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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  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.

  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!

  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

  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!

  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!

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

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

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

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

  10. What a cool thing to make! I would love it if you came and linked up at my party on Sunday @
    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.

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

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


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


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