How To: Crochet A Wire Hanger

I am all about reusing things rather than throwing them out. Reusing means you aren’t buying something new, saving resources AND money – a win-win situation! With this in mind, I created this 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. 

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. 

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). Check out thrift stores. Any type of yarn will work; thicker yarn will give you more padding. For this project I used leftover acrylic yarn.

Crochet hook. Pick a size 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.

Instructions:

 

 

Attach yarn to hook with a slipknot.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

You continue making stitches by reaching 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!

 

 

Click here to download a printable copy of this tutorial!

I hope this is helpful. Please leave a comment with any questions.

What Do I Do With It?

You’ve gone through your things and decided what you want to let go of. Congratulations! Now, what are you going to do with them? Not knowing where they are going means they remain in your possession, and the possibility of not letting them go.

This is a block many people face when decluttering. They aren’t sure what to do with an item, so they keep it until they decide. And a decision is not made, so the item (or items) remain as clutter.

Of course, the easiest thing to do is to simply throw every unwanted item in the trash. If you are like me, however, you hate creating unnecessary trash. Fortunately, there are other ways to remove things from your home. Here’s some ideas:

Give Away

Who do you know that could use some of your things? A friend, family member, co-worker are some people to think about. Also consider listing it online as a freebie. Craigslist, Facebook groups (search for them and be sure to follow the groups rules) or any other publication that posts free items. Maybe host a party with friends where everyone brings certain items (clothes, books, household items) they no longer want for everyone else to look through. (Read here for the benefits of giving away.)

Donate

Most charities take clothing and household items in good shape, and many will come pick up large items. Be sure to check before donating, and remember to get a receipt for the tax write-off (check with your tax preparer to see exactly what you need).

Sell

This one is the most time consuming, but if you have items of value, it can be worth it. The other challenge is that your things remain in your possession longer and may become clutter again. Be selective about what you try to sell, and put a time limit on how long your try to sell it.

Where to sell? Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Swip-Swap groups (search Facebook for groups near you and read their rules). Consignment stores in your area offer another option. Hold a garage sale (and get neighbors or family members to go in with you for more items)

Recycle

If the items aren’t worth selling or giving away, see if you can recycle them in your community.

Trash

Some things just need to go in the trash. If allowed in your community, place items beside your trash bin on trash day to allow people to take them.

**Please note: hazardous materials have special requirements for disposal. Do NOT just put them in the trash. Know your local laws and options for safe, legal disposal.

Now you have some ideas to help you determine what to do with things you have decluttered. As you go through items in your home, put them in groups of where they will go when you finish. Get them out of your house as soon as possible, and enjoy the space you have worked hard to create!