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Button Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

In this post you can find the free crochet pattern for my Button Blanket. To make a Button Blanket of your own, you work 108 squares using a Scheepjes Catona Colour Pack, join them up with the 109th color, and sew 88 wooden buttons on. Easy, right? If not, no worries, I also have a video tutorial for you to help you make the blanket every step of the way.

I believe many of us have a little box of buttons somewhere, sometimes old buttons that maybe belonged to your mother or grandmother. Sometimes spare buttons from clothing that you no longer own. Sometimes nostalgic buttons that remind you of something or someone. With this blanket I want to encourage you to use all those buttons, and make a memory blanket in the process.


Resources


Materials

Scheepjes Catona Colour Packs are available from Wool Warehouse (UK)/International, Black Sheep Wools (UK), Knotty House (USA/CA), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), and Bol.com (NL).

Size

The final blanket is approximately 140cm x 160cm / 56in x 64in.

Gauge

Each square is 11cm/4.5in after round 6, before blocking. After blocking, the squares are about 12cm.

Preparation

Find the 130 Old Lace cutie pie from the Colour Pack, and keep it separate. Use this color along with the large, 50g balls for the joining of the squares, sewing the buttons on, and making the border of the blanket.

Video tutorial

There is a video tutorial available showing the individual steps to make the Button Blanket. You can find the video by following THIS LINK

Abbreviations – US Crochet Terms

  • beg beginning
  • bphdc back post half double crochet
  • ch chain
  • ch1-sp(s) chain space(s)
  • tr treble crochet
  • dc double crochet
  • hdc half double crochet
  • hdc2tog two half double crochet stitches worked together over two stitches
  • sc single crochet
  • ss slip stitch
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • popcorn 5dc in indicated st, remove hook from working loop, insert hook through first dc, return working loop to hook, pull loop through first dc, ch1.
  • beg-popcorn ch2, 4dc in indicated st, remove hook from working loop, insert hook through top of ch2, return working loop to hook, pull loop through first top of ch2, ch1.
  • PLT Pull Loop Through. After completing the stitch, remove hook from working loop, insert hook through indicated stitch, return working loop to hook, pull working loop through the stitch.
  • *…; repeat from * 2 more times Repeat the instruction, starting at * and ending at ; the indicated number of times

Notes

The blanket is made by first turning each cutie pie into a square, after which the squares receive a border round in the base color 130 Old Lace. The border round is also used to join the squares together.
All rounds of both the square and the border are made with the right side facing. The final border around the entire blanket is also made with the right side facing.

Button Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

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Squares

Work 108 squares in total. This is one square from each ball from the Colour Pack, with the exception of 130 Old Lace.

Round 1 With any color from the Colour Pack, ch4 and close in first ch to form a ring, ch5 (counts as 1dc and ch2), in the ring work (1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch2) 3 times, 1dc, ch1, close with ss in first ch3.
[2 dc, 1 ch1-sp]

Round 2 Ss to ch2-sp, beg-popcorn in ch2-sp, *ch3, 1dc in ch1-sp, ch3, popcorn in ch2-sp; rep from * 3 more times omitting final popcorn on last repeat, close with ss in beg-popcorn.
[1 popcorn, 1 dc, 2 ch3-sp]

Round 3 ch1 (does not count as a st), *1sc in popcorn, (1sc, 1hdc, 2dc) in ch3-sp, 1tr in next dc, (2dc, 1hdc, 1sc) in ch3-sp; rep from * 3 more times, close with ss in first sc.
[3 sc, 2 hdc, 4 dc, 1 tr]

Round 4 ch2 (does not count as a st), 1hdc in current st,1 hdc in next 4 sts, *5hdc in next tr, 1hdc in next 9 sts; rep from * 3 more times omitting final 5 hdc on last repeat, close with ss in first hdc.
[13 hdc, 1 corner-hdc]

Round 5 ch4 (counts as 1dc and ch1), (skip next st, 1dc in next st, ch1) 2 times, skip next st, 1dc in next st, *5dc in next corner hdc (this is the third of 5 hdc worked in the corner), (1dc in next st, ch1, skip next st) 6 times, 1dc in next st; rep from * 3 more times omitting final 7 sts on last repeat, close with ss in first ch3.
[11 dc, 6 ch1-sps, 1 corner-dc]

Round 6 ch2 (does not count as st), 1dc in current st, 1dc in next 8 sts, *5dc in corner dc, 1dc in next 17 sts; rep from * 3 more times omitting final 9 sts, close with invisible join. Fasten off.
[21 dc, 1 corner-dc]

Blocking squares

At the end of Round 6, the square is about 11cm. Blocking your square(s) will more it more crisp, and give added quality to your blanket. Block your square(s) to 12cm.

