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Spare Tire Cover: Free Crochet Pattern

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This spare tire cover is the newest installment in the 2022 Car Series on Heart Hook Home, and I just love how bright, cheery, and chic it is! Grab your cotton yarn and your crochet hook and let’s whip up one of these flower spare tire covers for warm weather. 🌺

spare tire cover crochet pattern

Spare Tire Cover Crochet Pattern

What I love most about this spare tire cover is the pop of color and the flowery center. We are using almost the same beginning as the Marigold Sky Granny Square and building onto that to build little petals that grow to cover the tire. Isn’t that lovely?!

Marigold Sky Granny Square crochet pattern

I plan to use my cover in the summer time, when the sun beats down and the music is bumpin’, and the colors poppin’. This is definitely a statement piece for your car if you’ve got a spare tire! Great for Jeep lovers like my friends and I’m sure these would sell at craft fairs too. 🤩

Side note – My friend Sarah gave me this adorable little keychain and I decided to name him Alfonso and hang him from my rear view mirror. I smile every time I look at him! ♥

spare tire cover free crochet pattern

This spare tire cover crochet pattern is made using dimensions of a typical spare tire. While tire sizes can vary, the elastic we use at the end helps to make the fit more universal than a one-size tire only. Laid flat, the tire cover is approx. 27″ in diameter and about 9″ deep.

how to crochet a spare tire cover

We are using Dishie Cotton for this pattern – a 100% cotton. You will need three different colors of yarn, mostly of the third color that spans the majority of the tire. You could technically use acrylic yarn but it will stretch out while cotton yarn will not. For that reason I would stick with a 100% cotton if possible.

Materials:

Dishie 100% cotton yarn in three different colors (Creme Brulee, Jalapeno, and Begonia pictured)
-approx. 1200 yards total
-approx. 75 yards COLOR A (Begonia pictured)
-approx. 50 yards COLOR B (Jalapeno pictured)
-approx. 1075 yards COLOR C (Creme Brulee pictured)

⅛” elastic (~75” long when not stretched)

Crochet hook in size G/4mm

Sewing needle and thread (for sewing elastic)

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

If you need help reading a crochet pattern, make sure you head over here and check out this detailed post.

Do not turn throughout.

Beginning chain does not count unless otherwise stated.

Pop = 5dc in same sp, remove hook, insert hook front to back into first of 5 dcs made, hook working loop, pull through, Ch-1 to close the stitch. (See a video tutorial for the Popcorn Stitch here)

Picot = Ch-5, sl st in top of last st made.

Tc = Treble Crochet (tutorial here)

Check your sizing against mine as stated at specific points in the pattern. Adjust hook size up or down as needed to obtain gauge. More info on gauge in this post.

Spare Tire Cover Pattern:

Round 1: with COLOR A, Magic Circle. Ch-1, * Pop, ch-2 * Repeat between * * 4 more times. Sl st into ch-2 space to join. (5 pops)

Round 2: Ch-2, (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in same ch-2 sp. * (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in next ch-2 sp. * Repeat between * * 3 more times. Sl st into ch-2 space to join. (10 pops)

Round 3: Ch-2, (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in same ch-2 sp, Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-1. * (Pop, ch-2, Pop) in next ch-2 sp, Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-1. * Repeat between * * 3 more times. Sl st into ch-2 space to join. (15 pops)

*measures approximately 3.5” across

Round 4: Ch-2, (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in same ch-2 sp, (Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-1) 2 times. * (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in next ch-2 sp, (Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-1) 2 times. * Repeat between * * 3 more times. Sl st into ch-2 space to join. (20 pops)

Round 5: Ch-2, (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in same ch-2 sp, (Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-1) 3 times. * (Pop, ch-2, Pop, ch-1) in next ch-2 sp, (Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-1) 3 times. * Repeat between * * 3 more times. Sl st into ch-2 space to join. (25 pops)

