60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers

60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers via Underground Crafter, including 20+ crochet patterns, 5 knitting patterns, 6 jewelry tutorials, and 30+ sewing, foam, paper, and mixed media tutorialsWhether you’re looking for a project to highlight one special button, or if you have reached button SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) and need projects that use LOTS of buttons, you’re sure to find a tutorial to inspire you in this roundup of over 60 free craft tutorials for button lovers! This roundup includes more than 22 crochet patterns, 5 knitting patterns, 6 button jewelry tutorials, and 36 sewing, foam, paper, and mixed media tutorials for button lovers.

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Should you need a few more buttons for these or any future projects, I recommend Buttons Galore and More. Several of the featured tutorials are from their blog, and others (like some of my included patterns) feature their buttons. They have a great selection of styles and colors.

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60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers via Underground Crafter, including 20+ crochet patterns, 5 knitting patterns, 6 jewelry tutorials, and 30+ sewing, foam, paper, and mixed media tutorials

22+ Crochet Patterns for Button Lovers

60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers via Underground Crafter, including 20+ crochet patterns, 5 knitting patterns, 6 jewelry tutorials, and 30+ sewing, foam, paper, and mixed media tutorialsButtons are great embellishments for crochet projects. Most of these patterns feature one or two buttons but several are button stash-busters!

Top row, from left to right:

Second row, from left to right:

Third row, from left to right:

Fourth row, from left to right:

Bottom row, from left to right:

Not pictured:

If you’re looking for more button projects, try 15 Fun Projects for Crocheters Who Love Buttons via Crochet Concupiscence. You can also find more crochet button projects with tutorials here at Free Crochet Tutorials.

5 Knitting Patterns for Button Lovers

60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers via Underground Crafter, including 20+ crochet patterns, 5 knitting patterns, 6 jewelry tutorials, and 30+ sewing, foam, paper, and mixed media tutorialsThese knitting patterns use buttons as embellishment or as the main attraction.

Knitting Button Bands and Buttonholes with Anne Hanson on Craftsy

6 Button Jewelry Tutorials

Button jewelry is a great way to highlight favorites from your button collection.

36 Free Sewing, Foam, Paper, and Mixed Media Tutorials for Button Lovers

60+ Free Craft Tutorials for Button Lovers via Underground Crafter, including 20+ crochet patterns, 5 knitting patterns, 6 jewelry tutorials, and 30+ sewing, foam, paper, and mixed media tutorialsWhether you sew, are adept with a glue gun, love playing with paper or foam, or enjoy combining craft techniques, you’re sure to find at least one amazing button project from among this collection.

Top row, from left to right:

Second row, from left to right:

Third row, from left to right:

Fourth row, from left to right:

Bottom row, from left to right:

Not pictured:

I don’t know about you, but this roundup has me inspired to dig into my button stash and get crafting. You can find out how I organized my grandmother’s button stash here.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

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Crochet Pattern: Layered Button Cuff (with Tips for Organizing Your Button Collection)

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother’s button collection. In this post, I’ll share my organizing tips along with crafty product reviews and a free crochet pattern! With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Samples of several organizing products were provided to me by Deflecto. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. Additional supplies for this post were generously provided by Wool and the Gang.

When my maternal grandmother passed away in 2007, I inherited her vast button collection. (Button collecting has not skipped a generation in my family, by the way. Both my mom and her youngest sister are big button collectors, too.) It was in this metal utility case which was heavy, not very visually appealing, and had squeaky drawers.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.From time to time, I would dip into the buttons but it was hard to find anything. My grandmother, like all of us, had her own secret methods for organizing and it was a bit hard for me to figure out. Also, the case was so heavy that I didn’t really ever want to move it around. Then, in January, I met the folks from Deflecto at Creativation, a trade show for the craft industry.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.Deflecto has been in the organization business for over 50 years, and, as you can see from their booth display, they design several products with crafters in mind. Deflecto sent me some products to try out at home, including Stackable Caddy Organizers (each of which comes with one Large Caddy Container, one Small Caddy Container, and one Medium Caddy Container), Caddy Containers, and the Wall Mounting Bars.

