Until I dive in and finally learn to crochet (at which point I will make a bazillion of these), here is a super easy way to cover a hanger with yarn. I love simple, quick projects like this that take ordinary, household things we use every day and make them more noticeable and interesting. If you've got a stash of yarn you're trying to work your way through like me, try this. Its easy to get the hang of, and even kids can do it with a little help getting started.
Yarn in an assortment of colors (I would recommended worsted weight or thicker, thinner yarn is harder to control (in the top photo you can see the hanger I wrapped with different thicknesses of yarn to test them out)
(optional) needle with an eye large enough to thread your yarn through
1. Pick your first yarn color and, starting at the left side of the hanger, tie a knot around the hanger width (I tied my knot to begin about 1" in from the edge of the hanger, leaving the hanger's ends unwrapped, you may choose to wrap yours).
2. You want to thread the yarn around the needle by looping it, similar to a knitting cast on with one knitting needle (much easier than it sounds). If this makes absolutely no sense, this video may help make it clearer, but only if you pretend the knitting needle she's using is a hanger. Starting on the opposite side of the hanger, loop the yarn around the hanger like I've done in the photo below-
Pull that loop nice and snug, lining it up directly beside the first loop. Catch the tail of the knot in the loop. Like this-
3. After you've made 4 or so loops, pull them away from the edge slightly and put a dab of glue on both sides of the hanger. Slide those end loops back over the glue. This will hold the edges in place.
4. Continue making these loops across the hanger, switching colors as you like. When you switch colors, you'll tie the new color on, position the knot on the bottom, and catch the tail as you continue making loops.
This all starts to move pretty quickly. Before you know it, you have made a pretty pattern-
I'm totally addicted to these, I can make one in about 20 minutes. I've temporarily put down my hands busy blanket in favor these. Before you know it I will have no yarn left. Good excuse to buy more. (Who said that?)
And thank you for Ian's birthday wishes! More soon!