Breeze raffia belt – free crochet pattern

Crochet a simple summer belt with this free crochet pattern. You could say it’s a breeze to make…

Size options include both waist and hips sizes, making it the perfect finishing touch to your summer outfit whether that’s a floaty dress or denim shorts and a t-shirt.

It’s so quick you could have it finished in an evening, or even better while sitting in the afternoon sun! All you need is an old belt buckle along with some raffia yarn. It’s a great simple project to get to grips with raffia (or a good way to use up leftovers from another raffia project). The breeze belt has a slight stretch, making it super comfortable to wear all day and you don’t have to worry about only having a finite amount of holes to adjust it too, as the buckle can go through any part of the belt! It goes great with my Sunburst circle bag crochet pattern too.

Read on for the free crochet pattern or you can purchase a printable PDF with extra photos and detail from LoveCrafts or Etsy .

This pattern uses UK terms but the equivalent US term is included in the abbreviation section.

Skill level: Beginner

You will need:
A belt buckle, with the joining part of the buckle about 4cm wide.
Raffia yarn – I used Ra Ra Raffia by Wool and the Gang in Desert Palm, 100g = 273y/250m
4.5mm crochet hook
Scissors

SizingXSS ML XL2X3X4X5X
For waist belt
Your waist in “23-2425-26.528-3032-3436-3840-4244-4546-4749-50
Your waist in cm58.5-6163.5-67.571-7681.5-86.591-96.5101.5-106.5111.5-114116.5-119124-127
Waist belt cm737887101107115129131143
Yards/ meters 69y/63m72y/66m82y/75m96y/88m98y/90m101y/100m123y/113m125y/115m137y/125m
For hip belt
Your hips in “33-3435-3638-4042-4446-4852-5354-5556-5761-62
Your hips in cm83.5-8689-91.596.5-101.5106.5-111.5116.5-122132-134.5137-139.5142-144.5155-157
Hip belt cm101107115129143149157160171
Yards/ meters 96y/88m100y/92m110y/100m123y/113m137y/125m141y/129m151y/138m153y/139m164y/150m

Note: the hip belt still has the stretch that makes it so comfortable to wear, but may not hold trousers up as tightly as a traditional leather belt.

Abbreviations:
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet (US sc – single crochet)
HBhtr – Herringbone half treble crochet (US HBhdc – Herringbone half double crochet)
HBhtr2tog – Herringbone half treble crochet two stitches together (US HBhdc – Herringbone half double crochet two stitches together)
FLO – front loop only
BLO – back loop only
Dtr – Double treble crochet (US tr – treble crochet). How to do a double treble stitch
Fdc – Foundation double crochet (US fsc – foundation single crochet). How to do a foundation double crochet

Gauge: Rows 1-13 = 14cm x 5.5cm

How to do a HBhtr stitch – wrap yarn around hook, insert through your stitch, wrap yarn around hook and pull up a loop (you will have 3 loops on hook), pull the first loop straight through the second loop (you will have two loops on hook), wrap the yarn around your hook, pull through both remaining loops.

How to do HBtr2tog stitch – wrap yarn around hook, insert through your stitch, wrap yarn around hook and pull up a loop (you will have 3 loops on hook), insert your hook into the next stitch, wrap yarn around the hook and pull up a loop (you will have 4 loops on your hook), pull the first loop straight through the second and third loops on your hook (you will have two loops remaining), wrap yarn around your hook and pull through both remaining loops.

Breeze belt pattern

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Row 1: Work 8 dc around your belt buckle, 4 either side of the belt prong/pin. Turn. (8 sts)

Inserting the hook through the belt buckle to work your first dc.
The first dc stitch.
Working the other side of the belt pin.

Row 2: 2 ch (counts as first st), HBhtr in FLO across, working the last st under both loops. Turn. (8 sts)

The first part of a HBhtr – wrap yarn around hook, insert through your stitch, wrap yarn around hook and pull up a loop (you will have 3 loops on hook). Then pull the first loop straight through the second loop.
You will then have 2 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through both remaining loops.
The first HBhtr stitch

Row 3: 2 ch (counts as first st), HBhtr in BLO across, working the last st under both loops. Turn. (8 sts).

The pulled up loop shows where to work for BLO.

Rows 4-11: Rep rows 2 and 3 four more times.

Row 12: 4 ch (counts as first dtr), *miss next st, 1 dtr in FLO, then 1 dtr in FLO of missed st (working behind the last st); rep from * to last st, 1 dtr in FLO. Turn. (8 sts)

The pulled up loop shows where to work your first dtr in FLO, after your missed stitch.
You then work a dtr into the missed stitch (where my thumbnail is pointing).

When working the twisted stitch section, to work the missed stitch, lean the top edge of the work towards you to help you to find and work into the missed stitch – see IGTV for video.

The first row of dtr twisted stitches.

Row 13: 4 ch (counts as first dtr), *miss next st, 1 dtr in BLO, then 1 dtr in BLO of missed st (working behind the last st); rep from * to last st, 1 dtr in BLO. Turn. (8 sts)

Rows 2 – 13 forms pattern.

The first pattern repeat.

For a waist belt rep 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) more times.

For sizes S, XL, 4X only. Rep rows 2 and 3 three (four, three) more times.

For a hip belt rep 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) more times.

For sizes S, 2X, 4X only. Rep rows 2 and 3 four (four, two) more times.

For sizes all sizes and lengths– start decreases.

Next row: 2 ch (counts as first st), HBhtr in FLO across, working the last st under both loops. Turn. (8 sts)

Decrease row: 2 ch (counts as first st), HBhtr2tog in BLO, HBhtr in BLO, until last 3 sts, HBhtr2tog in BLO, HBhtr in top of starting 2 ch from previous row, working under both loops. Turn. (6 sts).

The first part of the HBhtr2tog – wrap yarn around hook, insert through your stitch, wrap yarn around hook and pull up a loop (you will have 3 loops on hook), insert your hook into the next stitch, wrap yarn around the hook and pull up a loop (you will have 4 loops on your hook).
Then pull the first loop straight through the second and third loops on your hook (you will have two loops remaining).
Finally, wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through the two remaining loops.
At the end of the first decrease row.

Next row: 2 ch (counts as first st), HBhtr in FLO across, working the last st under both loops. Turn. (6 sts)

Decrease row 2: 2 ch (counts as first st), HBhtr2tog in BLO,  HBhtr in BLO, until last 3 sts, HBhtr2tog in BLO, HBhtr in top of starting 2 ch from previous row, working under both loops. (4 sts). Fasten off and weave in ends.

When wearing the belt you can either tuck the end back under the belt like in the image above, or make a belt loop like in the photos at the top of the post. To make a belt loop, fdc 14 stitches (or a couple shorter than your belt width doubled) and join into a loop with 2 sl st at the end. Fasten off and weave in ends. If you need help with the fdc stitch there’s a tutorial here.

I’d love to see and share your belts – tag me @victoriabeedesigns on Instagram and use #breezebelt

The Breeze belt also looks great with the Sunburst circle bag, a fun beginner level bag pattern with a flap fastening and raised sunburst design!

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