Crochet Club: pretty crochet hanger covers
Adding crochet is a wonderful way to make any household object pretty. Kate Eastwood has transformed some old wooden hangers with a whoosh of her hook!
Our grandmothers would have scolded us for using plastic coat hangers, and been horrified by wire hangers – for the simple reason that they are not good for our clothes. They leave creases and dents, stretch your clothes and wire hangers especially are simply not strong enough to support most garments. Kate’s gorgeous crochet covers will help to protect your clothes and look stunning in your wardrobe.
Pretty-up your wardrobe, hang on the back of your spare room door or hang in a child’s nursery, this simple pattern will have you hooking up hanger covers in no time at all!
For my covers I used MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino as it provides the perfect soft texture without adding too much bulk. To cover two hangers I used 1 x ball of Cloud Grey 127, and 1 x ball of Petal 122.
I worked with a 3mm hook. This pattern is written in UK crochet terms: to convert to US, use our handy conversion tables!
You will also need some wooden crescent shaped hangers measuring 42cm.
The first stage of making the cover is to make a rectangle in DC. To do this work a chain of 101 and starting in the second chain from the hook work 1 row of DC. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn. Work a further 18 rows as above. Finish off and sew in your ends.
Now finish off the cover by working it with the hanger inside.
To find the central point of your rectangle first fold the rectangle in half lengthways, and then again from top to bottom. The pinchpoint (see photo below) is going to be the centre point.
Carefully push the hanger through and then fit the cover to the hanger and secure each end with a safety pin to hold it in place.
Now join in your second colour and work a round of DC to join the two sides of the cover together. Work 2 or 3 DC into each of the two corner stitches to prevent the cover from becoming too tight and out of shape.
You are now going to be working a row of puffs/bobbles, so do not fasten off the yarn, but simply turn your work so that you are working this next row on the reverse. Once you begin making puff stitches you will see that although you are working on the reverse, when you look at the edging from the other side the finished effect will be on the right side.
Begin the row with a DC and then make a puff/bobble as follows:
Yarn over and working in to the next stitch, pull the loop back through to approx TR height, repeat this 4 more times, all in to the same stitch,
then yarn over and pull through all the loops. Chain 1. SL ST in to each of the next two stitches and repeat the puff pattern. Continue working this pattern of a puff stitch followed by 2 SL ST all the way to the end. Finish off and sew in your ends.
To finish the cover off I added a tiny puff flower at the top:
To make the flower: make a Magic Ring, chain 2 and then work 14 TR in to the ring. Finish off and sew in ends.
Join in your second colour at any point and work a SL ST. Into the next stitch work a puff, as before, SL ST into the next stitch and then work another puff. Continue this pattern all the way around until you have 7 petals. Join with a SL ST, finish off and sew in ends.
Carefully push the flower onto the hanger hook throught the centre hole in the flower.
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