How to Knit a Lace Elastic Belt

Give lace a try and make this fun, vintage-inspired knit belt.

What You'll Be Creating

When the days get longer and warmer, you don’t have to put away your knitting. It’s just time to knit lighter, more summery projects like this sweet vintage-inspired lace belt! 

The belt is knitted in the round with an delicate lace pattern using a fine weight yarn. It’s an engaging project even though it’s small, and once you’re done, you don’t even have to wait until winter to wear it. 

It isn’t warm and heavy like other knitting projects can be, so you can wear your belt to add a touch of handmade to any outfit, any time. 


  • 50 yards Spud and Chloe Fine or similar fingering weight yarn
  • 2.75mm (US 3) circular needles or double pointed needles in size needed to get 7 sts and 9 rows over 2.5cm (1 in)
  • 45 [55, 65, 75, 85, 95, 105]cm (18 [22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42]in) of 2.5cm (1in) colored elastic to make a 50 [60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110]cm (20 [24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44]in) belt
  • Belt buckle
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

1. Knit the Belt

Step 1

Cast on 14 and join in the round.

Step 2

Rounds 1-9: Knit to end.

Round 10: K8, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k1.

Round 11: Knit to end.

Round 12: K7, k2tog, yo, k3, ssk.

Round 13: Knit to end.

Rounds 14-17: Repeat Rounds 10-13.

Round 18: K8, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.

Round 19: Knit to end

Round 20: K9, yo, sk2p, yo, k2.

Round 21: Knit to end.

Rounds 22-25: Repeat Rounds 18-21.

Repeat Rounds 10-25 10 (12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22) more times.

Next 8 Rounds: Knit to end.

Step 3

Bind off.

2. Finish the Knitting

Step 1

Weave in the ends.

Step 2

Block your knitting to open up the lace.

3. Assemble the Belt

Step 1

Feed the elastic through the knit tube.

Step 2

With a needle and thread, sew the ends of each tube shut while making sure to stitch through the elastic.

Step 3

Securely sew the belt buckle in place so that the plain stockinette sections are folded to the back of the belt.

Wear Your New Belt

This project will help you practice your lace knitting skills, and it will leave you with a fun accessory that you can keep wearing even when the weather warms up. 

Layer your belt over a high waisted pencil skirt to really let the belt shine, or play with textures and prints and wear it with a fun floral dress.

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