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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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Scrumbles Bracelet

Scrumbles are  my latest addiction.  I love the little pieces of crochet joined together to form freeform pieces of art.   Mishmash of colours and textures make these pieces really unique. Such a brilliant way to use up ends of yarn or to just try a sample of new wool without committing to a huge project.    Each step of creating a part gives that little buzz of achievement…..no need to wait 10 hours for the finished shawl buzz.  And with my many and increasing WIPS getting a few mini pieces that I can class as finished is such a bonus 🙂  I now have a little bag  filled with samples/flowers/embelshments crocheted in different yarns and shades, waiting for me at mums, all ready to be combined into artwork.

My first attempt at a “finished piece” was a scrumble bracelet made in blues and greys colours that evoked our summer rainy day sky’s in the UK.  The freedom of creating little crochet embellishments and then combining them and adding garnishes of gems and beads was very enjoyable.

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My inspiration ( a very small selection):

I just love all the blogs I follow they always give me  inspiration and motivation to further develop my crochet skills.   Wether its a wonderfully toned colour selection or the most adorable little motifs they get the brain whirling over what I could create myself.

stitchedupmama has some absolutely beautiful scrumble pieces that combine different textiles and I especially love the beautifully decorative and organic woodland artwork    This really opened my eyes to the versatility of crochet.

There’s a good selection of scrumble and freeform crochet on pininterst – I fell headfirst in love with the bags and scarves pinned  by taarna.

And of course Ravelry features wonderful examples of freeform scrumbles.

Of Crochet, Lace, and Steampunk

A steampunk event in Leeds called for a new outfit (yes I know, any excuse for new items…..)  It was my first venture into the world of Steampunk so I wasn’t quite sure how I should dress.  I went for a grey ruffled shirt with a black bustle pencil skirt and black boots (all from my usual wardrobe).   I decided the cheapest way to make this more Steampunky was to add a few accessories (crocheted of course)  to make my look a little bit more antique.      The first accessory was my flower headband (pattern here).  Followed by a crochet gothic necklace (one I had made and photographed previously)

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Gothic crochet necklace

I finished the outfit off by making  a new corsage from black lace, a sparkly button and a grey flower I had crocheted. I think it turned out rather well and its really simple to do (instructions below).  I’ve discovered the beauty of combining different textures in my art.  Crochet and lace just go so well together like chocolate and caramel….

Whilst at the event I discovered a wonderful Steampunk short-story book – Tales from the Asylum and got a signed copy.  It’s produced by an independent UK publisher (I think) that describes itself as “by Steampunks, for Steampunks”.      This really appealed to my love of  dark gothic horror with the bonus of supporting local writers.  The short tales that dip into different themes and visions seemed a fun intro to Steampunk novels as I could read snipets from different authors viewpoints without committing to reading a lengthily novel.  It is set within the dark decaying walls of an old fashioned asylum.  Each of the story’s  tells a tale of one of the special inmates and they are linked together by the wardens footsteps and laminations as he journeys from cell to cell through the asylum. This all makes great bedtime reading.  Available from the publisher or in the UK via  Amazon link.

Corsage:
What you need:
Lace
Fabric
Crochet flower
Sewing thread
Sewing needle

Button
Safety Pin

Cut the lace and fabric so that it is a little larger in size than your crochet flower and scrunch/fold to form a flower shape then add a few stitches to hold the shape.

Place the crochet flower over the lace.

Sew  on the button to hold all the layers together.

Push the safety pin through the back to turn this into a brooch.

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Corsage – I think it looked quite Steampunk from what I know of the style!

An afternoon of Corsages and Tea

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I needed an easy project to do that would only take a  few hours as a break from crochet necklaces.  A “quick” look at Ravelry (quick meaning I didn’t spend the whole afternoon browsing the wonderful creations on there but only an hour or so) and I found a pattern for a beautiful large corsage.  I skimmed the pattern notes and saw it looked simple enough.  But there were no other completed projects to see how others had faired.  I just love browsing through what others have done to see yarn and colour combinations and to read any hiccups and modifications in their project notes.   However I decided the lack of projects must be put right immediately and dived head first into my yarn stash.    I came out grasping 2 shades of blue which looked so complementary together. One a bright turquoise and the other a paler minty blue both Woolcraft New Fashion Double Knitting. This is a cheap and cheerful yarn perfect for mini projects/testing new patterns.

The pattern was very straightforward with just one (130+) row in each colour.  But I kept loosing track when counting to 8 for each petal set whilst trying to keep in my head which part of the stitch pattern I was on.   It was just a little too much information for my brain to hold on a warm afternoon whilst I indulged with tea and homemade tea loaf.  Next time a pen and paper will be utilised to keep track of where I am up to in the pattern. However,  happily as I’m sure I messed up in a couple of places,  it is very forgiving if you miss/duplicate stitches so any mistakes don’t really matter. I made a couple of changes to the finishing off of the pattern.  Crocheted the corsage onto the back piece rather than sewing and made it more ruffled up and on top of itself so it wasn’t as large a diameter.    I found a flowery pale blue  button which I attached into the centre to set it off as a statement piece.

