Learn How to Crochet a Buttonhole

Is the Shadow Purple Top from Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 on your crochet queue? I’m. In. Love! This lacy crochet top has cap sleeves, a stunning lacy draped fabric, and a great button band down the back. It’s this crochet button band that has my attention.

Crochet Button Hole

The Shadow Purple Top from Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 is fastened with a great row of buttons.

Using buttons as a closure for your crochet is a beautiful way to showcase exquisite buttons on your crochet–and I, in my opinion, a stunning button collection. Buttoned crochet garments are made up of two pieces–the crochet button band and the crochet buttonhole band.

The crochet button band is generally worked in single crochet. This is because several rows of single crochet create a band that is sturdy enough for a good crochet button band. You need fabric that is solid enough to sew your buttons onto and that will not warp but will remain straight when buttoned. It is possible to back the button band with ribbon, fabric, or something more sturdy, but as long as you use sturdy crochet stitches, this is generally not needed.

The crochet button hole band is just as easy. Let’s take a look at the Shadow Purple Top. Anastasia Cruz begins by working two rows of single crochet beginning at the neckline of the sweater. This creates a stable base for the crochet button holes. Use markers to mark the placement of each of the 8 buttons. Next to create the actual button holes. Each button hole is three stitches wide to accommodate the ½” buttons. Single crochet in each single crochet to the first marker, chain 3, skip next 3 single crochet stitches, single crochet in the next single crochet. Repeat to the end of the row. You will notice that you are skipping the same number of single crochet stitches as your number of chains. This is commonly the way crochet button hole bands are worked.

Crochet Button Hole

To make a crochet buttonhole, single crochet in each single crochet the first marker, chain 3, skip next 3 single crochet stitches, single crochet in the next single crochet.

Before you get started on the Shadow Purple Top or one of the Basic Tanks, keep in mind these top three tips for crocheting buttonhole bands.

  1. Test your button hole to make sure it is the right size for your chosen buttons. Make sure that the button hole is large enough to fit over your button but not so large that it can become accidentally unbuttoned.
  2. It’s easy to adjust the button holes size. Just adjust the number of chains for the buttonhole and skip the appropriate number of stitches. If you are adjusting the buttonhole or button size, keep in mind that you may need to also change the number of buttons you use.
  3. Remember that some fibers stretch over time. If you are making your button hole band in 100% cotton, linen, or another fiber that will stretch over time, your button hole could become large enough that it can become accidentally unbuttoned. Keep and label a small amount of your yarn. This can be used to add a couple of whip stitches to make the button hole smaller. You can also use this leftover yarn to fix any other damages that might happen during the sweater’s life.
Crochet Button Hole

The Basic Tank also uses a buttonhole band to add even more great visual interest.

Now you’re ready to crochet a proper button band and buttonhole band! Download or order your Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 issue for the Shadow Purple Top and Basic Tank and try adding some amazing buttons to your next crochet sweater. Think of all of the gorgeous button options!

Happy crocheting,
Toni


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