Making a knitted coat hanger
These knitted coat hangers are something that always reminds me of grandparents - clothes handing carefully on knitted or crocheted covered hangers. Clothes that were properly looked after, brushed, spot cleaned, mended. The space between them given by the chunky hangers protection from damp or fustiness. My Gran has some with little bags of lavender hanging from the hook.
They are perfect ways to use up odds and ends of wool, it is my go to stash busting pattern.
You only need 40 grams of double knitting wool per hanger and they can be striped or plain. I tend to keep all my tiny left over balls in a basket along with a small circular needle, and knit these whenever I'm at a loose end - they are perfect tv knitting.
- Two 20 g balls of double knitting wool
- Knitting needles size 3.25mm (UK 10)
- Tapestry needle
- A 40 - 43 cm padded coat hanger
- 1 metre velvet ribbon 0.5 cm wide
Tension: 20 stitches by 24 rows in garter stitch to make 10 cm square
- Using ball 1 cast on 92 stitches.
- Join in ball 2 and knit 2 rows
- Change to ball 1 and knit 2 rows.
- Continue in this way, making two row stripes until row 38, just carry the wool up the side of the knitting, don’t cut it off.
- Cast off.
- Find the centre of your knitting and slip it over the hook of the hanger, spread it out to cover the hanger and sew the edges together so that they enclose the hanger.
- Tie one end of your ribbon to the base of the hook and wrap it around the hook first one way and then the other, back to the base. Tie in a knot or bow.
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