Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl
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On da Hook: November 21, 2013
Off da Hook: November 26, 2013
Hook: Boye US G/6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn A: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Uknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: 717; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Coats and Clark’s Red Heart Super Fingering (Fiber Content: 100% Virgin Wool; Yarn Color: Green Glacier; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn H: Super Yarn Mart! Mohair-Lon (Fiber Content: 50% Mohair/50% Orlon; Yarn Color: 310 Yellow Gold; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: Width: 7 inches; Diameter: 45 inches; Circumference: 141 inches

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing at the last guild meeting. While I am not a fan of this new version, I am a fan of the texture the stitching provides. This cowl will serve as a template for a pattern I will write for some yarn I recently purchased at The Knitting Tree L A. The name – Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean – was inspired by the colors and the construction. Below you will find a recipe for cowl construction. Should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact me.

RECIPE

I used about 1 oz of each color listed above except for the yellow, where an estimation of two ounces is more appropriate since you are using it in two rows.

If memory serves correctly, foundation chain must be odd number for an even number of single crochets around. Foundation chain should be created to desired circumference. In my pattern, I will give exact number for a Mobius this circumference, as this is my desired circumference, enabling the wearer to double it. One of the things I noticed about this design that I did not like was that the row of single crochet on the foundation chain tends to make the Mobius want to fold on itself. My pattern will give provide exact number and hopefully include a video on how to create a double-crochet foundation chain, eliminating one row of work.

Create mobius with slip stitch in bottom of first stitch. Again, I am hoping to provide a video link on how to do this in the pattern.

Alternate front post double crochet and back post double crochet in every stitch around and in every successive row to desired width, closing round with slip stitch in top of beginning chain.

Single crochet final round with color used in last double crochet round.

Blue Cowl

Cast On: January 11, 2013
Cast Off: January 18, 2013
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 13 – 9.0 mm
Yarn A: Unknown
Yarn B: S.R. Kertzer Northern Chunky (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic: Yarn Color: Cool Turquoise: Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn C: Universal Classic Chunky (Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 25 % Wool; Yarn Color: Petrol Blue; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky)
Dimensions: 7 x 80 inches

I originally started this with a crochet single crochet chain. Then I got to the double-stranded part, I wondered what it would look like if I split the double-strand, but the amount of stitches became unmanageable.

The next attempt included the Cat Bordhi Mobius cast on. It was not as hard as it appeared to be the first time I learned it. After testing the single strand unknown with a double stranded Kertzer, the stitch width appeared equal. However, upon completion, you will notice some puckering – now part of the design element. I think the double stranding and the bulky yarns I was using made knitting it somewhat difficult – double stranding did not help. I actually broke my US 5 needles somewhere along the way while investigating splitting double strands while I was knitting. I think I’ll stick to single stranding from this point forward.

Basically, here’s what I did:

CO 120 with Yarn A (Super Bulky)
Knit 2 or three rows, making sure you have enough yarn to finish with the same number of rows.
With the Kertzer Chunky (double stranded) I did one row [knit, yo]
With Universal Classic Chunky (double stranded), I knit 3 rows
With Kertzer Chunky (double stranded), I knit 1 row
With Yarn A, I did one row of k2tog and finished with the same number of knit rows I began with
BO loosely or use stretchy BO

I am not happy with my bind off, but I don’t think it makes much of a difference to the piece, as a whole. Still, I would have preferred a looser bind off. I suppose I should learn the stretchy bind off.

I would have put a link on S.R. Kertzer, but when I click through from Google, I am asked to log in and I could not close the tab without quitting the application. You think they’d have checked that out or at least fix it. Whatever! Turns out the yarn is discontinued, so the company may not be in business any more.

