Sunday, 4 January 2015

PLAITED BELT

 
PLAITED BELT

Belts are so versatile, and while they are not all meant to hold up your trousers, they make such a big difference to a simple dress, skirt or pair of trousers.  I’d totally go add this belt to my wardrobe as a must-have accessory! J

This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. J
You-tube link for the original pattern is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIEus6b7u9U

Now the original link has the pattern starting straight out and you can attach a button at the end – or you can also use this pattern to make a cord for your bag. 
While I am using the same pattern for the major part, I thought I’d add the belt buckle before starting, and this write up is just for that start bit.. so you start off by attaching your yarn to the centre of your belt buckle and then we will do a few rows of seed stitch before we start on the lovely plaited belt (which we will take from that you-tube video link), and end off with a few rows of seed stitch too. 

This seed stitch start and finish means that you can adapt any pattern for a belt – as your seed stitch start can be adjusted in width to fit into the belt buckle and you still have the beauty of any stitch pattern to make up your belt.. Smart, right J

This lovely belt will go with trousers and skirts alike and make a lovely cinched waist for any dress too.  I have another belt all written up and ready to go for you as well





I also have some lovely skirts all written up, so here's a set of links for you






































































Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn (in cone form)  ~ one cone , with a 3.25 mm crochet hook, small belt buckle

Stitches used :
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            ch : Chain
  
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
With my belts, what I usually do is get the buckle first (i.e if you are using a buckle – if using a nice big button to bring the two ends together, then you can make a hole in one side of your belt and ignore all this write up). Right so assuming we’re starting with a buckle – I start by doing the sc’s around the buckle end, and once that is attached, then I work the rest of the belt up.  So whatever way you’re working,

Start with an odd number of stitches depending on the width of belt or the buckle size you have in hand.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st sc (on the belt buckle) ; *dc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc*.  Rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st sc ; *sc in the next dc ; dc in the next sc* . Rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st dc ; *dc in the next sc ; sc in the next dc*.  Rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Rep Rows 2 & 3 for about 6” or so and then start on the Plaited Belt portion from the you-tube link.  When you have a plaited belt length that is 6” short of the finished size you desire, you will repeat the seed stitch pattern at the non-buckle end as well.

Fasten off then and weave in the ends

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Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.

Have a great day and see you soon. J