Let me start by saying that I was amazed that I could get everything in that huge utility box into one Stackable Caddy Organizer. (I configured it with one Large Caddy Container and three Small Caddy Containers). I spent about an afternoon doing this, but part of that involved reminiscing, so of course, you may be able to organize more quickly!

In the Large Caddy Container, I used four Ziploc Extra Small Square Containers (which stack neatly two-by-two) to organize groups of buttons that were loose but part of sets. I also included all of the random sewing tools that were a bit longer in this container. I then organized one Small Caddy Container to include all the loose buttons, one to include all the buttons that were on cards, and one for snaps, beads, and other findings. Since my grandmother’s entire collection fit into one Stackable Caddy Organizer, I was able to take it over to my mom’s for the afternoon and I can also easily move it around my apartment. I’m going to keep my own button collection separate (but that’s a post for another day!).

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

The handle has pieces on each side that can open outward to snap to another Stackable Caddy Organizer to lock together. Although Deflecto says each organizer can hold up to 40 pounds, with my back as it is, I decided to start small with just the one for traveling on the subway.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.Each side of the Stackable Caddy Organizer can fit one Large Caddy Container, three Small Caddy Containers, or one Medium and one Small Caddy Container.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.The Medium Caddy Containers just happen to be the perfect size for crochet hooks (even the jumbo sizes) and most scissors.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.You can keep the parts more secure by sliding the back piece of each Container into the slots on the Caddy Organizer.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.I didn’t try out the Wall Mounting Bars because we live in a rental apartment and don’t want to mess with the walls. But, I did want to show a picture of the Wall Mounting Bars in action (and demonstrate my Wonder Woman-esque powers of strength). Like the Caddy Organizers, there are ridges on the Wall Mounting Bars where the back piece of each Container can slide into.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

Each Container has a pop up closure on the front. I’ve been using these for about two months and haven’t had any problems yet, but I probably wouldn’t snap them open and closed 10 times a day, either.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.The Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizers are easy to use and stackable (obviously) with a “lift and lock” closure. The handle makes them portable enough to bring to craft night. I like the variety of Caddy Container sizes available. If you have a craft room, you could use the Caddy Containers and the Wall Mounting Bars to keep supplies for your current project ready while you’re working. Besides my grandmother’s button collection, I’ve been using the other samples to store small containers of paint, scissors, and colored pencils. MC has taken some for storing small tools, bolts, and screws. My only concerns about these are that the plastic can scratch and chip a bit in shipping (which doesn’t seem to have impacted functionality or strength) and how the pop up closures will hold up to heavy use in the long term (though I haven’t had any problems when using these for about two months).

Some Deflecto craft products are available for sale on Amazon, or you can find out where to buy them locally on Deflecto’s Craft Solutions web page.


So, now on to the crochet pattern! I used my newly organized button collection and some remnants of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton yarn that were leftover from two patterns I’ll be posting on Monday to make this awesome Layered Button Cuff. It’s such a soft and luxurious cotton that it can’t be confined to a life of potholders and coasters (though it would make fabulous ones!).

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

I dug through the Small Caddy Organizer with the unmatched buttons until…

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.… I found some buttons that were paired harmoniously with the yarn colors.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.This Layered Button Cuff is the perfect way to use up the last bits of a soft, treasured yarn while putting some of your button collection on display. (And, if you don’t happen to be a button collector yet, I recommend getting started at Buttons Galore and More.)

If you make your own Layered Button Cuff, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Layered Button Cuff

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

A soft cotton yarn and assorted buttons combine to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

 

Finished Size

  • Customizable. Photographed sample is Teen/Adult: 8” (20.5 cm) circumference x 1.75” (4.5 cm) width.

