A wonderfully cool accessory, this uber-hip belt gives crochet a new swagger. A bright Caribbean blue yarn and traditional square motifs get along perfectly in this fashion-brilliant belt. I love how the classic Granny square has such attitude seen on this bandolier-inspired hip belt – so cool! While you could make this belt using any small square motif, I’m including directions for the classic double crochet motif shown. This belt is a great on-the-go project thanks to the motif’s small size and simple pattern. Scour thrift shops (or etsy.com and ebay) for the perfect vintage belt buckle or grab a new one in the notions department of the fabric store. Who knew crochet could be so hip?
Tobago Belt Crochet Pattern
Yarn: Sinfonia by Omega, sport weight yarn (100 g, 218 yds, color: Nordic Blue): 1, 2 skeins (Number of skeins depends on length of finished belt. For a single-wrap belt, one skein should be sufficient, for a double-wrap belt, buy two.)
Gauge: finished square measures between 2.25”and 2.5”.
Notions: vintage belt buckle, not D rings.
Tobago Square Motif
Form foundation ring: ch6 and join into ring.
Round 1: ch3, 2 dc into ring, ch 4, * 3dc into ring, ch4. Repeat from * three times. Join by slipping into top of your first ch3.
Round 2: ch3 and dc into the first dc of the previous round. Dc into next dc and 2 dc into next dc. (With your first ch3 counting as a dc, you should now have five dc worked into the three dcs of the previous round.) ch3, dc into ch4-space, ch3 * 2dc into first dc, dc into next dc, 2 dc into next dc, ch 3, dc into ch4-space, ch3. Repeat from * two more times. Join by slipping into top of your first ch3.
Round 3: ch3, *dc into each dc, 3dc into first ch3-space, ch4, 3dc into next ch3-space. Repeat from * three more times. 3dc into next three dc. Join by slipping into top of first ch3.
Round 4: ch3, *dc into each dc, 3dc into ch4-space, ch4, 3dc into ch4-space. Repeat from * three more times. 3dc into next three dc. Join by slipping into top of first ch3. Cut end to 3”, fasten off, and weave in end. Steam block.
Finishing: Make enough of these squares for belt in desired length to wrap around your waist/hips, allowing for the buckle. (For a double-wrap hip belt, I made 29 squares.) Sew squares together by matching up edges and, with right sides up, whip stitch through the front loops. Use yarn to neatly secure each end of belt to belt buckle. Absolutely divine!