Help-- making yarn buttons with those little plastic rings?

sheilajoyce_gwDecember 30, 2005

I am knitting a chunky baby sweater/jacket using 3 strands of worsted in pink, light blue and light sage. I am putting it together and need some equally chunky buttons, so I thought I would try to make buttons using those plastic rings for making buttons (but that I have bought to use as stitch markers on my large knitting needles). I have 3/4 inch size that ought to work, but I can't seem to figure out how to make a nice button. I have seen them, so I know it is possible. Any advice????

By the way, if you are interested, the sweater pattern is on the site under the "Knit One, Purl Two" show's list. I refuse to spend $40 on yarn or to make a baby item of wool, so I used inexpensive acrylic worsted and slightly smaller needles--15 and 13. And by the way, you do not need all the supplies she lists in the "materials" section. Just straight or circulaar needles size 15 and 13, stitch holders, and a yarn needle,

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With chunky, that might be difficult. It would be better if you could find a coordinating or matching yarn in a worsted or sport. Just ch 2 (or make a magic ring) and sc into the second chain. You'll have to play with it, probably 10 or 12 sc. If that doesn't almost fill in the hole, do another round of sc, increasing every 3rd or 4th stitch. Then just put this into the center of the ring and do another row of sc around the ring, making increases as necessary. That will give you a flat button. Anything else, you're on your own.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2005 at 2:37PM
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Thanks. I will try it. I will use just one strand of the worsted to do it, and it should be ok. What is a magic ring?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2005 at 3:22PM
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Oh, Sheilajoyce, this is my Christmas present to you! You will love the magic ring!

Here is a link that might be useful: magic ring

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 12:28AM
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Thanks, Donna. I will try it next time. And Merry Christmas to you too.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 5:38PM
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Donna, Thanks for that site. I'm going to try it!! Makes it look so easy!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 8:51PM
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I can't figure out how to start the LoRan Creative Button. The pictures only show a continuation of an already-started button. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks. May have to do the old-fashioned window-shade ring thing after all.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2007 at 1:58PM
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