Buttons and crochet compliment each other very well as buttons can be added to any crocheted project not only for closures, but for embellishments as well.
Although purchased buttons look great, sometimes you might want to add a button that matches the entire crocheted project. And that’s were crocheted buttons come it.
Over the years I have done several experiments with buttons and managed to find a quick and easy way to crochet them. They are not only sturdy little buttons for holding things together, but they can also be used to add more style.
You might have your own way of doing them, but here is my way and I find they are perfect for my mug cozies and kitchen towel holders. I’ll give you the pattern first followed by a photo tutorial.
Materials: Any worsted weight yarn or crochet thread. I find cotton yarn works best if you are in need of a sturdy button.
Hook: A G/6-4.25mm hook for worsted weight yarns and a 3.00mm hook for a Size 3 Crochet Thread.
Finished Size: The one in Worsted weight is just over 1″ across. The one in Size 3 thread is just over 1/2″ across.
Note: The buttons may not be perfectly round, but you can shape them and lightly starch them so they hold their shape if you want. Instead of starch, you can also use a mixture of glue and water.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 8 sc into 2nd ch from hk, join with sl st in first sc. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. (8 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, Encase rnd 2 by working 1 sc into each st of rnd 1; join with sl st in first sc. FO leaving a long tail for sewing.
Weave the tail end through the sts of rnd 3. Then bring your other tail through the center hole and secure the two ends with a knot. Now it’s ready to be sewn or tied to your finished crochet project.
Then work 8 single crochets into the 2nd chain from the hook. If you want a quick and easy way to attach the button, leave the tail end free for later.
Join each round with a slip stitch.
Now work 1 single crochet into each stitch around. This causes the work to curl up as you can see in the images below:
For the last round you will crochet into the same stitches as previous round. This encases the second round and also adds some sturdiness to the button.
To do that, simply insert your hook into the same stitch as where you made your stitches in round 2.
Wrap the yarn over and pull through.
Yarn over once more and pull through to complete the single crochet.
Continue around and join with a slip stitch. Fasten Off leaving a fairly long tail.
Weave the tail end in through the last round:
Pull the tail tight:
Now take your first tail and weave it through the center to the wrong side:
Tie the two tails and ta-da … it’s ready to be tied (or sewn) onto your finished project.