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Crochet Bike Streamers

February 10, 2011

colorful bike streamers for handlebars

As promised, here’s a tutorial that focuses on SPRING — namely, bike riding. This is an easy and quick little project that uses up yarn scraps AND there’s no weaving in ends — none, I swear! I recommend using acrylic yarn for stretch and durability, and I used a 5.5mm hook for this (but use whatever you’d like). First, measure the length of your bike handles. Make a chain that is about a half an inch to an inch shorter than this measurement (once you start to crochet, the chain will lengthen). Single crochet into the second chain from your hook, and into each remaining chain. Crochet into the little bumps on the back of the chain rather than into the “Vs” — this will give you a nicer edge to sew into. Now is a good time to check if your piece is the right length (lay it over your handle to make sure). If everything looks correct, chain one, cut a long tail from your skein, and make a slip knot with your long tail (as you would in finishing a piece). This long tail will become a streamer.

Start a new color (you will always have the right side of your work facing you). It is not necessary to chain one at the beginning of each row. I just pulled up a loop and single crocheted away:

crochet bike streamers step 1

When you start a new row, just crochet over your yarn end, enclosing it in the “tube” of single crochets. This eliminates the need to weave in the ends:

crochet bike streamers step 2

Here is what the end of each row will look like after the final single crochet and chain one. At this point you will yarn over with that long tail you cut and pull it tight through your chain one to make a knot (and a streamer):

crochet bike streamers step 3

Continue in this manner, alternating colors at your whim (or not), until your piece is almost wide enough to fit around your handlebar (you will want the piece to be about a half inch shy of encircling the handlebar because you want it to be nice and tight when you sew it on):

crochet bike streamers step 4

Thread a large tapestry needle with a long length of yarn. Stick it in under the “Vs” of both sides of the streamer wrap:

crochet bike streamers step 5

Tie a square knot at the beginning and hide the yarn end under the crochet right away. Also, it might be helpful to sew the streamer cover together on the underside of the handlebar (I only did mine at the top for ease in photographing). This way, you won’t have to try to twist the seam to the under side at the end. Whip stitch or weave your sides together, all the while keeping everything really tight:

crochet bike streamers step 6

When you get to the end, tie another really tight knot . . . and . . . you’re done! Now, trim the streamers how you like them and ride off into the sunset!

colorful bike streamers for handlebars

Once you get the hang of it, there are so many ways you can customize these: leave off the streamers completely or weave ribbon through the stitches to make extra fancy streamers or put beads on the
ends . . . you can even follow this procedure to cover the other parts of your bike! *Sigh* I can almost feel the warm breeze whipping through my hair and smell the fresh-cut grass. Almost.

If you shared in the streamer fun, come on over and add your photo to the Speckless Makes Flickr group!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2011 1:01 pm

    I love this idea! Your blog is great. I am a huge fan!

    • February 10, 2011 1:12 pm

      Oh my. Thank you so much! You’ve made my day :)

      I like your blog, also–you’re very accomplished. Keep up the good work!

  2. February 21, 2011 5:10 am

    so fun, will feature!

  3. renee permalink
    February 21, 2011 7:32 am

    how cute is this wow love it and so will my friends children too thanx for the site

  4. April 8, 2011 10:28 am

    Too awesome – totally doing this! I was just saying to my eldest that my new-old bike needed some streamers!

  5. June 13, 2011 9:16 pm

    so cheerful! gonna make this for my friend’s birthday :D
    saw this while browsing through your designs on ravelry – brilliant stuff!

  6. July 8, 2011 11:18 pm

    Those are simply adorable!

  7. Che permalink
    October 2, 2011 2:35 pm

    Too cute! The grands are gonna love these!! Thanx for sharing.

  8. Anonymous permalink
    August 12, 2014 6:36 am

    this is the inspiration i needed to add these to my boyfriends bike :) thank you

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