Monday, March 19, 2012

Shades of Green Belt


I found one lonely ball of this green variegated yarn in my local dollar store.  With a little over a hundred yards it had slightly limited potential.  But I thought it was a fun yarn and that I could do something cool with it!  While at Michael's with my sister earlier this month I picked up some simple D Rings (with a coupon, of course!).  When I got home and was putting away my new goodies I decided that the green yarn would make a perfect belt.



And a new project was born.



I really like this combination shell and v stitch pattern.  I first came across it in this book, but here is an online resource.  The yarn used for the belt is a much heavier weight than in either example.

I had some serious trial and error in the begging of making this belt.  I had never used D Rings before, and I completely forgot to leave them "wiggle room".  Luckily, I only had about ten inches or so done before I tested it.  (Basically, there was no way for the belt threaded through the rings to lay flat--certainly not an attractive look!)  Of course, it was super easy to unravel and start again.  The second time I used a larger crochet hook as a spacer.  That helped massively.



To make a similar belt:

1. Work 5 stitches around D Rings (AND A SPACER!).
2. Chain 1, turn.  Work row of single stitches.
3. Chain 3.  Make shell in first single crochet.  (Shell=2 double crochet, chain 1, 2 double crochet)  Skip 3 stitches, make shell in last stitch.
4. Chain 3.  Work shell into space on shell (the chain stitch portion).  Repeat with second shell.
5. Repeat step 4 until desired length.


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19 comments:

  1. Hey, thats a really good use for an odd ball of yarn! I have at least a couple hanging about the house... I may even have some d rings.. I stopped in via Made by You Mondays.

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  2. This is so clever! Don't we all have those oddments sitting around that aren't quite enough for much of anything? This would be a perfect solution!
    Found you on The Girl Creative - would love to have you stop by for a visit!

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  3. Great belt! Love this idea!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  4. Cute!
    I'm having a "Yarn" series on my blog now and have a link party I'd love for you to check out!
    Yarn it all! Link PartyI'd love for you to come by and check it out!

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  5. Super cute belt! I wish I could knit or crochet. I tried many years ago and let's just say that it wasn't pretty. LOL Stopping by from Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. Lovely!
    I think I should make this. Thanks for the idea, Rachel :)

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  7. Cute belt! I love green. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays. Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  8. I like the colors for this belt alot. Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

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  9. What a cute idea! Following you from Kate's party-stop by for a visit!

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  10. What a cool thing to make! I would love it if you came and linked up at my party on Sunday @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    I'm a new follower on GFC and Linky It would me great if you came and checked out my blog and if you like follow me too.
    Thanks
    Rose

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  11. That is so cool! What a great idea! and you can't beat the price!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

    --Katie

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  12. Great belt... and I love how you kept the space on the D ring.

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