How to Crochet a Buttoncomments (12) August 6th, 2008
Whether you're seeking the perfect closure for your newly finished cardigan or looking for a way to revamp the undesirable buttons in your stash, a crocheted button fits the bill. To make a crocheted button, you'll need to cover a form—a store-bought button works well for this. Here, I'll show you how to cover a 1-3/8-inch button. Keep in mind that the finished size is approximately 1-5/8 inches due to the added thickness of the yarn. Even though we're in the middle of summer, I'm already thinking about making a set for my winter coat. If you're familiar with crochet patterns, you can just read the round numbers (marked in bold), but if you'd like a little explanation of what's going on, feel free to read the entire text (which reiterates the pattern).
To get started, you'll need:
1-3/8-inch-diameter button(s) (The size is approximate. Since yarn is stretchy, you could also get away with a 1-1/2-inch-diameter button.)
Small amount worsted-weight yarn
Size F (3.75-mm) crochet hook
Blunt-tip yarn needle
Make a magic ring to start.
Round 1: Chain 1, 10 single crochet into ring, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—10 single crochet.
Pull the end taut if necessary to close up the magic ring.
For the next round, you'll add an increase in each stitch so that the circle gets bigger to cover your button. An increase, in this case, would be an extra single crochet, so you'll make 2 single crochets in each stitch of Round 1.
Round 2: Chain 1, 2 single crochet into each single crochet of the round, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—20 single crochet.
In Round 3, add an increase in every other single crochet to continue building the circle outward.
Round 3: Chain 1, *single crochet in first single crochet, 2 single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from * around, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—30 single crochet.
At this point, your crocheted circle should be just about the same size as your button. If it's a little larger, that's okay as the excess will wrap to the back in the next round. If there is still a sufficient amount of button showing, make one more round of single crochets—that is, make one single crochet into each single crochet of the previous round (30 single crochet) and then continue with Round 4.
You'll begin decreasing in the next round, which will start the "back" of the button cover. To make a single crochet decrease, yarn over, insert your hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over, insert your hook in the *next* stitch, yarn over, and draw up a loop. Pull the last yarn-over loop through the other 2 loops on your hook—one single crochet decrease made.
Round 4: Chain 1, *sc in each of the first 5 single crochets, single crochet decrease over next 2 single crochet stitches; repeat from * around, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—26 single crochet.
The work should start to curl into a tiny bowl at this point. Make sure the right side is still facing out (the right side is the side facing you as you work the rounds. You may need to turn your "bowl" inside out before continuing. If you haven't already, you should also weave in the first yarn end, as from here on out you'll be closing the circle around the button.
For Rounds 5 and 6, you'll add even more decreases to decrease the size of the circle more rapidly.
Round 5: Ch 1, *single crochet in each of next 2 stitches, single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches; repeat from * around, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—20 single crochet.
Round 6: Ch 1, *single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches; repeat from * around, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—10 single crochet.
You will want to slide the button into the crochet cover at this point. You may need to do this before you join Round 6 to ensure that you can squeeze the button inside.
Now it's time for the last round of stitches.
Round 7: Ch 1, *single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches; repeat from * around, join with a slipstitch in top of first single crochet—5 single crochet.
You should now have a pretty snug cover on the button. Fasten off, leaving an 8-inch tail.
Weave in the ends and your button is complete. You can sew it to your next crocheted or knitted project, or any garment you like. Just be sure to hand-wash the item so the buttons stay in good shape. As you make more buttons, feel free to experiment with the stitch height, color changes, yarn texture, and any other variations you can think of.