Round 6: Ch-2, (Pop, ch-3, Pop, ch-2) in same ch-2 sp, (Pop in next ch-2 sp, ch-2) 4 times. * (Pop, ch-3, Pop, ch-2) in next ch-2 sp, (Pop in next ch-1 sp, ch-2) 4 times. * Repeat between * * 3 more times. sl st into ch-2 space to join. Fasten off. (30 pops)

*measures approximately 7” across

Round 7: With COLOR B, attach yarn into any ch-3 sp. Ch-1, 5hdc in ch-3 sp, (3hdc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times. * 5hdc in next ch-3 sp, (3hdc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times. * Repeat between * * 3 more times. Join to 1st hdc with sl st. (100)

Round 8: Ch-2 (does not count as a st) dc in same st as join, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next, * dc in the next 4 sts, 2dc in next. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to join. (120)

Round 9: Ch-1, sc in same as join, hdc in next, (dc, tc, picot, dc) in next, hdc in next. * sc in next st, hdc in next, (dc, tc, picot, dc) in next, hdc in next. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to join. Fasten off. (180 sts and 30 picots)

Round 10: With COLOR C, attach yarn into any picot sp. Ch-3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in next picot. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

For the next 13 rounds, we will be working only into the ch-2 sp of our V-sts.

Round 11: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-1. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-1. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Round 12: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-2. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-2. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Rounds 13 & 14: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-3. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-3. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Rounds 15 & 16: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-4. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-4. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Rounds 17 & 18: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-5. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-5. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Rounds 19 & 20: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-6. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-6. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Rounds 21 & 22: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-7. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-7. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Round 23: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch-sp. Ch-3, (dc, ch-2, 2dc) in same sp, ch-8. * (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in ch-2 sp of next V-st, ch-8. * Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-3.

Round 24: Ch-4 (counts as a Tc),Tc in the next st, Tc in ch-2 sp, Tc in next 2 sts, Tc into next 8 chs. * Tc in next 2 sts, Tc in ch-2 sp, Tc in next 2 sts, Tc into next 8 sts. *Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of ch-4. (390)

Rounds 25-33: Ch-4, Tc in next st and in each st around. Sl st to top of ch-4. (390)

Round 34: Ch-3, Tc in next st (counts as a Tc2tog), Tc in next 11 sts. * Tc2tog, Tc in the next 11sts *. Repeat between * * around. Sl st to top of 1st st. (360)

Round 35: Ch-2, dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts. * dc2tog, dc in next 10 sts. * Repeat between * * until 7 sts remain. Dc2tog, dc in last 5 sts. Sl st to top of 1st st. (330)

Round 36: Ch-1. Working around the elastic, hdc in each st around. Sl st to top of 1st st. (330)

Fasten off. Put tire cover over the spare tire and pull the elastic taut. Use needle and thread to sew the two ends of elastic securely together. Weave in all yarn ends.

Ta-da! Isn’t that fabulous?! I hope you love it! Slap the steering wheel cover on yours and see how you like it! Which colors will you use for yours? I love the pop of the pink begonia colorway and the flower center adds just the perfect touch!

Make sure to tag @HeartHookHome on all social media so I can see your color choices! Also feel free to share in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook. 🙌

spare tire cover free crochet pattern

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4 Comments

  1. Ahhh help, I'm on the final row. I'm not sure how the elastic goes. Do I sew it into the crochet stitches? How does it stay. Do I single crochet to the pre vious double crochet row with the elastic inside it????
    1. Working around the elastic, you will put your sc stitches into the dc's of previous round.
  2. I respect the effort but the cover is concerning. It covers the airbag if your car is equipped with it, which is a major safety equipment, that means its performance could be hindered and that wouldn't be good. The airbag unit is located inside the horn. So a cover that doesn't cover that piece would be better.
    1. Hi! I totally agree, which is why this cover was designed for the purpose of using only when parked to help protect the steering wheel from getting blistering hot in the summer and, as stated in this blog post, I do not recommend using while driving. =)