Knitting with Buttons: A New Take on the Easter Bonnetcomments (4) March 5th, 2009
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!
- 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
K2tog: knit 2 together
Yo: yarn over
5 stitches to the inch
Step by Step
Instructions are for children’s and (adult's) sizes.
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.
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