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Monday, 28 December 2015

MULTI-USE FLORAL LADIES BELT


MULTI-USE FLORAL LADIES BELT

This multi-use belt has been made for a friend, and the ‘multi’ bit is making more than one ‘weave-in’ tie, so that she can use it for formal or informal wear.

This is not my original idea.  I found this lovely pattern on a Pinterest page with a neat chart.  I have, however, tweaked it a bit to suit my needs.


Materials used :Today I’ve used our lovely Indian polyester (purse) yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.

Skill level : Intermediate. 
The motif pattern itself is not difficult, but there are combinations and attachment of motif which makes it intermediate level.

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                 ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                 rep : Repeat

Stitches used :

Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  Thismakes your whole project neat and even..in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

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
So what we’re making essentially are a few granny squares or circles, and we’re going to use the centre of each to ‘thread’ the tie-cord which will hold your belt up.  Sound easy, right..so let’s get to it.

Start : with a magic circle and 24 dc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 1 : sc in the 1stdc ; (ch 5, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) till last 2 dc ; ch 2, sk last 2 dc, dc in the 1st sc. 
You are now in the centre of that last ch-5 sp.

Round 2 : sc in the 1stch-5 sp ; 
*(ch 3, dc 3-tog in the next ch-5 sp ; [ch 3, dc 3-tog in the same ch-5 sp] ; 
rep [to] once) ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; rep (to) once ; dc into the 1st sc.

The chart goes on but this is where I’ve stopped ; fastened off and woven ends. Read Note 1.



In case you want a wider, then do carry on with the pattern.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st st (which is the top of the dc 3-tog) ; 
*ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the  next dc 3-tog ; 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 7, sk next dc 3-tog, 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp ; sc in the next dc 3-tog* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 sc in the ch-3 sp and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  

Round 4 : dc in the 1st sc ; *(5 dc in the next ch-5 sp)  ; dc in the next 3 sc ; 11 dc in the next ch-7 sp* ; rep *to* till last corner ch-7 sp ; dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sl-st into the 2nd dc ; 
*(ch 5, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 6 times ; [ch 5, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc]* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.



Finishing :
Note 1 : If you have finished after Round 2, we will be using the ch-3 sp between the dc 3-tog to join two motifs. 
So we have three dc 3-tog sets in each corner ch-5 sp.  You will sk the 1st two dc 3-tog and then use the second ch-3 sp, the next two ch-3 sps (sk sc in between) , and the next ch-3 sp, sk the next dc 3-tog.
So we have four sets of join between motifs.
For each join, we will do a ch, then join with the next motif and another join between motifs.



Note 2 : Use the corner ch-5 sps to join two motifs together.  The corner ch-5 sps are those that are next to the three dc 3-tog bits, as you may recall.


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Here are a few belts that I’ve made