When I Think Of You Scarf

When I Think Of You Scarf
When I Think Of You Scarf
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On da Hook: May 6, 2014
Off da Hook: May 7, 2014
Pattern: When I Think Of You Scarf by Hooker Leo (In Development)
Yarn A: Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (Fiber Content: 70% Organically Grown Cotton/30% Bamboo; Yarn Color: 883 Spearmint Gum; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn B: Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (Fiber Content: 70% Organically Grown Cotton/30% Bamboo; Yarn Color: 881 Salt Water Taffy; Yarn Weight: 4)
Hook: Bates US G/6 – 4.0 mm
Dimensions: 86 x 5 inches

I was so excited when I learned that the Skacel Zauberball Crazy yarn had come in, so Lenora and I could begin the updated Convergence sweater pattern pictured in the 2013 Crochet Special Collector’s Issue of Vogue Knitting. My excitement was quickly quelled when a phone call from Min indicated that she was going to make it as well, leaving only two balls left. I suppose I could start, as more yarn has been ordered, but I was really excited to begin my first top/sweater.

So, I started looking through the Rowan and Berroco books for a crochet pattern I could make as a store sample. I was sadly disappointed that the Rowan books only had knitting patterns. It’s not that I can’t knit, but as the crochet instructor at the store, I have to represent. The Berroco books were ideal as they explicitly indicated whether the item pictured was crocheted or knitted, saving time of perusing each pattern for determination. I am writing both company’s with my opinions.

Finally, Bruce suggested something out of the Be Sweet Bambino, which has just been marked down 25%. I had just seen the Mitered Squares Scarf by Annette Petavy on Ravelry and knowing I could make that without purchasing the pattern, I set to designing. Allow me to comment on the Be Sweet yarn at this point. It is a nice cotton/bamboo blend with – what one might describe as soutache – plied together. I am not an organic type of person, so I find the price point for the yarn to be exorbitant. I used the Bambino Taffy which is comprised of five colors that are tied/knotted – yes, knotted – together. Coincidentally, my pattern works out so that there is enough of each color within the skein for a single square.

The pattern includes my color scheme if you wish to duplicate the scarf pictured. Lenora prompted me to write up the pattern quickly, so she could purchase it for her daughter, who like Be Sweet yarn. While writing it up, I thought: “Why not ask her daughter to test the pattern and give it to her for free?” That is my plan and I’m sticking to it. I am awaiting confirmation from the daughter to test the pattern. Once it has been tested, I will make it available in the patterns section and on Ravelry.

New Skill: Crochet Afghan Repair

Crochet Afghan Repair: Before

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?

Halcyon + On + On Wrap

Halcyon + On + On Wrap

On da Hook: March 30, 2014
Off da Hook: April 16, 2014
Pattern: Halcyon + On + On Wrap by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Cascade Ultra Pima (Yarn Color: 3734 Turquoise; Fiber Content: 100% Pima Cotton; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Cascade Ultra Pima (Yarn Color: 3757 Zen Garden; Fiber Content: 100% Pima Cotton; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Cascade Ultra Pima (Yarn Color: 3742 Pale Green; Fiber Content: 100% Pima Cotton; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Hook: Bates US G/6 – 4 mm
Dimensions: 66 x 16 inches

Ellen S. had just gifted me with two skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton when I came across the design on Pinterest, as a result of a Google search for “latest in crochet design.” Of course my first thought was “I can make that!” So I found a third color and set to designing.

This a very simple pattern for beginners, though tedium could be attributed to the fact that you must double crochet into each chain for structure stability versus over the chains. Each row begins and ends with a flower. I changed color every row, but you may choose to do something different. When the pattern is coming out of your head you have small mistakes: some of mine are flowers that are not staggered, as desired; flowers hanging at different lengths due to lapses in counting; and while I wanted my double crochets to be five across the whole piece, somehow, I ended up with a five/four design.

Aside from those small mistakes, I am in love with the color scheme, as are most of the crocheters/knitters I hang with. This piece can be worn as a wrap/shawl or scrunch it up to be worn as a scarf. The open mesh style makes it perfect for summer days/nights.

The project name – Halcyon + On + On by Orbital – comes from my music library.

Pattern Proviso

As with all my patterns:

  • I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
  • I 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 $5.00 is an exorbitant cost, considering all the work that went into writing the pattern
  • If you are Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object

Price: USD $117.00

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

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.

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

Night and Day Scarf

Night and Day Scarf Moon

On da Hook: October 18, 2013
Off da Hook: November 15, 2013
Pattern: Night and Day Scarf by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Universal Deluxe Superwash (Marigold); 100% superwash wool
Yarn B: Universal Deluxe Superwash (Twilight); 100% superwash wool
Hook: Boye US H/8 – 5.0 mm
Finished Size: 6 x 79 inches, excluding fringe

One of my favorite songs is “Night and Day,” by Cole Porter, performed by U2 from the album Red, Hot +Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter. I finally was able to obtain the song for my own listening pleasure and decided to create this scarf as homage, and as a sample for my upcoming Filet Crochet class at The Knitting Tree, L A.

This filet crochet pattern is based on a 3×3 grid, not your normal 4 x 3 grid, so that every square represents 3 double crochet versus 4.

As with all my patterns:

  • I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
  • I ask that you do not duplicate or copy the pattern for dissemination among your friends
  • If you are Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf
How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf
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On da Hook: April 22, 2013
Off da Hook: May 17, 2013
Pattern: How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf by Hooker Leo (Download PDF )
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving; Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm
Dimensions: 72 x 6 inches

After doing a lot of short row test knitting for BananaKnits, I was curious if there was such a think as crochet short rows. With the concept firmly implanted in my head I set forth. I had some difficulty at first because I kept forgetting to “seal the short rows.” Once I remembered that key instruction, I was golden. However, I wanted to make this pattern a little different so I created a special stitch – Single Crochet Bar Front Loop – which I am just loving for it’s texture, and I think actually complements the gradient in the yarn.

2014-04-21 Addendum

This pattern is no longer available for free. To purchase this pattern, proceed to the Patterns page.

Catch My Fall Scarf

Catch My Fall Scarf

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.

This scarf will be donated to Handmade Especially For You.

2014-04-22 Addendum: This pattern is no longer available for free. You may purchase this pattern by following the Pattern link above.

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.