The above afghan – The Crickets Sing for Anamaria by Emma Bunton – I started on August 1, 2015. I am using size US 6 needles, after knitting a swatch in US 10 and US 8 and not caring for the fabric. My presumption is that the yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country as it is on a big ol’ cone. It is based on the pattern Thesis Blanket by Phoebe Garrett. Emily Ocker’s circular cast-on method was easy-peasy, but if I was going to make this again, I might just start with four stitches versus the 12 required by the pattern. I can officially state that I am not a fan of magic loop or knitting in the round, unless the number of stitches is sufficient to be held on the needles without constant manipulation.
The afghan below – Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios by Adam & The Ants – Afghan that I started yesterday. This is a scrapghan that is being created from all my wool/wool blend scraps: MadelineTosh, Newton’s Yarn Country Hand-Dyed by me, Cascade 220, etc. I am loving it so far. I will be challenged add more colors in a way that they compliment the afghan.
On da Hook: May 15, 2015 Off da Hook: May 21, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Yarn: 8 skeins Cascade Bulky Leisure HD (Fiber Content: 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Pima Cotton; Yarn Color: 9915; Yarn Weight: 6, Super Bulky) Hook: US K – 10.5 mm Dimensions: 51 inch Diameter (from point to point)
The name of this project – Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz – is inspired by the picture above and the seemingly shattered swirl pattern produced by the yarn.
I originally wanted more of a swirl stitch pattern, but for the life of me, I could not come up with something I liked. I even tried crochet entrelac, but there are just too many colors in the yarn, and because the yarn is discontinued, I did not think a search for a similar solid color would be fruitful. When I decided on the hexagon, I remembered that Ellen had made a shrug from a hexagon shape once. Unfortunately, my hexagon is not a granny square and therefore, would not fold into the desired L shape necessary to create the shrug.
In the long run, I am glad that the yarn is out of my stash. I feel like I am making some progress. I must emphasize the delight the crochet gives by finishing a project so quickly.
Price: USD $320.00 (25% Discount for Friends/Family)
On da Hook: November 22, 2014 Off da Hook: November 22, 2014 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hook: US K Yarn A:Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 368 Montana Sky; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Yarn B: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Yarn Color: 369 Florida Keys Green; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Finished Size: 28 inch diameter
Almost done with my bulky weight yarn stash, this afghan was made with one skein of each color. I really love the blue and green together.
Construction of this afghan began with a magic loop with yarn A, chain 1, 2 single crochets, 2 half double crochets, 2 double crochets. Yarn B was attached and instructions were repeated. For row two and onward, I simply worked a crochet circle formula in double crochet, increasing every row to the end, alternating between working yarn A and yarn B. The last row of each color (20 stitches) was worked in 20 half double crochets, 20 single crochets, and 20 slip stitches.
I am not sure if I have enough for a matching hat, but am pretty sure I have enough for an infant hat in the same colors.
Price: USD $75.00.
The name of this project – I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer by Deee-Lite – was a selection from my music library.
I did have enough yarn to make a hat, though after reading the pattern carefully, I discovered that the hat I made is for 9-12 months old versus newborn. Grrr!
Thursday, I got a call from The Knitting Tree, L A about a job from the Prop Master at American Broadcasting Company (ABC), who wanted a 30 x 50 inch crochet afghan by Tuesday for a television series called Young & Hungry. Five days to make the afghan. At right is the picture of an idea he wanted. I told him to continue looking for someone because I did not want to say yes, unless I could enlist the help of another person, ensuring I could meet the deadline. Once I secured the help of someone, I called him back, we discussed pricing – based on my normal pricing schedule, which I have been advised is too low – and sealed the deal.
I went straight to the store to buy the yarn and encountered dilemma number one: was there going to be enough of the colors/yarn weight requested? With respect to color, I was doubtful on the navy; with respect to the yarn weight, I was doubtful there was enough white yarn. The store suggested double-stranding a lighter weight and I reluctantly accepted the suggestion. Later, when I got home, I found more white yarn in the correct weight, feeling more secure. However, I ended up using the double-stranded lighter weight yarn because I gave the worsted weight to the person that offered to help. Here is what I ended up buying:
I must mention that I am very impressed with the Universal Uptown Worsted and will probably make that my acrylic, worsted weight yarn of choice for future afghans.
I got two of ten strips done the first night. The next day, I get a call from the prop master, suggesting that if he paid an extra $100.00, could he get the afghan by Monday, allowing him more time for framing. I agreed and immediately sought more help from two more people that arrived at the store later Friday afternoon. Let me mention that if took a while for person one to match my gauge, using a hook two sizes larger; person two, a hook one size larger; and person three, a hook three sizes larger.