Good fun project for beginners  as mistakes really don’t seem to matter too much at all.  The pattern is available on Ravelry by Jane Crowe.

Home made Tea loaf:

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Half eaten loaf

This makes a  rich tea-loaf perfect to spread with butter and have with your favourite cuppa.

As wheat is my enemy  I bake my own cakes and bread so I can achieve gluten free on a reasonable budget.  To aid me in this I have a wonderful breadmaker which allows me to chuck in a bunch of ingredients and return a few hours later to delicious baked goods, magic.    This is a recipe I’ve adapted from several recipes online which I find makes a good slightly moist loaf in my breadmaker. You can bake this substituting normal flour for the gluten free variety if you don’t have a wheat sensitivity.  If you don’t have a breadmaker you can mix this all together, beat in the egg and put into a lined bread tin and bake in the oven at Gas Mark 4 for about 45 minutes.

Ingredients

1 cup of tea (I used Tetley decaf  but any tea you like would be fine)

1 cup of  sultanas (or any mixed dried fruit)

2 cups of plain gluten free flour

2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tbsp oil (I used Sunflower but any mild flavoured cooking oil would be fine)

1 teaspoon mixed spice

Directions:

Boil kettle and make up one cup of black  tea.  Stir in one teaspoon of honey.

Put sultanas in a bowl and pour over the tea and honey mix.  Leave to soak for around 1 hour until it goes cold.

Meanwhile, pour yourself another cup of tea,  add milk/sugar as desired and sit and  browse through Crochet magazines and online patterns to find your next must have item.

Once the tea is cold and the sultanas are nicely plumped.  Measure all other ingredients into the bread-maker.   Pour over the black tea and sultana mix.

Set the breadmaker to “cake”.

Sit and crochet your chosen “must have” accessory and go back to get your rewards from the breadmaker after 2 1/2 hours.
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In my impatience to eat I didn’t cut it very straight!

Crochet scarflets and bowtie necklace

Oopsie I haven’t updated in a while as I’ve had a busy, busy, busy week crocheting, playing with dogs, attending a steampunk exhibition and carbooting amongst other delights. I’ve been working hard on my own crochet jewelry designs, reading through and practicing different stitch designs from the stitch dictionary’s I recently purchased in order to increase my stitch knowledge. which I will share on here shortly.

Here’s a selection of some more wonderful designs that I have turned into creations for myself and family to enjoy. I’ve been busting through my 50 + que of patterns I must create from Ravelry. 🙂

Bowtie necklace – pattern by Sara Dudek available on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-bowtie-necklace

Amazingly funky. This was quick and simple to do as it only involved crocheting a rectangle and creating a tie and chain. A really fun project and I loved the bobble chain which added extra fun to the design. I used King Cole – Mirage yarn for the first time and was happy by how beautifully it worked up. I shall definitely be using again for some projects.

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Mademoiselle’s Crochet Scarflet– pattern by Eva Wenig available on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mademoiselles-crochet-scarflet

Easy to follow pattern to make a wonderful little choker/scarflet. The photo’s and step by step instructions made this great for beginners. It didn’t take much yarn at all. I loved the combination of shell stitches and bobbles. I added pink glittery buttons to make this a really girly accessory for the autumn. I can see me making a few more of these in different yarns and colours for my autumn/winter wardrobe. This pattern was perfect for testing out my new grey King Cole haze yarn. Haze is wonderfully soft and fluffy but doesn’t seem to give good stitch definition. So I think this would work for winter scarf’s/hats and other items where you want warmth and are not worried about showing off an intricate lacy crocheting.

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Mademoiselle’s Crochet Scarflet

Scarflet (130 Drops scarf) – pattern by DROPS design available on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/130-29-scarf-in-cotton-viscose

Another simple pattern which created a beautiful scarflet. I made this as a gift to my mum to keep out the winter chills from an open necked coat.

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Upclose detail
Stealing back the scarflet to model
Now off to read the amazing blogs I follow and catch up on what wonderful designs others have been creating 🙂

Crochet Neckpieces

This week I’ve been rather busy experimenting with crochet necklaces  and chasing after Jasmine who has decided that wool and trainers are her favoure toys which she has to run off with to hide and chew them, mischievous little dog.    I’ve discovered an array of brilliant patterns  that combine thread and gems in artisctic designs. But also there have been some  very definite failures that were scrapped before completion either due to being too complicated for me to follow or that I just didn’t like the way they were turning out.  Practice, practice, practice then I can share some more with you.  Ignore the rather gingerly looking colour of my hair it is long past due a re-dye to go back to its usual brilliantly bright red.

