Pepper Cowl

Pepper Cowl

About The Project Name

Pepper by Butthole Surfers is an odd tune, but appropriate for the yarn this cowl is made from, Cayenne. For those even more familiar with the album – ElectricLarryLand – you’ll gain an even greater respect for the way I felt knitting this piece.

About The Yarn

Feza Cayenne

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 49% Acrylic, 11% Nylon
Yarn Color: 08
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I’ve used this before, when I made I Feel Free…four years ago! When these last two skeins popped up in my stash, I was eager to rid myself of them, especially when I discovered two noticeably different dye lots.

About The Project

Alternating between crochet and knit projects, it was time to knit, despite having attempted previously to crochet something and just not feeling it. Besides, I had crocheted the stuff before.

At first I was going to alternate every two rows. I struggle knitting small objects in-the-round, because I think I am missing the 24-inch cables from my set. Very frustrating. Out of frustration, and in the end, I doubled the yarn cast on enough stitches to span the cable length and set off in a 2×2 rib.

Wanting to be different, on the fourth round I changed it up with a K2TOG, YO, P2TOG, YO. Wanting to be even more different, after another three rows of 2×2 rib, I changed to back loop. Too difficulty and really over it, I left it – evidenced in the photo.

As such, this is a donation to charity. The mistake aside, I pretty much created a faux, twisting cable, bias stitch.

 

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Solved

Mystery Achievement Afghan

About The Project Name

Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders was an ideal choice for this mystery that I was able to solve and even write my own mystery.

About The Yarn

Schoeller+Stahl Portofino Soufflé

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 20% Nylon
Yarn Colors: 4705 (2 balls), 4724 (7 balls), 4739 (2 balls), 4727 (2 balls)
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to 🐸, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, 🐸-ing. Grrr!

About The Pattern

The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.

About The Project

Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square
Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable

If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.

I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.

Mystery Achievement Afghan
Mystery Achievement Afghan designed/crocheted by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World

 

Pork and Beans Infant Pork Pie Hat

Pork and Beans Infant Pork Pie Hat

About The Project

Pork and Beans by Weezer – this was an easy project to name. Honestly, only time will tell if the hat actually fits, January 2018 being the due date. Considering it is modeled after Safety Dance Beanie, which is based on another pattern.

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About The Pattern

I will be writing the quick pattern right after this post.

About The Design

The hat is constructed in single crochet only and designed according to standard guidelines: “full-term babies tend, on average…a head circumference of about 13 1/2 inches.[1]” Using my handy dandy circle calculator, I calculated the diameter to be 4.3 inches. I did not use any ease, negative/positive, as the diameter was on point and matched Safety Dance Hat diameter.

Because of the shaping, I used a US 7  crochet hook for a denser fabric.

About The Yarn

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Culinary Colors

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 19006 Urban Pastels
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Yarn Color: 01317 Hot Purple
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

Peaches & Creme

Fabric Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: 1 White
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

1. Parents; Charting Baby’s Growth: Whether she’s in the top or bottom percentile, your baby is probably doing just fine.; Petronio C. Yadao, MD from American Baby, 2003

Green Onions

Green Onions

On da Hook: March 6, 2017
Off da Hook: March 15, 2017
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 10.5
Yarn A: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31016; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (Fiber Content: 60% Merino wool, 30% Microfibre, 10% Cashmere; Yarn Color: 31009; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Dimensions: 60 (L) x 3 (W)
Price: USD $20.00

As I ran out of green yarn first, I decided to name this project in its honor: Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs. This was made from my leftovers from Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most Cowl, which I am loving for its softness and warmth. Had I thought about it sooner, I could have made a matching scarf for Mojo, but it is too long now…add another project to my never-ending queue…ha ha ha ha ha!

Message of Love

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Unable to work on crochet in the evening, I started a new mindless project for night knitting while watching television: Message of Love (by The Pretenders) Cowl.

I was totally surprised to learn that this bulky-looking yarn only calls for a US 6 needle, but it seems to be knitting up fine despite the knobbiness of the yarn of which I am not a fan. My experience has taught me that most textured yarns are best used in knitting versus crochet, as one is working with live stitches versus working in existing stitches, which can be difficult to identify in crochet.

I started on straight needles, but will switch to circulars, as the length of the straights is a little encumbering.

