Monday, December 7, 2009

Hooks & Yarn

Back in the day, my grandmother taught me to crochet. I was never very good at it (always managed to miss a stitch!), but it was fun. I dropped it for 10 (15?) years, and never really thought twice about it until about 2 weeks ago when I decided to give it a try again in order to (what else?) make a bellydance belt.

What's that? Yes, bellydance. Like many things, this too is Aertimus's fault. First gypsies, now bellydance. Well, it was only a matter of time.
So, a bellydance belt. I couldn't find a pattern for one I liked, but did manage to find Crochet Kitten's AWESOME blog. She has a great set of bellydance patterns, and I promptly made myself a set of Josephine Gauntlets (for which I need to take a better picture - this one will do for now!).

But, alas, no belt. I liked the pattern well enough, though, to fumble through my own adaptation of the "Josephine" stitching, and came up with something I am quite please with! Add fringe (this is the pricey part - even cheap ribbon is not cheap when you need a yard and a half for each fringe!) and a cowrie belt I found at a thrift store last year, and voila! Awesome dance belt.

Crochet? Want a pattern? Here you go.

 © K. Frank, Handmade Gypsy 2009. All rights reserved.
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  1. Beautiful! I just added the belt design to our Josephine collection. Thanks so much for letting us use it!

  2. Hi Krista!

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  3. This is so beautiful!!! :-) Well, I just have one question: what hook size do you use actually? In the pdf you indicate 10.5 and in ravelry itself 6.5

  4. Just a difference in what the hook's called - It's a K/10.5/6.5mm. No clue what the 10.5 refers to - just an American numerical size. Letter K / number 10.5 / 6.5mm diameter. Sorry for the confusion, hope that helps! Silly hook sizes.... : )