Hemp is a great fiber for knitting because it doesn't need pesticides to grow well, making it a naturally greener choice than some of the yarns out there.
While it might feel a little stiff to work with at first, hemp gets softer as you wash it, making it great for all sorts of garments. But this knit belt is a good introduction to knitting with hemp, and it beautifully shows off the texture of the Linen Stitch.
- One skein LanaKnits Hemp for Knitting #102 allhemp6, or about 83 yards of a lightweight hemp, cotton or linen yarn (I used color brick; this project takes half a skein)
- one pair size 6 US needles
- yarn needle
- two D-rings or belt hardware of your choice to fit the width of your belt
24 stitches and 32 rows per four inches (6 stitches and 8 rows per inch)in pattern stitch. Gauge is not critical.
Finished belt is two inches wide and 43 inches long (slightly shorter after you sew in buckle). It can be made to any length you desire.
- Cast on 12 stitches.
- Work in Linen Stitch, as follows, until piece measures 43 inches long or your desired length.
- Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.
- With an extra length of yarn and a yarn needle, sew on your belt buckle, as required for the hardware you choose. To make as show, fold the edge of the belt over two D-rings and stitch closed.
Row 1: *Knit 1, slip 1 with yarn in front. Repeat from * across, ending with a knit 1.
Row 2: *Purl 1, slip 1 with yarn in back. Repeat from * across, ending with a purl 1.
Repeat these two rows for pattern. When slipping stitches, always slip as if to purl.