Sunday, April 10, 2011

Little Genevieve's Crochet Belt

I love the idea of using a pattern more than once, but I don't really like to make the same thing twice!  My daughter loved the "Genevieve's Belt" I designed for Interweave Crochet's special Accessories issue last year, so I decided to create a girl's version based on the same pattern.

The wonderful thing is, that I didn't have to make any drastic changes to the pattern!  Here are the alterations I made:

1.  Changed to a finer yarn; "Catania" by Schachenmayr nomotta, which is a sport weight (12 wpi), vs. the dk weight (11 wpi) that was used for the original version, and went down to a size B/1 (2.25mm) hook.  The result was perfectly scaled down motifs!
Difference in  Frame Size Between the Little and Original Versions

2.  Shortened the Belt Strip to my daughter's waist measurement  plus 4 1/2", and made fewer Frames.  The strip of joined Frames is approximately 1/2 of the length of the belt strip.

3.  Eliminated the surface crochet down the center of the Belt Strip.

4.  After the Belt Strip was woven through the frames, I embroidered lazy daisies and a chevron pattern on the Belt strip inside the frames, and eliminated the detail between the frames.

I believe this project was a success because my daughter told me she wants to wear it every day, and I am thrilled because I was able to use an existing pattern again in a new way!

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  1. She looks lovely with the belt! :)

  2. Love the way that you've explained the changes. Definitely helps the rest of us in choosing how to refine and rework our own designs.

  3. Thank you, CrochetBlogger, I am happy the instructions are helpful!

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