Maybe you don’t know this, but here in The Netherlands we are bike-crazy; we cycle everywhere. To work, to school, to town, to do grocery shopping, everything. On an average day I cycle about 10km just by bringing the kids to school, then off to work and back home again at the end of the day. So it won’t surprise you that my bike is an important part of my personality and of course just had to be pimped when I saw the most lovely dress guard in the Haak me Gek Facebook group. In English “Crochet me Crazy” 🙂 My first through was: ‘I want one too!’. I took action and scoured the internet looking for a pattern and finally I found one on Berthi’s Weblog based on the original pattern from the Museum Boerderij Staphorst.
The pattern on Berthi’s Weblog doesn’t fit on my bike because the pattern is symmetric and my dress guard isn’t. So I looked at my hubby with my big blue eyes and he made me a cardboard mold which was exact to size and shape of my dress guard, even including the hole for the lock. I used this mold to create my dress guard by continuously fitting and measuring it on the mold until it was just right. Off course you need to make a pair, but that’s no problem; just flip the mold! 😀
I used a 3mm crochet hook and a variety of cotton yarn. I purposely used a lot of different colors because I wanted it to be nice and bright, but also perfect for finishing up left overs. I have adapted the original pattern to such a degree that I can’t reconstruct it; I was continuously increasing and decreasing the number of stitches on each row to get the right arc. If you want to make something like this yourself, make a mold for your own bike and take it from there. A warning from my side, it is a LOT of work to actually get the thing on your bike. It took me 3 hours! But just look at the awesome result!!