Materials

  • Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton yarn (100% Pima Cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g/155 yd/142 m) – 1 skein each in Out of Space Dyed – 101 Spots (CA) and Pink Lemonade (CB), or approximately 20 yd (18 m) in each of 2 colors in any medium weight cotton yarn.
  • US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • 5-20 sew-through buttons.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

Gauge

  • 4 sc = 1.25” (3 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Cuff

Inner Layer

  • With CA, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (4 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
  • Rep Row 2 until piece measures approximately 8” (20.5 cm) long, or desired wrist circumference. Fasten off CA.

Outer Layer

  • With CB, ch 9.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next 4 ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch. (6 sts + 2 ch-1 sp)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, sc in next 4 sts, ch 1, sk ch-1 sp, sc in next st.
  • Rep Row 2 until piece is the same length as inner layer.

Form buttonhole

  • Row 3: Turn, sl st in each of first st, ch-1 sp, and next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sl st in ea of next st, ch-1 sp, and next st.
  • Row 4: Turn, sl st in each of next 3 sts, sl st in each of next 3 ch, sl st in each of next 3 sts. Fasten off with long yarn tail approximately 32” (81.5 cm) long for seaming.

Assembly

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on Inner Layer and yarn tail from foundation chain on Outer Layer. With yarn needle, weave long yarn tail on Outer Layer so that it is positioned in first ch-1 sp near buttonhole.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

  • Place Inner Layer on top of Outer Layer, centered between chain spaces. With yarn needle and long yarn tail, seam the pieces together along the long edges by picking up the sides of rows of Inner Layer and pulling yarn through corresponding ch-1 sp on Outer Layer. Alternate moving the needle from bottom to top and then from top to bottom.
  • After first side is seamed, use yarn tail to weave across to other ch-1 sp, working on wrong side (underside) of Outer Layer. Repeat seam on other side. When pieces are joined, use yarn needle to weave in ends.
  • Position buttons on top of Inner Layer until you are satisfied.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

  • Set buttons down in the order you plan to sew them to the cuff. Test to ensure that the first button to be attached will fit through the buttonhole.

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.

  • Starting with a piece of CB measuring approximately 25” (63.5 cm) – and leaving approximately 5” (13 cm) of slack at one end to weave in later – begin sewing on first button at opposite end from buttonhole. Sew each button on using yarn needle to move through button eyes. Secure by weaving yarn through the wrong side (underside) of Outer Layer between each button. Continue until all buttons are attached.
  • Weave in ends securely.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/07/13/crochet-pattern-layered-button-cuff. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Layered Button Cuff, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Free pattern: Textured Button Cowl

Textured Button Cowl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Medley yarn by Underground Crafter | This simple cowl can be worn with the “collar” up or down, so it’s perfect for transitional weather. The textured stitch pattern is a great way to show off a colorful yarn. It’s that time of year where I can never decide if I need a coat or how many layers to wear.

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It’s a bit too warm for a big scarf but it’s still dipping at night, so I want to keep my neck protected.

Textured Button Cowl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Medley yarn by Underground Crafter | This simple cowl can be worn with the “collar” up or down, so it’s perfect for transitional weather. The textured stitch pattern is a great way to show off a colorful yarn. This project seemed like the perfect solution. The ribbed neckline helps it fit snugly around my neck, but I can also fold the collar down if it isn’t too cold.

Textured Button Cowl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Medley yarn by Underground Crafter | This simple cowl can be worn with the “collar” up or down, so it’s perfect for transitional weather. The textured stitch pattern is a great way to show off a colorful yarn. I used exactly one skein of Red Heart Medley, but since every crocheter has a different tension, I listed two skeins in the pattern. That way, you won’t run out of yarn (and you can always make a second one).

Textured Button Cowl, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Medley yarn by Underground Crafter | This simple cowl can be worn with the “collar” up or down, so it’s perfect for transitional weather. The textured stitch pattern is a great way to show off a colorful yarn. I used buttons that contrasted with my yarn to make them pop. But, you could also choose coordinating colors for your buttons so they blend in.

