A-Z of Pattern Adaptation: Buttons

A-Z of Pattern Adaptation: Buttons

B is for Buttons. Or, more precisely, knitted and crocheted buttons.

In the scrabble for authentic vintage buttons (which you can end up spending a good proportion of your knitting budget on), the humble homemade button has been overlooked, which is a shame as this small but important item was a popular finishing touch in many vintage garments, and can offer a wealth of versatility and creative freedom.

For those who love the tiny minutiae of knit and crochet details, you can geek out till your heart’s content creating a piece of eye-catching button-art in any stitch or colour combination you like.

As far as the filling’s concerned, you can either buy pre-made button moulds or follow in the footsteps of the thrifty wartime knitter and stuff your buttons with offcuts of yarn, or even cover an older unwanted button. The sky’s the limit, but a general rule of thumb is to use yarn and needles fine enough to be able to give you the fine detail you want on such a small item. Of course you could also sew and embroider your own button covers, but that’s another blog!

To knit your own button cover, knit a square in your desired stitch and yarn, large enough for some extra room around the edges when you place your button mould in the middle, then sew a running stitch around the edge. Place the button in the middle, draw up and fasten off.

To crochet a round button, make 4ch and join in a ring. Work 16 trebles into the ring. Break off wool, leaving a long end and thread into darning needle. Take a stitch into the top of each treble, pull threads tightly together and sew across.

And a new obsession is born …

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