I am including a few of ‘How To’ step-by-step pictures of my easy to make hangers. They are relaxing to knit while in company or watching the TV and if assembled carefully, look great and make a special hand made gift.
- Knit Cro Sheen No 5 or Premier Cotton 4ply or Premier Cotton double knit if you want a chunkier look.
- Crochet hook 3mm for 4ply and 3.25mm for double knit.
- Knitting needles 3mm for 4ply and 3.25mm for double knit or whatever is best for your tension
Using knitting needles cast on 20 stitches leaving a tail for stitching up and knit in garter stitch until long enough to cover your hanger. I find 160 rows (count 80 ridges) is usually a good length for an adult coat hanger.
Cast off when you have checked your length and follow instructions below for assembling your coat hanger.
Wrap batting over the coat hanger and secure the end with a few stitches
Insert the metal hook of the coat hanger through the middle of the completed knitting and then cover the hook with plastic tubing.
Start working from the end of the coathanger and stitch the edges together at the bottom towards the middle.
Stitch the bottom edges together from the other end working to the middle and this is the covered coat hanger.
Our Valentine coat hanger is quick and easy to make. It is decorated with a rose and red hearts
The flower and hearts were worked in 4ply Premier Cotton colour 009 Lipstick. This is a good thread to have on hand for crochet or knitted Christmas gifts. You will notice that I made two similar flowers and stitched them together to add fullness.
Valentine's Day Coat Hanger Gift
Pattern for heart
NB all of the following stitches are worked in the first chain.
3 trc, 3dc, chain 1, 1 trc, chain 1, 3dc, 3 trc, chain 3, slip stitch in centre of heart. Pull the loop to the back and fasten off.
Abbreviations: trc = treble crochet, dc= double crochet
Pattern for Crochet Flower
Make a magic ring or if you prefer ch 6 and work a slst into first ch to make a ring.
Ch 1 to represent first sc. Work 11 sc into ring and work slst into first ch = 12sc
*Ch 2, 3dc into next st, ch 2 ,slst into next st *. You have completed your first petal. Repeat from* to * five times and anchor your last ch by working a slst into the first ch in this round. Fasten off your thread.
Carefully adjust the size of your magic ring and work away yarn tails.
Abbreviations: ch chain; dc double crochet; sc single crochet; slst slip stitch
Coathangers decorated with flowers and leaves
Here is the leaf pattern I used. Working in 4ply Premier cotton was such a pleasure.
Pattern for leaf
1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next 3 ch, 1 sc in next 2 ch, 1 sl
st in next ch, 3sl sts in last ch.
Going around foundation chain to other side, 1 sl st in next ch, 1
sl st in nex 2 ch, 1 dc in next 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, tie off.
Abreviations: ch chain; dc double crochet;sc single crochet; sl st slip stitch