Update plain wire coat hangers with some pretty yarn and a simple half hitch knot.
My Nana used to have a lovely collection of coat hangers with crochet covers- the material used was totally some totally hideous nylon stuff. But they did brighten up the wardrobe and helped to stop clothes from falling off. So when my knitwear kept sliding off and landing in a heap, I remembered these crochet covers and wanted to create something along the same lines, but a bit more contemporary. Enter some yarn and the good old half hitch knot; otherwise known as the friendship bracelet knot! I just used some plain steel wire coat hangers, but I have since seen some very lovely pastel covered ones in Tiger that might just find their way into my life. Or you even combining my Cloud Shaped Hanger DIY with this one. The possibilities! The yarn I’m using is a delightful recycled aran weight cotton from King Cole, it has a wonderful texture and slight flecked look, but any cotton yarn or even cord would do nicely.
You will need:
-Plain wire coat hanger
-Yarn. I am using this Aran weight cotton because I wanted something that would have some grip to it.
1.Cut a 3 metre length of yarn (if you are using something other than Aran or worsted weight you might need more or less) and fold in half. Place the folded middle of the yarn underneath the ‘shoulder’ of the hanger.
2.Bring both of the ends up through the hanger and down through the loop.
3.Pull the knot as tight as you can. This is known as a larks head knot and is often used in macrame.
4.Now our yarn is attached to the hanger, we can start with the half hitch knots! We will be working with both ends of yarn at the same time, treating them as one. Bring the ends of yarn down behind the hanger, leaving a loop at the top.
5.Bring the yarn ends up through the hanger and down through the loop in the same way we did with the larks heads knot.
6.Pull the knot tight and it should look similar to the first knot and sit snugly next to it.
7.Keep repeating the half hitch knot along the hanger, making sure each one is as tight as you can get it.
8.Once you get to the end of the hanger (before the straight section) separate the two yarns and position one underneath and one over the top
9.Tie a reef knot, pulling the ends firmly.
10.Apply a small amount of superglue (or use clear nail polish) to the knot and leave to dry.
11.Cut off the ends near to the knot and twist the knot so it sits on the inside of the bend.
12.Repeat all steps and the other side!
Not only does this DIY make a boring hanger more stylish, it provides grip and so stops clothes sliding off! Practical AND pretty! If you have a go at this Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! Happy Making!