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Hooker Leo is pleased to unveil his new fiber arts website: ahookersworld.com. As much pleasure as I can express, I am equally dismayed that I was unsuccessful at importing offdahook.net in this blog. Instead of fighting and getting my yarn in a knot, I am going with the flow and moving forward.

I hope you can appreciate the wit incorporated into this blog subject and title. Unless you know me personally, you can only begin to imagine the life I’ve lead. I am not ashamed of my previous life, and am not ashamed to admit that the fiber arts really saved my life and sanity.

I am a counter, a teacher, a designer, a pattern writer, an enthusiast, with over 20+ years crocheting and 3+ years knitting.

Stereo Hearts Shawl

Stereo Hearts Shawl

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On da Hook: April 5, 2014
Off da Hook: April 9, 2014
Pattern: Stereo Hearts Shawl by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Ironstone Bouquet of Colors Brushed Mohair (Yarn Color: Earthenware/9; Fiber Content: 78% Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% Nylon; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US M/9.0 mm
Dimensions: 70 x 34 inches

My friend Ana has a shawl she made from a fiber similar to this one; if memory serves correctly, her shawl has more grey in it. Still I just love this colorway, and admittedly a little disappointed that the tip, where I started is lighter in color. I thought the lightness would repeat in the yarn, but it never did. The shawl was constructed from three skeins, using the diagonal box stitch. Because I didn’t want mine to be exactly like Ana’s, I put some holes in mine every 11th row. Technically, the shawl still needs blocking, but I hate blocking because I just don’t have the space. I just love the lightness and softness of this shawl. It’s similar to wearing a fluffy colorful cloud over your shoulders.

The project name – Stereo Hearts  by Gym Class Heroes, featuring Adam Levine – is one of my favorite songs from my music library.

Price: USD $144.00

Crocodile Rock Cowl

Crocodile Rock Cowl

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Off da Hook: February 25, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Berroco Comfort (Fiber Content: 50% Nylon (Polyamide), 50% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9761 Lovage; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Berroco Comfort (Fiber Content: 50% Nylon (Polyamide), 50% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US 8/H
Dimensions: 5.25 (W) x 74 (C) inches

This project reminded me of an alligator or crocodile; hence the name: Crocodile Rock by Elton John. I made this during another class I taught in entrelac crochet. I really love entrelac crochet for it’s ease and beauty.

Price: USD $72.00

Fire Cowl

Fire Cowl
Fire Cowl
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On da Hook: February 9, 2014
Off da Hook: February 11, 2014
Pattern: Orange Twist Cowl by Kourtney Moon
Yarn: Berroco Quest (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon, Yarn Color: 9822 Laquer, Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Hook: 8 mm/L
Dimensions: 8.5 (W) x 37 (C) inches

This was another quick project. I am so surprised how soft the yarn is against the neck, thinking it might be scratchy at first. I love how the yarn seems to be on fire; hence the name – Fire by The Ohio Players.

Price: USD $44.00

Accidents Never Happen Shawlette

Accidents Never Happen Shawlette
Accidents Never Happen Shawlette
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On da Hook: October 17, 2013
Off da Hook: February 4, 2014
Pattern: Accidents Never Happen Shawlette by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk Paints; Yarn Color: 9942 Misty Blue; Fiber Content: 85% Merino Superwash Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk; Yarn Weight: 1
Hook: Boye E/4 – 3.5 mm
Dimensions: 92 x 18 inches

In one of the CrochetMe eNewsletters I received they were talking about Bruges Lace. I had never heard of it. Because there were basic instructions and I love a challenge, when I saw the picture of Lily Chin’s Swan Lake Shawl, I knew I could improvise a shawl and set to crocheting. I tried contacting Lily at least three times because I wanted like to write up the pattern and didn’t want to step on any toes. Twice my email was returned undeliverable and to date, I have not received a reply from her Ravelry group. Because I didn’t know how to proceed, I emailed my fiber-godmothers for their opinion, but they also have not replied.

This shawlette is very simple to crochet, as you are repeating one section. The difficulty for me – as I was creating this shawlette – was determining the connection points and curves. As such, the project name – Accidents Never Happen by Blondie – is tongue in cheek because, of course, there were accidents.

After much labor and revision, I think I boiled the pattern down to simple terminology. Because the pattern has not yet been tested, I am making myself available for questions regarding the pattern and have included contact information in the pattern. Once the pattern has an official tester, the contact information will be removed, but I will continue to be available.

The pattern will also be available for purchase during Yarn Crawl LA at The Knitting Tree L A, but at a retail price. The advantage of buying the pattern in the store is that the yarn used in the pattern will also be available in different colors and I will be there to answer any questions.

As with ALL my patterns, while I condone you selling your finished project, I do ask that you do not duplicate or copy the pattern for dissemination among your friends. I have no way to police this, so you are on your honor, but I don’t think USD $1.00 is an exorbitant cost, considering I am not a professional pattern writer and I provide technical support at no additional cost.

