A belt is always a great accessory, so why not knit your own?

Free Herringbone Belt Knitting Pattern

This stylish belt is simple to knit, with a combination of knits, purls, and slipped stitches that, combined with the suedelike yarn, creates an interesting texture. Close the belt by knotting the long fringes together around your waist.

Size

Width: 1.75 inches (4.4cm)

Length: 34 inches (86.5cm), not including fringe

What You'll Need

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (110m)

We used: Berroco Suede Tri-Color (100% nylon; 120 yards [111m] per 50g ball): #3797 Django, 1 ball

Needles: US size 8 (5mm)

Notions: Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle

Gauge

24 stitches and 55 rows=4" (10cm) in pattern

Note: All stitches are slipped purlwise.

Making the Belt

With crochet hook and tapestry needle, cast on 204 stitches using the crochet chain cast-on method.

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 with yarn in front, with yarn in back knit 2, *slip 2 with yarn in front, with yarn in back knit 2; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.

Row 2: Slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 1, *slip 2 with yarn in back, with yarn in front purl 2; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, purl 1, with yarn in back knit 1.

Row 3: Slip 3 with yarn in front, *with yarn in back knit 2, slip 2 with yarn in front; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, with yarn in back knit 1.

Row 4: Slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 3, *slip 2 with yarn in back, purl 2; repeat from * until 4 stitches remain, slip 2 with yarn in back, with yarn in front purl 1, knit 1.

Rows 5-12: Repeat rows 1-4 twice.

Row 13: Slip 3 with yarn in front, *with yarn in back knit 2, slip 2 with yarn in front; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, with yarn in back knit 1.

Row 14: Slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 1, *slip 2 with yarn in back, with yarn in front purl 2; repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, purl 1, with yarn in back knit 1.

Row 15: Slip 1 with yarn in front, with yarn in back knit 2, *slip 2 with yarn in front, with yarn in back knit 2; repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.

Row 16: Slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 3, *slip 2 with yarn in back, with yarn in front purl 2; repeat from * until 4 stitches remain, slip 2 with yarn in back, with yarn in front purl 1, with yarn in back knit 1.

Rows 17-20: Repeat rows 13-16.

Rows 21-23: Repeat rows 13-15.

Bind off while working row 16.

Weave in loose ends.

Make the Fringe

Make 14 fringes as follows: Cut fourteen 24" (61cm) strands of yarn. Place belt flat on table with right side facing. Beginning at one of the short edges, *insert crochet hook from back to front into the edge of the belt. Fold one strand in half and hold cut ends together to create a loop. Place loop on hook and pull it halfway through the knitted piece. With hook still in place, pull cut ends of fringe through the loop to make knot. Pull fringe ends to tighten. Repeat from * 6 more times, spacing fringe evenly along belt's edge. Repeat fringing at opposite end of belt. Trim all fringes to 11" (28cm) in length.

Knitting is not just about clothing. There are so many other accessories that are easy to knit, like the cell phone cozy that comes next.