Craft Week continues! Today with something that I have just finished today. I worked on this while watching the television coverage of the lunch and parade to celebrate The Queens 90th Birthday.
A few weeks ago I bought some wooden hangers to cover with crochet, then after ordering some yarn I could get started. The reason for making covered hangers?
Well, there are a couple. Firstly I wanted something pretty to hang shawls and so on from when I photograph them to show you. A plastic hanger isn't something lovely to look at is it.
I did have some old hangers covered in a satin material but they are getting a little worn now - over 20 years old! - and they also have the added disadvantage of being slippery and that isn't good for holding things on when you want to take pictures of them!
So, Ta Dah! one covered hanger!
You can see that it does the job of being pretty and holding on to other things very well. It is much easier to photograph and display something when the item isn't slipping around.
I know you will ask me for a pattern, so here it is!
First, take one wooden hanger and cover in some quilting batting or wadding. Fix this on with some largish stitches, it needs to be neat, but don't worry about the sewing because you will not see it. You can see above how I did this.
Then make a crochet chain as long as your hanger is. In my case that was 70 stitches. I was working using a 4mm hook and Drops Paris Yarn.
Then make one more chain to turn the work and work back along the chain with in DC into each chain.
Repeat the turning chain and work back along again in DC until you have completed 11 rows of DC. Check that your piece is big enough to fit around your hanger.
Tie off the yarn.
Find the middle length and width wise of your hanger and poke the hook through the centre.
Then, taking a contrasting colour yarn DC into the piece you have worked working all along the edges to join them together. You will need to pull slightly so that it is a snug fit. When you reach the end go back along working first a CH3 then DC into the third stitch along, CH3, DC into the third stitch along and so on until you reach the end of the piece.
Turn the work again and work 4DC into each chain space.
When you reach the end tie off the yarn and sew the ends in under the cover.
Hang up and hang your lovely things from your new hanger!
Voila! The finished item.
I really like it and have two more hangers to cover so that I can share my pretty things with you.
If you need help converting the hook sizes or crochet terms there are charts on my blog, click on the conversion charts in the sidebar under the heading Crochet Patterns and Tutorials. The link for the pattern for this shawl - the Beth Shawl - is also there. Or click here for the shawl pattern.
I hope that you have fun making some of these for yourself and that you are enjoying Craft Week here on my blog!
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