I’ve come up with my top 3 so far (listed in no particular order). My favourite patterns were all found on Ravelry and I picked them for their beautiful simplicity:

Mesh neckpiece : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mesh-crochet-necklace by Stefanie Fail.
A wonderfully simple pattern which makes a dramatic neckpiece.  As it only uses chain stitches and single crochet it is suitable for beginner crocheters.  This is perfect for crocheting whilst petting the dog, watching TV and talking to the other half all at the same time – just remember to reduce by one stitch at the end and beginning of each row.

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For my version I used King Cole haze yarn which is black with silver glitter running through – just beautiful for a hint of glimmer.  I also  added a glass bead to the end which helped with the drooping of the necklace.
This necklace screams out to be made in a variety of colours and threadweights for different occasions it was so quick and easy to make.   Watch this space for more as I’ve just “won” some silver Spritz  yarn on ebay which would be perfect for this.

Crochet neckfrill:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ruffled-crochet-bib-necklace by Stefanie Fail
An easy to follow pattern.    I however wasn’t sure where exactly the sections were meant to be attached and when I put it together my necklace hung weird so I need to work on attaching it together better.

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I used a grey stylecraft DK yarn for simple elegance.  Although I still need to block the necklace and attack the sections more firmly.

Folded crochet necklace: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Velda

gia/folded-lace-necklace by Lia Govers.
Another easy to follow pattern.  Suitable to beginners who can follow a basic pattern than uses dcs sc and chain stitches.  Rows repeat so its an easy project to do whilst watching the TV.

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My necklace needs blocking to really look its best.  I also think I missed a row somewhere as my necklace seems much smaller than the pattern.  Although this could be due to the fine fingerweight thread I used.   If i did this one again I would use a thicker DK yarn.

Puffballs purse

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Puffball purse was inspired by my cuddly, furry black and white panda hottie. It warms me up on cold nights and the lavender scented herb bag filling  aids my insomnia.  Cute and functional.

The puffball purse is a quick project perfect for using up ends of stash yarn. It is written using US terminology.   I would say it is suitable for a beginner crocheter using single crochet (UK dc) , double crochet (UK tc) and puffball stitches.

I always welcome feedback on my designs.  If you have any problems please do contact me.  I’m new to writing patterns so any tips on improvement or what parts you like most are much appreciated.

Materials
4mm crochet hook.
Any DK yarn in 2 differwnt colours
Size can be altered by increasing/decreasing chain length.  Ensure the chain length is divisable by 6.  Ensure that the colour changes are done on the inside of the purse and any lengths of yarn are on this side.

Abreviations:

US Crochet terminology used : Ch – chain, DC – double crochet, Tr – treble crochet, SC – Single crochet, SS – Slip stitch,

Special Stitches

Puffball stitch – (done in alternate colour to rest of bag: 1 ch (1  tr into next st two rows below) 6 times. Take hook out of last  tr, insert it into first chain of this group, pull the loop of the last  treble through the chain to create a puffball.

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Side of Purse
With colour A Chain # (divisable by 6 )  ss to join.  (I used chain 54)
Row1 Work sc into each chain, ss to join
Row 2 Ch 2, work dc into each chain, ss to join.
Row 3 Ch 2, work dc into each chain, ss to join.
Row 4: Ch2 1 dc into each of next 5 dc.  Join Colour B, *With Colour B *1 ch (1  tr into next st two rows below) 6 times. Take hook out of last  tr, insert it into first chain of this group, pull the loop of the last  tr through the chain to create a puffball. With Colour A 1 dc into each of next 5 dc, repeat from * to end.  Join with ss.
Row 5 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join. (Note puffball counts as one stitch)
Row 6: Colour A ch2, 1 dc into each on next 2  dc. *With Colour B do puffball stitch, with Colour A 1dc into each of next 5 dc, repeat from * to end.  Join with ss.
Row 7 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join.
Row 8 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join.
Repeat rows 4-8 until purse is required depth.
For the black and white purse I did one more repeat of row 4-6.

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Bottom of purse:
Sc into each dc with colour A.

Turn bag inside out and hold both front and back sides together.  Chain 2, SC through stitch on both front and back of the bag so that you join them together.   Work SC across the bottom of the bag until it is sealed shut.
Tie off end and weave in ends.

Finishing:
If you are a sewer you can line the purse and add a zip to the top.   I would recomend this method if you plan on using as a coin purse.
Alternatively if you wish to hold larger items such as make up you can add a flap as shown:
Flap
Row 1: Attach colour A to top back of purse.  Chain 2 then dc along back edge of the purse.
Row 2: Dc in each dc.
Row 3 working in back loop only sc in rach dc.
Attach press stud to middle of flap and middle of front or alternatively add a button for closure.

** Please feel free to make this project for gifts. If you choose to pass along this pattern, link my blog!**