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Button Scarf (pattern)

February 21, 2012

purple knit scarf

I made this scarf a while ago, but then I wasn’t sure if I liked the fabric button…

…I’ve decided I do, and it’s blog worthy.

Like all the scarf patterns I’ve put on here, this one is also very simple. It is just a rectangle that is folded over and then buttoned through both layers. Refer to this handy diagram I made for you:

scarf dimensions

I did a seed stitch which is knit one/purl one on the odd rows and purl one / knit one on the evens rows. That way you end up with an alternating pattern that gives it a nice texture. I used size 11 needles.

I got the fabric for the button at Sew To Speak, but if you have any sort of fabric stash, you’ll definitely have enough for covering a button. I must have had large ambitions of making lots of covered buttons with all the fabric I got for the sole purpose of this project.

If you’ve never covered a button before, don’t worry, its super easy.

covering a button

I would suggest getting the buttons with the little teeth around the edges. The buttons without the teeth require another tool to put it together. Make your life simpler, have less tools! You can get the buttons at any fabric or craft store.

button teeth

Then you just cover the fabric over the button, hook it under the teeth all the way around and snap on the bottom piece. Sew on the scarf wherever you like.

see? What’d I tell ya, easy peasy!

**Update 2-21-2014** A surge of traffic from All Free Knitting has taken this post out of the archives and brought back to life! Thanks for visiting! Here’s some information that’s been missing: I used less than one skein of Lion Brand Thick and Quick Yarn. And I did not make a button hole. Since it is a chunky stitch, I just pushed the button through the two layers of the scarf. However if your gauge is really tight, it may be hard to push the button through. Happy Knitting and please let me know if you have any other questions!

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  • Reply redbamsews February 22, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Love it! The fabric button is a nice touch! Scarf pattern is cool and your choice of yarn (color) is outstanding. Great job!

    • Reply steph February 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Beverly!

  • Reply jean cognato February 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I love the scarf but there is no mention of a button hole. Is one necessary ir do you pin the button through both layers. Thanks, Jean

    • Reply steph February 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Jean, I didn’t need to make a button hole, I just pushed the button through both layers. Just make sure to keep your gauge a little loose so it can go through!

  • Reply marcia February 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

    how many stitches did you cast on?

    • Reply steph February 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Marcia! I cast on 24 stitches.

  • Reply Lauren KEy February 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    What kind of yarn did you use for this scarf? (I am a fairly new knitter–not good at matching yarns to photos yet.)

    • Reply steph February 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Lauren, I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick. Definitely my favorite yarn for quick and easy scarves!

  • Reply catherine starrs February 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Steph like this pattern where do you make the button hole and do you do two? will wait on reply kind regards Catherine

    • Reply steph February 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Catherine, I did not need to make a button hole, I just pushed the button through both layers of the scarf.

      • Reply catherine starrs March 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

        Thanks for the reply.

  • Reply Colleen February 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Love this scarf! Would you tell me what kind of yarn you used and how much. I would love to make one. Beautiful work!

    • Reply steph February 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Colleen , Thank you! I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick and this scarf didn’t even use one whole skein.

  • Reply Valerie Turk. February 22, 2014 at 7:10 am

    What ply is the wool. I usually use 8 ply, for general knitting, but perhaps this is one is thicker. I am in AUSTRALIA, and wool seems to be 8 ply and then 12 ply, but 12 might be too thick. ??

  • Reply Valerie Turk. February 22, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Please what ply is the wool that you recommend. In Australia, wool seems to go 8 ply and then 12 ply.
    Thank you I will wait for a reply.

    • Reply steph February 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Valerie, Sorry for the delayed response, I actually had to do a little research before answering your question. It looks like the yarn I used is equivalent to 14 ply yarn (according to this website: I think you could use a lighter weight yarn, just add more stitches so you have the right width. Or double up the yarn. Good luck!

  • Reply Harriet February 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    What size button did you use? Thanks for this great pattern.

    • Reply steph February 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Harriet! So glad you like it! I used 1 1/2″ buttons

  • Reply evamaclean February 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you…I am going to knit some for gifts. I really like it.

    • Reply steph March 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks! Have fun with it!

  • Reply Beverley Wentzell Halifax, Nova Scotia March 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    It is great color, and how many stitches wold be correct for this?
    You say 24, could it be more or less?
    and really have never done a button like above, usually with a button hole
    but not so with this? Not sure I truly understand.

    • Reply steph March 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I think you can do as many stitches as you want, depending on how wide you want it. My knitting isn’t very tight so I did not need to make a button hole – I could just push the button through the stitches.

  • Reply Verna February 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

    You never said how many stitches to cast on……….

    • Reply steph February 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Verna, Cast on 24 Stitches

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