Supermassive Black Hole: Off da Hook

“Oh baby, don’t you know I suffer?…

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Thank You

The Name

Thank You by MKTO

Happened to be playing while I was trying to come up with a name for this scarf. Great anthem!

The Project

Dimensions: 4 x 73 inches (approximate)

20 Stitches knit in-the-round, using magic circle technique, involving double-, triple- and quadruple-stranding.

The Yarn

Unlabled, scrap yarn from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!: Research & Development

It’s a boring job: repetitive. If nothing else, but it pays off in the end.

I want to make myself a new project bag. I started in August with this same pattern, but when I was called out on my slip stitch ladders by another crocheter, on another charity project, I questioned my previous favor of this characteristic.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

The ladder, is created by the slip stitch on the previous row, causing color interruption. My first thought was that my traditional way of changing colors needed to be revised. The other issue was where the round was being joined. Slip stitching the first stitch can be confusing because it presents as two: the slipped stitch and the first stitch of the round.

As such, I began developing a new way to make my squares. On this square, I slip stitched on the stitch after the first crochet, overlapping the first stitch and cut my colors, each round. This seems more finished, but I was not happy with the first stitch creating additional posts/legs in the first stitch in the previous row.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

My first thought was to hide the extra legs in the corner. On this version, I began each round on the the last stitch in the corner previous to the edge I ended the round. This provided for:

  • better stitch counting/tracking
  • slip stitch/first stitch issues (now treated as one)
  • crocheting over tails – providing for tighter seams

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

I don’t think I want to make squares; it will require seaming. I want to crochet the bag in-the-round, but want a flat base. I want to crochet the base in the round and then work the sides in neon yellow and orange stripes. The bag base crocheted in the round will require more R&D to figure out how to get the right size.

 

Mystery Achievement Afghan: Solved

Mystery Achievement Afghan USD $100.00

About The Project Name

Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders was an ideal choice for this mystery that I was able to solve and even write my own mystery.

About The Yarn

Schoeller+Stahl Portofino Soufflé

Fiber Content: 40% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, 20% Nylon
Yarn Colors: 4705 (2 balls), 4724 (7 balls), 4739 (2 balls), 4727 (2 balls)
Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky

Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to frog, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, frogging. Grrr!

About The Pattern

The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.

About The Project

Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square
Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable

If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.

I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.

Mystery Achievement Afghan
Mystery Achievement Afghan designed/crocheted by Hooker Leo, A Hooker’s World