Knit by Bit: steering wheel cover knitting pattern
If you’ve ever wanted to keep your steering wheel cool in the summer and warm in the winter, this steering wheel cover knitting pattern is a sure bet. Don’t miss the bonus matching coffee sleeve pattern too!
Once upon a time, I lived in Texas for four years. Though the winters were generally pretty mild, the summers could be incredibly brutal. In my infinite wisdom, I bought a black car when I lived there – and at the height of summer, both my seatbelt and the steering wheel would get so hot that it hurt to touch it.
I grew up in Chicago – the winters there are so cold that sometimes it hurts to breathe. Suffice it to say that steering wheels can feel like a block of ice, slowly freezing your hands into submission.
I wasn’t smart enough to create a steering wheel cover knitting pattern back then, but I want to share my knowledge and experience with you! (Plus there’s a matching coffee sleeve knitting pattern for the coordinated among us, myself included.) To get started, you’ll need just a few simple supplies.
1 pair of single pointed 4mm (US 6) needles
1 tapestry needle
A strip of non-slip rug underlay, to prevent the cover for sliding on the wheel
1 ball of Cascade Superwash 220 in Space Needle
1 ball of Cascade Superwash 220 in Seafoam Heather
I chose Cascade 220 Superwash yarn because it’s soft, stretchy, and most importantly, machine washable. Some steering wheel cover knitting patterns out there call to sew them onto the steering wheel, but I’m an active (and clumsy) woman, and I need to be able to remove a cover to wash it.
(Note: if you use a plant fiber yarn, it won’t work as well because it has no stretch. This pattern really does require a superwash wool!)
Steering wheel cover knitting pattern
This pattern is knitted flat on single pointed needles, and seamed to create a ring. Buttons and button loops are then added to fasten it to the wheel.
Cast on 25 stitches using one color, and knit ten rows in garter stitch. Switch to the second color, and knit ten more rows in garter stitch. Continue in this manner until you have 11 stripes of each color. Bind off, and seam the beginning and end together to create a ring.
Next, sew buttons to one end of each grey stripe. Use i-cord, braided yarn, or crochet chain lengths to create button loops, and sew to the other side of each grey stripe.
Before securing to the steering wheel, place a strip of non-slip rug underlay on the wheel to eliminate the possibility of the cover slipping on the wheel. Then button on the cover, and you’re ready to hit the road!
Coffee sleeve knitting pattern
For a matching coffee sleeve (and who wouldn’t want one of those?), follow these super simple instructions.
Cast on 40 stitches in one color, and knit 10 rows in garter stitch. Switch to the second color, and knit 10 more rows in garter stitch. Switch back to the first color, and knit 10 more rows in garter stitch. Voila! (Plus, it’s machine washable in case you spill your coffee, like I almost always do.)
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Last updated: May 1st, 2016.