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Tunisian Corset Belt

Tunisian Corset Belt

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This pattern is an ideal, simple introduction to the basics of Tunisian crochet for someone looking to try it for the first time and make use of its firm, non-stretch qualities to the full.  

Inspired by romantic, historical images of delicate white cotton summer dresses and contrast waist accessories, this belt or corset is an ideal way to update dresses that are pretty but lacking in shape. There are several finishing options to choose from in order to get a shape and style that suits each wearer plus the lacing can be worn to the front or rear.

For maximum flexibility, this pattern includes a table that allows you to create a custom length belt to fit any size waist exactly as you wish. It also supplies common sizing options for both the belt length, i.e. the waist circumference, and for the belt width, i.e. the vertical measurement when worn. 

Some tips and videos are included for embellishment ideas, e.g. appliqué and embroidery.

Before you start:
Designed with 5-10cm / 2-4” NEGATIVE ease suggested 
Tension: 22 sts x 21 rows = 10cm x 10cm / 4” x 4” measured over main patt rep using 4 mm hook.

Working method: Belt is worked as a long strip, fastenings are added overlapping each end and the belt is edged. Cords and optional appliques are worked and added.

**Finished measurements**
a. belt width (vertical measurement when worn standing): see chart below or start with any multiple of 4 sts plus one extra stitch as a custom width
b. Belt length (horizontal measurement when worn standing): see chart below or use custom calculations chart for a custom length


*  Yarn requirement for many length and width options included in pattern, e.g. 9.5cm/3.8" wide belt for size XS: 133m mc and 66m cc; 24cm/9.5" wide belt for size 4XL: 747m mc and 157cm cc. Sample is worked in: Drops Muskat 74 and 61.
* 4 mm Tunisian hook (US G-6) or regular straight crochet hook of sufficient length for desired belt width
* 3.5 mm crochet hook (US E-4)
* Up to 3m/3¼yds ribbon, lace or cord for lacing 
* Optional: 6 strips dress weight boning if your finished belt folds over when worn
* Optional: Embroidery thread and needles or yarn/thread scraps to crochet flowers/lace if you want to decorate the corset.


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