Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Steering Wheel Cover

I needed another steering wheel cover for a green minivan, and since the last one I made came out so well (see here for pics and directions: http://loomdude.blogspot.com/2011/06/fathers-day-gift-idea.html), I decided to make my own:




Here is a detail of the stitching. I used 1 over 1 stockinette, double stranding (1 strand of Sugar 'n Cream Green Twists and 1 strand of Lion Brand Hometown USA Oklahoma City Green), and knit off 110 rows on 10 pegs on the flower loom:

These steering wheel covers are simple to make; the only bit of a challenge comes when you have to sew the cover onto the steering wheel. This can take time, but it is well worth the end result. I suppose if you wanted to use velcro strips instead of sewing the cover on, it would probably work, but you would need to knit on 12 pegs instead of 10. I knew I wanted to use green yarn, but I didn't want something too pastel or deep green. Combining the Sugar 'n Cream with the Hometown USA provided just the look I wanted: variety without being too busy. What do you think?

8 comments:

  1. I think I want to kick your butt.. Now I want to take mine out & redo it with the real thin blue yarn I have here.. not sure what it is called but I think it would do just the same as yours w/ my black cover.. ugh. you shouldve thought of this before :-p btw it looks nice!! Wish my SW would come off so I can install it in the nice AC Lol.

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  2. That is REALLY cool looking! I'm absolutely going to make one out of "suede" and yarn, in order to have a good grip on the wheel :) Thanks so much for sharing, and making a pattern for a steering wheel cover!!! I'm taking your advise to put velcro closures on it... will make getting it off and on for cleaning a lot easier :)
    Jolene :)

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  3. Hi Gregory,
    I just wanted to let you know that I've started my older brother's LOOM DUDE cupcake for his birthday later this week. (I am a terrible procrastinator)!!! (He is turning 56 and is in last stages of MS). Anyway, it is really fun, and I posted a pick of the first part of the cupcake (the paper cup part) on Face Book's "Loom Knitter/Loom Creations" :)
    Also, I found a really cool idea for a "broomstick fringe needle"... just use the lint roller once the tape is all used up. It already has a handle, and has just the right amount of room on the roller to make loopy fringe for a scarf:)

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  4. Misty: if you do make another one, hope it comes out sweet! Sounds great, Jolene! So glad you are having fun making it! And neat idea for the lint roller too

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  5. I love the color green! :) I bet those steering wheel covers would look good on my car. I love how you mixed the colors to make it look more comfy. Anyway, why did you choose that color?


    Mickey Doshi

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  6. It looks comfortable. Why did you make one? Mine is starting to feel a bit sticky, and I'm planning on getting one so may hands wouldn't be the same after driving. he-he. A black one with white trim would look good.

    Tyra Shortino

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  7. Thanks one and all! I chose green to match the color of my vehicle. And I made it primarily to keep my hands warm in the winter. Icy cold steering wheels don't appeal to me, neither do scorching hot ones.

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  8. I think that's AWESOME! I have Raynaud's Disease so my hands get cold very quickly. I need a cover for my new car and this is the perfect way to get one that I like! Thanks!

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