My plump little yarn-wound-ring button is a variation of a Dorset button. I’ve put focus on the center, built up into a puff like a bonbon, and only a few rounds of tasty contrast stitching encircle it.
1: You’ll need one 1/2″ or 3/4″ plastic ‘bone’ ring, found at any fabric store that stocks full supply of buttons and notions. 2: With the same yarn as you have knit your Snowmelt Tam (or toque) cover the ring in blanket stitch with the knots on the outside, in a clockwise direction, and compacting stitches together a bit as you go. 3: When you have covered 3/4 of the ring in blanket stitch, catch the tail and wrap around it as well as the ring. 4: When you have filled the whole ring , cut off the tail and turn all the knots into the inside of the ring. 5: Begin wrapping yarn around ring like spokes on a wheel, so that you have 8 sections (with 1/2″ ring, 4 sections will be adequate). 6: Catch the center and begin to wrap firmly around it, creating a ‘hub’ of the spokes. 7: Introduce another color (pink) and build up front & top of button only while wrapping the yarn around the spokes. Build up until the contrast color (pink) nearly takes up the whole inside of ring. 8: In another contrast color (green) , back stitch around spokes, and do this a few times around the bulging center color. 9: Finish by weaving all but two strands in the back of button and cut them off. 10: With tapestry needle, pull the two ties through tam/toque about 1/4 inch apart in center, and then from the inside firmly tie the button with a bow, this way you can untie to wash tam.
And now for a photo tutorial slideshow of making the button…