Redux Designs is all about reusing things rather than throwing them out. Also, if you reuse something to keep from buying something new, you save resources AND money - a win-win situation! With this in mind, here is a tutorial for crocheting yarn around wire hangers to make them non-slip. I've had great luck with these for wide-neck tops as well as spaghetti straps and tank tops. It also greatly reduces the wire hanger pushing through knits that are hung. However, if you really need a padded hanger, these probably won't work. (If you are hanging heavy sweaters, no hanger is a good one - these should be folded and stored flat.)
Keep in mind that these are the basic instructions - feel free to play around with the yarn, the size crochet hook, and the stitch you use. Change things around and see which results you like the best.
For this project you will need:
Wire hangers like you get from the dry cleaner. We could have an entire discussion on the hazards of dry cleaning, but we'll save that for another time. If you don't dry clean, or have no wire hangers, ask around. Most people simply throw them away. I'll also add that if you have them, and regularly dry clean some clothes, most cleaners will let you bring them back and reuse them - and you could probably just take them back even if you aren't getting any clothes dry cleaned. I would, however, check first to make sure the hangers will be reused and not thrown away.
Leftover yarn - I use about 15 yards per hanger, but what you need will vary depending on the yarn, the size hook, and the stitch you use. Don't worry if you don't have enough - simply switch to a different yarn part way through. Don't have leftover yarn - ask anyone who knits or crochets for some leftover bits (and offer to make a hanger or two for them in return). Any type of yarn will work; thicker yarn will give you more padding. I'd pick something that you have excess of that is easy to work with. It can take a few minutes to get the hang of crocheting around the wire, so make sure the yarn isn't giving you problems as well. For this project I used leftover acrylic yarn.
Crochet hook - again, pick one you are comfortable with and see how it goes. Switch around to get the look you like best. I used a size G/6 (4,5 mm) crochet hook because of the type of yarn, and I also wanted a fairly tight stitch.
Attach yarn to hook with a slipknot.
See - you now have the yarn attached to the crochet hook - and are ready to begin!!
Place hook, with yarn attached, in center of hanger with yarn going over the TOP of the wire. Reach UNDER the wire with the crochet hook and pull up. Two loops on crochet hook.
Next, reach hook over TOP of hanger wire and pick up yarn with hook and pull through FIRST loop on the hook ; two loops will then be on the crochet hook:
Again, reach hook behind top wire of hanger and pull up yarn and pull it through both loops on the crochet hook:
One stitch made
Basically, you reach to the FRONT of the wire to pull up first loop; then reach to the BACK to pull up yarn and go through first loop; reach to BACK again, pull up yarn and go through both oops on hanger. If you crochet, this is a single crochet stitch, but instead of pulling the yarn through the stitch on the previous row, you are doing it around the wire hanger.
Repeat around hanger to where two ends of wire are twisted together to begin the hanging hook.
You can end here by cutting the yarn and tying off. If you wish, you can continue in the same stitch around the hook (carefully work over area where wires are twisted). Work around hook almost to end. Cut yarn, leaving long tail, and pull through loop on hook. Take remaining yarn tail, wrap around end of wire hook and glue in place. I prefer to work around the hanging hook because I believe it gives a more finished look - although when I'm short on yarn and this is just for me, I won't!
There you have it – a crocheted wire hanger!
I hope the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and encourage you to re-use what you have on hand rather than throwing it away and buying new. If the instructions aren't clear, or you need further help, please leave me a comment - I'll work to make it better!!
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Edit: Thanks to Whip Up for including this tutorial in the Fourth Carnival of Green Crafts! And a special welcome to visitors who came here from Whip Up. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of this tutorial.
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