What to do if the felt pads do not want to hold under the chair legs or wear out too quickly? As an alternative, it is easy and takes little time Chair socks crochet! At the same time, this ensures that the wool residue remains a little smaller. In this article you will learn how to make chair socks yourself as an alternative to felt pads.
Crochet chair socks: the instructions
Chair socks are a wonderfully simple project for crochet beginners, and those who have crocheted cosmetic pads themselves are also familiar with the round crochet pieces that are used here for the “bottom” of the socks.
In principle, any wool yarn that is reasonably hard-wearing can be used, for example sock wool. Remains of cotton yarn are also suitable because cotton attracts less dust.
For a chair sock you need:
- about ¼ skein of wool (around 12 g wool or wool residues)
- Crochet hook matching the yarn (size four in the example)
- Darning needle for sewing
- Centimeter measure
Needed time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
How to crochet the chair sock:
- Measure the ends of the chair legs
To ensure that the chair socks fit well, measure the diameter of the ends of the chair legs. This is particularly useful if the front and rear legs of the chair are of different thicknesses. In the example, the chair legs have a diameter of four centimeters.
- Crochet the beginning
One Thread ring place and crochet nine single crochets. Close the ring with a slip stitch. Do not pull the thread ring tight yet so that the next round can be crocheted comfortably.
- Crochet the second round
Crochet two chain stitches and two in each stitch of the first round half double crochet crochet. Close the round again with a slip stitch. Now you can tighten the thread ring.
- Crochet the third round
Crochet a chain stitch and now alternately crochet two single crochets and one single stitch in the stitches of the preliminary round. Close the round with a slip stitch.
- Crochet more rounds if necessary
For the example with wool and needle size four and a chair leg with a diameter of four centimeters, three rounds are enough to just reach the diameter (see more below). If you use thinner wool or crochet chair socks for thicker legs, you may need a round or two more.
In the fourth round, alternately crochet two half double crochets in one stitch and half a double crochet in two stitches. In the fifth round, alternately crochet two half double crochets in one stitch and half a double crochet in three stitches.
- Crochet in height
From now on, only half double crochets are crocheted in the stitches of the preliminary round. That means: crochet two chain stitches, crochet half a treble crochet in each stitch, close the end of the round with a slip stitch, and start the next round again with two chain stitches. By eliminating the increases, the edges automatically bend upwards, creating a tube with a bottom.
- Determine the height of the chair sock
You can decide for yourself how long the hose will be. It is advisable not to crochet the chair socks too short, because then they can slip off the chair leg more quickly. When you have reached the right height for you, cut the thread and sew it with the darning needle on the inside.
The first chair sock is ready! Now you have practice and are ready with the next chair socks a little faster than with the first one.
Tips for the success of your own crocheted chair socks
With fixed stitches, half or whole double crochets, both the density of the crochet piece and the number of rounds to be crocheted can be influenced.
In this example, half double crochet was combined with single crochet to make the bottom of the sock firm. At the same time, the diameter of just under four centimeters can be very easily achieved in this way. You could have crocheted only solid stitches for an even firmer floor.
So that the “socks” sit tightly around the leg and do not slide down so quickly, it is advisable to crochet the floor so that it only barely corresponds to the diameter of the chair leg.
If a sock should have got a little too far, use a darning needle in the upper area to pull a circumferential thread into the chair sock. With this tape, the sock can be tied more tightly so that it no longer slips.
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