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Charleston Belt – FREE Crochet Pattern

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You are now viewing the Charleston Belt by guest designer Blue Star Crochet.

If you are looking for the perfect crochet accessory, look no further! The Charleston Belt will be your new favourite accessory to add a touch of crochet magic to your outfit. Whether you are dressing casually with jeans and a tunic or dressing up for a special occasion, this quick crochet make can elevate your outfit. This crochet belt takes texture to another level with popcorn stitch and simple, yet effective basic single crochet stitch worked through back loop only. The belt has been designed in 9 different sizes XS-5XL and it includes notes on size adjustment should you wish to customize it.  

 

Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

I’m Veronika Cromwell, the designer behind Blue Star Crochet. I am based in Cotswolds in United Kingdom where I live with my husband and 2 boys. My mum taught me to crochet when I was a little girl in an era with no mobile phones and computer games to occupy my busy hands and mind. I picked up crochet again in my early twenties, but it wasn’t until I was expecting my first baby when I found a real passion for designing and writing patterns for garments and accessories for the whole family. Since then my designs have been published in UK crochet magazines- Inside Crochet, Crochet Now and Simply Crochet. I set up bluestarcrochet.com blog in May 2020 to enjoy a total creative freedom and share free crochet patterns and tutorials. 

 

 

Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

 

THE YARN


For my Charleston crochet belt, I used Cygnet Yarns Cottony. It is a DK weight yarn with 46% cotton, 46% acrylic and 8% Viscose content. It is a lovely yarn to work with that has the best qualities from both cotton and acrylic. It is spiral twisted creating a gentle lustre and gives an excellent stitch definition. I have opted for more neutral colour in Oatmeal. If you are looking for yarn alternatives, I would recommend any cotton or cotton blend DK weight yarns for this project. 

 

Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

 

ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION 


The crochet belt is made up of two parts. The small flower square in the middle and the belt straps. The small square has a lovely flower detail in the middle created with popcorn stitches. The straps of the belt are then worked directly onto the square around 2 sides at the time. I have used basic single crochet stitch for the straps. I worked the stitch through back loop only to add a lovely texture. They are slightly tapered towards the end to create points. The belt is finished off with 3 strings on each side which are worked as part of the last row. 

 

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CHARLESTON BELT- THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN


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ABOUT THE PATTERN:


The Charleston Belt is a quick crochet accessory make. It is made up of a small flowery square and straps worked in opposite directions around 2 sides of the square at a time. I used 3 strings on each side as fastening. It has been designed as a size inclusive pattern in sizes XS-5XL. 

 

Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

SKILL LEVEL: 


EASY

 

Read about skill levels.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:


CROCHET HOOK:

Size 4 mm / US: G-6 / UK: 8

 

YARN:

Yarn used:

Cygnet Yarns – Cottony in colour Oatmeal.

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Yarn amount used: 

XS-L sizes x 2 skeins/ 3.4 oz/ 100g/ 222 m/ 240 yards

XL-5XL sizes x 3 skeins / 5.1 oz /150 g / 333 m / 360 yards

 

Yarn characteristics:

  • 3 light yarn, DK yarn.
  • 46 % cotton, 46 % acrylic, 8% viscose
  • 111 m/120 yds per 50g ball

 

OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:

 

GAUGE:


Finished square motif measures 6 x 6 cm, from point to point 9 cm

Measured with sc in blo crocheted in chevron rows:

11 stitches & 7 rows per 5 cm / 2”.

 

 

NOTES: 


  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
  • All measurements given are unblocked.
  • Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.

 

  • Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
  • Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
  • Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
  • The pattern starts with a square motif that becomes the middle of the belt
  • The belt is then created by working rows of sc blo around 2 edges of the square at a time
  • Last few rows are decreased at each end of the row to create more pointed ends to the belt
  • It is finished off with strings that are crocheted as part of the last row
  • Each string is created at either edge of the pointed end of the belt

 

SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:


FINISHED SIZE

Size Waist circumference Finished belt length/excluding ties
XS 58.5 – 61 cm 50 cm
S 63.5 – 67.5 cm 59 cm
M 71 -76 cm 65 cm
L 81.5 – 86.5 cm 73 cm
XL 91.5 – 96.5 cm 84 cm
2XL 101.5 – 106.5 cm 94 cm
3XL 111.5 – 114 cm 104 cm
4XL 116.5 – 119 cm 112 cm
5XL 124 – 127 cm 117 cm

The finished circumference/belt length wraps around the waistline but does not meet at the back in order to leave a gap for tying a knot with the strings. The finished width of the belt is 8 cm.

