red belt

I recently made a dress out of a pillowcase inspired by this tutorial (more on that dress later — I’m going to make one big post of my recent dressmaking adventures :D) and I really wanted a red belt to go with it. I really like the texture of this star stitch coin purse pattern so I decided to modify it a bit to make a belt. 

So the pattern isn’t really my original — I owe much to Fruitful Fusion, the blog where I found the free star stitch coin purse pattern, and for which I’m very thankful because I learned a new stitch! :D I think it works really well for a belt because it’s tight and sturdy, so I documented what I did in case others are interested in making a belt too.

I used some random red yarn in my stash, which was gifted to me along with three other boxes of yarn so there was no label, but it should be a sport weight or light worsted weight. I used a 3.5mm hook to make the stitches tight and sturdy. I also used two 1/2″ buttons, plus needle and crochet thread to sew on the buttons. Belt is about 1 1/4″ wide.

Abbreviations used:
ch — chain
sl st — slip stitch
yo — yarn over
hdc — half double crochet 

To start, make a long chain such that when wrapped around the waist the two ends meet.

ROW ONE

First stitch: insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, yo and pull up a loop… 

(First stitch con’t) … yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1.

Second stitch and on: insert hook into the ch 1 just made (arrow 1 in above photo), yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into the base of last stitch on the base ch (arrow 2 in above photo), yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, yo and pull up a loop — 5 loops on hook…

(Second stitch con’t)… yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.

Repeat second stitch to end.

*Note: if you have an odd number of stitches in your base chain altogether, you will have one extra stitch in the end. But I wouldn’t worry about counting the ch to make sure there’s an even number. At the last pattern repeat just insert hook into that last ch and pull up a loop, so there will be 6 loops on hook, then pull through all loops and ch 1 as usual.

ROW TWO

ch 2, turn, 2 hdc under each ch 1 space to end.

Note that I work the hdc under the ch 1 space from previous row, rather than into it, to avoid having a ridge between the rows of star stitches. The picture below demonstrates where I’m inserting the hook.

At the end of the row, work 1 hdc into the top of the turning ch of the previous row.

ROW THREE

First stitch: ch 2, insert hook into the 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into the first hdc, yo and pull up a loop…

(First stitch con’t)… insert hook into the next hdc, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook into the next hdc, yo and pull up a loop — 5 loops on hook…

(First stitch con’t)… yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.

Second stitch and on: insert hook in ch 1 just made, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook in base of last stitch in hdc, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook in next hdc, yo and pull up a loop. Insert hook in next hdc, yo and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1.

Repeat second stitch to end. In the last pattern repeat, insert hook in turning ch of previous hdc row, yo and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through all 5 loops, ch 1.

Row 4: Repeat row 2. Don’t fasten off.

Button loops: worked over the short end of the belt.

ch 1, sl st in end of row 4, ch 5, sl st in the same space as previous sl st, sl st in end of row 3, sl st in end of row 2, ch 5, sl st in the same space as previous sl st, ch 1, sl st in end of row 1. Don’t fasten off.

Sew buttons onto the other end of the belt (as usual I refer to this method to create more space behind the buttons for the button loops).

Try on belt and readjust the number of ch in the button loops if necessary. Fasten off, weave in ends, wear with dress or tunic! :D

 

As usual if you have any comment or question please feel free to drop me a note! Have a happy Wednesday! :D

 

 

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10 thoughts on “red belt

  1. I just found your blog through One Pretty Thing. It’s so colorful and cute here! :0) I have read two of your tutorials so far. They are so unique!! The next time I pick up my crochet stuff I am going to give this belt a go.

  2. Thanks for the pattern…it has inspired me to make my own version. You explanations are clear and concise. You are the best!

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