On da Hook: ? Off da Hook: October 5, 2014 Pattern: 53 Miles West of Venus Wrap by Hooker Leo (In Development) Yarn: Kent Manufacturing Company (Fiber Content: 100% Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown [1, Fingering]) Hook: US 7 Dimensions: 34 x 70 inches (unblocked)
Price: USD $75.00
While experimenting one night I came up with a stitch pattern (alternating front/back post double crochets) I liked and a way to increase (one stitch per row) from the middle for this narrow triangle shawl, which may be used open or folded in half and worn in a variety of ways. By using a chain one at the beginning of each row and double crocheting in the first stitch versus the second stitch, I got a real nice ruffled/rippled border, which every loves. The fabric of this shawl is very spongy and it drapes well. It will certainly keep you warm being 100% wool. I wore it at the store for less than five minutes because my body temps run high, before I started to get uncomfortable. The wrap was constructed from the bottom point up. I name – 53 Miles West of Venus by The B-52’s – is a random selection from my music library, but I just love the appropriateness of the name to the different shape.
I had picked up the yarn at Newton’s Yarn Country Fall Festival one year. I love using cones when developing patterns because there are no yarn breaks. Unfortunately, I do not get all the yarn information I would like. I was very surprised that this cone (approximately 1 pound) turned out to be 100% wool. I just love the color, which I would call peach. As for the yarn weight, the general consensus at The Knitting Tree, L A was Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering.
Cast On: August 26, 2014 Cast Off: September 5, 2014 Needle Size: US 9 Yarn: Tiara by HiKoo by Skacel (Fiber Content: 10% Kid Mohair, 5% Wool, 49% Acrylic, 22% Nylon, 10% Bead, 4% Sequin; Yarn Color: 0001 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Dimensions: 72 x 9 inches
When I made the Good Lovin’ Cowl – Pattern: Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta – I fell in love with the border stitch, thinking it would make a beautiful shawl. Well the other day, while stocking yarn at The Knitting Tree, L A, I opened a box and discovered the Tiara. It was love at first sight, but the idea for this project had not yet been conceived. A few days later…lightbulb! And here it is. I managed to get a couple of pictures that show the beads (light blue and lavender) and sequins. I only used one skein to make this, afraid to add another because the width was increasing so fast. As such, the piece is shallow and long. I wore it the other day at the TKTLA Sunday Brunch to show it off and was surprised that some time passed before my neck started getting warm, considering I am always hot.
The name of the project – Let It Go by Demi Lovato from the movie Frozen – was a delayed choice, but very apropos, considering the colors.
I finally finished – and not after getting too enthusiastic (136 inches!) for the Farrow Rib Stitch, the new skill of carrying yarn, and stripes. This stitch was so easy to do and almost mindless – I did find one error over three rows, but I defy anyone to find it without careful examination. After modeling the scarf for photography, I am a big fan of the double keyhole method (center picture, top row).
Of course because of all the orange, I am tempted to keep this scarf for myself. This scarf if for sale at Price: USD $25.00. Of course, if it does not sell, I will either keep it or donate it to charity.
The name of the scarf comes from the song of the same name: Always The Sun by The Stranglers.
A friend of mine has been taking a knitting/crochet group into an assisted-living facility where her mom resides. I volunteered to support her group and this Thursday will be my first time attending. You know how I love old ladies! Anyway, the last time I saw my friend in the store she was buying yarn for the group. I commented to my friend that it was a nice gesture, and to save her some money, I would go through my mountainous stash and donate some of my yarn.
So the other day, I began stash-diving, beginning with multicolored yarns because I had been informed that was what the old ladies liked best. Of course, once I started seeing all the beautiful colors, I could not decided what to donate. My final algorithm was to donate single unlabeled skeins so I would not have the additional challenge of color matching or trying to find the same yarn.
I was initially going to donate the Universal Classic Worsted Tapestry (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Yarn Color: 7005 Party Time; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted), but thought because it was various balls tied together, it would not be optimal for the old ladies, so I ended up crocheting the scarf above, which will be donated to Handmade Especially For You, the charity at the El Segundo Sliptstitchers knitting guild – I’ll never understand why it’s abbreviated ESSS versus ESS. Anyway, I used a US 8/H – 5 mm hook and the Diagonal Box Stitch to make this scarf. I could have sworn there was a nicer way to decrease this stitch without having to chain or slipstitch, but I could not find those instructions. If you know how, please send me an email.
The pattern has been tested, is now complete and available for sale for the mere cost of USD $2.50. The original post for this scarf may be found here. As always, with all my patterns, my standard pattern proviso stands:
I condone any realized profit from selling your finished project
If you are on Ravelry, I would appreciate your linking your project to this pattern/recipe, so I can send a request to feature your finished object
The Bad News: Unfortunately, after contacting Be Sweet Yarns for colors used in the tested version, I have discovered that the Bambino Taffy has been discontinued.
The Good News: Because the scarf is constructed in a motif pattern, you can practically use any weight, any fiber yarn of your choice to crochet this easy scarf. You can easily adjust the width of your scarf by making smaller/longer squares and you can easily adjust the length because you can decided when the scarf is long enough for your liking.
Alternative Yarn Suggestions: A self striping yarn might give you a nice effect as the colors run from one square to the next. You may also want to use a gradient with short color runs mixed with a solid for a very interesting pattern of squares.
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.
On da Hook: Don’t Remember Off da Hook: April 29, 2014 Pattern: Inspired Design by Hooker Leo Yarn A: Unknown; Fiber Content: Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown [White]; Yarn Weight: 4 Yarn B: Unknown; Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [White]; Yarn Weight: 0 Yarn C: Super Yarn Mart Superlon; Fiber Content: Acrylic; Yarn Color: 100 Black; Yarn Weight: 4 Hook: Boye US J/10 – 6.0 mm Dimensions: 76 x 6.5 inches
Price: USD $30.00 + applicable shipping
This was my practice attempt at a design inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. It provided an opportunity for me to finish the cone of eyelash yarn I had, though I still have a smidgen of it left. I stopped working on this to work on Halcyon + On + On Wrap because my decision to be precise with the eyelash yarn and avoid looping was becoming very tedious. Not visible in the image above are some iridescent fibers the reflect prismatic color.
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.
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.
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
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.