How to Crochet a Button

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Crocheted buttons add a special touch.
Crocheted buttons add a special touch. (Image: http://parallaxknitting.com)

Crocheted buttons are a great way to add a personal touch to a sweater, jacket or other garment. These buttons can be added to homemade projects, or they can be sewn onto store-bought items as a replacement for generic plastic buttons. The size of the button will be determined by the size of the crochet hook and thickness of the yarn, so if a smaller button is desired, use a small hook and lightweight yarn. If a larger button is needed, use a larger hook and heavier yarn.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Chain one stitch, leaving about a 4 to 6-inch tail on the end of the yarn. Then, make 5 single crochet stitches.

Slip into the first stitch in the chain and join it to form a ring. Then, chain one stitch.

Increase the size of the button by making another pass around the circle. To do this, start with the first stitch in the circle. Work one single crochet into that stitch. Then move on to the second stitch. Work two single crochets into the second stitch. Crochet around the rest of the circle in this manner, working two single crochets in each stitch. At the end of the circle, close the round by slipping into the first single crochet stitch. Then chain one stitch.

Single crochet once into each stitch all the way around the circle, then close off the round by slipping into the first single crochet of the ring. Then, chain one stitch.

Insert the hook into the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull a loop through. Do the same with the next stitch, leaving three loops on the hook. Loop the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through the three loops. Repeat all the way around the circle; this will decrease the number of stitches, tightening the base of the button.

Cut off the yarn from the ball, leaving about a 10-inch tail. Feed the tail through the last remaining loop on the hook, pulling it tight.

Stuff the first tail into the button to plump it out. Thread the second tail onto the tapestry needle and sew the button closed. Attach the button to the garment using the tapestry needle and the second tail.

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