Clamshell Lace Corset Belt – Make it for Me! Crochet Along

Find the free Clamshell Lace Corset Belt pattern at Saltypearlcrochet.com

Welcome, Elkies! I am so excited to be participating in this year’s Make it for Me! Crochet Along hosted by Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs. So many of my favorite designers will participate this year, and I’m absolutely bursting with excitement to see them all! You can follow along with the rest of this year’s Make it for Me! projects here.

 

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Find the Free Crochet Pattern for this gorgeous Clamshell Lace Corset Belt at SaltyPearlCrochet.com!

 

I know that I can’t possibly be the only one who seems to have a perpetual weight-loss goal on my New Years’ Resolution list. This year, though, instead of being so hard on myself, I’ve resolved to wear more dresses that make me feel beautiful and free-spirited.

Find the free Clamshell Lace Corset Belt Pattern at SaltyPearlCrochet.com!

See? That beachy gypsy spirit can come out to play even in 6 degree weather!

Now, I won’t claim to be a fashion expert by any means, but one tip I’ve learned over the years is that accentuating your waist can help to create a more flattering figure. Wearing a corset belt high on the natural waist really helps to create a visual break in my figure and accentuate my inward curves (as opposed to the outward ones!)

The light, airy Clamshell lace pattern I used here works up quickly, even with a fine yarn like Premier Cotton Fair and a G 4.0 mm crochet hook. I chose to make mine in white to match my favorite Agnes and Dora maxi dress, but it would be stunning in a neutral beige or even in black against a brighter shift dress.

Find the free Clamshell Lace Corset Belt Pattern at SaltyPearlCrochet.com!

Pair it with a tunic and some gladiator sandals for a killer beach look, or pair it with a flowy, high waisted maxi dress for a pretty way to draw out your figure. The best part about wearing this belt is that it doesn’t cinch tight to pull in your waist, it simply gathers the fabric at your waistline to create a visual break. It’s so comfortable!

Materials

H / 5.0mm Crochet Hook

Premier Cotton Fair Yarn

Scissors and a yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Approximately 70” of suede cord, leather braid, or pretty ribbon for a corset tie

Optional: A small amount of interfacing to reinforce the ends of the belt.

Abbreviations

Ch- Chain

Dc – double crochet

Sk – skip

Special Stitches

Dc5tog (Double Crochet 5 together): {Yarn over, pull up a loop in next st. Yarn over, pull through  2 loops on hook.} Repeat in each of the next 4 sts. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Gauge

Not crucial for this project. You will instead work in proportion to your waist measurements.

Notes

To fit a certain size, continue in pattern until the length of your piece is about 5.5” shorter than the measurement of your waist. This will allow for the final 2” of the pattern, a bit of stretch, and a small gap in the middle for the corset ties.


Pattern Instructions

Ch 25.

Row 1:  Ch 2, turn and dc in 3rd ch from hook and across. [25]

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Dc 2, *ch 2, sk 2, dc4* 3 times, ch 2, sk 2, Dc 3. [25 including chain spaces.]

Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc across. [25]

 

Row 4: Ch 2, Dc. *Ch 2, Dc5tog, ch 2, Dc.* Repeat from *to* 3 more times. [25]

Row 5: Ch 2, Dc. *Sk 2, 5dc in next st, sk 2, dc.* Repeat from *to* 3 more times. [25]

Row 6: Ch 2, Dc. *ch 1, sk 1, dc* across row. [25]

 

Repeat Rows 4-6 until your belt measures just over 5” shorter than your waist measurement.

Repeat Rows 1-3 to complete the base of the belt.

 

Edging: single crochet evenly around the entire belt, placing 3 stitches in each corner, and two stitches per every row. Break yarn, and weave in ends to finish.

 

Thread your leather braid (or cord or ribbon) through the holes of the belt in a crossed corset tie pattern. Pin it closed with a pretty hair clip, or tie in a bow. I love wearing mine over a maxi dress to accentuate my figure!

Find the free Clamshell Lace Corset Belt Pattern at SaltyPearlCrochet.com!

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