 

 

SIZE ADJUSTMENTS:

  • the finished size of the square determines the width of the belt, if you prefer a wider belt work additional sc rounds of the square, working 1 sc in each st around and (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) into corner 2 ch-sp
  • to adjust the length/circumference, add or take away same number of rows of sc blo to both sides of the belt (either side of the square to keep it in centre)

 

ABBREVIATIONS:


mc- magic circle

ch- chain stitch

sc- single crochet

sl st- slip stitch

pc- popcorn stitch- work 5 dc into same stitch, remove hook from last dc, insert hook into first dc made, grab the loop of last dc and pull through the first dc

V st- (1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) worked in same stitch/space

sc blo- single crochet worked through back loop only

sc2tog blo- single crochet the following 2 stitches together working through back loop only

st- stitch

beg- beginning

rep- repeat

 

Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

INSTRUCTIONS:


MAIN PATTERN

SQUARE

Make magic circle, 1 ch to fix in position.

Rnd 1: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), 8 sc into mc, sl st to first sc. [8 sc]

Rnd 2: 2 ch (doesn’t count as a st), (1 pc, 2 ch) into each st around, sl st to first pc. [8 pc & eight 2 ch-sp]

Rnd 3: sl st into next 2 ch-sp, 5 ch, 1 dc into same 2 ch-sp at the bottom of 5 ch (counts as first V st), 1 V st into each 2 ch-sp around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg 5 ch. [8 V sts]

Rnd 4: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st, **(2 sc, 2 ch, 2 sc) into next 2 ch-sp, 1 sc into each of next 2 dc, 2 sc into next 2 ch-sp, 1 sc into each of next 2 dc; repeat from ** around omitting last sc, sl st to first sc. [40 sc]

Rnd 5: 1 ch, **1 sc into each st until next corner 2 ch-sp, (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) into corner 2 ch-sp; rep from ** around, sl st to first sc. [48 sc]

Fasten off.

 

BELT

Join yarn in any corner 2 ch-sp

Row 1: 1 ch, 1 sc2tog working the corner 2 ch-sp together with the first sc through blo, 11 sc blo, (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) into corner 2 ch-sp, 11 sc blo, 1 sc2tog working together last sc through blo and next 2 ch-sp, turn your work leaving the remaining sts unworked. [26 sc]

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc2tog blo (working the first 2 sts together), 11 sc blo, (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) into next 2 ch-sp, 11 sc blo, 1 sc2tog blo (working the last 2 sts together), turn. [26 sc]

Repeat Row 2 another 16 (23, 27, 33, 40, 47, 54, 60, 64) times.

Row 19 (26, 30, 36, 43, 50, 57, 63, 67): 1 ch, 2 sc2tog blo, 1 sc blo across to next 2 ch-sp, (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) into next 2 ch-sp, 1 sc blo across to last 4 sts, 2 sc2tog blo, turn. [24 sc]

Row 20 (27, 31, 37, 44, 51, 58, 64, 68): 1 ch, 1 sc2tog blo, 1 sc blo across to next 2 ch-sp, (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) into next 2 ch-sp, 1 sc blo across to last 2 sts, 1 sc2tog blo, turn. [24 sc]

Repeat last 2 rows another 4 times for all sizes. [16 sc]

Last row: chain 100, 1 sl st into each st of the chain just created, sl st into next sc on the main belt, 1 sc blo across to next 2 ch-sp, 1 sc into next 2 ch-sp, chain 100, 1 sl st into each st of the chain just created, 1 sc into same 2 ch-sp, 1 sc blo across to last st, chain 100, 1 sl st into each st of the chain just created, 1 sc blo in last st. Fasten off.

Rejoin yarn in same starting 2 ch-sp and repeat pattern for belt on the other side. Sew in all ends.

 

FINISHING:


Fasten threads & weave in ends. Block to dimensions if necessary.

 

Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

BY GUEST DESIGNER VERONIKA CROMWELL | BLUE STAR CROCHET!


I’m Veronika, the designer and head yarn hoarder behind Blue Star Crochet. I am based in Uk where I live with my husband and 2 boys. I love coffee, crochet and 20th century history and fashion and will never say no to going to a cinema or watching a good film.

 

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Charleston Belt - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

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2 thoughts on “Charleston Belt – FREE Crochet Pattern”

  1. This is beautiful, I have never made a belt and honestly never seen one I wanted to try. But I will be trying this one.

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