Friday, 13 February 2015

OVAL SHELLED BELT

free crochet belt pattern

OVAL SHELLED BELT


I have had a really hard time trying to get a proper set of belts that just match the outfit.. and now thanks to the internet and the zillion-a-minute (ok.. so that’s a small exxageration J) uploads, we can really quickly make up a matching belt for all our creations.

I am also going to ‘try’ and be smart and get this belt buckle that I can clip onto the end of my belt.. which means that I can have this inter-changeable buckle for many of my belts.  Not sure how the person who receives this likes this idea.. but hey, one’s gotta try, right !

This is my take on the belt after being inspired by one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. 

Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Red Rose knitting cotton (Art V-433 ; No 16). 
This pattern will work well with a lace weight to 2  / 3 or 4 ply yarn .. and it will also work with the polyester purse yarns we get in India.

Materials used : Red Rose knitting cotton  ~ 90 gms , with a 2.50 mm crochet hook
Size made : Width : 3” x Length : 40”
Gauge : 6 dc (across) x 1 dc row (high) = ½”

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                                                             ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                  
     
                                   
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We’re going to make a long foundation chain that equals the length of belt you want.  So measure your round waist (of that of the person for whom this belt is intended), then add as much as you think you need for an overlap and this is the length of chain that you will start with. There are two overlaps you need to think about – one that goes around the buckle part – in and around the centre part of the buckle, and the second overlap is the little bit that comes after you take your belt all around your waist and through the little loop on your belt. 

I’d also like to add that while I have written out the pattern as per the chart by designer, I’ve not used the whole pattern for my project.  When I felt it was sufficiently wide, I stopped , fastened off and wove in ends.  My project ends after Round 4. J


So basically, if you need say 30” around waist, I’d make a chain length of about 35-36”.. hah!! Should’ve just started with this now, shouldn’t I ??

Now once you have the length you need for one side – count your chain – and we’re going to work back on this same chain to the start again. So assuming you have 100 ch for length of waist, you put a marker at this point, and then turn around we’ll be working a 100 ch again. OK, but every few ch, we will join it to our first chain.. so we will get 2 chains of 100 each, joined every 5th ch.

Technical confusion : As we’re working from one end to another that ‘qualifies’ as a row, and then we turn around and come back, that becomes a ‘round’.. but as instructions go ‘till one end’ and then turn around, I’m just going to call it all “Rows”.  Technicality aside, let’s just get the pattern going J

The pattern is in repeats of five.

.… and off we go J

Row 1 : Start with a  multiple of 5 ch (Turn at the end of one length) ; 
ch 5, sk next 4 ch (from the 1st ch set you just made) ; sc in next ch ; 
*ch 5, sk next 4 ch, sc in next ch* ; 
rep *to* all the way till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st ch.



Now we’re going to be working in a round of sorts – so you start at one end, go all the way down and at the end of one side of the belt, you’ll go around and work on the sts on the other side of the belt.  Eventually the first row of chains you’ve made will become lovely open holes.  So instructions here will read ‘start’ then blah blah.. till one side of belt, and then I’ll continue instructions which are meant for the other side of belt.. clear, I trust J

Row 2 : 9 dc into the 1st ch-5 sp ; 
*sc in next ch 5 sp ; ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp ; 9 sc in next ch-5 sp*;  
rep *to* till end of one side of your belt ;
ch 5 , 9 dc in 1st ch-5 sp ; 
rep *to* all the way till start of belt.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.


Row 3 : dc into the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; 
rep (to) 7 times ; sc in next ch-5 sp ; 
*dc in next dc ; rep (to) 8 times ;  sc in next ch-5 sp* ;  
rep *to* till end of one side of your belt ;
[rep (to) 9 times in ch-5 sp at the end of belt] ;  
ch 1 , rep *to* all the way till start of belt.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



Row 4 : (ch 3 , sk next ch-1 sp , sc in next dc) ; 
rep (to) all around .  In your last ch 3, do ch 1, and then hdc into 1st st.  
This way you’re in the middle of this ch-3 sp and don’t need to do any sl-sts to get anywhere.

Row 5 : (ch 7 , sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 7 dc in next ch-3 sp ; sc in next ch-3 sp) ; 
rep (to) all around .  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



Row 6 : dc in 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep (to) 5 times ; 
*sc in next ch-7 sp ; dc in next dc ; rep (to) 6 times* ; 
rep *to* all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.




Finishing :  You can either use a belt buckle or a button (as I have)


Using a belt buckle : Loop one end of your belt around the belt buckle centre part in such a way that the centre guide comes through the belt ‘hole’ as you can see in the photo below.  Sew in ends neatly and you’re set to go.  
 
A regular belt buckle that has been used by the designer



free crochet floral button pattern, free crochet belt pattern
or the button that I've made (link below)

Using a button :   Attach your button firmly over the last ‘hole’ of your belt.  
All you need to ensure is that the button size is just right to go through the hole, and that on wearing, it does not slip through. 

And in case you want to make your button floral (like I have) then here’s the blog link http://www.craftandfun.com/2014/09/riciclo-creativo-bottoni-idee-decorazioni-uncinetto.html#more/.  
This is not in English either, but the designer has such beautiful self explanatory photographs.. the written word ain’t important. Enjoy. 

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I am sure that this pattern can be used for a headband as well.. hmmm..