Baby Puff Afghan

 

On da Hook: May 20, 2012
Off da Hook: June 7, 2012
Dimensions: 40 x 43 inches (approximate measurement)
Recipe: Baby Puff Afghan by Hooker Leo
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Yarn A: Unknown; Color: White
Yarn B: Pop’n Yarn; Yarn Color: 107 Primrose
Yarn C: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 597 Light Lavender
Yarn D: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 818 Blue Jewel
Yard E: Red Heart Classic; Yarn Color: 246 Sea Coral
Yarn G: Red Heart Super Saver; Yarn Color: Petal Pink
Yarn H: Unknown; Color: Pink
Yarn I: Unknown; Color: Yellow
Yarn J: Red Heart Super Saver; Yarn Color:  Frosty Green
Yarn K: Lion Brand Sayelle; Yarn Color:  184 Peach

Afghan Price: USD $50.00 + applicable shipping

Formerly known as the Weird Science Afghan because it was made from scrap yarn and because it was the reincarnation of the blanket in the third picture. Cindy had received the blanket from someone as a donation to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers baby shower if someone could fix it (indicated by arrows in picture 3) — or is it El Segundo Sliptstitchers? Question submitted to the guild. I told Cindy that I loved the stitch and would try to deconstruct it and recreate the afghan. Someone indicated that Victoria could figure it out. Sure enough, she got it during the meeting and showed me. I fine tuned the first row and was able to create a straight edge around the perimeter of the afghan; the original had an uneven border.

If you’d like to make this lovely textured baby afghan, you will find the pattern below or you can download a pdf. I used about 7 ounces of each color pictured, for a total of about 49 ounces. While the pattern is free; the afghan is not. Please email your price inquiries.

PATTERN

Loosely chain multiples of 3 + 1 to desired width

Row 1
3 Dc in fourth chain from hook, * skip two chs and sc in third, chain two [1 dc], 3dc in same sc. * Repeat from * to * to last ch, sc, ch2, turn.

Row 2
3Dc in sc, * sc in next sc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sc. * Repeat from * to * to end. sc in top of fourth dc [sc + 2ch].

Repeat Row 2 to desired length. If continuing with edging, turn.

EDGING: Because of last turn you are now working on the reverse side.

Row 1

Last Row Edge
3Sc in final sc. * Skip dc, sc in next dc, skip dc, sc in between last 2 dc [sc +2 ch and dc], dc in next sc * Repeat from * to * to last sc. Skip next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc.

Side 1
3 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch]. * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.

Beginning Row Edge
3 Sc in sc. 2 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch], * sc in sc, 2 sc in dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.

Side 2
3 Sc in sc.  2 Sc in dc space [sc +2ch], * sc in sc, 2 sc in dc space. * Repeat from * to last dc space.

Row 2

 Crab stitch in every sc.

2014-04-21 Addendum: View updated post: Baby Puff Afghan: New & Improved for updated recipe, which has been reviewed and updated!

Always And Forever Afghan

Always And Forever Afghan
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On da Hook: June 2, 2012
Off da Hook: June 23, 2012
Recipe: Always & Forever by Hooker Leo
Hook: E
Yarn A: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (717)
Yarn B: Unknown
Yarn C: Unknown
Yarn D: Unknown
Yarn E: Coats & Clark’s Red Heart Nylon (261 Maize)
Yarn F: Herrschners Afghan (342 Dark Gold)
Dimensions: 44 inch diameter

This was so fun to design. My inspiration came from Crochet-A-Long Doily, which I loved for the spiral design. However, I wanted the spiral to start from the center, so one night I sat and worked at it until I got a formula that actually works, despite the fact that it doesn’t really spiral, versus radiate from the center. The yarn weight, after researching, is about about a 1, fingering.

I was worried during construction because the end kept curling up, which led me to think that maybe I should have based my pattern on twelve sections versus ten. Because of the curling, I was thinking of blocking it and framing it as tapestry. I would love to hang it on my wall, but it should really be framed properly, between two panes of glass. If I use nails to hang it, I am afraid it will loose it’s shape and become dusty. However, after I washed/dried it today, it lays completely flat. YAY!

This was really a stash buster of all my thin yarn. My original vision was to use the reds, oranges and yellows in a color scheme to resemble the sun. I should have used a one row repeat of each color, which might have improved the radiation effect and improved the color distribution. Oh well! I think it would look fabulous on my orange walls, but until I can afford to have it framed properly, I will hope to sell it as an afghan.

The name was most likely a random selection from my library: Always and Forever by Heatwave. I think the name fits the afghan colors.

