Boho Belt

Mar 10, 2006
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by Robyn Chachula

Introduction

Boho Belt
Do you secretly love old doilies?  Well, my secret’s out, I do; but what I am I going to do with a bunch of doilies?  I’m not too into tablecloths or jar covers.  Then that magic crochet bug hit me, dissect them!  What I found is a deep love for the intricate edgings.  Go on check them out.  They are amazing.  Immediately I thought, BELT!  The stitch pattern below is an edging that has been around for over a hundred years, but in this setting you take all the fuddy-duddy out and are left with a great belt.  Very Bohemian, very hip, very now.  So next time grandma wants to give you another doily, say, thanks!  And start imagining all that you can re-create with it.

Materials List

  • Kroy Socks by Patons, #54013 Hickory, (75% wool, 25% nylon), 150 yards, less then 1 skein
  • D/ 3.25mm Hook
  • Needle for weaving in ends
  • Steam Iron and straight pins for blocking
  • (optional) Starch Spray or Liquid Starch
  • Silver keychain loop with ball ends (find in jewelry section of local crafts store)
  • 9mm metal loop

Gauge

First two rounds = 2 1/4” Diameter

Gauge is not critical. If your stitches are typically loose, I would suggest a hook one size smaller then recommended on label.)

Notes

dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain
st: stitch

The Pattern

Boho BeltMain Belt Body

Ch 20. Sl st to beginning ch to form loop. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn.

Round 1: Work 39 dc in loop (40 dc). Sl st to 3rd ch of turning ch. Ch 5 (counts as one dc and ch-2 space), turn.

Round 2: *Skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2*, repeat around. Sl st to 3rd ch of turning ch (you should have 20 ch-2 spaces at the end of this round). Ch 11, turn.

Row 3: Skip four ch-2 spaces, sl st in next dc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Work 16 dc in ch-11 space. Ch 5, turn.

Row 5: *Skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2*, repeat across, ending with dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Ch 11, turn (should have 8 ch-2 spaces).

Repeat rows 3-5 until desired length is achieved.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends

Other End

Ch 20. Sl st to beginning ch to form loop. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn.

Round 1: Work 39 dc in loop (40 dc). Sl st to 3rd ch of turning ch. Ch 5 (counts as one dc and ch-2 space), turn.

Round 2: *Skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2*, repeat around. Sl st to 3rd ch of turning ch (you should have 20 ch-2 spaces at the end of this round). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing

  1. Pin belt at corners and steam with iron to block.  Fully wet belt with steam and allow to dry.
  2. (Optional) Instead of blocking with steam iron, saturate belt in spray starch or liquid starch to add stiffness to belt.  Pin belt at corners and allow to dry.
  3. Sew circle to end of belt, see photo for placement.
  4. Attach 9mm loop to keychain ring and belt.  See photo for assistance.
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Rachel wrote
on Mar 16, 2006 10:08 AM

I not-so-secretly love doilies, and have been making and wearing more belts. Wonder if I can convert it to thread without much difficulty...

Robyn wrote
on Mar 16, 2006 10:19 AM

Rachel- you can definitely make this in thread. I would just suggest using liquid starch to stiffen the belt.

titiyira wrote
on Mar 28, 2006 10:25 PM

Friend you have beautifull projects, congratulations.

Anonymous wrote
on Apr 4, 2006 11:09 AM

I too secretly love old crochet patterns, but hey, what do you do with doilies. Thanks for a wonderful idea! Your brilliant!

Anonymous wrote
on May 25, 2006 2:01 PM

LOL; It's not a boho belt it's a cameltoe belt :-P

melanie wrote
on Jun 29, 2006 9:09 PM

I love your patterns!!!! Especially this one. I have a certain secret love for doilies too. But I don't want my house looking like an only lady lives here, so I've decided to wear more belts! lol. This pattern has really gotten me thinking about some other patterns I've seen.

Vashti wrote
on Jul 2, 2006 6:37 PM

This is my favorite crochet belt pattern. What a great use for this stitch pattern!

penguin813 wrote
on Oct 18, 2008 7:40 AM

I love this pattern. I'm definitely going to make a few of them.

DebD@16 wrote
on Jan 23, 2009 6:47 PM

what an excellent idea! i love looking at doilies and edgings and such but would never use them. this would make a great scarf too. thanks for the inspiration.

JoniB2009 wrote
on Apr 30, 2009 9:20 PM

I love this pattern as well as doilies!! I crochet with thread a lot lately and I am loving it!!! I also have been thinking about what to make out of the beautiful doilie patterns as well as the Filet Crochet and Irish Lace Crochet. I can't wait to make this belt! It is super cool! Thanks for sharing it!

Joni

www.jonicrochetcreations.etsy.com

Does anyone have a recipe for home made starch to stiffen stuff like this? The spray starch from Joann's doesn't work for me? Has anyone used the starch used for ironing?

Terri_Lynn wrote
on May 10, 2009 3:18 PM

Some one told me to use corn startch but I don't have a recipe. I would love to stiffen my crochet baskets and have tried glue, and I thought wood glue would do well but it discolors the yarn. I have tried it with size 10 crochet thread and it works beautiful. does this help? I have also heard Arleen"s tacky glue is good but it's rather messy.

Terri_Lynn wrote
on May 10, 2009 3:22 PM

I have been looking for liquid starch and I do live out in the country where no one knows what I am talking about. Do you know a way that i can use something else? Maybe home made? Sugar and water just doesn't do it for me. And by the way I love you on TV with Brett Bara. You rock girl. You do beautiful work.

ladyjewell wrote
on Aug 25, 2009 1:05 PM

very neat and creative idea. I think I'll make some and maybe even dissect it some more...