I decided to attempt this when my plastic watch strap finally bit the dust,
but the watch itself, the buckle etc. were still in fine shape. I could
find no reason not to try it, so... ;)
You can use just about any weight of thread you like, in any colour and
stitch pattern you like.
- small amount crochet cotton or other thread
- hook in size which will produce a tightly worked fabric
- watch strap hardware
- Chain 11 (or other appropriate odd number).
- DC in third chain from hook and each chain across. This is the end
you'll later thread over the pin that sits on the top and bottom of the
watch face in order to attach the new band. Turn.
- Ch 2 for first st, then hdc in each st across. Turn.
- Continue this second row until the band is long enough to reach
halfway around your wrist. You can use any stitch pattern you wish at
- When the band is long enough, end with dc in each st across.
- Make another one, but an inch or so longer than the first piece.
- Thread the pin through the beginning of each piece and re-attach them
to the watch - the shorter piece being attached to the top of the
watch and the longer one to the bottom. Attach the buckle assembly
to the other end of the shorter piece - you'll figure out the method more
easily than I can explain it here.
- Voila! Now you can make a whole bunch more in your favourite colours
to match all your outfits... ;)
- When wearing it, tuck the free end in around the side of the strap to
keep it from dangling, or attach a small belt loop to the buckle strap to
hold it in place.
- If you're quite ambitious, you could crochet a couple of lengths of
edging, adding the dc's at the ends, and use this for your new watch band.
- Or how about a filet pattern? You'd need fine, strong thread as well
as a microscrope, I think. ;)
- As an alternative to a buckle, you could use Velcro(tm) instead, though
it might be a bit bulky.
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