How to Make a Button Scarf

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A button scarf is a trendy spin on the classic shawl or cool weather wrap. This knitted or crocheted wrap covers just the neck and upper shoulders, and fastens with two large buttons. There are endless variations on the thickness and design of the button scarf, according to your personal style, size, and the season.

Things You'll Need

  • 650 yards of yarn, worsted or bulky weight
  • Knitting needles to suit the yarn selected
  • 2 buttons, 2 to 3 inches
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Embroidery or large sewing needle
  • Determine how many stitches it will take for your selected yarn to cover the size of the button scarf. The finished scarf will be a rectangular piece measuring 14-by-29 inches. The stitches per inch is indicated on the label of your selected yarn. Bulky weight yarn is typically three to four stitches per inch. Worsted weight yarn will make four to five stitches per inch. Therefore, if you are using worsted weight yard, cast on about 70 stitches for the short end of your button scarf.

  • Complete the first row with this simple pattern: Knit 1, then yarn over the right needle, then knit two stitches together. Continue throughout the 70 stitches you cast.

  • Knit the second row with no special pattern, from one end to the other.

  • Alternate the first row's pattern -- knit, yarn over, knit 2 together -- and the second -- knit straight across -- until the long side measures 29 inches, or your desired length. Tie off the ends and weave any excess tail into the scarf so it is well hidden.

  • Try on your scarf and use stitch markers -- hair pins work as well -- to mark where you want your buttons to be. Also mark where the button holes should be, and carefully remove the scarf.

  • Attach the buttons. If your button's stitch holes are large enough, use an embroidery needle to stitch them in place on your scarf. If they are too small, use a matching thread or thing cord with a large sewing needle.

  • Make your button holes by stitching them out with your embroidery needle.

Tips & Warnings

  • The button scarf can be made somewhat longer for a particularly tall or broad person.
  • You can use any thickness of yarn you like, as long as you use the proper needles and calculate the correct number of stitches.
  • This pattern can be used for crochet as well, just adjust the pattern and stitch count to accommodate the size.
  • If you are afraid your finished scarf is too small, wait before expanding it. Many knitted projects stretch significantly with wear.

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