How to Make a Custom-Knitted Button and Win the Style Game

comments (6) August 28th, 2008     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Sometimes a commercially made button just wont do the trick.
Dritz button kits are readily available and easy to use.
Increase to 12 sts for the large button.
Sometimes a commercially made button just wont do the trick.

Sometimes a commercially made button just won't do the trick.

Photo: Sophie Saller
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Finding the perfect button to put the finishing touch on your latest masterpiece can sometimes seem like an impossible task. You combed your stash but nothing worked. The LYS did not have the right one, the fabric store was a waste, and searching for the ideal button on the Internet was overwhelming. Sometimes you have to take the matter into your own hands and create your own buttons! Knitted buttons allow you to have a closure that complements the garment without overwhelming it. You can knit your button in a pattern that blends in seamlessly or that enhances the design.

Yarn to match or complement your project (I used a DK weight.)
Knitting needles one or two sizes smaller than the needles you knit your finished project with (I used a size 3 needle.)
Button cover kits—Dritz Aluminum Button Cover Kit in size 7/8 inch and 1-1/8 inch

Dritz button kits are readily available and easy to use.

Step By Step
These directions are for the 7/8-inch size (the 1-1/8-inch size are in parentheses).
Begin knitting the button cover by casting on 2 (4) stitches.
With stockinette stitch, increase one stitch at the beginning and end of each row until you have 10 (12) stitches.

Increase to 12 sts for the large button.

Work 6 rows even.

After you have knit 6 rows even, decrease.

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Comments (6)

adamjack writes: Buttons can be custom-made to match the color and type of our garments.Most fabrics sold by sunbrella fabrics are sold by the yard and can be used for outdoors because of their great quality that can withstand harsh elements present on outdoor environment.
Posted: 4:26 am on August 21st
HungPhiAn writes: Many thanks to Tina , you made my bolero look great :))
Posted: 8:39 am on November 8th
KnittingBirdy writes: Why can't I print this out?

It's a great tutorial, but I'm not able to make this right now, so want to print it out and save it.

Posted: 11:25 pm on November 2nd
Jen1964 writes: We used those button kits on our tailoring projects in home ec - they look better than anything you can buy! I never thought of using them for knitted projects. Can't wait to try! Thanks.
Posted: 10:49 am on September 16th
kmd811 writes: Could you crochet a cover over a button?
Posted: 6:46 pm on September 15th
SMVG writes: Tina,

This solved my latest knitting crisis. The custom knitted button was the perfect compliment to a sweater I made for my husband. Your tips on how to keep the metal from peeking through was a very helpful timesaver. Tina, you're the greatest! I love to read your articles. Keep it coming.
Posted: 10:42 am on September 3rd
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