, sl st in beg ch to join and fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail to close the button. Place a plastic curtain ring inside the button. Thread a yarn needle with the tail and weave in and out of the last round of stitches. Pull tight to close.

 
If using a button, work one round of sc blo. Insert button, work one round of sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew back of “button cozy” closed. Voila!


 



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