How to Crochet a Firm Button

One of the most appealing things about crochet is that it can be used to make virtually anything one can imagine. Does your daughter's doll need a sleeping bag? Crochet can make that. Are you dying for a designer knock-off sweater? Crochet can do that do. But the really cool thing about crochet is that it can be used to make a lot of the notions needed for other craft projects, such as charms, ties, and, when done correctly, buttons.

Crochet Button Tutorial

The danger of crocheting buttons is creating a button too floppy for the buttonhole to hold, but spiked crochet stitches provide the thickness needed for a firm crocheted button that stays put.

To create a good, firm button, one may use yarn and thread of any thickness, but the smaller the hook, the firmer the button will be. And it goes without saying (but we're going to say it anyway) that thin yarns and threads will produce smaller buttons than thick yarns.

Round 1: Begin with a chain of 2, then work 6 single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet of the round.

Crochet Button Tutorial
Please excuse our subpar photos; we assembled this tutorial at Panera while the Lovely was at preschool.
Round 2: Chain 1, then work 2 single crochet in each single crochet around. Join with a slip stitch again in the first single crochet in this round.

Crochet Button Tutorial

Round 3: In this round, spiked stitches are worked into Round 1. These stitches will essentially encase the stitches worked in Round 2.

Chain 1, then start the first spiked single crochet by inserting the hook into the first single crochet of Round 1 and pull up a loop.

Crochet Button Tutorial

Finish the stitch by yarning over and pulling through both loops on the hook, just like a regular single crochet.

Crochet Button Tutorial

Work another spiked single crochet in the same Round 1 single crochet as the first spiked single crochet, then work 2 spiked single crochets in each remaining single crochet of Round 1. Join with a slip stitch in the first spiked single crochet of this round.

Round 3 may be repeated as often as necessary for the desired firmness, continuing to work each consecutive round into Round 1, but for the above pictured button, we worked Round 3 only once. Once the desired firmness is achieved, finish off and weave in the ends.

These buttons may be used for any project that calls for buttons: sewing projects, crochet projects, stuffed animals, and anything else that can be imagined.

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