It’s Friday, which means it’s time for some crafty inspiration for the weekend. It might be May, but here in the Great Northwest the weather has me craving cozy sweaters and warm scarves, and so I bring you an installment of the Bike Craft Roundup inspired by delicious fiber arts.
There are some downright spring-y projects in this mix, too, so be sure to check it out even if you live in a climate that gives you sunshine and warmth from time to time. You lucky bum.
Feel free to leave links to any other knit-bike-crafty projects in the comments, and happy crafting!
Knits for you
First up, we have the 8 Minute Commute Cowl from Amanda at The Knit Cycle. So maybe I’m being a little melodramatic to claim the weather’s cold enough for a cowl, but given how long it takes me to finish knitted projects it may well be winter again by the time I have a Commute Cowl of my own.
Now, I’ll be making these hand warmers from The Purl Bee for sure. I’m a big fan of anything with superfluous zippers, and I’m a fan of warm hands. I think I’ll take mine all the way out to full arm-warmer length, though. With zippers the whole way? Zippers on both wrist and upper arm ends? A pair of arm warmers entirely made of zippers? Am I going too far?
Here’s a cool cycling-inspired aran sweater from Hello Yarn. It’s designed to be close-fitting with extra length in the sleeves and torso to keep you toasty whilst riding your bike in this dreary May weather. The cable pattern looks like it’d be fun to tackle, too.
Knits for your bike
Carina of Carina’s Craft Blog has taken the time to translate this pattern for a crocheted bicycle seat cover from the original Danish. I haven’t dabbled in hooking for quite a few years, but I’m tempted to take a stab at this pattern.
This knit bike basket posted on Crafster.org has a cute basketweave pattern that would be fun to knit up in a color scheme that matched your bike. Line it with canvas or some such, and this would make a fun summer basket.
Amanda of The Knit Cycle not only cozies herself in hand-knits, she also cozies her u-lock. I prefer to protect my Kona from u-lock dings by covering it in stickers, but the LaPierre warrants a bit more care. She doesn’t actually give a pattern for this, but it would be a super simple project to whip up. And plus side? It would keep Rob from stealing my u-lock. Perhaps I shall knit a cozy for my Mini Morph pump, as well.
I have no particular use for skirt guards, given the bikes I currently own and the lengths of skirts I tend to ride in, but they are pretty. On Etsy, Bobbin and Sprocket sells a pattern for a crocheted skirt guard which is quite lovely.
What other crafty tutorials have I missed? Comment away!