On Friday, person two expressed that she did not want to seam her squares together. That screwed up my payment schedule and was not appreciated. The quality of person three was not up to snuff, but she offered to seam all the squares/strips for me.
On Saturday, person one brought me enough squares for two strips but had left all the tails, which I discovered later – when I was informed by the seamer – were not long enough to work with. Unfortunately, the seamer advised me after she discovered one square, that had already been seamed, began to unravel. By this time, person two had stopped contributing accomplishing enough squares for one strip. By the end of Saturday, all squares had been completed and seamed. That is when I called the Prop Master, who informed me that the afghan was no longer going to be framed, and that he would like it larger: 36 x 54 inches. I was already having issues due to my method of seaming, which was causing cupping of the squares, thereby shortening the length and width.
On Sunday, I crocheted the extra 24 squares necessary to make up the difference in width and length and person three seamed them into place. This was a big accomplishment, allowing me time to wash the afghan, checking for construction quality. When I called the prop master to check in regarding the process, I left a message requesting the original deadline, as it was not longer being framed and he conceded. Phew!
On Monday, as I was tying sewing in the loose ends and resewing the loosened ends, I discovered at least five more squares that were unraveling. Aiyaa! Because it would have take more time to remove them, remake them and replace them, I took a shortcut: cosmetic touch up. I also began the border.
Today, I was just about to finish the border when the prop master arrived at the store. He grabbed some lunch while I finished the last half of the last round, came back, admired the afghan and made the purchase.
While I am ever grateful for the help I received from persons one, two and three, I have learned some valuable lessons from this project:
No one will ever match my standard of quality, just as I am sure I could never meet another person’s standard of quality
I allowed my ambition to fulfill a life’s dream – crochet an afghan for a television show – to compromise my standard of quality, which led to me being dependent on others
Unless all the yarn I estimate for a job is available at one time, I will not deviate or make concessions
I need to take a deep breath before accepting jobs that I have never quoted and make sure I have consulted with others before committing to an estimate
I discovered that I am blessed to know more people than I thought, who could have guided me more accurately regarding my price estimate
If I ever solicit help from others, I need to be extremely specific as to my expectations
Overall, I am glad the project is done and cannot wait to see it on television. I received a phone call from one of my bosses while composing this post, inquiring if this was a done deal and if the prop master was pleased with the outcome. I can only assume he was pleased because he paid, unless he has some secret elves stashed somewhere that can crochet the same afghan overnight. My boss surprised me the confident suggestion that I would have been able to complete this project alone. Perhaps that confidence will instill itself within me for future projects. I am blessed to have such thoughtful employers, who allowed me to use the store as a workshop, arriving/leaving outside normal operating hours to work on the afghan.
The name of the afghan should be obvious and comes from the song by Smash Mouth from their 1999 album Astro Lounge.
Recipe:Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch-A Touch Me Afghan by Hooker Leo for Gilda Ongkeko Yarn:Muench Touch Me (Fiber Content: 72% Rayon Microfiber/28% Wool; about 61 yards/50 grams; Yarn Color: 3650?; Yarn Weight: 4) Hook: Bates US G/6 – 4 mm Dimensions: 50 x 76 inches
I did not make this afghan. This a recipe I wrote up for Gilda Ongkeko, a yarn representative for Muench Touch Me yarn, a yarn that I think will be available for purchase at The Knitting Tree, L A.
The construction is all front loop half double crochets, so it probably could be classified as an easy/beginner recipe. I am unsure of the color pictured, and based on the sample card on the website, I am guessing the color pictured is 3650. The pattern is available for free; simply follow the link above to download a PDF document.
This yarn is a soft and plush chenille textured yarn, lending a touch of luxuriousness to your projects.
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I suspect my boss took this repair into the store, assuming I could fix it. I have been asked before to fix something and ended up re-crocheting the afghan because I could not understand how I could make the repairs, as crochet is done on completed stitches. That seems easy enough, but when I thought about the last (top) row being worked in the the stitches above, I just could not conceive any idea on how to accomplish that.
Well, money is one of my great motivators, especially because I don’t have any. Because I am fond of my bosses for giving me an opportunity for stable employment, I said I would try, but made sure, she knew I wanted premium pricing. The initial repair – the blue section – seemed easy enough and when I got to the big hole, the ease of repair continued, though presented more of a challenge in its approach.
I think we matched the color pretty closely and while I did not perform the puff stitch in the exact same manner, I am proud of my work on this afghan repair. What do you think?
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: 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.
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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.
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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.