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

Crocodile Rock Cowl

Crocodile Rock Cowl

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Off da Hook: February 25, 2014
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo of A Hooker’s World
Yarn A: Berroco Comfort (Fiber Content: 50% Nylon (Polyamide), 50% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9761 Lovage; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Yarn B: Berroco Comfort (Fiber Content: 50% Nylon (Polyamide), 50% Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US 8/H
Dimensions: 5.25 (W) x 74 (C) inches

This project reminded me of an alligator or crocodile; hence the name: Crocodile Rock by Elton John. I made this during another class I taught in entrelac crochet. I really love entrelac crochet for it’s ease and beauty.

Price: USD $72.00

Hotel California Capelet

Hotel Calfiornia Capelet
Hotel Calfiornia Capelet
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Cast On: February 3, 2014
Cast Off: February 4, 2014
Pattern: Ribbon Capelet by Ruth Ellen Thompson
Yarn A: Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon (Fiber Content: 90% Nylon, 10% Metallic; Yarn Color: 5 Blue Silver; Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Yarn B: Trendsetter Aura (Fiber Content: 100% Nylon; Yarn Color: [Grey]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

I got the Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon from the store and the Trendsetter Aura from Beach Knitting before they closed. I had been wanting to make a cape and sufficed with this capelet due to the one skein of Sari Ribbon I had. This was a very quick and easy knit. I only wish I had made the grey trim thicker, but it is sufficient as it is.

The name of this project – Hotel California by The Eagles – is from my music library and I think was inspired by the colors of this capelet.

Price: USD $108.00

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf

On da Hook: December 6, 2013
Off da Hook: December 10, 2013
Pattern: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf by Hooker Leo
Hook: Boye US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Yarn A: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0319 Cherry Red) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn B: 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver (0389 Hunter Green) [364 yds (333 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn C: 1 skein Unknown (Light Green) [approximately 100.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Yarn D: 1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (180 Cranberry) [170.0 yds (155 m); yarn weight: medium (4)]
Lenghth: 78 inches (approximate)

My cousin requested this scarf a while ago, and I’ll admit, I was intimidated by possible design until such time it came to me and I was able to make the scarf over a 48 hour period. I was not happy with many of the rose patterns I found, so this pattern includes yet another rose pattern. I had enough yarn left over to make a hat and/or mitts. Keep in mind that if you change the weight of the yarn lower, you could get by with less; higher, you might be able to get by with the measurements above.

Just in case you are interested, here is the original art I created:

I Nver Promised You A Rose Garden Scarf Original Art

The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. This pattern remains untested; if you are interested in becoming the official tester of this pattern, please email your request to me. Until an official tester is assigned, I am available via email. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $2.50 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

I Feel Free Mobius Cowl

On da Hook: December 2, 2013
Off da Hook: December 3, 2013
Pattern: I Feel Free Mobius Cowl by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: 2 skeins Feza Cayenne [7.06 ounces/484 yards; Worsted/10 ply (9 wpi)]
Yarn B: 1 skein Berroco Comfort DK [ 1.76 ounces/178 yards; DK/8 ply (11 wpi)]
Yarn C: 1 skein Ornaghi Filati Baby Melbourne Superwash [1.76 ounces/220.0 yards; Sport/5 ply (12 wpi)
Hook: Boye US G6 – 4.0 mm
Finished Size: 34 inch diameter (106 inch circumference) x 5 inch width

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing from Joyce Wyatt at my last guild meeting and was very attracted to the texture, so I set to designing. This mobius cowl is based on alternating front post and back post double crochets, and alternating my yarn choices every row. Because of the post construction, round must be started anew, even if you are using only one color.

The pattern is available on my Patterns page, which may be accessed by the link above. One of the pattern features that I really like is beginning each round with a staggered post double crochet to eliminate pronounced beginning/end of each round. The pattern is written in a Pattern/[Recipe] format, so that you can improvise your own yarn choices, as my yarn choices above might be discontinued; has been tested by Ravelry ID: SassySean, though I continue to be available for support on all my patterns; and contains links to two videos: How To Create Crochet Mobius Foundation and How To Start A Round With A Standing Post Double Crochet. While I condone your profit from making this scarf, I do ask that you do not duplicate the pattern for dissemination amongst your friend because I don’t think the cost of $5.00 is exorbitant. You are on your honor, as I cannot possible police this.

For Sale: USD $64.00

 

I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf

I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
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On da Hook: Don’t remember
Off da Hook: July 20, 2013
Recipe: I Only Have Eyes For You Scarf
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Salsa (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Hook: US I – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: Forgot to measure before donating

I obtained this yarn for free from Peggy. I just love the color and I thought it would make a nice scarf. I was going to make it longer, but at the guild meeting this past weekend I discovered that there are no size restrictions, so ended it before joining a third skein, sewed in the ends, had Parmesaner (isn’t she a cutie-patootie?) model it for me and turned it in as a donation to Handmade Especially For You. I really like this scarf. I wish I could wear one, but with my heat sensitivity issues, it would not be so pretty for so long.

Due to our – what I presume to be – fake mutual crushes, I chose to name the project I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos.

 

 

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.

Coffee Cup Square Motif

Coffee Connection Afghan Square
Coffee Connection Afghan Square
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Cast On: November 26, 2012
Cast Off: November 26, 2012
Recipe: Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn: Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches

Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.

I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.

This recipe is available for free and may be obtained by following the Recipe link above or by visiting Ravelry.

Feliz Navidad Wrap

Feliz Navidad Wrap
Feliz Navidad Wrap
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Cast On: November 26, 2011
Cast Off: December 19, 2011
Pattern: Zig Zag Rib by Tahira Probst
Yarn A: Malabrigo Merino Wool (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Navidad; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Red]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering
Needle: US 13
Dimensions: 26 x 64 inches

I finally finished it…and just in time for someone to buy it as an Xmas gift. The name – Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – was inspired by the yarn color.

I decided I wanted to make a shawl/wrap with my Malabrigo Merino worsted wool, but I was not sure how many stitches to cast on. I started with forty, but after completing 64 rows of the pattern, I decided it was not going to be wide enough. My friend ArtCrochetbyD, made a shawl (different pattern) and I think it is the perfect dimensions, but she is not as anal as I am and she doesn’t know the dimensions.

Anyway, with this four day weekend, I have been doing nothing, but crocheting and knitting. So I spent yesterday, frogging Feliz Navidad and restarting it. As I reached the 32 row point, I noticed that I had made a boo-bo0, so I frogged it again and completed that 32 rows before I finally went to bed. As long as I pay attention, I should be able to finish one skein today, which will give me a better idea how much more yarn I need to complete the project. I have one more skein, but I think I am going to need more and I want to find out sooner better than later as I have been in the position where I have needed more yarn and the color lot is no longer in production.

This was the best picture which reveals the zig zag rib texture. Lesson learned from this project:

  • Texture and multicolor yarns are not the best combination
  • Multicolor yarn
    • Multiple skeins do not provide consistent pooling, no matter matching dye lots
    • Best reserved for one skein projects or where the multicolor can be broken up by solids

Price: USD $140.00