On da Hook: April 14, 2014 Off da Hook: April 15, 2014 Pattern:Bacon and Eggs Scarf by Twinkie Chan Yarn A:Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle; Yarn Color: 208 Prune Purple; Fiber Content: 54% Nylon, 42% Acrylic, 4% Metallic; Yarn Weight: 4 Yarn B:Plymouth Encore Worsted; Yarn Color: 0256 Ecru; Fiber Content: 75% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Yarn Weight: 4 Yarn C:Schachenmayr Bravo Worsted; Yarn Color: 08224 White; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4 Yarn D:Universal Uptown Worsted; Yarn Color: 327 Bright Yellow; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4 Hook: Bates US H/8 – 5.0 mm Dimensions: 92 x 4.5 inches
This was made as a sample for The Knitting Tree, L A. It only took two days to make all the components and sew them together. The wording in the pattern was a bit unusual, but easily modified into something I could understand. While I detest sewing components together, this was not so bad. My guess is because the seams are so short and there is not a multitude of components to seam together. The most popular comment at the store was that the eggs look like boobies. WTH? They look like eggs to me and they were fun to make. My bacon differs from the original pattern in that I added an additional two stripes of the darker color for a more balanced piece of bacon.
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.
On da Hook: October 24, 2013 Off da Hook: October 25, 2013 Pattern:Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Hats by Hooker Leo Yarn: Unknown Stash [Red & White]; Fiber Content: Acrylic Hook: Boye US I9 – 5.50 mm Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches; 7 x 10 inches; 6.5 x 9.5 inches; and 6 x 10 inches (including pom pom)
Yesterday I was informed by the Wednesday Morning Knitters organizer that the group has been volunteered to make hats for the Mar Vista Library Children’s Story Time Group. It was requested that four hats be made. No problem. This pattern differs a bit from the Mojo Santa Hat in that the increase is two stitches per round versus one. We were instructed to make toddler size. Being childless, I have no idea what size that is, so I looked it up and found the circumference for a toddler size hat. Using this number I plugged it into my handy-dandy circumference calculator to calculate the diameter. Several people have commented that the hats look too small and I agree, but the good deed is fait accompli.
While I condone your profit from making this pattern, I do ask that you do not copy the pattern for dissemination among your friends, as I don’t think USD $5.00 is an exorbitant fee for a crochet pattern. As with all my patterns, if you maintain a presence on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking to the pattern, so I can contact you and feature an image of your project with the pattern page.
On da Hook: January 19, 2013 Off da Hook: January 20, 2013 Pattern:Catch My Fall Scarf by Hooker Leo Yarn:Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (3960 Tidal); Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4 Hook: H – 5.0 mm Dimensions: 6′ x 6.25″
At the guild Saturday, I discovered that The Curse of the Grandmother was not done with me yet. I noticed that one of the squares I had attached already had a mistake which was affecting the border. Aiyaa. Having nothing else to work on, I sauntered over to the scarf donations table and found a skein that I really liked: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.
I set to creating the scarf in filet crochet style as that is what I have been working on with The Curse of the Grandmother. It took a moment to get the right number of stitches for the foundation chain, but once that was achieve, it only took overnight to finish.
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.
On da Hook: November 28, 2012 Off da Hook: December 4, 2012 Pattern: Madness Mobius by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World Yarn A: Unknown ( Light Grey) Yarn B: Unknown (Grey) Yarn C: Unknown (Grey) Yarn D: Red Heart Super Saver (Grey Heather) Yarn E: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Dark Grey Heather Yarn F: Unknown (Black) Yarn G: Unknown (Black) Yarn H: Unknown (Black) Hook: M – 9.0 mm Dimensions: 58 inch diameter x 7.5 inches (approximate)
Cyn gave me some yarn that she had stored away from her previous adventures in crochet. After untangling it and thankful for her recent purchase, I decided to create something for her. Recently, I had been trying to develop a pattern for a crochet mobius and this presented the perfect opportunity. Originally, I had started making Thank You Cowl by Julie Blagojevich, double stranding for extra thickness, but the fabric was turning out too dense. Next I tried knitting and developed a softer fabric, but I did not want to knit, having just finished knitting Summertime Blues. So I went back to hooking more loosely with a double strand, but I was really not liking the pattern.
After frogging – which is not as easy as it sounds when it comes to double strands – I set to creating a crochet Mobius cowl. I have written the pattern up or you may download the pattern from my Pattern Page or Ravelry Store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On da Hook: April 11, 2012 Off da Hook: April 18, 2012 Recipe: Kid Afghan by Hooker Leo Yarn:Knitting Fever Euro Baby Kids Rock (Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 05 Creme; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky) Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm Dimensions: approximately 3 feet square
Wow! What I hoped would be a two-day project turned out to be a one-week project. I continually kept screwing up the stitch pattern and would have to frog 1-3 rows each time. The border presented a couple of problems as well: the first time I did not like what I had done, the second time I ran out of yarn. A recipe PDF is available on my Recipes page.
I bought this yarn at a “local yarn store” and despite the fact that it is 93% Acrylic/7% Polyester, the price per skein was hefty.
The name – Kid, a song by The Pretenders – was inspired by the yarn name and for whom the afghan would be most appropriate.
I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends
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.