How to Crochet a Button Charm Necklacecomments (8) March 10th, 2009
I have a collection of sweet vintage glass buttons that I love, but for some reason I rarely make clothes that actually use buttons. So I came up with a way to use some of these little gems and really show them off. It's a simple crochet chain necklace, with the buttons hanging like pendants from each of five crocheted extensions. You can easily customize the technique to make all sorts of necklaces and bracelets, so let's get started!
- Five buttons (shank or two-hole buttons work best), plus one additional button for a closure at the back
- Crochet cotton (or any fine yarn or heavy thread that fits through the holes of your buttons)
- A crochet hook compatible with your thread
- A tape measure
- A needle to help you thread your buttons onto the thread (optional)
The only crochet techniques used are chainstitch, slipstitch, and finishing off.
1. Measure your neck (or how long you want the necklace to be). Jot this number down. A simple sketch will help you determine the placement of the extensions.
Find the center point of your length (this will be where the center extension is), then decide how far apart you want the legs. My necklace is 15 inches long, so the center point is at 7-1/2 inches. I made the extensions 2 inches apart from the center, which leaves 3-1/2 inches for each side of the back.
2. String the buttons onto the ball or spool of thread (don't cut it). Arrange them in the order of use (you won't be able to change the order once you get going), and string them up.
3. Begin crocheting. The buttons should be hanging out between the spool and your hook, waiting to be pulled up when you need them. Leaving a long tail (5 inches to 6 inches is good), make a slip knot and begin chainstitching the first back section of your necklace (3-1/2 inches in my case).
*When you reach this point, place a marker (I just used a piece of contrast thread).
Now begin chaining your first extension, however long you want that to be (I made mine 1-1/2 inches). At the end of this chain, slide your first button up against the hook, then slipstitch your way back up the chain to the marker.
This completes your first extension. Remove the marker and chain the length of the space between your extensions (2 inches for me).
Repeat from * four times, making the final chain the same length as your first one (for the other half of the back).
Place a marker again, and crochet a chain twice as long as the width of your closure button, for the loop.
Connect with a slipstitch at the marker, and make a few more slipstitches into the next few chains for a secure connection. Finish off.
4. Add the closure button. Thread the beginning long tail onto a needle and thread it through the button several times, then take a stitch through the first chain stitch, and finish off.
Voila! You can make these as chokers (like mine) or longer lengths. I've also used beads, charms, seashells, and bits of coral—essentially anything with a hole in it! Try it out and see if you can stop making these once you start!
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