If you make your own Textured Button Cowl, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Textured Button Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This simple cowl can be worn with the “collar” up or down, so it’s perfect for transitional weather. The textured stitch pattern is a great way to show off a colorful yarn.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 23” (58.5 cm) length x 5” (13 cm) wide.

Materials

  • Red Heart Medley yarn (100% acrylic, 4 oz/113 g/86 yd/79 m) – 2 skeins in 0934 Energy, or approximately 105 yd (96 m) in any bulky weight yarn.


Gauge

  • 12 sts = 4” (10 cm) in scBL. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

Ribbed neckline

  • Ch 13.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. (12 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first st and ea st across.
  • Rep Row 2 until piece measures approximately 21” (53.5 cm) long.

Form buttonholes

  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first 3 sts, [ch 2, sk 2 sts, scBL in next 2 sts] twice, scBL in last st.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first 3 sts, [2 sc in ch-2 sp, scBL in next 2 sts] twice, scBL in last st.

Collar

  • Turn to work along long edge (the side of rows) of ribbed neckline.
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in side of ea row across, ending with an even number of sts. (Note: If you have an odd number of rows, sk 1 row or add a second sc in side of 1 row to end with an even number of sts.)
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across row.
  • Rep Row 6 until collar measures about 5” (13 cm) wide. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • Position buttons along short edge of ribbed neckline so they line up with buttonholes. Sew buttons to ribbed neckline.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/02/24/free-pattern-textured-button-cowl/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Scraptastic Shawlette with Crochet Button

I love swaps, even though (more often than not) they come into conflict with my desire to downsize my stash.  I’ve been participating, on and off, in the International Scarf Swap on Ravelry.  Recently, I joined in their Stashbuster Swap, which seemed perfect for me.  I needed to make a scarf (broadly interpreted) with stash yarn for my partner, and send along some other fun goodies in the package.

My partner loves purples, pinks, and blues, and prefers shawlettes.  She also expressed a preference for natural fibers.  I dug through my yarn collection, and came up with these three skeins of Cascade Yarns that seemed right up her alley.

blog Cascade Yarns Collage

From left to right: Cascade Yarns Longwood in Lavender, and Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in Mystic Purple and Pacific (or Spruce?).

All three yarns are superwash wool, so I thought combining them would make for easy washing.  But the thicknesses of the yarns are slightly different (the Longwood is a bit thicker), so I used two different crochet hooks to get a consistent gauge throughout.

blog Swap Shawlette 1

After just a few rows, I loved the way it was coming along.  Since only the Longwood was a full skein, and the other two were partial skeins leftover from these two projects, I knew I would probably not have enough yarn for a full shawl.

blog Swap Shawlette 2

I ended up with a really cute shawlette, but I wanted to add something special to make it easier to close up around the neck.  The granny clusters create wonderful eyelets that can serve as buttonholes, and I decided to crochet my own button.

blog Swap Shawlette 3

It’s a great embellishment, and I didn’t have all the stress of trying to find a matching button for a shawlette in 3 different colors.

blog Swap Shawlette 4

You can see that it’s pretty easy to close, and of course, my swap partner can adjust the closure to make the shawlette a perfect fit around her neck or shoulders.

blog Swap Shawlette 5

I released the pattern for the Scraptastic Shawlette with Crochet Button last night, and you can download it on Ravelry, free through March with the coupon code NatCroMo14.  (You can also download my other four March crochet pattern releases for free this month using the same coupon code as part of my National Crochet Month celebration!)

I’m pretty excited that I kept my commitment of releasing a new pattern every week during (Inter)National Crochet Month, and I hope you are enjoying the patterns.

Edited to add: And, I forgot to mention that today is also the 3 year anniversary of the Underground Crafter blog! Welcome to any new readers, and thanks to my longtime readers for all your support!

