Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hang it Up

The birthday party for my boss was at work the next day. I had only one night to make the perfect gift. I had very little time and even less cash (it was the day before payday) and I needed inspiration...In a brilliant flash of desperation it came to me "Hanger Covers!" Doesn't everyone woman need some sweet covered hangers to grace the dark interiors of her closet? Yes, that would be it. So off I went, fortune had recently smiled upon me as I have been asking everyone I know if they have seen simple wooden hangers for sale anywhere. A friend of mine found them at Longs Drug store, and had just dropped them by. I was saved. Here they are in peach and white, with contrasting/matching crochet flowers. I tied the two of them together with satin ribbon. I think these just might start showing up at my etsy shop.
Here is how I made them:
Chose yarn. Make a swatch, (this can be sewn up like a little bag, add a crochet chain like a handle and hang it around the hook of the hanger for a sachet). Measure your hanger length wis and cast on appropriate number of stitches, leaving a long tail. I cast on a few less so it would fit snuggly. Knit in whichever stitch you choose ( I used seed) for about 2 - 1/2 inches, (be sure your bind off will be opposite your beginning 'tail' end) bind off leaving a long tail. Find center by folding in half length and width ways and slip hook through knitting. With long tails left from CO and BO, sew up ends and along bottom of hanger/CO & BO edges to meet in the middle, I made a little knot and then weave in ends. I made 4 crochet flowers of chain 5, slip st. into first chain to make a circle and made 5 petals of chain 3, and 3 dc's with a slip stitch after each petal and tied them on. Quick, easy and .... delicious!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We got all our wooden hangers at Ikea - like 3 bucks for ten? Bed, Bath, and Lost in the Store sells cheaper than usual ones, too.