Saturday, 30 April 2016

Hangin'

Since finishing the big bobble blanket I've been concentrating on smaller things and something I've been wanting to have a go at is to crochet covers for some of my clothes hangers - there's nothing like having hangers to match your clothes (yes, clearly I don't have enough things to fill my day!). 



They were easy enough to do, although the annoying thing about the hangers I have is that you can't unscrew the hook, so I had to crochet the long sides of the cover together once it was on the hanger; I had hoped to crochet the long sides together, slide the hanger in, stitch the short ends and screw the hook in after. 

Anyway, I used DK yarn and a 3.5mm hook and this is how I made my covered hangers (written in UK terms):
  • Make 13 ch in your main colour
  • Row 1: 1 dc into second ch from hook, then 1 dc into each st to end, 1 ch and turn
  • Row 2:  1 dc into each stitch to end, 1 ch and turn
  • Continue as for Row 2 until you have 86 rows
  • Work 1 row of dc all the way around to neaten the edges
  • Find the centre of your crochet and thread the hanger hook through
  • Dc the two long sides together and stitch the two short sides
  • For the white picot edge, join yarn to the first dc, ch 1 then dc into the same st 
  • Ch 4 and ss into the first of these four ch *1 dc into each of the next three sts, ch 4 and ss into the first of these four ch*
  • Repeat from * to * to the last picot
  • Work the last picot as you have all the others, anchoring it with a ss at the end.  Sew in ends. 

I'm pleased with how these turned out and they're a great way to use up odd bits of yarn.  I used Sublime extra fine merino dk in powderpuff (304), holiday (350) and salty (010) and for the white picot edge I used Debbie Bliss rialto dk in white (001).  The hangers I bought in Ikea.  


Hope all is well out there ...

Jane x



Saturday, 9 April 2016

Basket making

Well, not in the usual sense.  I'd love to be able to make rustic wicker baskets but that's another course for another time, if ever; I would imagine it takes heaps of practice.  Meanwhile, I thought I'd have a go at a crochet one.  Mine's worked with a 4mm hook in Rowan softknit cotton:  3 x flint (595), 1 x willow (587) and 1 x white (588) and here's how to do it:  

  • Start by making a magic circle with 6 dc before pulling tight
  • Round 1:  2 dc in each st (you should now have 12 sts).  You may find it useful to use a stitch marker at the beginning of each row from now on as the whole basket is worked in a spiral and it becomes harder to keep count as your base gets bigger
  • Round 2:  1 dc in the first st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (18 sts)
  • Round 3:  1 dc in first 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (24 sts)
  • Round 4:  1 dc in first 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (30 sts)
  • Round 5:  1 dc in first 4 sts, 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to end (36 sts)
  • Keep working in this way, increasing the size of your base by adding 1 more stitch between the increase stitches (the 2 dcs) in each round until you reach the size you want (1 did 18 rounds).




  • To build up the sides just continue without increasing until you reach the desired height.
  • There are all sorts of possibilities for edging but, plain Jane that I am, I just decided to finish with 2 rounds each of a different colour and that's it.



The Rowan softknit cotton is just that, soft, and I found that the higher the basket got the more floppy it became, hence the rolled down top in the photo below (I quite like it like that though), so if you want more stand-up you will need to work it in something with a little more oomph.  I thought string might be good but I'm not sure my fingers would be quite so keen - I might try and see how far I get.


Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x