One of my favourite bloggers is Linda at Crafty Gardener. Not only do I enjoy reading her posts about birds and gardening, but I also get great recipe and craft ideas.
Here's a crochet project she inspired. It's a scarf hanger I made as a gift for a friend who loves wearing scarves. It was a fun project to do up at the cabin.
Here are Linda's posts that gave me the inspiration for my project, Covered Hangers and Upscale the Plastic Coat Hangers.
The plastic hanger I used had a large area just under the hanger, and two small hooks under the angled sections. I cut the two small hooks off, and you'll see later how I handled the circular spot.
I searched for large rings (my friend loves heavy winter scarves). I settled on 2.5" metal rings that can be opened and closed. They weren't my first choice, but turned out to be the perfect solution.
I used bright variegated yarn and an "H" (5 mm) crochet hook.
- Crochet a chain of six stitches (test to make sure it will be enough to encircle the plastic hanger and adjust as needed).
- Single crochet a strip that is long enough to cover the hanger all the way around (test as you work).
- When the strip is long enough, tie it off.
- Pin the crochet strip around the hanger with the open side on the outside of the hanger.
- Single crochet the edges together all the way around the hanger.
- Sew the ends together at the top of the hanger
- If your hanger has a large plastic area under the hook, crocheted two medallions. (If your plastic hanger doesn't have this large area, skip this step.)
- To make a medallion, chain four stitches and use a slip stitch to make circle. Chain three stitches and then double crochet twice in each loop around the circle. Tie off when the medallion is completed.
- Sew the medallions together, one on each side to cover the plastic circle, and attach them to the hanger cover.
- Open and insert the rings through the crochet cover on the underside of the angled sections. That's what made this style of ring a perfect solution. Rotate the rings so the larger hinge is hidden in the yarn.
- Using the same yarn and a craft needle, tie each ring around the plastic hanger to give it extra strength. It's easy to hide the stitches if you use variegated yarn. Weave in the ends before cutting them off.
And I found a scarf that matched the exposed part of the plastic hanger to be part of my gift.
I'm taking another hint from Linda. Here's my disclaimer. I'm a beginner at crochet. My directions may not be error free. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know. -- Margy