Saturday, 10 January 2015

SHELLED BELT


free crochet belt pattern

SHELLED BELT


Now isn’t this odd.. or beautiful.. or just depends on how you look at it, I guess.
I just made 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.  This is a pretty easy-going two-row repeat pattern.  Come along, and let's work on this together.

Check out the purse at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2015/01/criss-cross-clutch.html

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

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians : Polyester silk purse  yarn is only available in India.  It is a 4-ply yarn.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project.

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

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(Using U.S terminology)
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)

free crochet belt pattern

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).

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.  "Holes" so that you can cinch the belt tightly and have it fit almost any waist size :)


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.  So you could leave it wavy edged, or work an sc all around.  It does not matter how many sc you work - just remember to make a note of how many you work along one side, and work the same number along the next side.  Also remember the usual thumb rule of an sc in each ch-1 sp; 1 sc in each sc and 2 sc per each horizontal bar of dc (if not standing upright I mean).

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 !  In case you do not like fsc, work a chain length that goes around your belt, and then work a row of sl-st or sc back on the same ch.  Join it around the back and affix it to the non-buckle end of your belt 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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