I have a huge collection of coloured, plastic coat hangers and wanted a way to cover them. I’ve seen a few different versions of this hanger and have adjusted the pattern I was given to suit myself.
A lovely lady at a flea market shared a pattern with me several years ago. I hadn’t seen this pattern in any crochet booklets but I was sure it must be printed somewhere and thanks to website visitors I now know the sources.
Thanks to a visitor to my site, WeeBeastie, I now know this pattern was published in Annie’s Crochet Newsletter, Nov-Dec, 1989 and designed by Patricia Hilbern.
Then another visitor, Jennie, told me she had a pattern published in Hooked on Crochet March/April 1988, this slightly different one by Carolyn Paske.
Thanks to Denise H for letting me know this pattern was also published in Country Woman magazine, May-June 2011, by Loretta Coverdell.
Many choices, each slightly different. The patterns are now out of print. The one I’m sharing is slightly different. My next challenge will be to find a print copy of the published patterns.
The covers help protect your clothes and stop them from slipping off onto the floor. It’s a great way to use up your stash and once you get the hang of making them, they make up very quickly.
- 4 ply worsted weight yarn
- 3.75 mm. or 4 mm crochet hook, or hook size to produce desired size
- standard plastic hanger
- tapestry needle
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- space = sp
- chain = ch
- slip stitch = sl st
- double crochet = dc
- shell = sh
- shell stitch = work 2 dcs, ch 1, 2 dc all in same space
- beginning shell = ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc all in same space
- Chain (ch) 5, slip stitch (sl st) in first chain (ch) to form a ring.
- Round 1 – Chain 3, (counts as first double crochet (dc) in shell here and throughout) 1 dc in ring, ch 1, (work 2 dc in ring, ch 1,) 3 times, join with slip stitch in top of beginning ch 3. You now have 8 dc and 4 ch spaces
- Round 2 – sl st to ch 1 sp beginning shell #1, shell #2 in next ch 1 sp, shell #3 in next ch 1 s, shell #4 in next ch 1 s, you now have 4 shells and will continue to have 4 shells till the end of the pattern
- Round 3: sl st to ch 1 sp beginning shell #1, ch 2, shell #2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, shell #3 in next ch 1 space, ch 2, shell #4 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, join with sl st to beg shell
- Round 4: sl st to ch 1 sp beginning shell #1, ch 3, shell #2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, shell #3 in next ch 1 space, ch 3, shell #4 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, join with sl st to beg shell
- Round 5: sl st to ch 1 sp beginning shell #1, ch 4 , shell #2 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, shell #3 in next ch 1 space, ch 4, shell #4 in next ch 1 space, ch 1, join with sl st to beg shell
- Rounds 6 to 14 – keep repeating round 5 adding one more stitch (number in bold) between shell #1 and shell #2 and the shell #3 and shell #4, to a total of 12 in the chain
Check to see if this half of the cover fits your hanger everyone’s tension is different. Some hangers may need more or less than 14 rounds. Adjust to fit your hanger.
Fasten off and weave loose ends. Repeat for second half, slip each half on opposite ends of hangers and stitch together at center of each matching shell.
This pattern can be made into crochet covered coat hangers by adding ties to join it together while on the hanger instead of stitching it together.
G’s Crafts n’ Things did her own adjustment to the pattern and made it removable for easy washing.
Other ways to epicycle coat hangers: