"You have just slaved and slaved and worked your little fingers to the bloomin' BONE over this lovely little project. The final touch is a little strappy bit that should button over. Dash over to the button stash and dig around...and...You Find Nothing! The Horrors! Whatever WILL you do? You don't want to spend MONEY on a single little button to match this project, do you? Of course not. So you use that creative little brain of yours. OR alternatively, you pop over to amAMZIng! and find this handy little technique."All you need for this is:
- more of the stringy stuff you've been using, preferably in one of your "contrasting colors" for the project.
- a smallish bit of stiffy cardboard. Corrugated cardboard (like from a packing box) will do in a pinch, but doesn't hold up well for something that gets a lot of buttoning-and-un-buttoning.
- a crochet hook, preferably on the smaller side. Size G (4.25 mm) works well.
- a pair of sturdy scissors, not your pride-and-joy-best-set.
- a hole-puncher, the standard size.
Ah, that was quick! You're mighty speedy! Ready to start? Okay, here we go.
Step 1 :: Use those scissors to chip off a relatively circular piece of cardboard, about 1 inch or 2.5 cm in diameter. Don't worry about super-smooth edges or perfect proportions. A slightly wonky octagon works fine.
Step 2 :: Take your hole-puncher and stab a hole into the center of that little circle. You'll probably need to punch it a few more times around the edges, to make it wide enough to allow the head of your hook through easily. The hole in the middle should be about half an inch in diameter.
Step 4 :: Go back into the hole with your hook and yarn over. Pull it through to the front, and you'll have two loops on your hook. Reach up over the edge of the cardboard and yarn over again, and pull that through two of the loops on your hook. Yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops. See, it's the same as a US single crochet--UK double crochet.
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I've used this on my mug cozies, like so:
Hope you like!
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PS Alternatively, and I really love this, go construct one of these darling flowers from Attic24 and use THAT as the button, like I did with this project.