What do you do when your needle won't fit through your delicate button's holes? Ugh, this happens to me more often than I would like. Sometimes I search through my tapestry and sewing needles to see if I can find one that will sneak through, but then I start to worry that I won't be able to thread the yarn onto said needle. And I do worry that using sewing thread might cut through the knitted fabric. Call it paranoia.
|oh, tapestry needle, why you so big?|
Not too long ago, though, I realized that I could make use of my ridiculously tiny crochet hook, used to add beads to my Emily 2 shawl to snag (carefully) the yarn and pull it through the small holes on the buttons in question.
|check it: 1.0mm crochet hook|
Of course, this means I can't do my usual button attachment technique, which involves a long piece of yarn and weaving my way up the back of the button band to attach the buttons at regular intervals. But that's OK.
|snagging that loop o' yarn and pulling it through|
As you can see above, I pull a loop of yarn through the button's hole to get things started. Here's my method for each button:
- cut piece of yarn 10-12 inches long
- fold yarn in half
- put hook through button's hole
- snag folded end of yarn and pull loop through button's hole approximately one inch
- thread loop onto tapestry needle and pull through button band to back above the button hole to be closed, then remove tapestry needle and hold loop with a free finger
- thread tails onto tapestry needle and pull through button band to back, which also serves to close up the button hole in band
- pull tails on tapestry needle through yarn loop
- pull ends snug up to button to tighten loop
- weave one tail through stitches above button anchor location on back of button band
- weave second tail through stitches below button anchor location on back of button band
|uh-oh, where's that last button?!|
Finally, all the ends are woven in, buttons attached! All we need is a wedding...
Previous steps: 1. Yarn choice. 2. Sketching. 3. Swatches 4. Math(s) 5. WIP 6. Yoke 7. Buttons 8. Sleeve Seams 9. Weaving underarm stitches
Next step: Wedding day!
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