Finally, should you deiced to honor me with a purchase, I would love to feature your finished project on Ravelry where I can be found as HookerLeo or simply send me an email.

Hotel California Capelet

Hotel Calfiornia Capelet
Hotel Calfiornia Capelet
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Cast On: February 3, 2014
Cast Off: February 4, 2014
Pattern: Ribbon Capelet by Ruth Ellen Thompson
Yarn A: Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Metallic; Yarn Color: 5 Blue Silver; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Trendsetter Aura (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

I got the Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon from the store and the Trendsetter Aura from Beach Knitting before they closed. I had been wanting to make a cape and sufficed with this capelet due to the one skein of Sari Ribbon I had. This was a very quick and easy knit. I only wish I had made the grey trim thicker, but it is sufficient as it is.

The name of this project – Hotel California by The Eagles – is from my music library and I think was inspired by the colors of this capelet.

Price: USD $108.00

Let’s Go Fly A Kite Scarf

Let's Go Fly A Kite Scarf
Let's Go Fly A Kite Scarf
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On da Hook: December 21, 2013
Off da Hook: January 22, 2014
Pattern: Diagonal Box Stitch
Yarns A, B & C: Unknown (Fiber Content: Natural Animal Fibers per burn testing, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Hook: most likely an US E/4
Dimensions: 86 (L) x 5.5 (W) inches

This was made from some yarn I had acquired from a yarn sale. I had also acquired some deep purple color and used that in a baby blanket, which I later donated. I was surprised, after learning how to burn test a yarn for fiber content, that this, as well as the deep purple, are natural animal fibers, though which animal I don’t know, but guess wool. I just love this color combination and find it very masculine.

The name – Let’s Go Fly A Kite from Mary Poppins – is a selection from my music library, most likely associated to my desire to view Saving Mr. Banks.

Price: USD $60.00

Grazing In The Grass Scarf

Grazing In The Grass Scarf
Grazing In The Grass Scarf
© A Hooker’s World

On da Hook: September 28, 2015
Off da Hook: January 13, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Softball (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton, Yarn Color: Unknown, Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: Probably an US E
Dimensions: approximately 80 (L) x 6.5 (D) inches

I made this during my short row craze. By the time I got to this project, I was so over short rows, as this project took a mighty long time due to the overlapping curl. I am not a big fan of this project because one you drape the scarf the curves it all lanky. Perhaps a thicker yarn with more body would hold up better.

The project name – Grazing In The Grass by The Friends of Distinction – comes from the colorway, which reminded me of a pasture.

Price: USD $50.00

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

On da Hook: December 6, 2013
Off da Hook: December 10, 2013
Pattern: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf by Hooker Leo
Hook: Boye US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Yarn A: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0319 Cherry Red) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn B: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0389 Hunter Green) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn C: 1 skein Unknown (Light Green) [approximately 100.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn D: 1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (180 Cranberry) [170.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Lenghth: 78 inches (approximate)

My cousin requested this scarf a while ago, and I’ll admit, I was intimidated by possible design until such time it came to me and I was able to make the scarf over a 48 hour period. I was not happy with many of the rose patterns I found, so this pattern includes yet another rose pattern. I had enough yarn left over to make a hat and/or mitts. Keep in mind that if you change the weight of the yarn lower, you could get by with less; higher, you might be able to get by with the measurements above.

Just in case you are interested, here is the original art I created:

I Nver Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf Original Art

The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. This pattern remains untested; if you are interested in becoming the official tester of this pattern, please email your request to me. Until an official tester is assigned, I am available via email. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $2.50 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

On da Hook: December 2, 2013
Off da Hook: December 3, 2013
Pattern: I Feel Free Mobius Cowl by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: 2 skeins Feza Cayenne [7.06 ounces/484 yards; Worsted/10 ply (9 wpi)]
Yarn B: 1 skein Berroco Comfort DK [ 1.76 ounces/178 yards; DK/8 ply (11 wpi)]
Yarn C: 1 skein Ornaghi Filati Baby Melbourne Superwash [1.76 ounces/220.0 yards; Sport/5 ply (12 wpi)
Hook: Boye US G6 – 4.0 mm
Finished Size: 34 inch diameter (106 inch circumference) x 5 inch width

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing from Joyce Wyatt at my last guild meeting and was very attracted to the texture, so I set to designing. This mobius cowl is based on alternating front post and back post double crochets, and alternating my yarn choices every row. Because of the post construction, round must be started anew, even if you are using only one color.

The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. One of the pattern features that I really like is beginning each round with a staggered post double crochet to eliminate pronounced beginning/end of each round. The pattern is written in a Pattern/[Recipe] format, so that you can improvise your own yarn choices, as my yarn choices above might be discontinued; has been tested by Ravelry ID: SassySean, though I continue to be available for support on all my patterns; and contains links to two videos: How To Create Crochet Mobius Foundation and How To Start A Round With A Standing Post Double Crochet. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $5.00 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.

For Sale: USD $64.00