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How to Knit Buttons

Updated April 17, 2017

Make your own knitted buttons with a button cover kit. Usually used for making fabric-covered buttons, button cover kits also work with fabric made of knit stitches. When knitting your own buttons, you are in fact making small pieces of fabric and shaping that fabric using the tools included in the kit. You can highlight the stitch of your choice, giving you control over the colour and texture of your handmade knitted buttons.

Cast on two stitches using needles two sizes smaller than recommended for the yarn weight.

Work in the stitch pattern of your choice, increasing one stitch at the beginning and end of every row.

Continue increasing until you have 10 stitches on your needle. Work six rows even.

Knit two stitches together at the beginning and end of every row until you have two stitches left. Bind off.

Center your knitting wrong side up over the foundation of the button maker.

Insert the metal button blank into the button cover.

Tuck your knitting into the cover and attach the back of the button.

Snap the back of the button into place with the pusher tool that comes with the button kit.

Things You'll Need

  • Button cover kit
  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
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