When you can crochet, there’s really no excuse for tatty coat hangers, when you can tart them up with a few simple stitches. These crochet hanger covers look great on display, and they protect delicate clothing. No snags on vintage blouses, and shoulders will keep their shape better too, so they’re practical as well as incredibly pretty. We’ve invited Kath Eastoe from Inverleith to share her free crochet pattern with you…
Here’s Kath Eastoe from Inverleith to talk you through how to make the two versions of the crochet coat hanger cover.
This hanger is much more handsome with its lovely new coat, don’t you think? This is a great stash buster and perfect for beginners. The lovely crochet hangers make excellent gifts for grandmas, mother-in-laws and for your favourite home-made frock.
You will need
An old wooden coat hanger
Any DK weight yarn
A little patience
(Note: crochet is written in UK terminology)
Striped coat hanger
Chain 12 stitches to begin, plus 2 for turning.
Row 1: Work one half treble (htr) into the third chain from the hook, and 1 htr into every chain (ch) until you reach the end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, skip first stitch, 1htr into every stitch along until last stitch- work 1 htr into top of ch2 of previous row. This will ensure a very straight, neat edge to your long, skinny piece of crochet.
Repeat row 2 until work measures around 45cm. For this striped effect, I worked six rows of a colour, before changing to the contrasting beige, and working two rows. The effect is quite handsome, I think you’ll agree? You don’t need to weave in your ends, as they’ll be tucked into your solid block of crochet hanger goodness as you go.
Insert the hook of your hanger into the middle of your piece. Take a contrasting colour yarn, and begin to double crochet the edges together along the bottom of the hanger, lining up the stitches as you go. You’ll need to stretch the coat a little to do this. This ‘stitching up’ process can be quite tricksome, but once you get into the rhythm of the ‘fiddliness’ you’ll have a crochet coat hanger in no time.
Plain coat hanger
Chain 12 plus 3 for turning.
Row 1: Work one treble (tr) crochet into the 4th chain from the hook, and in every chain (ch) along. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, skip first stitch, and work 1tr into every stitch (top loops of the stitch only, don’t go between the stitches), until the last stitch – working a tr into the top of the ch3 of the previous row. Turn. Once again, you’ll get a lovely neat, straight edge.
Repeat row 2 until your piece measures around 45cm. This treble crochet version is slightly quicker than the htr version, but it has a looser weave which actually I slightly prefer. Insert the hanger hook, take a piece of contrasting yarn, and stretching the piece of crochet, match up the stitches either side of the hanger, double crochet the sides together. Note: this is no less fiddly than version #1. Sorry about that.
These are so pretty and we’d love to work up a whole set for our wardrobes, though that could take some time! Thanks, Kath, for sharing your free crochet hanger pattern with us.