Recipe Proviso

As with all my recipes:

  • I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
  • I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends

Feliz Navidad Wrap

Feliz Navidad Wrap
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Cast On: November 26, 2011
Cast Off: December 19, 2011
Pattern: Zig Zag Rib by Tahira Probst
Yarn A: Malabrigo Merino Wool (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Navidad; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Red]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering
Needle: US 13
Dimensions: 26 x 64 inches

I finally finished it…and just in time for someone to buy it as an Xmas gift. The name – Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – was inspired by the yarn color.

I decided I wanted to make a shawl/wrap with my Malabrigo Merino worsted wool, but I was not sure how many stitches to cast on. I started with forty, but after completing 64 rows of the pattern, I decided it was not going to be wide enough. My friend ArtCrochetbyD, made a shawl (different pattern) and I think it is the perfect dimensions, but she is not as anal as I am and she doesn’t know the dimensions.

Anyway, with this four day weekend, I have been doing nothing, but crocheting and knitting. So I spent yesterday, frogging Feliz Navidad and restarting it. As I reached the 32 row point, I noticed that I had made a boo-bo0, so I frogged it again and completed that 32 rows before I finally went to bed. As long as I pay attention, I should be able to finish one skein today, which will give me a better idea how much more yarn I need to complete the project. I have one more skein, but I think I am going to need more and I want to find out sooner better than later as I have been in the position where I have needed more yarn and the color lot is no longer in production.

This was the best picture which reveals the zig zag rib texture. Lesson learned from this project:

  • Texture and multicolor yarns are not the best combination
  • Multicolor yarn
    • Multiple skeins do not provide consistent pooling, no matter matching dye lots
    • Best reserved for one skein projects or where the multicolor can be broken up by solids

Price: USD $140.00

Mirror In The Bathroom Afghan

Mirror In The Bathroom Afghan
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Off da Hook: October 12, 2011
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 1005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 1040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 54 x 58 inches

This afghan represents my acquired knowledge of how to perform entrelac crochet in the round. I found this stitch easy and fun to do, but one must keep track of one’s stitch count, as I got too comfortable twice and two of the square are actually bigger than they are supposed to be. I was not a fan of the continuous method, switching between yarns, as a ridge is created on the back side. In the future, I will just cut the yarn and sew in the ends.

The project name – Mirror In The Bathroom by The English Beat – is representative of my ska period and in honor of one of my most favorite ska bands.

Price: USD $150.00

Purple Rain Cocoon/Hat

Purple Rain Coccon-Hat
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Start Date: August 28, 2011
End Date: September 15, 2011
Needle: 10.5 US
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester Yarn Color: Barrington, Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Coccon Pattern: ODH Designs
Hat Pattern: Perfect Fit Baby Hat by Ruth’s Hands
Dimensions: approximately 16-inch diameter x 23-inch length

Having crocheted Sunflower Cocoon/Hat, I thought it would be neat to knit one. Thanks to SarahBea for lending me some 10.5 US Circulars. Going by the dimensions of the Sunflower, I was surprised that this one came out two inches wider. It is shorter by one inch because I ran out of Barrington.

Price: USD $50.00

Cocoon Recipe

German Cast on 53 stitches on each of two 10.5 circular needles
Knit all for 17 inches

Decrease*
Row 1: K2TOG at beginning and middle of each needle
Alt Row: Knit All
*My decrease measures 5 inches. I think I decreased from 53 stitches to 29 stitches.

Seam
I closed my cocoon with the Kitchener Stitch.

Opening Border
HDC in each picked up stitch along the border and repeat for total of three rows

Grape Soda Shawl

Grape Soda Shawl
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On da Hook: May 5, 2011
Off da Hook: May 12, 2011
Pattern: Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Yarn: Feza Aspen (Fiber Content: 40% Acrylic, 30% Mohair, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 662; Yarn Weight: 4)
Dimensions: 73 X 37 inches

I am pretty sure I was gifted six skeins of this yarn by tinsellybee. After completing Bubbe Sings the Blues, I was anxious to start a new shawl with this yarn. Close up, the tinsel is a bit distracting, but from a galloping horse view, not so much. It took me a minute to get the pattern down by memory, and thankfully the frogging was not to bad, considering it was double-stranded.

Price: USD $50.00