The idea for this easy belt came when I bought a dress for an upcoming autumn wedding. I loved the dress but it was a busy fabric from top to bottom, and I felt like it needed something to break it up a bit. I was hesitant to crochet anything because I wanted it to stay really simple and modern looking, but I decided to take on the challenge with some pretty mustard-colored yarn I had leftover from my Little Rustic Pumpkins.
I looked all over the place for a belt buckle clasp that would really up the fashion factor, and was delighted when I found this cute, modern clasp on Etsy! (Here’s my affiliate link for My Chic Mercerie on Etsy; at the time of publishing, her shop is taking a mini break, but she’ll be back soon.)
So here’s the outfit all put together. What do you think? (I think I need to remake this belt in several colors for other outfits!)
I actually bought the dress on Amazon and I LOVE it. (It has pockets!!) Here’s my affiliate link if you want to shop for one of your own. It comes in all kinds of pretty designs; I also got one with a black top and black/white plaid bottom. (I’m thinking I’ll make an aqua-colored belt for that one to give it a pop of color!)
I’ve put together a step-by-step video tutorial for you visual learners! The instructions for the pattern are written right on the screen, so you can follow along visually while also developing your pattern-reading skills. It’s a feature I’ve gotten lots of compliments for on my videos, so it’s definitely worth the extra effort it takes to include it!
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CROCHETED WAIST BELT
Finished Size: You decide!
Hook: C (2.75mm)
Yarn: #3 DK weight. How much you’ll need will totally depend on how wide and long you make your belt; but for reference, I made a 34″ x 2.75″ belt and used about 160 yards of Yarn Bee Must Be Merino (in “Gold”).
Gauge: Done in 3rd loops, 14 HDC x 9 rows = 2″ square. Gauge is not important as long as you’re measuring against your buckle closure and your body as you go.
You’ll also need: Yarn needle, belt buckle clasp (I bought mine from My Chic Mercerie on Etsy)
Terms and Abbreviations:
SL ST (slip stitch)
HDC (half double crochet)
3rd LOOP (work stitch into 3rd loop only – see “Special Stitches”)
3rd Loop Only
Half double crochet stitches have a 3rd loop that we utilize in this pattern. When working in turned rows, as in this pattern, the 3rd loop can be found just below the front loop on the side of the work that is facing you. When instructed to work in “3rd loop only”, insert your hook into this special loop. This creates a delicate braided look on the opposite side of the pattern.
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1s at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch in the final stitch count.
(3) When determining the length your belt should be, keep in mind that (1) the belt will stretch quite a few inches, and (2) the buckle will account for part of the length, as well. It is best to measure your belt around the small of your waist as you go.
To begin: CH to a length about 1/2″ shorter than the width of your belt buckle clasp opening. (I chained 16.)
Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH.
Row 2: CH1, turn. HDC in first ST. HDC 3rd loops of all but the final ST. HDC (in top loops) of final ST.
Repeat Row 2 until belt is the length you want it to be; be sure to work an even number of rows.
Have metal clasps ready, then follow the instructions. Each bullet represents one side of the belt.
- CH1, do not turn. Working down the long edge, put 3SC (in a single spot) between each row of ribbing (see image).
- Working through belt buckle opening, SC into each ST along short side of belt.
- Working down next long edge, put 3SC (in a single spot) between each row of ribbing to the end.
- Working through 2nd belt buckle opening, making sure you attach it so that it will clasp correctly with the buckle at the other end, SC into each ST along short side of belt.
Join with a SL ST to top of first SC of edging.
Double check to ensure buckles clasp correctly, then fasten off and weave in ends.
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Done! If you’re sharing on social media, be sure to hashtag #crochetedwaistbelt and tag me @yarnandchai.design. Hope you enjoyed it!