Directions are given for size S/M. Changes for L/XL are in parentheses.
Belt measures 2 1/2" wide x 36 (41)" long (6.5 x 91.5  cm). Sample made in size S/M.
DK weight (#3 Light).
Shown here: Hemp for Knitting allhemp6Lux (100% hemp; 143 yd [130 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #60 olive, 3 (4) skeins.
Sizes G/6 (4 mm) and E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook sizes if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Yarn needle; large belt buckle (at least 2" [5 cm]). It's helpful to have the kind where the bar is at one end instead of in the middle of the buckle.
With smaller hook, 8 sts = 2" (5 cm). Precise gauge is not critical to this project.
With larger hook, ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in ring—6 hdc. Do not ch or join. Work in a spiral.
Rnd 2: Hdc in each hdc around—6 hdc.
Rep Rnd 2 continuously for desired length. This will create a tight tube that continues to spiral upward.
Last Row: Sc in next hdc, sl st in next hdc. Fasten off.
Braiding 5 Strands
Braiding 5 strands is just like braiding 3 strands, but you go over 2 strands instead of 1 each time. *Take the far right strand, cross it over 2 strands to place it in the middle, and then take the far left strand, cross it over 2 strands to place it in the middle; rep from *.
Make 5 strands of I-cord 47" (54") (119.5  cm) long. Fasten off.
With yarn needle and yarn, sew beg ends of each I-cord together adjacent to each other in a line. Anchor joined end of I-cords. Braid 5 strands together for length of I-cords. Make sure all I-cords are the same length. You may need to unravel a few cords to make them the proper length. Sew ends together to hold braid in place, forming a nice point at the end.
Rnd 1: With smaller hook, join yarn with sl st at beg end of braid (flat end), ch 1, sc across beg edge of braid, work 3 sc in corner st, working 2-3 sc in one strand of I-cord, and then jump to next I-cord as the braid forms; sc down the length of the braid, work 3 sc in point end in same manner, sc up the other side of the braid, work 2 more sc in corner st, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, working 3 sc in center sc of each corner and in point at end of Belt, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, working from left to right, rev sc in each sc around, join with sl st in first rev sc to join. Fasten off.
Place bar of buckle at flat end of braid, fold edge of braid over, and sew in place with yarn needle. Weave in ends.
Belt Band (optional)
With smaller hook, ch 35, join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each ch around, sl st in first sc—35 sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc in each sc around, join with sl st in first hdc.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each hdc around, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, working from left to right, rev sc in each sc around, sl st in first rev sc. Fasten off.
Edging rnd: With RS facing, working across opposite side of foundation ch, join yarn with sl st in any ch, ch 1, working from left to right, rev sc in each ch around, sl st in first rev sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Slip band onto belt and tack in place with yarn needle if desired, or leave loose so it will slide.