Layout

Below you find a suggestion for the layout of the squares. The number given is the color number. This layout is off course one of many layouts that can be used. For tips about how to make a good layout, see THIS POST by Cypress Textiles.

Join

The squares are joined by working an extra border-round around each square, during this extra border-round, the square is joined to one or two adjacent square(s), dependent on the layout.

When referring to a certain stitch in the corner on the adjacent square, this is done according to the working direction on the adjacent square. It can be confusion because the squares are mirror images of each other. If you get confused, the video tutorial might help you.

The center of the 3 stitches worked in the corner is not joined. This will result in a gap forming on the cross section where the squares meet. This gap will be closed when the buttons are sewn on.

Border on first square

With 130 Old Lace, standing bphdc in corner-dc, 2dphdc in same st, *1bphdc in next 21 sts, 3bphdc in corner-dc; repeat from * 3 more times, close with invisible join on first st. Fasten off.
[23 bphdc, 1 corner-bphdc]

Join a square to any other square on one edge only

With 130 Old Lace, standing bphdc in corner-dc, 2bphdc in same st, PLT corresponding stitch on adjacent square, this is the first of the 3 sts made in the corner, (1bphdc in next st, PLT next stitch on adjacent square) 21 times, 1bphdc in corner-dc, PLT next stitch on adjacent square, this is the third of the 3 sts made in the corner, 2bphdc in same corner-dc.
*1bphdc in next 21 sts, 3bphdc in corner-dc; repeat from * 2 more times omitting the final 3 corner sts, close with invisible join on first st. Fasten off.
[23 bphdc, 1 corner-bphdc]

Join a square to any other square on two edges

With 130 Old Lace, standing bphdc in corner-dc, 2bphdc in same st, PLT corresponding stitch on adjacent square, this is the first of the 3 sts made in the corner, (1bphdc in next st, PLT next stitch on adjacent square) 21 times, 1bphdc in corner-dc, PLT next stitch on adjacent square, this is the third of the 3 sts made in the corner, 1bphdc in same corner-dc.
1bphdc in same st, PLT corresponding stitch on adjacent square, this is the first of the 3 sts made in the corner, (1bphdc in next st, PLT next stitch on adjacent square) 21 times, 1bphdc in corner-dc, PLT next stitch on adjacent square, this is the third of the 3 sts made in the corner, 1bphdc in same corner-dc.
*1bphdc in next 21 sts, 3bphdc in corner-dc; repeat from * 1 more time omitting the final 3 corner sts, close with invisible join on first st. Fasten off.
[23 bphdc, 1 corner-bphdc]

Join all other squares

Repeat the joining on all squares, placing the squares in any layout you like. The 108 squares can best be made into a 12 x 9 blanket.

Buttons

With 130 Old Lace, sew a button onto each of the crossing points between the squares. Use the 4 unworked corner stitches to sew the button on. Sew the buttons on in an alternating pattern so that there are never two of the same buttons next to each other. Tip: knot the yarn tails behind the button before working them in for extra security.

Border

Work a final border around the entire blanket.

Round 1 With 130 Old Lace, attach with a standing ** hdc in any of the four corners sts of the blanket, 2hdc in same st, *1hdc in next 23 sts, 1hdc2tog over next two sts, the first is the corner st of the current square and the second is the corner st of the next square, 1hdc in next 23 sts; repeat from * to end of the edge. Repeat from ** 3 more times, close with ss in first st.

Round 2 Ch1 (does not count as a st), 1sc in each st around entire blanket, close with invisible join. Fasten off.

Finishing

Work away all yarn tails. For best results block your blanket.

More photo’s about Button Blanket

Below you find links to the other posts and the pattern related to my blanket. Want to know more? Be sure to follow the links.

If you make a Button Blanket of your own, I would love to see it. Tag me on Instagram, or use #itsallinanutshell to help me find it.

With love,
Esther

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8 thoughts on “Button Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Gorgeous and unique blanket that is a priority on my to do list. Can the cotton 8 be a substitute for the Catona? I am trying to work from my stash this year but it is difficult. Thank you.

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  2. Hi Esther, I love your button blanket. I am wondering how much yarn you had left after each square. I used some yarn here that is the same thickness and length of scheepjes and I had quite a bit left over. Thanks

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