Crochet Pattern: Buttons for Embellishing

By Corinne Munger – 3 Comments
Though not a necessity, embellishments really add another dimension to your work. In today’s styles you’ll see many flowers adorning headbands, bags, cowls, etc., but they’re not always for everyone. How about a change? How about buttons? It understates your piece yet adds a little flair. The following pattern will show you just how ridiculously easy it is to create your own buttons and some suggestions on where to use them.

You will need to learn the Adjustable Double Ring technique for this (don’t worry, it’s easy!). Try them in different colors and sizes and you’ll have a full inventory of a really cute embellishment! Note: These buttons are made to use as an embellishment as they do not hold the “stiff” properties needed to use as a functional button.

Skill Level:

Finished Size: Small Button – 1 1/4″ (3.2 cm), Large Button – 1 3/4″ (4.5 cm)
You can vary size by using a thicker/thinner yarn and larger/smaller hook than listed.

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 25 yards of each color)
Crochet Hook I (5.50 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

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Crochet Pattern: Buttons for Embellishing

Large Button
Round 1: Make Adjustable Double Ring, 6 sc into ring, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in same sc as sl st, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 12 sc
Round 3: sc in same sc as sl st, 2 sc in next sc, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 18 sc
Round 4: sc in same sc as sl st, sc in next 2 sc, *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 24 sc
Round 5: working in back loops only, sc in same sc as sl st, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 24 sc
Round 6: working in both loops, skip first sc, sc in next sc, *skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 12 sc
Finish off. Fold button flat so that the front loops from Round 4 are at the edge of your button. Sew an “X” in the center of your button with a contrasting color. You may use the “tail” that was created when making the Adjustable Double Ring to attach your button to your item.

Small Button
Round 1: Make Adjustable Double Ring, 6 sc into ring, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in same sc as sl st, 2 sc in each sc around,sl st in first sc, ch 1: 12 sc
Round 3: sc in same sc as sl st, 2 sc in next sc, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 18 sc
Round 4: working in back loops only, sc in same sc as sl st, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc, ch 1: 18 sc
Round 5: working in both loops, skip first sc, sc in next sc, *skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 9 sc
Finish off. Fold button flat so that the front loops from Round 4 are at the edge of your button. Sew an “X” in the center of your button with a contrasting color. You may use the “tail” that was created when making the Adjustable Double Ring to attach your button to your item.

These can be added to all sorts of items – here’s just a couple of ideas:

On mitten cuffs


On a Headband


How about on the end of a scarf or lined down the sides of some leg warmers? They’re adorable on headbands, bags, and hats! Change the size of the “X” in the center and create a slightly different look. Make them in a chunky yarn for a really big button that you can even use as a wall decoration in the kids room! Button Pillows anyone? The list goes on and on- what are YOU going to use them on?

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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3 Comments

  1. Catriona says:

    Hi! I love putting little touches like this on things :) If you cut a circle from a piece of firm plastic (I used a shampoo bottle) slightly smaller than your button size, you can crochet around it to make a button stiff enough to use. You just need to put it in the centre of the button. Sew it on through the bottom part of the button only like the stalk buttons on an old-fashioned sweater. It works well and you can make it any colour to match!

  2. Diane says:

    Great idea. I’m going to use this one.

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