Peg Shrug

Peg Shrug

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 17, 2014
Pattern: Peg Shrug (Improvised) by Hooker Leo
Needle: Unknown Size
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Magenta]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: 30 x 12 inches (open)

So because I am sick…again…I decided to stay home and see if I could crank something out from all the novelty yarn I have collected. About a couple of weeks ago, I organized most of the novelty yarn by color.

Basically, I double stranded the yarns, connecting a new yarn when one yarn ran out, and cast on 45 stitches on about a US 15/17/19 needle. Worked in garter stitch, this shrug is very shallow, only sewing the corners together to create the armhole. As you can see, I stared with the magenta yarn, which is some kind of chenille or velour, double stranded with a multicolor knobby yarn. When the chenille ran out I attached a pink mohair type yarn. When the knobby yarn ran out, I attached the final multicolor bouclé yarn.

I did not continue into the purple novelty because the color would have been lopsided and I thought it was long enough. I would have preferred something longer/deeper, but had already cast off. What is interesting about this shrug, is that one side is heavier (chenille side/knobby) than the other (mohair/bouclé). I think this coincidental design makes it appropriate for either cold or warm nights; all you have to do is decide how warm you want your shoulders to be.

I am unsure of the fiber content of any of the yarns and did not perform a burn test on any of them. I am pretty sure the chenille is some kind of acrylic with nylon; the bouclé is almost certainly some kind of acrylic, as well as the knobby yarn; and the mohair type yarn could possible be real mohair.

The name of this project – Peg by Steely Dan – is a selection from my music library.

Price: USD $40.00

 

Peg Shrug

Peg Shrug

Cast On: May 17, 2014
Cast Off: May 17, 2014
Pattern: Peg Shrug (Improvised) by Hooker Leo
Needle: Unknown Size
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Magenta]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Pink]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: 30 x 12 inches (open)

So because I am sick…again…I decided to stay home and see if I could crank something out from all the novelty yarn I have collected. About a couple of weeks ago, I organized most of the novelty yarn by color.

Basically, I double stranded the yarns, connecting a new yarn when one yarn ran out, and cast on 45 stitches on about a US 15/17/19 needle. Worked in garter stitch, this shrug is very shallow, only sewing the corners together to create the armhole. As you can see, I stared with the magenta yarn, which is some kind of chenille or velour, double stranded with a multicolor knobby yarn. When the chenille ran out I attached a pink mohair type yarn. When the knobby yarn ran out, I attached the final multicolor bouclé yarn.

I did not continue into the purple novelty because the color would have been lopsided and I thought it was long enough. I would have preferred something longer/deeper, but had already cast off. What is interesting about this shrug, is that one side is heavier (chenille side/knobby) than the other (mohair/bouclé). I think this coincidental design makes it appropriate for either cold or warm nights; all you have to do is decide how warm you want your shoulders to be.

I am unsure of the fiber content of any of the yarns and did not perform a burn test on any of them. I am pretty sure the chenille is some kind of acrylic with nylon; the bouclé is almost certainly some kind of acrylic, as well as the knobby yarn; and the mohair type yarn could possible be real mohair.

The name of this project – Peg by Steely Dan – is a selection from my music library.

Price: USD $40.00

 

Again And Again Hats

Cast On: May 8, 2014
Cast Off: May 16, 2018
Pattern A: Seed Stitch Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn A: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 149 Silver Grey?; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn B: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

Pattern B: Ribbed Beanie by Lisa Gentry from Leisure Arts Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 151 Charcoal Grey; Yarn Weight: 4)

I was given this project by the store owner, for a customer who’s daughter had purchased the supplies, but decided not to make the hats for her and her boyfriend. I will admit that I was not a happy hooker when I received this assignment and to be rigorously honest, I entered “angry knitting” mode. Angry knitting was explained to me by a child that came into the store one day with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When I asked her what angry knitting was, she explained that her stitches were too tight. I have expanded on that definition: focused and intent knitting on a project that is challenging when you would rather be crocheting.

The patterns were well written and the hats worked in the round, an added benefit because I dislike seaming knitting. I am not a fan of DPNs, preferring a couple of circulars instead, but even this proved difficult towards the end of the first hat. On the second, I found an extra set of circulars on the table and borrowed them. Using three circulars versus two made finishing the second hat a little easier. I was asked to make the hats based on the larger size (21 inch circumference): the first one slide right over my head, which leads me to believe my tension was too loose; the second actually grips the head, so I think my tension improved.

I am glad to be done and think this is the last time I will knit something in the round. My index fingers hurt and the tightening of the stitches as the circle closes is not a fun experience, especially when you are trying to knit three together. I am glad that I got over my knitting dislike which resulted from a dropped stitch in my Black And White Cowl, which is a currently hibernating template for the Happy Cowl. I still have to finish the Orange Crush Shawl and a knitting blank, which now I wish I had crocheted versus knitting. Doh! Having done a little yarn reorganization, I also have sorted my novelty yarns from my Japanese grandmother by color and they are just waiting to become scarves, wraps, cowls, shawls…easy stuff. But all knitting will go on hold again, as I complete the Ballet-Neck Tee from Vogue Knitting Crochet Special Collector’s Edition magazine.

Blue Cowl

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.

Coffee Cup Square Motif

Coffee Connection Afghan Square
Coffee Connection Afghan Square
©A Hooker’s World

Cast On: November 26, 2012
Cast Off: November 26, 2012
Recipe: Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn: Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches

Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.

I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.

This recipe is available for free and may be obtained by following the Recipe link above or by visiting Ravelry.

Feliz Navidad Wrap

Feliz Navidad Wrap
Feliz Navidad Wrap
©A Hooker’s World

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

Purple Rain Cocoon/Hat

Purple Rain Coccon-Hat
©A Hooker’s World

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