Boulder Bolero: Crochet Buttons

Disclaimer: We cannot be held responsible for loss of work hours, family time and / or dedication to a fitness regimen due to an inability to stop crocheting buttons.

Here's how it went down for us: Lindsay, Sarah, and Marcy scooted off to a secret, undisclosed location in the belly of the Interweave building. Beyond its hidden entrance is a hobbit hole of a room with a feeble cell signal, three chairs and enough light to crochet by.


We had an empty jar …
an assortment of yarn, bone rings (1/2" and 1"), and Doris Chan's instructions for crocheting basic buttons (you'll find the how-to at the end of the pattern for the Boulder Bolero in the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet).


Our mission: To fill the empty jar with crocheted buttons.

(Honest-to-golly, this was a clear picture when we took it. Some strange vibe there must have blurred it.)

This is a 1/2" crocheted button nestled inside a 1" crocheted button.


The jar's bottom is covered.

Note: You can make crochet buttons with just about any weight of fiber, from thread to—well, just wait til you see this button down a little farther. Buttons are a great way to use small amounts of yarn—try them all! You might discover a wonderful thing!

Use a crochet hook a few sizes smaller than you would use to make fabric.

These wee thread buttons are reminiscent of Maire Treanor's buttonies (if you missed Maire's Irish crochet series in the magazine, you can find all the patterns gathered together in the new Step-by-Step Guide to Clones Lace ebook).
A two-sided ribbon yarn covers a 1" ring quite handily.

A row of picots worked blo adds a pretty touch to this beauty, worked in a flat ribbon yarn.

See that tiny hole in the middle? How does that happen, you ask? Doris' how-to starts with a tiny chain circle. Keep it tiny, even when you use the larger ring. Hold it as steady as you can in the center and work long stitches through the tiny circle and around the larger bone ring.

And that picot beauty adds some nice heft to the jar pile.
This pretty (blurry) button is a tinier version of the picot button above.
For this two-tone look, join a second color and work rev sc blo.
A textured yarn results in a nice, tailored look.
Ah! The tribble button. Fur yarn. Have at it.
That Tribble takes up a lot of space! Woohoo!
Oatmeal buttons. Good for you.
Aztec Sun. For your fancier outfits.

To crochet this button, worked in thread with a shimmer: work the base sc rnd, then work (1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around. Finish with a round of rev sc.

This wondrous tri-color accent button …
…really takes up space in the jar!
With these buttons, the yarn (Classic Elite Sanibel) does all the work.
With the addition of a 1" ripply picot crochet button, the jar is full!

We left the hobbit hole, our sense of time and space forever altered, but invigorated. So nice to create with nothing more than scraps of yarn and little plastic circles. Tiny little works of art, really, with utilitarian potential.

Now, don't you want a jar full of crochet buttons? There's the yarn, there's the hook …

Happy crocheting,

The Interweave Crochet Team



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