The disturbing case regarding Koreans’ penchant for hand-crafted hooked needle seat covers

I’ve never really understood people who like seat covers*. OK, perhaps I can excuse those plush wool seat covers, or even those beaded seat covers some taxi drivers use (they look horrendous but I’ll accept that they might be ergonomic – something important for a taxi driver) but really, anything else is a travesty of design, a snub in the face of those who laboured for months – if not years – designing our cars.

And there is no greater travesty nor snub than the Korean hand-crafted hooked needle seat cover. Barely five minutes of installation time in one foul gesture most likely makes the average car seat designer want to end it all – quietly, alone, afraid, broken, in a dank, dark corner.

To be sure, I could handle seeing these Korean hand-crafted hooked needle seat covers every now and then, but enough is enough. On my last smoke break in the back carpark, I counted no less than five cars out of a total of 14 that included this car-fashion faux pas.

That’s more than a third and is completely unacceptable.

An improvement methinks not!

See what I mean? Can you see why I’ve had to bite the bullet and blow the whistle? These people need interventions.

Looks all right? WRONG!

And to think, some ajumma or  할머니 spent hours using these and for what? To give the car a bit of North Korean tang?


You know, just because one person’s doing it, doesn’t mean almost half of the population has to copy it. It’s like when my primary school teachers would ask, “So, if Matthew jumped off a cliff, would you do the same?” Apparently, if I were Korean, I would.

The sun made this next one a bit hard to make out. Yes, your word of thanks is most appreciated.

You're doing it wrong!

Can’t get any worse? Wrong. In the following, we see someone obviously extremely disturbed. This is no case of minimum security with privileges at the psych ward. Oh no, we’re talking padded cell, straight jacket and leather handcuffs here, folks… and valium on a constant drip feed.


Even worse, what the photo doesn’t show is a Korean hand-crafted hooked needle cushion in the middle of the back seat as well. And look closely at the front seat, too. Yep, that’s right. On top of the Korean hand-crafted hooked needle seat cover is a Korean hand-crafted hooked needle cushion [UPDATE: Just went back (another smoke), and looking again, you can make it out, there’s another embroidered cushion on top of the Korean hand-crafted hooked needle cushion… we’re going to need something stronger than valium here, folks.].

Covers, cushions… this is making baby Jesus cry.

In fact, whilst there were five out of 14 cars with these “oh-my-God-what-on-earth-were-you-thinking???” Korean hand-crafted hooked needle seat covers, there was also one more example of what NOT to do to something that takes up a sizeable chunk of the average yearly salary.

As you can surely well understand, I’m feeling a bit fragile now, so I’ll leave it up to you to deem whether this alternative seat cover – yes, that makes a total of six out of 14 cars – is better, worse, or whether it’s like comparative ways of dying – in a wood fire or an oil fire.

An adult who still can't give up teddy... :-/

Woah! I know. I’m feeling it, too. And it’s probably pretty cruel to leave you, dear reader, and TBH, myself, in such a state. So, as a remedy, here’s a clip of some chick being thrown around in the back seat of a modified two-seater Formula One car.


*To be fair, I had seat covers in the car I used back in my uni days delivering pizza. In hindsight, they were a monstrosity… yet in comparison, champagne as placed next to another bubbly yellow liquid.

    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • February 9th, 2012

    It’s actually called “crochet”. They’ve simply carried on from doilies and anti-maccassers.


    • Doesn’t have the same ring to it…

      • Sean of Deer Park
      • February 9th, 2012

      No, no. They look like giant Doilies.

      I also note, BB’s, subliminal message to the F1 gods. With all the design changes to the F1 fleet of late, this could be the next regulated must-have. 😆

      Very stylish.

      • Don’t go there, mate. Just.don’t.go.there.

          • Sean of Deer Park
          • February 9th, 2012

          😆 😆

    • mabba
    • February 10th, 2012

    I actually like them! -& crochet is hard to do- & a folk art- in such a high tech country, I spose it makes them feel more connected to their roots, sorta like their love for the country side – wait till the KTX has hand crocheted seat covers!! – & as for the teddy motif – Prince Charles & most upper crust English still keep their fave. dogeared Teddy in the bed & never travel without it…
    Who said, ‘Ours not to wonder why, there but for the grace of God go I’?

    Moral: Don’t smoke in the car park!
    Amendment: Don’t smoke…

    • It’s reassuring to know I’m not emulating the personal behavioural habits of that inbred buffoon, Prince Charles, nor the rest of that mob.

    • Quite happy not to be an arctophile…

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