I have a jar of buttons that I bought several years ago. The buttons used to be kept in the plastic bag they came in, which resulted in button spillage, every single time. If only I had used the buttons quicker, I theorized, then I wouldn’t have to deal with annoying spills. I wasn’t as crafty back then but now I am and I’m in the mood to use some buttons!
Now, what to make?
The first thing I thought of was to make eyes. I tried to pick out a large flat button for the back and a smaller one for the front with button holes that aligned. Like so:
But now the eyes needed a face. No eyes without a face here…
Enter the alien:
This little guy was pretty easy to make. I even managed to write down what I did along the way – this is something I have failed to do, mostly because I tell myself I’ll remember and then I don’t. And I also remembered to take pictures along the way. Hooray!
The pattern is worked in the round and I used a 3.75mm hook/size 9 with Pattons Canadiana for the purple alien and Red Heart Soft Touch for the silvery grey alien. This is the first pattern I post, and as I mentioned, the first I properly write down so if there any mistakes or something is unclear, please let me know and I’ll do my best to figure it out.
st(s) = stitch(es)
sc = single crochet
sl = slip stitch
inc = 2 sc in one st
dec = 2 sts together
blo = back loop only
Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch.
Round 1: inc in each st around – 12sts
Round 2: 1 sc, inc, repeat around – 18sts
Round 3: 2 sc, inc, repeat around – 24sts
Round 4-8: Work even – 24sts
Round 9: 2 sc, dec, repeat around – 18sts
Round 10-14: Work even – 18sts
Round 15: 2 sc, inc, repeat around – 24sts
Round 16: 3 sc, inc, repeat around – 30sts
Round 17 & 18: Work even – 30sts
Round 19: 4 sc, dec, repeat around – 25sts
Round 20 & 21: Work even – 25sts
Round 22: 3 sc, dec, repeat around – 20sts
Round 23: Work even – 20sts
Round 24: All stitches blo, 2 sc, dec, repeat around – 15sts (this will create an edge to the bottom of the alien so it’s somewhat flat).
Make a dec in each remaining st until it’s impossible to make another sc ie. it’s time to fasten off and weave in the end.
When you’re making the face detail, I would suggest attaching the eyes while you’re still crocheting/before it’s stuffed with fluffy stuffing. Of course, you can always wait until you’re completely finished before adding detail.
Ch 12, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *sc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, sl st, repeat two more times from * sl st in remaining chs. Leave enough yarn at the end for sewing on to the alien.