Sore little necks, No More! Your very first crochet tutorial is here with step by step pictures! No kids? No problem, you can make the adult size strap covers all while you learn to crochet. Crochet is my favorite addiction and Crochet Gifts made with love are the Best Gifts! Let’s learn!
I have had many friends express a desire to learn crochet, so this one is for YOU!…I’ll teach 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 providing you with a photo tutorial here, but if you would like to learn through my YouTube videos I now have those available to support you, too! Click here for the Beginners playlist
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. 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.
Yarn Type/Size: Worsted Weight yarn, the softer the better. I’m using I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby
Hook Size: G / 4.0 mm
Stitch Markers (optional)
Sizing: Finished size 1 5/8″ x 6″ for child’s strap.
Gauge is not important in this tutorial. You’ll chain as many as you need to wrap around the size of your seat belt strap, child or adult size.
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!)
1-Hold the yarn with your thumb , the yarn coming over your hand from back to front (tail hanging in front).
2-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.
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 chains.
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.
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).
Now you’re ready to chain 2 and start again on the next round and your work will continue to grow up. In each new row, Chain 2 up, then do your double crochet stitches and slip stitch into the chains to close the row. And Repeat. 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!
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! **
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I am only human after all, so if you find a mistake in the pattern please let me know so I can amend it. My email is crochetshay at gmail dot com. This is an original Shannon Hendon pattern: Owner / Designer of Crochet Shay. This pattern is copyright protected and may not be redistributed for free, sale or trade. Finished products may be sold as long as a link back to my website and/or etsy shop for this design is provided.