I love crochet and I love giving old objects a new lease of life so this project is perfect for me, it makes my soul happy. I was given some old fabric covered coat hangers years ago, my great Auntie had covered them in fabric but the padding was started to break down so I decided to pimp them up.
The wooden coat hangers hidden underneath are lovely but the clothes just keep sliding off them, this project stops that issue whilst looking oh so pretty. I thought I would type up a little tutorial for you all , so here we go.
Take one wooden coat hanger, some yarn of your choice, a crochet hook (I used my favourite 4 mm Tulip hook) and a yarn needle. Now chain enough stitches to go around the hanger. Not too few as you don't want loads of gaps showing if you have to pull it to go round and not many as you don't want a saggy coat hanger, no one wants to look at a saggy coat hanger lol. I chained 12 stitches here.
Now add one turning chain and then single crochet all the way back to the beginning.
Keep added new rows of single crochet ....... now is the time you can mix it up a bit, why not add some new colours for fun?
To do this pull in the new colour just before you finish the last stitch on your previous row as shown above. You can then either cut the old colour leaving a few inches tail to thread into the hanger cover at the end or leave it and pick it back up later in the pattern if you are using the colour again.
As you go along keep checking if you have made it long enough, it is easy to get carried away on the creative wave. You need it to be a couple of rows longer than the hanger each end. When you have finished pull your yarn through to lock the stiches off. Then sew in any loose ends.
Fold your creation over so the top touches the bottom length ways.
Then fold it again so the start touches the finish. This will show you where the centre of your creation is, I have marked it above with my wool needle.
Feed your creation over your clothes hook so that the hook is where you marked the centre.
Now you need to cut a long length of yarn that matches you creation best. Make sure it is at least twice the length of your coat hanger. Thread your yarn onto a yarn needle and then run a running stitch along the end of your clothes hanger cover, pull the yarn all the way through leaving enough tail to knot off when you have finished.
I then run a satin stitch (I think that is the name of it) along the length of the hanger to close the cover over the hanger. Make sure you pull the yarn all the way through as you go along. When you get to the end knot off both ends and feed the tails into the inside of of the hanger cover.
You can add some pretty flowers, pom poms or what ever your heart desires to your creation to finish it off.
Now run off, find a lovely old vintage dress and hang it on your new hanger ........ it will make your heart skip a little beat in joy.
PS Before you run off pop over to www.lemonadeyarns.co.uk where the owner is offering 25% off all her cotton yarn until mid March 2015. Cotton yarn is perfect for this project !