Buttons can add a striking contrast to your garment, or they can blend in subtly with the knit fabric. You can also make perfectly matching crochet buttons, which are shown here.

The button should be appropriate to the yarn. For example, leather or stone buttons work best on tweedy, rugged yarns for outdoor garments, and fancy glass buttons are best suited to tailored or dressy styles.

Take along a yarn sample when you buy buttons to find a good match. If possible, purchase an extra button or two to replace any you may lose.

Match the size of your button carefully to the size of your buttonhole so that the button will fit properly.

Buttons that cannot be washed should always be removed before cleaning. When you purchase buttons, look for any special care instructions on the package.

crochet buttons
crochet button with ring
Crochet Button With Ring
stuffed crochet button
Stuffed Crochet Button
This type of button is made with a small plastic ring about ½"/1.5cm wide. 1. Leaving a 6"/15cm tail, make a slip knot and work single crochets tightly around the ring. Join the last single crochet to the first. Cut the yarn, leaving an 8"/20cm strand and pull through the last loop. 2. Thread the 8"/20cm strand through a yarn needle and pick up the outside loop from every other single crochet. Gather them together and pull the strand to the back. Tie this strand tightly to the other one and use it to sew on the button.

1. Make a slip knot and chain three. Slip stitch into the first chain to join. Work two single crochets into each of the three chains. Continue to increase until there are 12 single crochets. To decrease on the next round, work two single crochets together six times. Cut the yarn, leaving an 8"/20cm strand. Stuff the button with matching yarn. 2. Work the second step as for the crochet button with ring.


To sew on buttons, you can use yarn (if it goes through the button) or matching thread. When sewing on metal buttons, which tend to cut the thread, you may wish to use waxed dental floss. Double the thread and tie a knot on the end. Then slip your button onto the needle and thread. You can further secure the button with a square of fabric or felt at the back, which is especially desirable on garments that receive heavy wear, such as jackets.

sewing on buttons
sewing on buttons    

Knotted thread has a tendency to pull through knit fabric. Lock it in place by inserting thread into fabric on the right side and through the doubled thread as shown here. Clip knotted end.


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