Now, back to the part where swapping allows my stash to grow…

Here’s the swap package I received from my partner.

blog Stashbuster Swap

It’s incredible!  She is truly a packaging expert.  She folded the scarf she made me into the project bag she made (you can see it peaking out), and there was another skein of yarn in the mug!

blog Elann

So I finished off 3 skeins of yarn making the shawlette for her, and sent along an additional skein in the package.  She sent me 4 skeins, so I guess I’m right back where I started, in terms of stash.

Swap shawl detail

But now I have a beautiful scarf, knit in a lovely, (mostly) brown, natural fiber blend that I can wear throughout the spring!  The scarf I received, by the way, is the lovely Deep Purple Crescent Shaped Lace Shawlette or Scarf by Pam Jemelian. It’s super long, so I only took a picture of the edging detail. It’s very cozy!

2013 Temperature Scarf: Lessons Learned

I’m excited to say that I did finish crocheting my temperature scarf this week.  The 113 remaining rows just flew by.

blog Temperature scarf folded roll

I ended up using 8 different colorways for this project.

Temperature Scarf Yarn Collage

 

Four of the skeins (Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle and Happy Forest and madelinetosh tosh vintage in Fragrant and Cove) were purchased at my favorite local yarn shop, Knitty City; two others (Miss Babs Yowza–Whatta Skein! in Violets in the Grass and madelinetosh tosh vintage in Midnight in Manhattan) were picked up at another local yarn shop, The Yarn Company; and I bought the two remaining skeins (Molly Girl Chart Topper in Anastasia and Aella) from a local dyer at the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival.

2013 Temperature Scarf outline

My original plan called for the use of just 7 yarns, but since 24% of the year’s dates fell into the same temperature range, I ended up running out of yarn for one of the temperature ranges and adding another yarn.

Since I was crocheting at a significant lag (I recorded the temperatures throughout the year, but ended up crocheting most of the scarf after November), I was able to make a substitution.  If I were to make another temperature scarf, I’d use a shorter range of temperatures, perhaps 8 degrees for each color.

blog Temperature scarf folded detail

Of course, this would mean that some colors wouldn’t be used at all.  As it stands, the Spring Tickle (representing the coldest temperature range) was only used for two rows.

One thing I’m happy I didn’t do was assign colors based on their association to the temperature.  Many of the temperature scarves I’ve seen use blues for lower temperatures and reds for higher temperatures, for example.  I just arranged my colorways in an order that was pleasing to my eye when I first started this project, and then assigned the temperatures in that order.

blog Temperature scarf folded flat

Another thing I would do differently (though I LOVE how the Violets in the Grass colorway looks in this scarf) would be to only use yarns with a very similar thickness.  The Miss Babs yarn is much thinner than the rest, and I used a larger hook for those rows to keep the gauge similar.

Now that the scarf is blocked, I’d really like to add some buttons.

blog Temperature scarf folded top

 

The stitch pattern I’ve used for this scarf sort of naturally forms a row of button holes at the edge.  But with all of these colors, it’s hard to pick a good set of buttons.  Naturally, I dug through my collection first.

blog Temperature scarf button ideas

I’m leaning towards using the blue square buttons at the top left and maybe the black and white polka dots.  I don’t want to seal this up permanently as an infinity cowl/circle scarf, but I think I’m less likely to wear it as a scarf, so buttons seemed the perfect solution.

Or, should I just go out and try to find buttons specifically for this project?  What do you think?

Overall, I really enjoyed my first conceptual crochet project. It was interesting to give away control of the striping and to create a project that I absolutely couldn’t have imagined at the beginning.  I think my next conceptual crochet project will be a blanket of some kind – but that’s not until I work through more of my remaining stash!

And, on that note, I’m pleased to say that I used up 873 yards of yarn with this project.  My scarf measures about 8.5″ (21.5 cm) by 79″ (200.5 cm), which is pretty long for me since I’m only 5’3″ (1.6 m).  It’s gorgeous though, and perfect for the next cold spell.