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This easy Retro Measuring Tape Cover crochet pattern is a fun way to spruce up one of your most used crochet accessories!
These little retro measuring tape covers are crocheted around the little, often plastic, round retractable measuring tapes that you can find at most craft and dollar stores. On their own these little measuring tapes are fairly plain and boring, but these little measuring tape covers are a great way to spruce them up!
I have crocheted several of these covers and have kept a few for myself, but also have made a few for crafty friends and family for gifts. They would also make a great item to sell at craft sales and fairs.
The Retro Measuring Tape cover is made with a worsted weight 100% cotton yarn in a variety of colours. They are a great way to use up yarn scraps. Depending on what you have on hand you may wish to make it with multiple colours as I have, or as a solid colour. I used small amounts of the Pima Cotton Yarn by Lion Brand along with a 4 mm (G\6) crochet hook.
This crochet pattern for the Retro Measuring Tape Cover will be written out in full below and is free to follow here on Rich Textures Crochet, followed by a free video tutorial. But if you would like to save this pattern to your library or purchase an ad free PDF you may do so from either my Etsy or Ravelry Shops linked below:
Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoy this measuring tape cover, I also encourage you to check out the Summer Measuring Tape Cover which adds a bit of summer fun to the design!
Retro Measuring Tape Cover Crochet Pattern:
Skill Level: Easy
Gauge: 20 x 20 rows of sc = 4 inches
Finished Size: 2.5 inch diameter (depending on the size of your tape measure insert)
Yarn: Your favourite worsted weight 100% cotton. You will need a small amount (approximately 20-30 yards per tape measure. I used 3 different colours.Hook: Size G/6 (4 mm) hook.
Notions: Yarn Needle, small retractable round tape measure. Mine has a diameter of about 2.5 inches across.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip stitch
Yo – Yarn over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Pattern is worked in rounds. You will make a front piece, then a back piece and crochet them together.
- Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch.
- Weave in ends as needed.
- Do not turn unless stated otherwise.
Free Crochet Pattern:
With Colour A, Ch 2
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into the 2nd ch from your hook. Join with a sl st in the 1st st. Fasten off colour A, join colour B in the same st as joining. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Join with a sl st in the 1st st. Fasten off colour B, join colour C in the same st as joining. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, *2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st; Rpt from * around working 2 sc in the final st, join with a sl st in the 1st st. Fasten off colour C, join colour A in the same st as joining. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, sc in the next st, *2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts; Rpt from * around working 2 sc in the final st, join with a sl st in the 1st st. Fasten off colour A, join colour B in the same st as joining. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, sc in each of the next 2 sts, *2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts; Rpt from * around working 2 sc in the final st, join with a sl st in the 1st st. Fasten off colour B, join colour A in the same st as joining. (30 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, sc in each of the next 3 sts, *2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts; Rpt from * around working 2 sc in the final st, join with a sl st in the 1st st. Fasten off colour A, weave in your ends and set aside. (36 sts)
Repeat the above rounds 1-6 for the backside, you may wish to work all as one colour or in multiple.
Join the front and back together:
Place the front and back so that the wrong sides are together, join yarn with a sl st. Now working through both thickness, sl st in each st around working in the back loop only of the front side and into the front loop only of the back side. Once you have worked about 2/3 of the way around, insert your retractable tape measure into the centre. Continue slip stitching as before around until one stitch remains. Fasten off leaving the remaining stitch unworked. Be sure to position the tape measure so that the ribbon of the tape measure extends through this final opening. Weave in your ends.