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Sweetpea Crochet Hook Case Pattern

I’ve been collecting a number of crochet hooks lately and always seem to be loosing them. I get a small collection back every time I tidy from ones that have escaped under the sofa, behind the cushions, and they always tumble out of the wool bags I hide behind the sofa. So I definitely needed a safe place to store some. I also wanted a method that would allow me to transport hooks and the essentials like needle, thread, scissors and safety pins around with me as I travel back and forth to my mums. After glancing through a few images of hook cases I decided to make up my own. This meant I could try out the Sweetpea stitch I had seen in one of my crochet stitch directories.

This case is very adaptable and you can add pockets or hook holders where you need to fit in your crocheting goodies. It could also be adapted easily into a pencil case or jewelry pouch. I’m considering making another to store my crochet necklaces in, replacing the surface crochet with more pockets.

As always feedback is welcomed. If you do run into any problems let me know so I can amend the pattern to make it clearer! Feel free to use my designs for gifts etc and please do link back here to the pattern so I can see what beautiful items you have made.

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I haven’t blocked my case yet, but this would make the case more squared and less likely to curl up at the corners. I’m not sure it needs it though as most of the time it is rolled up to store the hooks.

Stash Buster – Sweetpea Crochet Hook Case

This pattern is written in American crochet terms conversions and abbreviations are given at the bottom of the pattern.
As you can use up the ends of yarns and mix and match to create stripes etc. this is a great stash buster or way to try out a new yarn without committing to a large project.

What you need:
4.00 mm crochet hook
Double knitting weight yarn Colour A and Colour B
I used less than one skein of red Woolcraft New Fashion Double Knitting and a small amount of Black King Cole Haze DK.
One button, needle and sewing thread

Case:
Chain 37 (increase or decrease this chain depending on wool and hook so that the chain is about a couple of inches longer than the height of crochet hooks. Just ensure that your chain number is a multiple of 7 plus 2 extra – e.g. 7*5 = 35 + 2 ch = 37 chains)

ROW 1 ch 3, 1 dc into 4th ch from hook, dc along into each chain to end of row.
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Row 2 ch 3 (counts as first dc) 1 dc into 2nd chain of hook, *miss 2 dc, 5 dc into next dc (shell), sk 2 dc, 2 dc into next 2 dc*,
repeat from * to end of row.
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Row 3: ch 3, 1 dc between first 2 dc, *1 dc between 3rd and 4th of shell, 5 dc between the 2 single dc,*
repeat from * to end of row with 2 dc between last 2 dc.

Row 4: Ch3, 1 dc between first 2 dc, *5 dc between the 2 single dc, 1 dc between 3rd and 4th of shell, *
repeat from * to end of row with 2 dc between last 2 dc.

Repeat by alternating row 3 and row 4 until crochet case is desired width. I used 18 rows.

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Pocket:
Chain 12
Row 1: Ch3 tc in 4th ch from hook, tc in each chain
Row 2: Ch3, turn, tc into back loop only of 2nd tc and tc in each tc to end
Row 3: Ch3, turn, tc into front loop only of 2nd tc and tc in each to end.
Row 4 + repeat alternating row 2 and 3 until piece measures high enough to hold your scissors or other items.
Attach to the case using sc along sides and bottom.

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Hook inserts
These are worked using straight lines of single crochet surface crochet. I added 2 lines to hold my hooks (see picture for positioning)
Join the yarn and hold on the side with the pocket.
Insert the hook under the row to be worked and out to the front again, yrh and draw loop through, yrh and draw through 2 loops on hook. (One surface crochet is now completed).
Work a line of surface crochet until about 1 inch from the edge of the case.

If you are unfamiliar with surface crochet it is demonstrated in this video by CraftyAndy:

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Border and button – worked in Colour B
Row 1: With Colour B sc around edge of case.
Row 2: Ch3, (dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch, * sk 3 sc, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch, * repeat from * all around the case.
Finish by adding a button to fasten the case into a roll.

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Abbreviations and Conversions

ch = chain
dc = double crochet (American dc is equivalent to treble crochet in English crochet).
sc = single crochet (American sc is equivalent to double crochet in English crochet).
shell = 5dc into one dc.
sk = skip
tc = treble crochet (American tc is equivalent to double treble crochet in English crochet)
yrh = yarn around hook

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My little crochet helper cuddling up to the work in progress. She loves to curl up on my lap whilst I crochet which unfortunatly adds a few dog hairs into the stitches!

I love to see what people make so please do link your creations to me. This pattern can also be found/linked to via Ravelry:

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Sunshine Butterflies

We’ve had tons of glorious sunshine lately which has been fantastic.   Jasmine finally can go out on walks now her vaccinations are all sorted. Lots and lots of fun has been had exploring the local parks and fields.   Her personality has really come out in the few weeks since we got her from the Rescue Centre and now she’s tearing around the place like a proper little terrier filling my life with amusement and showing the true stubborness and selective deafness that JRs are known for.  More work is needed before she realises that I am the boss of this household at all times and she can’t just listen to me when it suits her, which has earned her the nickname of “little princess”.  She’s kept the sweet side of her personality too and loves her cuddles or to curl up and sleep on my lap.  But all my playing with the” little princess” has left little time for crocheting this week.

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Me and Jasmine relaxing in the park.

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“Princess” Jasmine being carried to the vets pre-vaccinations

I finally managed to block the butterfly that I made my mum as a thankyou for getting me Jas.  However it would still benefit from a starching.    This wonderful pattern is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/delicate-crochet-butterfly .  I found the stitches easy to do but needed to pay very close attention to every stitch to make sure I got it all in the right order.   Not a pattern to try and follow when sleepy..  The resulting butterfly is so intricate and beautiful it is worth spending the time to get it right. A  few more in reds and creams are planned to decorate my bedroom.  These are so versatile I can see them used as a doily or as added decorations on objects such as bags and lampshades.  I just have to cover my house in them to satisfy my butterfly obsession.   Perhaps in a nice glittery thread to add more sparkle to my life.

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Green butterfly doily

I’ve also been testing out old crochet patterns for trims and collars to find what works for necklace designs.  I’m starting to get the hang of crocheting with a tiny hook and thin thread and to see which ones I like the look of when hung.  This has resulted in quite a few scrapped projects that are in my wip bag so I can look at them for inspiration of what works etc.

Bubbly doggy bagness

Several days have been  filled with the joy of learning a new stitch and a different method of making stable bags.

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1) Two yarns held and crocheted together provide a chunky structure for a bag.
2) The bubble or popcorn stitch.  This pattern used the method of:  “4DC in next stitch. Drop loop from hook; insert hook from front to back in top
of 1st DC, grab dropped loop and pull through stitch.  This forms a quirky little bubble stitch.”

These were put to great use during the construction of a new bag.  I chose Black red and gold colour-scheme so it would match most of my evening clothes.    I was pleased with the final result however I think it does need lining before I could use it to transport items around in.  At the moment it is being used as a project bag to store all my works in progress.

Pattern for the bubble bag can be found here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raspberry-bag Its very easy to follow to produce a wonderful bag.    I made alterations of adding  rows of DC between the bubble rows.  This meant that the bag worked up faster and  I think it may have used a little less yarn.  Details of the wool I used etc can be found on my Ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Veldagia/raspberry-bag

I’ve also started on my next bag (my own design!!)  However this has been interrupted by a new canine addition to our family.  We adopted her from the rescue centre and on first impressions she seems the perfect crocheting companion.  However she does like to snuggle into the wool/me as I try to crochet so progress has been slower but even more entertaining.