Monday, March 24, 2014

Crocheted buttons

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You know how, sometimes, you just can’t find the right buttons?  My mama always says that buttons can make or break your project, and I think she’s right.  I go to the fabric store, stand hopefully in front of the buttons display clutching my swatch, and kind of despair.  If I wanted stop sign buttons or flower pot buttons or teddy bear buttons, or plain white shirt buttons, or if I wanted 5/8” instead 1/2”, or if they had eight instead of six, I would have no button problems at all.  Well, when all else fails, do it yourself.  I have learned another great trick

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The crocheted button.  I somehow thought these would be so complicated, but they’re not at all.   Here’s how:  Chain 12.  Turn.  Single crochet in each chain.  Fasten off and break the yarn.  Roll up the little strip you just made and sew it here and there, at the bottom.  Tie the ends together, and then use them to sew it to your sweater. 
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Stuff like this just makes me feel like I’m beating the system. 

29 comments:

  1. What a fab idea! Must use this xxxxx

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  2. Love this idea, you always inspire me! Xo

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  3. So cute! I always have the worst time trying to find the perfect button for a project..

    xx MaDonna
    MeMaDonna.com

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  4. Brilliant!! What a clever thing you are. You are right too about the buttons being the right - or not - finishing thing that makes all the difference. xx

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  5. good for you and they look adorable - and perfect! After seeing your lovely Nae scarf I downloaded the pattern and then the other day I drove to the city to buy some yarn for the Nae. I picked up some Madeline Tosh merino light in Parchment. Can hardly wait to get started. But now that I see your honey of a scarf, I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't have reverted back to neutral but should have selected a perkier colour. Oh well, I'm still anxious to get it on the needles :)

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  6. How cute are these? Can hardly wait to see your 'big, plain rectangle' finished!

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  7. Great idea! Beautiful.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  8. Great idea. Thank you for sharing

    Patricia x ( pats-ditjes-en-datjes.blogspot.be )

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  9. *LOVE* these. They look great and are so simple to make. Thanks for the idea and directions!

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  10. Gorgeous! These are great. I did once have a go but tried to cover existing buttons which was tricky. Will give this a go! x

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  11. Fabulous! What a clever idea and they look perfect on a knitted garment.

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  12. Clever! I like to cover my own buttons with fabric but have never tried making them from yarn.

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  13. Those are so pretty, and you saved money too!

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  14. Very very nice! Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  15. Kristen, you've done it! Your crocheted buttons are so pretty, and you've also taken me right back many decades to when I first crocheted buttons to close cable sweaters I knit before I was 20 years old.

    Last century, yes. Way back, in the very early 1960s. I must take some photographs of some these vintage sweaters I still have, and do a little show and tell.

    When you do get to visit NYC, I would also love to show you a button mecca, Tender Buttons. It is very difficult to leave this shop without a purchase. Takes practice.

    xo

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    1. Tender Buttons is most definitely on our must-do list! :)

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    2. Kristen, I have put a link to your site on my most recent post...it includes some photographs of a cabled cardigan I knit when in my teens. The cardi has crocheted buttons.

      xo

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  16. Kristen, these are gorgeous! And they DO make the project. I am so adding this to my list of things to do. Love the contrast colours.
    Sheree

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  17. What a wonderful idea!! Simple and very pretty ♥. Thanks for sharing :-)
    Have a nice day! Nata xxx

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  18. So cute...great idea. Thanks. X
    http://prettyflowersinthewindow.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. What a good idea! These are so cute.

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  20. I agree with everything you have had to say about buttons! I was recently lamenting the lack of selection of buttons in my local store, and the lady shopping the same miserable selection agreed with me wholeheartedly. (Yes, I talk to anybody who will listen when I shop, embarrasses my husband and sons.) I love your solution, and will likely try it sooner or later...
    I have stitching bits of fabric around plain ones to suit me -- I feel like I'm beating the system by not buying button blanks made for covering.

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  21. I never would have thought to look on Ravelry. These are brilliant.

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  22. Very nifty and clever. I love the colour contrast :-)
    Tracey xx

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  23. that poncho is so nice! want to make one for me, even if i don´t like knitting that much... but left and right stitches should be no problem!

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  24. Fab button idea, gonna pinch it and try it on a crochet poncho that does up ...........or it that called a cape??
    bestest wishes
    daisy j x

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