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Wide Moss Stitch Belt
Wide Moss Stitch Belt

A closeup on the Wide Moss Stitch Belt.

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This Wide Moss Stitch Belt is a great way to liven up a little black dress or any outfit that needs a little pizzazz. It couldn't be easier to knit; the thing that makes it special is the texture added by the Moss Stitch and the shimmer of the chosen yarn, though of course you could use any medium weight yarn you like.

Materials:

  • one skein Stitch. Rock. Love. Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell for Caron (I used color Red(ish)), or up to around 100 yards of medium weight yarn of your choice (see yardage note, below)
  • one pair size 7 US 4.5 mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure (or your body if you're knitting for yourself), scissors, yarn needle, sewing needle and matching thread
  • three hook and eye closures

Gauge:

5 stitches and 6 rows per inch in Moss Stitch. Gauge is not that critical, as long as the knit fabric is coming out to a firmness (and width) that you like.

Measurements:

Finished belt is a little more than 3 inches wide and should be knit to a length about two inches less than the measurement you want to fit where you want to wear the belt on your body. The space will accommodate the closures and a little stretch will hold the belt to your body.

Yardage Note:

The exact amount of yarn you need will vary depending on how big a belt you are making. Mine is about 28 inches long and a little more than 3 inches wide and used about 73 yards of yarn. If you buy a skein of the Sheep(ish), there will be plenty to make a belt of any length or width you need.

Instructions for the Wide Moss Stitch Belt:

  1. Cast on 16 stitches.
  2. Work in Moss Stitch (see below) for about two inches less than your chosen waist measurement. Alternatively, you can knit the belt a foot or more longer than your waist measurement, forget the closures and tie the belt at your waist.
  3. Bind off in pattern.
  4. Weave in ends.
  5. With coordinating thread and sewing needle, sew hook and eye closures at the top, bottom and center of each of the short sides of the belt.

Moss Stitch:

Works on multiples of two stitches.

Rows one and two: Knit one, purl one across.

Rows three and four: Purl one, knit one across.

Repeat these four rows for pattern.

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