Monday, September 28, 2009

Free Belt Pattern

So, I am sorry that this has been so long in the coming, but you can plan and plan and life just seems to happen.

My inspiration came from having a few belts that were worn out belts lying around.  Anyone who knows me knows that I hate just throwing things away.  I also think its very important to provide patterns that make durable, useful items that look good on more than a mannequin.   So on to first (yes....there will be more) and most simple, Upcycled Buckle Belt Crochet Pattern....

You will need:
About 150 yards of worsted bulky weight yarn (depending on how long your belt will be,  any kind of yarn, Plarn, or Tshirt yarn would be cool.  If you don't have bulky then hold 2 strands of worsted weight or 3 strands of dk weight yarn together  Recycled Sari Silk looks awesome!)  I used Raw hemp from Darn Good Yarn for the lighter one and Lanaknit Allhemp6 in chocolate for the Darker one.
Size 5.00 mm Crochet Hook.
1.5" Belt Buckle (you can use a different sized buckle, however you will have to adjust the amount of stitches.
Darning needle

Row 1:  Join with a sc to one corner of you buckle, four more sc around buckle, move your swivel pinto middle of buckle and continue to crochet around it, 4 more sc, ( your Buckle should seem  pretty full at this point.
Row 2: Chain 1, does not count as first sc. sc in each sc across, stitches should be done as tight as possible

Repeat Row 2 till desired length, now at this point I recommend crocheting you belt about 3 " shorter than you want it.  Your belt is gonna stretch, and I want you too anticipate this rather than be dissapointed.
To make a pointed end:

Last Rows:
Chain 1, turn, sc2together across first 4 sc, sc in next sc, sc2together across last 4 sc.
Chain 1, turn, sc2 together across first 2 decrease stitches, sc in next sc, sc2 together across last 2 decrease stitches.
Chain 1, turn, sc3 together with last 3 stitches, fasten off, and weave in end. 
Now to help prevent stretching, and to give your belt a nice finish you need to edge your belt in a slip stitch, so with right side facing start at belt buckle, join with slip stitch to belt, now simply put one slip stitch into edge of each row along one side of the belt to the end, then work along the opposite side. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Placing you belt loop is important,  At this point I would try on your belt and using a stitch marker find the best place for your belt loop.
Belt loop:
join with a slip stitch to to side of belt in stitch indicated by your stitch marker, chain 9, slip stitch to stitch parallel from first slip stitch, slip stitch into next stitch ( this works as you turning chain) sc or hdc in each chain of belt loop, across, slip stitch into stitch beside join, fasten off and weave in ends!!!  
Finishing!  If your belt is twisting, I suggest you wash it, gently, following the instructions for your yarn, then roll into a towel and squeeze out excess moisture and lay flat to dry.

Now, I hope you enjoy your belt for a long time to come,


  1. I love this idea! This is great! And goes perfect with winter sweaters... now just have to find time to do this... and unfortunately I don't have any belt loops to reuse. :)

  2. Oh, I would just ask a few people if they have any old belts that the buckle is still good on.

    Thanks. :)

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  4. Suggestion to crochet gals: Goodwill and other thrift shops have old belts galore ... with a cheap way to harvest d-rings, wild belt buckles and leather belts to upcycle into handbag handles. Just a hint from SILVERHOOKER AKA NANA HANA