Oakland Raiders Afghan Fail

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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As it turns out, the third time is not a charm. Ravelry still refused to publish my pattern because it makes a trademarked product.

Personally, I think the whole thing is stupid. Seriously, how much money could I make off a crochet afghan pattern? And who has the time and/or resources to actually make it.

I keep lambasting capitalism and shall continue to my last single crochet.

In the meantime, the pattern is always available on AHW Pattern Page, should anyone be interested.

Oakland Raiders Afghan v2

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Aiyaa! Ravelry removed my pattern from their database for the following reason:

Unacceptable standalone chart. NOT “original” art which is what’s required for these types of patterns.

My first argument is why the fuck does Ravelry care? My best guess is that they may be liable for selling the pattern.

Okay, so I removed the chart and I am resubmitting the pattern, which you should be able to buy in my Ravelry Store; I have not updated the pattern on my patterns page, which does include the offending chart. Because the chart has been removed, I am reducing the Ravelry Store Price: USD $5.00.

Blame It On The Bossa Nova Baby Bonnets

Blame It On The Bossa Nova Baby Bonnets

Even when mistakes are made, the thread of destiny is ever-present.

These started out as a store sample – commissioned by my boss: “Annette” –  for Cascade Fixation (Fiber Content: 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic; Yarn Color: 9245; Yarn Weight: 3, DK, Light Worsted) and pattern: Basic Crochet Bikini. I chose to make the pattern for the smallest cup size: A. The pattern called for Crochet Hook: B/1 – 2.25 mm and Patons Grace Yarn, but the Fixation called for crochet hook: F/5 – 3.75. I started using the hook the pattern called for, but found it a little challenging using a smaller hook with the Fixation and the “branches” (affectionate term for customers, mostly female) at The Knitting Tree L A kept commenting that the cup was looking too small, so I switched to the larger hook. Being a homosexual, I don’t have much experience with breasts or cup sizes. 🙂

After switching to the larger hook, the branches kept commenting that the cup size was not accurate, so I did some errata investigation. I could not find any, but did find a bigger and much more detailed picture on Ravelry that indicated I was crocheting with the wrong orientation. The pattern does not clearly indicate this; I have commented on the pattern, but never heard back from AllFreeCrochet.com. That problem solved, I set forth, but for some reason experienced difficulty with my counting and had to restart at least two times.

In the meantime, a young, beautiful friend of mine from the store said whe would model the bikini upon completion, but A cups were not going to “be big enough for her girls,” so I changed to C cups and restarted again. Upon completion, the branches of “The Tree” told me that the C cup looked more like a D cup. Aiyaa! I proceeded to make the second cup, as I had not seen my model lately and she would be the ultimate decider. After finishing the second cup with the same majority opinion, no one was a fan of the pointed cup – a la Madonna’s cone bra from Vogue.

During one of Annette’s sillier moments she discovered another use for the huge cup: a baby bonnet for the gangsta baby who resides in the store. As an exclamation point on the story of these baby bonnets, I decided to name them after Blame It On The Bossa Nova by Annette Funicello.

I think I may still attempt to make the bikini, but will have to work out that point or find someone that likes it!

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.

Catch My Fall Scarf: Pattern

Catch My Fall Scarf
Catch My Fall Scarf
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This filet crochet scarf is based on a 4 x 3 grid: each square is 4 double crochet wide and 3 chain high. The design was improvised, and therefore, very simple. The scarf was made as a donation to Handmade Especially For You.

This pattern was previously available for free since it was published in January 2013. Now you can purchase the pattern for the mere price of USD $2.50. You may purchase the pattern by navigating to my patterns page or by visiting Ravelry. Despite offering the pattern for free, for over a year, there is no official tester of the pattern, so I make myself available for technical support. I can be reached via email or Ravelry message. As with all my patterns:

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

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf: Pattern

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf Pattern
How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf Pattern
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Pattern: How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf by Hooker Leo
Dimensions: 72 x 6 inches
Original Post: View

As you can see from the image above, you will achieve a different finished object depending on the color runs in the yarn. I find both very attractive.

With the rebranding of Off da Hook Designs to A Hooker’s World, I have made some changes and one particular change is that the pattern for How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf is no longer available for free. The pattern is available for purchase in the AHW Store or in my Ravelry Store or by following the link above to the patterns page. 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, as $1.00 is a nominal fee
  • If you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object

The second scarf picture above is called Jean Genie by David Bowie, made from Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted); and the third scarf pictured is September by Earth, Wind & Fire, made from Universal Classic Shades (Fiber Content: 70& Acrylic, 30% Wool; Yarn Color: Sundown – 706; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted). The second scarf is for sale: Price: USD $90.00.

Baby Puff Afghan: New & Improved

Baby Puff Afghan
Baby Puff Afghan
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Recipe: Baby Puff Afghan by Hooker Leo

The Silver Lining: I am forced to rebrand, review and update all my patterns. The original post for this afghan, had wrong pattern instructions. I have rewritten the pattern into a recipe and will continue to offer it and future recipes for free.

Recipe improvements include a condensation of the pattern into a pattern repeats for – what I believe to be – easier pattern instruction and generalized materials information to encourage project creativity. Actually, I suppose this is more of a crochet stitch recipe for a reversible, puffy texture.

Recipe Proviso

As with all my recipes:

  • I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
  • I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends
  • I would appreciate your linking your project to this recipe on Ravelry, where I can be found as HookerLeo, so I can feature your finished object on the recipe page

The recipe may be obtained by following the recipe link above or on Ravelry.

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.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Hats

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Hats
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Hats
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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.

Third Founder Book Cover

Third Founder Book Cover
Third Founder Book Cover
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On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: October 13, 2013
Pattern: Third Founder Book Cover by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Red Heart Super Saver (Black)
Yarn B: Red Heart Super Saver (Spring Green)
Hook: US I – 5.5 mm

Third Founder's Book Cover
source: Andrew B

A very good – and now old – friend of mine asked if I could crochet a book cover for his bible: Alcoholics Anonymous. It took me a while to find the book in my parent’s house, and once secured, I procrastinated due to being overwhelmed with class handouts and samples. Anyway, I finally set to making it and finished the first one in one day. However, the first one had a narrower flap on the inside book cover and did not fit to my liking. So about two days before the Off da Hook date, I started another. This one fits much better.

I am going to send both to my friend, affectionately known as The Third Founder. I hope he likes one of the two. My irrational fear is that everyone in his group will want one and I will become overwhelmed with order. From my keyboard to God’s eyes.

I heard back from my friend. My book cover was not pretty enough! Figures. And why was the yarn so crunchy and thick? I explained that as a template, I like to use my cheap acrylic stuff, as well as a Big Book should be used daily, therefore, requiring a heavy duty cover. As it turns out, my friend sent me his book cover which inspired his request. Apparently, the person that made his first one used a DK weight yarn with sparkledies – not captured in image – and it was fitted. Excuse me! 😀

As I am so busy with all my other projects and teaching, I left the project alone. I might come back some day in the future just to see if I can design a similar book over, but the blue on pictured seems more of a challenge because it looks like it is crocheted from the center out.

My pattern is available for purchase on my patterns page which you can access by following the link above. While I condone your profit from making my pattern, I do ask that you do not copy my pattern for dissemination among your friends, though if you are a true Friend of Bill’s, this statement becomes moot. Besides, there is no way for me to police this; all I can do is ask. However, I don’t think USD $5.00 is an exorbitant fee for a book cover pattern that may be customized to protect your bible! Finally, if you grace me with a purchase of this pattern, and you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to the pattern, so that I can send you a request to feature your finished object.

Happy hooking!