Monday, July 11, 2011

Chunky Knitting


I seem to have managed to catch a head cold, despite not having moved off the place for almost 16 days!!  I am not too bad, over the worst, but now have a silly little cough.  I wanted to keep busy, but really didn't feel inclined to work on anything too intricate or technical.  I knew I had some wooden coathangers stashed away somewhere, and plenty of remnants of checked fabric.  I like making these, as they are quick, simple, rustic, and require very little in the way of concentration, and effort.  I don't even pad the hanger before stitching up the length of knitting.

I make small cuts into the selvedge, 1" apart.  I then just rip the strips off one at a time, about 20 - 23, depending on the weight of the fabric.  There are eight stitches, and the knitting is simple garter stitch, using 10mm needles.  I don't even bother to cover the hooks, as these are mostly meant to be a little on the rustic side.  A little raffia tied in a bow seems to suffice.  These are always quite welcome by my family.

These are fun to make, and I hope they appeal to others.  I really must try some form of crochet with these strips...............

9 comments:

Frances Leate said...

I haven't seen these coathangers made using the fabric strips only wool and eyelet lace. The covered coathangers are very handy in the wardrobe and I usually pick up a couple at fetes or craft stalls. Take care.

DIAN said...

These are great and as you say not too intricate.

That cough is really annoying isn't it. Hope it is gone soon.

Kerrie said...

Hi Linda - How clever - I would never have thought to use fabric and knit these. Love the look of them and they are fabulous in the cupboard - I might try and do these one day - will have to brush up on my knitting skills though. Thanks for sharing this with us. Get better soon.

fabriquefantastique said...

The coat hangers look appealing, might give 'em a try. I am getting used to the new header...

Radka said...

Sorry you haven't been well, Linda, colds can drag for a while :-( Still, I can see that it did not stop you in your creating. Such a good idea, covered hangers are always in a short supply in my wardrobe!
I wish you well soon!

Karyn said...

These coathangers look great linda. A wardrobe full of them would look so lovely.
I do hope your cough gets better soon.

Wanda -Maria Roszak said...

Hi Linda,
you are very creative, you have lots of ideas, with literally nothing doing unique things beautiful, congratulations, it's not the end of the letter,
If a lot of kisses!

p.s,


in winter you, while we still pouring rain and cold for several days, ugly summer, no heat, a lot of moisture, brrrrrr.

Anneliese said...

Oh, this is a good idea with the fabric strips - I will think of it when I get to my knitting "sticks" in Germany. We are now in France in our summer house which is actually our autumnk house - rain pouring like mad and we are heating.

Katherine said...

What a great idea! Hope the cold is all gone by now.