Bike Lock – Crochet
~100 yds black worsted weight yarn
~100 yds grey worsted weight yarn
4.0 mm (G) crochet hook
Note: It is easiest to stuff the U shape with poly-fil as you go. Because the U Shape is such a thin tube, stuffing afterward can be cumbersome.
Begin using black yarn.
Sc into the first chain stitch, creating a circle. (8 sts)
Sc into every stitch, working in a spiral, until you have crocheted a tube roughly 7 inches long.
Place stitch marker A and begin working in the following rounds:
Round 1: Dc in first 2 sts. Sc in remaining 6 sts.
Round 2: Sc in every st.
Round 3&4: Repeat rounds 1&2.
Round 5: Sc in first st. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc in remaining 5 sts.
Round 6: Sc in every st.
Round 7&8: Repeat rounds 5&6.
Round 9: Sc in first 2 sts. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc in remaining 4 sts.
Round 10: Sc in every st.
Round 11&12: Repeat rounds 9&10.
Round 13: Sc in first 3 sts. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc in remaining 3 sts.
Round 14: Sc in every st.
Round 15&16: Repeat rounds 13&14.
Round 17: Sc in first 4 sts. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc in remaining 2 sts.
Round 18: Sc in every st.
Round 19&20: Repeat rounds 17&18.
Round 21: Sc in first 5 sts. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc in remaining 1 st.
Round 22: Sc in every st.
Round 23&24: Repeat rounds 21&22.
Round 25: Sc in first 6 sts. Dc in next 2 sts.
Round 26: Sc in every st.
Round 27&28: Repeat rounds 25&26.
Keep stitch marker A at the end of round 26. Continue to sc in every stitch until the tube measures 5.5 inches from the first stitch marker. Place stitch marker B. Switch to grey yarn and begin working in the following rounds:
Round 1: Through front loops only (tfl), *sc in one st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * til the end of the round. (12 sts)
Round 2: Through back loops only (tbl), sc in every st.
Round 3: Sc in every st.
Repeat round 3 until the tube measures 7 inches from stitch marker A.
Bind off and weave in the ends.
Begin using black yarn.
Round 1: In an adjustable ring, sc 6. (6 sts)
Round 2: 2 sc in every st. (12 sts)
Round 3: *sc in one st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end. (18sts)
Round 4: tbl, sc in every st.
Round 5: sc in every st.
Repeat round 5 until the tube measures 2 inches.
Switch to grey yarn.
Continue to sc in every st until the main body measures 7.5 inches, then begin using the following round pattern.
Round 1: tbl, *sc in one st, sc next 2 sts tog (dec).* Repeat from * to * to end. (12 sts).
Round 2: sc next 2 sts tog (dec) x 6. (6 sts)
Bind off, leaving a long tail.
Stuff the main body with poly-fil.
Using a tapestry needle, weave the grey yarn tail through the remaining 6 sts, and pull tight to cinch closed. Make a knot and weave in the tail.
Center the grey end of the U shape along the 2 inch black portion of the main body and sew into place.
If you choose to embroider a tag name into the main body, embroidery chain stitch works well. If you do embroider a tag name, keep placement in mind so that your tag can be seen when the finished piece lays flat.
When the bike lock is ready to be yarnbombed, position it as desired and sew the black end of the U shape onto the grey portion of the main body as pictured.
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