Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Crochet Pattern: Steering Wheel Cover

Does your steering wheel get super hot in the summer? Does it get super cold in the winter? Now you can protect yourself without spending all the money and fighting trying to put it on your wheel! This simple pattern I created will show you how to make your own unique steering cover for all year round.

Note: All stitches in this pattern are single crochets. Keep in mind all steering wheels are different sizes so be sure to measure yours before proceeding. Mine measures 47" around but keep in mind the finished result should measure 5" shorter (unstretched) than your measurement so when its complete, it will stretch on and off with ease and will fit nice and snug. My finished cover measures at 42" long (unstretched) and 3" wide.

What you will need:
-5mm crochet hook
-yarn (any kind and as many colours as you'd like to use, I used 2)
-rubber strip (for grip between the cozy and your wheel so theres no slippage, I used cabinet liner rubber and cut it to size)
-elastic string (can't remember what type I used but you can see it in the image above)
-tapestry needle

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
st - stitch

Row 1: Ch 9 (or however many equal the width of your wheel). sc into second st and one in each st across.
Note: if you want to make a border around for a clean edge or a colour burst, chain 7 and at the end sc all around both sides.
Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc in each st across.
Row 3-end: repeat step 2 until you have reached your desired length. As previously mentioned, if you want a border around your edges, sc into each st around edge on both sides. If you want to use a different colour, add on new yarn. For help with this step, go here.
Cut yarn  and weave in ends.

With elastic string, weave into outer stitches all around on both sides. Cut elastic a few inches longer.
Cut rubber strip to the width/radius of your wheel, stitch ends.
Fit rubber onto your wheel, then fit your cozy over. Tighten elastic, tie knot to fit and trim off excess string.

If you have any questions please ask, I'd love to see how yours turned out!

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