Summer Belt

I always find myself scraping my brain for summer knits ideas. When I made my Spotty Top, I ran elastic through my turned hem on the bottom band to give the top more support. I started thinking about what else I could do using that technique and my thoughts turned to my love affair with elastic belts.

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I love mixing up my dress and belt combinations in the summer. It’s an easy way to add color and a bit of variety to an outfit without donning a hot layer. I realized that a belt is a perfect summer knit for me. I loved the way my belt turned out and it was a fun quick knit so I thought I’d share my pattern.

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Materials:

  • 45 (50, 50, 55, 60, 60, 65, 70) yds tough DK weight yarn – Turning the casing and threading the elastic is rough on your yarn. Use something tough. I used Jo Sharp DK Classic.
  • 24.5, (26.5, 28.5, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 36.5, 38.5) inches of 1 inch elastic – I simply took one yard of elastic, wrapped it around my waist so that it was comfortably snug and cut it at that length. Elastic measurements are just a suggestion.
  • Scrap yarn
  • US 5 (3.75mm) needles
  • A third needle and/or a darning needle
  • 1 hook style belt buckle – You’ll have to eyeball the openings as none of the belt buckles I’ve looked at give a measurement for that. The buckle I used lists 1.25 inches as its total width.
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing needle

Sizes: 24.5 (26.5, 28.5, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 36.5, 38.5) inches

Gauge: 12 sts x 16 rows = 2 x 2 inch

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Provisional CO 153 (165, 177, 189, 201, 213, 225, 236) with scrap yarn
Row 1: Switch to main yarn and knit to end.
Row 2: Purl to end.
Row 3: Knit to end.
Row 4: Knit to end.
Row 5: K2, *k2, p1, k3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 6: P1, *p2, k1, p1, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 7: K2, *p1, k3, p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 8: P1, *k1, p5; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
Row 9: Repeat Row 7.
Row 10: Repeat Row 6.
Row 11: Repeat Row 5.
Row 12: Knit to end.
Row 13: Knit to end.
Row 14: Purl to end.
Row 15: Knit to end.

I put together Rows 5-11 as a chart for people who prefer visuals.

Remove provisional CO and place stitches on the third needle. With the WSs facing out, three needle bind off all stitches (this is what I did) OR with RSs facing out, graft together the live stitches using the kitchener stitch. If you used the three needle bind off, your work will be inside out when you finish. Turn you work right side out. Secure all ends and pull them to the inside of the casing.

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Thread the elastic through the knit casing. Arrange the casing so the seam runs down the center of the back with the purl ridges along the edges of the elastic. With the needle and thread, sew the ends of the casing shut, stitching through the elastic ends at the same time to secure it. Make sure that the casing isn’t twisted before sewing the second end.

Thread half an inch of the belt through the loop of one part of the buckle. Sew it down using the needle and thread. Follow your knit stitches when sewing on the outside of the belt to make your sewn stitches as invisible as possible. Repeat for the other half of the belt buckle.

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21 Responses to “Summer Belt”

  1. Audry says:

    What a cute idea! And I noticed you used my current, favorite cast on.

  2. Iz says:

    This is really clever. I have a few vintage dresses that need an odd-colored belt…it’ll be much easier and cheaper to buy the yarn to make one instead of searching for and purchasing one. Thanks for this!

  3. Faith says:

    Lovely! I’ve been looking for small ways to bring variety into my sad little wardrobe. You’ve inspired me.

  4. Kelly says:

    Very cute idea. I love elasticated belts but I find it hard to find one that will fit me.

  5. Vanessa says:

    Look at you being so clever! What a great idea!

  6. Julie says:

    Very cute idea!! Looks so pretty with that dress.

  7. rilana says:

    Very cute. I need to make one of these belts.

  8. Kara says:

    Adorable! And so is the belt.

  9. amy says:

    I wish I knew how to knit because I LOVE this. I can’t even begin to think what those instructions mean! Gorgeous photo, too. :)

  10. amy says:

    I wish I knew how to knit because I LOVE this. I can’t even begin to think what those instructions mean! Gorgeous photo, too. :)

  11. Kristen says:

    Wow, it is so simple, the idea, but the effect is really unique and beautiful! Must do!

  12. Kristen says:

    Wow, it is so simple, the idea, but the effect is really unique and beautiful! Must do!

  13. Rachel says:

    Very cool! Thank you soo much for the cool summer idea and pattern! So cute!

  14. ana says:

    adorable! love the color too.

  15. ana says:

    adorable! love the color too.

  16. meredith says:

    What a perfect summer knit! I could use some fun, contrasty belts for a lot of my dresses. And seriously perfect timing… I have an awful lot of vintage belt buckles from my last flea market trip, but I was kind of at a loss as to what to do with them until now!

  17. meredith says:

    What a perfect summer knit! I could use some fun, contrasty belts for a lot of my dresses. And seriously perfect timing… I have an awful lot of vintage belt buckles from my last flea market trip, but I was kind of at a loss as to what to do with them until now!

  18. Despin says:

    That’s so adorable! The color goes so perfect with your dress!

    Oh! And you’re adorable, too so that doesn’t hurt ^_^

  19. Katie says:

    Beautiful belt, but just an FYI: the written directions for row 6 are incorrect! Make sure you follow the chart! I had to frog a few rows and re-do mine boo

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