Saturday, 10 January 2015



Now isn’t this odd.. or beautiful.. or just depends on how you look at it, I guess.
I just made shelled clutch purse and at that time commented that the pattern would probably work for a shawl or scarf.. totally forgetting that it could for a belt as well.

I’ve  made quite a few belts – some in macramé as well.. such fun.  Belts are so versatile, and while they are not all meant to hold up your trousers, they add such an oomph to a simple dress – and this is one of those creations!  So here’s to oomph!   J

and let me also give you some of the free skirt pattern links.. all of which will go so well with these belts.. or is it supposed to be the other way around?? hmm

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
So below I give you the pattern as per the chart (by designer) and the link I got this all from is

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

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.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

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
dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together
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.  
Full chart at the end.

Start with a multiple of five stitches plus one depending on the width of belt or the buckle size you have in hand.

Row 1 : ch 3 and 3 dc the 1st st ; sk next 4 sts, sc in the next st ;
*ch 3 and 3 dc in the same st (where you’ve just done that sc) , sk next 4 sts, sc in the next st ; * ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : ch 3 and 1 dc the 1st sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 2, dc 3-tog in the next sc * ; rep *to* till last sc ; 2 dc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 3 : sc the 1st dc ; sk next dc, ch 3 and 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
* sc in the next dc 3-tog ; ch 3 and 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp * ; rep *to* till the last 2 dc , sc in that last 2-dc set.  Turn.

Row 4 : ch 3 and 1 dc the 1st sc ;
*ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 2, dc 3-tog in the next sc * ; rep *to* till last st  but a 2 dc in the last ch-3 sp (instead of dc 3-tog) to end.  Turn.

Rep Rows 3 & 4 till you have a belt of the length you desire.
Now I think that this pattern has sufficient ‘holes’ to allow the belt buckle to fit in neatly, so we go straight through to end.

Finishing :
You’ll see that the sides of our belt has a lovely wavy edging.. now lovely as that may be, it may not go through the belt loop and buckle easily, which is probably why the designer seems to have run one row of sc all over the edges – More choices for you.

I also made a small belt loop with just fsc that goes around the non-buckle end of the belt, to hold the flappy end of the belt up…. and we’re done ! J

Detail of the shell stitch

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 till you have a clutch of the height / width you desire.

Tip for tight crocheters : The sc in each row holds the 5 dc’s in the next row, so ensure that you keep this sc loose to allow all five stitches to neatly fit in.  I also feel that this works for all crocheters, no matter if your tension is light, loose or tight – as the looser this sc is, the better the 5 dcs’s fit in and it forms a cute little ‘hole’ that enhances the pattern (well, methinks) J

End off with one row of sc – ensuring that you have the same number of stitches that you started with for evenness.
Fasten off then and weave in the ends

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