So I finally returned to knitting. For the details that lead me back to knitting read this post. Otherwise, as you can see, another project has been completed. The pattern is Bridger Cowl by Kris Basta, Kriskrafter, LLC and I used the Karabella Aurora 8 (Fiber Content: 100% Extrafine Merino Wool Irrestringible; Yarn Colors: 286 and 1536; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) and Wendy Peter Pan Double Knit (Fiber Content: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 387; Yarn Weight: 3, DK/Light Worsted).
Of course being the rebel that I am, I changed the pattern:
by incorporating more than one color
by replacing the garter, just above the brown trim on the bottom, with stockinette
and by making up my own two border (Row 1: Purl; Row 2: Purl; Row 3: YO, P2tog; Row 4: Purl; Row 5: Purl)
I think I am going to make another with the skein of Cascade Casablanca (Fiber Content: 60% Wool, 25% Silk, 15% Mohair; Yarn Color: 3; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) I have.
On da Hook: April 22, 2014 Off da Hook: April 25, 2014 Pattern: Basic Crochet in Leisure Arts Dog Sweaters to Knit & Crochet by Carol Carvalho Yarn A:Universal Uptown Worsted; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Pumpkin; Yarn Weight: 4 Yarn B:Feza Zara; Fiber Content: 65% Acrylic, 35% Wool; Yarn Color: 134; Yarn Weight: 4 Hook A: US G Hook B: US H8 – 5.0 mm
I made this sweater for Mojo so Jacqui would not have to crochet it alone. Based on the perfect fit of the first one I made – The Look of Love Dog Sweater – I did not do a gauge swatch for this one and it came out way bigger than the first one I made for Mojo. I hope Jacqui’s dog sweater fits Kiki.
I must express my dismay with the non-standardization of crochet hooks. The pattern calls for a F (4.0 mm); all my Fs are 3.75 mm. I do own a G hook so I assumed it was a 4.0 mm, but according to Karp Styles a G equals 4.25 mm and a 6 equals 4.0 mm. Very confusing. I wonder how one would go about standardizing this.
I just received an email from Jacqui, who informs me that the sweater fit perfectly!
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: 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.
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.
On da Hook: November 19, 2013 Off da Hook: November 20, 2013 Pattern:Come And Get Your Love Mobius Cowl by Hooker Leo Yarn A: 3 skeins Lion Brand Jamie (200 White); 100% Acrylic Yarn B: Unknown Eyelash (White); Unknown fiber Yarn C: Plassard Insolite (09 Lavender); 100% Polyester Yarn D: Flutter (42); 100% Polyester Yarn E:Classic Elite La Gran Mohair(6589 Crepe Myrtle); 78.4% Mohair/17.3% Wool/4.3% Nylon Hook: US M/13-9.0 mm Finished Size: 6 inch width x 22.5 inch diameter ≈ 70.6 circumference
I finally got my love and have worked out a hooking schedule. With my new plan in action, I was feeling crafty and inspired by Sara’s (sp) shared knowledge of the Sedge Stitch a la Lion Brand, and I’ve been itching to make another Mobius cowl since Mother’s was knitted, and despite using scraps, I am proud of the way that one turned out. Since it’s been in mom’s care, it has attained a softer touch. Isn’t that interesting? While I prefer a Mobius cowl of dimensions similar to mother’s versus this smaller version, this one, again, was made from partials skeins of the baby sport weight yarn and the Unknown Eyelash was on a cone, so you could actually make it wider and/or longer. I still like it andI am just too excited to have another FO.
The body worked up over an afternoon/evening; the border took a morning because I tried to do something different by slip stitching the back loop and front loops on each side, so I would not have to see the v’s from single crochet along the sides. That’s why you see that white line along the sides. I’ll admit: it looks a little less than Wow!, and I am almost convinced it is a design element. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
You may purchase the pattern by following the link above. While I condone your profit from making this cowl, I do ask that you do not copy the pattern and disseminate among your friends, as I don’t think USD $2.50 is an exorbitant fee for a crochet pattern. As with all my patterns, if you maintain a presence on Ravelry.com, I would appreciate your linking to the pattern, so I can contact you and feature an image of your project with the pattern page.
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.