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Car Seat Strap Covers – A Tutorial for the Very Beginner
I have had many friends express a desire to learn crochet, so this one is for YOU!…right from the very beginning. Go buy some yarn and a 4.0mm hook and come back here! I believe anybody can learn crochet! You can gift this to someone if you don’t have a young child in your life or better yet, adjust the pattern to fit an adult sized seat belt strap (I’ll show you how).
I’m often inspired by the practical things in life and while on a recent road trip with my grand babies I noticed baby girl complaining about the strap on her new car seat. So, I immediately worked up something in a soft yarn I had. This particular hot pink is getting a lot of use with her! But of course her older brother had to have some as well, so I whipped up a set for him in camo.
This picture tutorial is for the very beginner level.
So, if you’re already experienced scroll on down to get right to the pattern.
- US – G, 4.0mm hook (Child size) or US – J, 6.0mm hook (Adult size)
- Amt of Yarn: Worsted weight yarn, preferably something soft. I’m using I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby
- Stitch Markers (Optional)
- Finished Size: 1 5/8″ x 6″ child sized
- Gauge: (not necessary) Chain to the length that will wrap around your strap and use that as your measurement.
- Helpful Tutorials: Chain Stitch for beginners
yo = yarn over
sl st = slip stitch (used to join your work)
dc = double crochet (stitch you’ll learn in this tutorial)
To begin, let’s form a slip knot to attach the yarn to our hook. When doing this leave about a 6-8 inch tail of yarn to hold onto. This will be weaved in later. There are many many ways to make a slip knot, but I teach this method because if you get used to it this way, it is the beginning step to learning the magic circle (which you will love and thank me for later!)
- Hold the yarn with your thumb , the yarn coming over your hand from back to front (tail hanging in front).
- Wrap the yarn one time around criss-crossing and making an X. (I’m holding this in place with my pinky finger.)
- Turn your hand over and you will see the parallel lines of yarn. Insert your hook under the first yarn, grab the second piece and pull it underneath. Do a little twist and it will stay there.
- Keep that on the hook and pull the opposing to pieces of yarn to form a slip knot loop. It will look something like this. Then pull the yarn until it tightens up on the hook, snug but not too tight! Congratulations on learning to cast yarn onto your hook! If you remove your hook and pull the yarn will return to normal/no knots.
- Chain Stitches: This is the foundation of most crochet projects. Practice this over and over until your hands finally connect to what your brain is telling you to do. You can do this!
First, weave the working yarn (The end that’s attached to the skein) through your fingers with the top coming over your pointer finger. Again, there are many ways to hold the yarn and you’ll have to find what’s comfortable for you, but this is a great way to start. If you mess up, restart to this point holding your yarn.
- Use your thumb and another finger to hold your work – in this case we start with just holding the tail so everything is held taught.
- Yarn over (yo) your hook – always BACK to FRONT – letting the hook grab it, then pull down gently and pull this loop through the loop that is on your hook. You’ve made one chain.
- Continue doing this yarn over, pull through making chains like this. Reset your hands on the yarn and holding your chains with your thumb as your work progresses. The chains will look like V’s and that is how you can count them. Do not ever count the loop that is on the hook. For the child’s strap count 17.
- Slip Stitch (sl st) to the first chain by inserting your hook directly into it. (You can see it’s right there next to your beginning slip knot.) Yarn over and pull through both loops that are on your hook. Jiggle it if it’s not going through. That’s a slip stitch, used for joining stitches.
- Ch2 like I taught you earlier. (Yo, pull through your loop twice.) It should look like this.
- Now we’re going to start doing double crochet (dc) stitches around. Yarn over (above pic), then poke your hook through the next chain stitch -to your left, in the round. (It might help to wrap the big loop around your fingers as I’ve done to get a good grip. You do what’s comfortable.) Once you’ve poked through, yo again and pull it through your work (1 chain loop in this case). You will have 3 loops on your hook.
- Yo and pull through 2 loops only. 2 loops will be left on your hook.
- Yo and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook. That is a dc stitch. One completed.
- Repeat this process all around your 17 chained loop. It goes like this: Yo, poke through stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops again. 1 dc completed.
- To know you’ve gotten to the end of the round you can see here the beginning chain 2 is coming out of the bottom slip stitch – don’t crochet into that one or else your work will start increasing (getting fatter/wider).
- Sl stitch into the top of the ch 2. Poke your hook through the chain (don’t yo first!), after you’re through the stitch, then yo and pull through both loops on your hook. Joined round completed.
- Now you’re ready to chain 2 and start again on the next round and your work will continue to grow up. Practice practice!
18. Once you’re at the end of your work (16 rows of dc), cut the yarn about 6-8″ from your work, pull it all the way through and it will make a knot. Then, using a large darning needle sew in your two loose ends. You’re done!
Written Pattern Simplified:
Row 1: Ch 17, sl st to the first chain to form a loop. Ch 2, dc in the next chain loop and each loop around, sl st into the 2nd chain from the beginning ch 2. (18 dc including the ch2 as a dc)
Row 2-16: Ch 2, dc in the next stitch and each stitch around, sl stitch into the 2nd chain from the beginning ch 2. (18 stitches including the ch2 as a dc)
Continue this dc pattern until you have the height you desire. I ended up with 15 rows of dc going up.
**To Increase this pattern for adult sized straps or adjust for your exact needs all you have to do is make chains until you get to the length that will wrap around your seat belt, then sl st to the starting chain and continue with the pattern. The number of dc’s will increase, but the method is the same! **
I hope you will gain a love for crochet like I have and join my Facebook community to share what you’ve made! Good luck, have fun!