Knitting with Buttons: A New Take on the Easter Bonnet

comments (4) March 5th, 2009     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Melinda loved the pastel lightweight hat for all-day indoor and outdoor comfort on a cool, rainy day.
String your buttons in the order you want them to appear before casting on.
After casting on, line up the stitches facing inward to ensure you dont twist the stitches when you join the ends to knit.
Melinda loved the pastel lightweight hat for all-day indoor and outdoor comfort on a cool, rainy day.

Melinda loved the pastel lightweight hat for all-day indoor and outdoor comfort on a cool, rainy day.

Photo: Tina Hilton
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Remember going through your grandmother's buttons? I spent hours sorting through huge tins of buttons and remember Nana telling a story about each one. To this day, I am fascinated by buttons both vintage and new. Over the years I have collected pounds of vintage buttons and find myself buying new buttons for that yet to be determined project. Hello, my name is Tina and I am a buttonaholic!

Whether you are an experienced bead knitter or have not yet tried it, you will find that knitting with buttons is an easy way to add dimension to your knitting projects. Make one for yourself and/or a mini version for a special child in your life!

Supplies

  • Knitting needles: size 6 16-inch circular and size 6 double-pointed needles
  • Yarn: DK/light worsted weight—about 200 yards for a kid's hat and 300 yards for an adult's (I used a beautiful hand-dyed yarn from Fiesta,  “Ballet” 50% superfine alpaca, 50% Tencel)
  • Needles: Sewing needle for stringing the buttons onto the yarn and tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • Buttons: 10 (12) small plastic buttons with a shank will work best; the shank will help keep the button facing right side out and a plastic button is lightweight and washable

Abbreviations
Dec: decrease
K: knit 
K2tog: knit 2 together 
Sts: stitches
Yo: yarn over

Gauge
5 stitches to the inch

Step by Step
Instructions are for children’s and (adult's) sizes.


String your buttons in the order you want them to appear before casting on.

String Buttons
Thread a sewing needle with the end of the yarn and string 10 (12) buttons. I alternated yellow and pink buttons. If you would like more buttons and want them evenly spaced, take the number of stitches cast on and divide the number of buttons you’d like to use. For example: 90 ÷ 15 = 6. Add your button every 6 stitches.


After casting on, line up the stitches facing inward to ensure you don't twist the stitches when you join the ends to knit.

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Comments (4)

Tina_Hilton writes: Thank you for all your positive feedback. There is nothing better that to knit something fun for people you care about. I am planning on making a kids version with even more buttons!
Posted: 10:08 am on March 7th
SMVG writes: Tina,
What a cute idea. I am knitting one for my granddaughter! She is only 6 months old and lives in a cold climate. So sporting a knit Easter bonnet will will not only be adorable but functional.
Thanks for another super idea.
Posted: 9:28 am on March 7th
PoochPal writes: I can so relate to being a buttonahloic. What a fun project to use up some of the button stash. Your instructions are very comprehensive and photography great.
Kudos to your model Melinda. Thanks Tina~
Posted: 8:57 am on March 7th
K1Drink2 writes: Cute Hat ... Lovely model ... FABULOUS directions and photos. This is he first time I've been on this site ... I'm impressed, Tina!
Posted: 10:13 am on March 6th
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