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

On da Hook: December 23, 2016
Off da Hook: January 15, 2017
Pattern: I Say A Little Prayer Shawl by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: US F – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 56 (W) x 19.5 (D) unblocked; 68 (W) x 23 (D) blocked
Price: USD $95.00

The project name – I Say A Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick – represents my hope that the shawl shape would be what I hoped it would be, and thankfully, I was successful.

This is the first time I have used the Moss/Granite Stitch and the use with this yarn created a fascinating southwestern feel to the woven-like fabric. I tried to use complementary colors from the primary gradient, and think I could have done better, but am happy with my results. My stripes consist of two rows and occur every twelfth row.

Bonus: Discovered that rayon can be blocked!

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

I Say A Little Prayer Shawl

Project Change

I blame my meds and poor lighting for the constant fuck ups on International Bright Young Thing. It is simple knit: only garter, six increases every other row, three on each side. Yet I keep getting uneven stitch counts on either side. Aiyaa!

Maybe it’s time to do some crochet on I Say A Little Prayer. I am using – what I have come discover is called – Moss Stitch, also known as Granite Stitch, and I am loving it. It reminds me of knitted linen stitch, but much faster. By chance I happened to check inside the cone to see if I had stored the yarn label in there..voila! The yarn I am using is Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada (Fiber Content: 100% Rayon).

I Say A Little Prayer
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(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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This is a gift I made for the first friend I reconnected with upon my return to California…it only took nine years for me to realize I could use my stitching talents to gift my dearest friends/family. I now maintain a gift list!

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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The recipient indicated her favorite color was lavender and a cowl would be the item most used. Woohoo! I had a cone of Newton’s Yarn Country Brushed Acrylic on US 6 needles…or was it US 5 needles? The target size was 6 (W) x 34.5 (D); after washing the cowl measures 7 (W) x 37 (D).

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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I am surprised by the color change in the post images. The image above and those following were photographed in full sunlight, while the first two were photographed in the shade. I was under the assumption that sun/direct light would show “true” color…apparently not, as the cowl is closer in color to the first two images…well, at least, in my vibrant opinion.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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At the time I began this project, I had encountered the Flowers In A Row. My cowl is literally “nothing but flowers,” as you can tell from the detail image below. Some of the modifications I made to the stitch are: knit only, no spacing between flower rows, and staggered flowers.

(Nothing But) Flowers Cowl
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Well, I hope she enjoys this birthday-turned-xmas gift, named – (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads – because of the stitch used!

Deep Purple Cowl

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Deep Purple Cowl
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This is how this cowl started out, but I thought this purple was too bright and overpowering.

I could not find a deeper purple worsted in my stash, but came across some thread in the perfect color. I double-stranded the thread and I was liking the more muted highlights. The deeper purple really compliments the shifting hues in the Lion Brand Color Waves.

Project name – Deep Purple by The Osmonds – is related to the color of this project, is a reference to my youth and my first grade friend, the recipient of this gift.

Here is my recipe:

Yarn A: Lion Brand Color Waves (Fiber Content: 83% Acrylic, 17% Polyester; Yarn Color: 347 Purple Vista; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Brushed Thread (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton]; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple]; Yarn Weight: [Thread])
Needle: US 10 – 6.0 mm

Provisional cast on 30 stitches with yarn A (bulky for me) on circular size 10 – 6.0 mm needle.

Slide stitches to opposite needle (needle you just knitted from).

Knit row with yarn B (thread for me)

skein tails should both be on same side…turn work

Repeat [PATTERN] to desired length

[ Knit row with yarn A (bulky for me)
Slide stitches to opposite needle (needle you just knittted from)
Knit row with yarn B (thread for me)
Skein tails should both be on same side…turn work ]

Knit 1 more row with yarn A (bulky for me).

Arrange stitches on needles for garter kitchener

Graft ends together with yarn B (thread for me)

Sew in ends

Man In The Box Cowl

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This is another stash busting sample for the proposed stash busting crochet event at Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint. I made it yesterday in about six hours (only because I fudged the construction). This works up real quick and is an excellent stash buster for those short scraps.

This piece measures approximately 16 (D) x 5 (H) inches. The yarn used for this project is some unlabeled acrylic from my own stash. The crochet technique is called Entrelac Crochet and is constructed in a Tunisian method.

This cowl will be donated to Handmade Especially For You after the stash busting crochet event and I can teach you this technique during the event…for FREE!