Knitted Coat Hanger Patterns To Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

When I was a child I used to love watching my gran knitting coat hanger covers, but could never understand why she went to all the trouble. Now that I am a grown-up, I am always on the lookout for easy knitted coat hanger patterns to cover all my boring wooden hangers and I have realized that it is a great way to spruce up my wardrobe.

Knitted Coat Hanger Patterns You Can Try

Everyone loves to look at them, but knitted coat hangers can cost a fortune, but did you know you can basically make them up with scraps of wool in no time.knitted coat hanger patterns

Coarse wooden hangers can be unpleasant for hanging clothes from because the clothing either slips off or gets snagged, or even worst the clothing takes on the shape of the hanger and you end up with two humps on your shoulders.

With these knitted coat hanger patterns, you can make the nasty wooden coat hanger softer, nicer to the touch and more likely to keep clothes hanging on them.

Most of us also love velvet hangers like these, but knitting your own covers is far more fun.

They also make much-appreciated gifts for friends and family.

Basic Coat Hanger Pattern

These three knitted coat hanger patterns are the most basic and quickest way to make your hangers look respectable again.

If you prefer a thicker coat hanger, you can first wrap wadding or material around the hanger before sewing the cover on.

You will need size 9 or 5.5 mm knitting needles

Thick or chunky wool of your choice.

Gauge: 7 sts = 2 inches

Option 1:

co 8 sts

k until work measures the same as the coat hanger you need to cover.

bind off.

Option 2:

co 8 sts

Row 1: k1, p1 across row

Row 2: p1, k1 across row

k until work measures the same as the coat hanger you need to cover.

bind off.

Option 3:

co 8 sts

k 1 row and p 1 row until your work is the desired length.

bind off.

To finish your knitted coat hanger pattern off, place the cover over the hanger and sew the edges together.

Try winding the yarn around the hook of the hanger and glue the ends (optional).

Another Version Of A Knitted Coat Hanger

You will need the following:

1 ball of 8 ply wool

size 8 or 4 mm knitting needles


Sewing thread and needle

Ribbon for decorating


co 29 sts

Row 1:  k

Row 2:  *k1, tw3, rep from * to last st, k1

Row 3:  k

Row 4:  p2, *k1, tw3, rep from *  Last 3 sts, k1, p2

Note: tw3 is the twist stitch – p3 together but don’t slip stitches off the needle (yarn around the needle). Start by slipping 2 sts, then knit the third stitch on the left-hand needle, then knit the second stitch, then the first stitch and normally you’d slip all three stitches off the needle together, but here you knit all the stitches on the needle.

Continue with the above 4 patterns until the work is the same length as the coat hanger you wish to cover.

Cast off.

Now you can either purchase a coat hanger hook cover or knit your own as follows:

co 38 sts

k 6 rows

Cast off.

To Assemble:

Cover the coat hanger with the wadding by using glue or elastic bands to hold in place.

Fold the knitted coat hanger cover in half and sew up the side edges.

Slip the hood through the middle of the knitted cover and then sew up the bottom.

Fold the hook cover in half lengthwise and leave one short end open.

Sew all around and slip the hook through the open end. Or use the method above of winding the wool around the hook.

If desired, decorate with a ribbon or other embellishment.

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