Friday, 3 June 2011

Crochet car seat covers finished!

So, I dropped a cake (icing down of course) on the passenger seat of my car… and then Elle did the same thing. It was the stupid cake tin’s fault and it was such a beautiful lemon cake with lemon butter icing that I had baked the day before and we were taking to a friends house.

We ate the cake anyway because it was a nice cake and the germs don’t stick if you pick it up within 2 seconds right? But buttercream is very hard to get out of seat covers so I decided to crochet some lovely new seat covers to cover the stain. I was always going to anyway, but now I had a reason.

Some people pimp their rides with giant speakers and weird blue lights underneath, not me.

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The hexagons are motif 30 from Edie Eckman’s Beyond the square, but only the first two rounds because I think smaller is cuter. I crocheted a lot of them before I actually bothered to measure the carseat, and even when I did I had to make a fair few more.

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Doesn’t look like much so far but I wanted to show you a work in progress pic - I was making it up as I went along! (and you can just see the water stain in this pic, where I had tried to clean the buttercream off)

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And the final covers. What you can’t see in the photo is that I made them a bit like box cushions but without a base and a back, and then I crocheted a final row around the bottom with a loop every 5 stitches or so. I made a long chain to thread through all the loops and tied it behind the seat.

All done! They took a couple of months because I was winging it but I’m pretty pleased with them – I want to make covers for the backs now but I might have to do something a bit simpler.

Note: Make them slightly smaller than you need because they will stretch!

Edited to add:

I was asked for a picture of the edging so here you go!

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The loops are formed by chaining 5 then single crochet into the next stitch. Single crochet 4 more then form another loop.

The loops on the points are chain 5 then single crochet into the same stitch.

Beccy

15 comments:

  1. these are awesome! great job!

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  2. I have never commented before so Hi! These are brilliant, love the colours, I want them in my car!

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  3. You've inspired me to use motifs and I was searching for a pattern to make a car seat cover. My question for you is if you have a picture of how you did the bottom row. I think I have an idea but I wanted to ask. This is very cute and girly.

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  4. Love this!
    I just shared this on my blog (with a link back to you of course).
    I'm about to start my own crochet car seat covers, wish me luck!

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  5. So great! I came here from The Girl with the Pink Fringe. Love the covers. Now to check out other posts on your blog.

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  6. These are fabulous! I have a tear in the seat of my car. You are inspiring me!

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  7. Oh M Gee!!! This is like yarn bombing yourself! Super Awesome!! Definitely using your brain power for this in my own car!

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  8. I LOVE this! I never thought of doing this...but the car had better get ready!

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  9. Love the work, amazing colour combinations, makes me think what I can do with all my scrap wools .Thnkyou.

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  10. Wow! Charming!

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  11. Considering this is two years after you made these, how have they held up? Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love these! I keep a crochets blanket in the car, but these a just so cheerful, I would love to see them every day!

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  13. Great covers. I need a plain pattern though because my hubby would not want flowers in his car.

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  14. Oh my! You did an outstandingly gorgeous job on these! Oh, I could just gaze at those beautiful seat covers all day long! :) Love your color combos. That's the thing I have the hardest time with -- the color combinations. Can't ever decide and I always hesitate and then stick with one-two colors. Ugh! I guess I'll have to just do it one day and see how colorful it turns out.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing your beautiful work. And thanks for the little pattern instructions, too. ;)

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  15. Bcq de travail tous ses petits carres et bcq de patience
    Le resultat est magnifique
    Félicitations
    Sylviane

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