I Fall To Pieces Cowl

I Fall To Pieces Cowl
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On da Hook: February 13, 2016
Off da Hook: February 16, 2016
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Scrap Yarns
Hook: US J/10
Dimensions: 88 (D) x 5.5 (W) inches

Having received another batch of scrap yarn from CSNanaCat, I decided to gather up my sraps and combine them all together to make a multi-skein, multi-fiber (M&M) ball.

I believe I chained 25 and then single crocheted the first round, working in the back loops. The second round was the same except every fifth stitch, I did a front loop double crochet in the row below. I continued in pattern until the ball ran out.

Technically, working with such a ball is difficult because of the different yarn widths. I also encountered tension difficulties, or crocheted the foundation chain too tight.

I thought I had a song called Piece of My Heart by ABC, but it turned out to be All of My Heart. As such, I chose I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline as the project name.

This project will be donated to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship.

Monster Mash Cowl

On da Hook: October 7, 2015
Off da Hook: October 8, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Newton’s Yarn Country (Fiber Content: Acrylic; Yarn Color: [Orange]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Yarn B: Unlabeled Scrap Yarn (Fiber Content: [Acrylic], Yarn Color: [Black]; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran or Worsted)
Hook: US J
Dimensions: 7.5 (W) x 18 (D) inches
Price: USD $25.00

I am in love with this project because of the look, the colors, the tension and the memories of Peanuts cartoons – it reminds me of Charlie Brown’s shirt. Actually, I just visited the Peanuts website and realized that Charlie Brown’s shirt would be solid with a zig zag black stripe. I guess I can add one more project to my queue.

Coincidentally, as I sat down to post this project, I started my iTunes and the first song that came up was Thriller by Michael Jackson, so I guess I can create another Halloween-themed object. Now that I am in Halloween mode, I am thinking of doing a ghosty cowl – perhaps in tapestry crochet; it depends on how long it will take to design.

Crooked Teeth Shawl: Complete

On da Hook: August 16, 2015
Off da Hook: September 22, 2015
Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo
Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Tan]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Purple Gradient]; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Pingouin Pingoluxe (Fiber Content: 73% Acetate, 32% Polyamide; Yarn Color: 01; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Blue Gradient], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Green], Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn F: Artfibers Carezza (Fiber Content: 30% Silk, 30% Baby Alpaca, 40% Extrafine Merino Wool; Yarn Color: 17 [Green/Brown Gradient], Yarn Weight: 1, Fine)
Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm
Dimensions: 45.5 (W) x 22 (H)
Price: USD $75.00

I am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.

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Crooked Teeth Shawl

I needed something mindless to work on in the UCLA School of Dentistry tomorrow, while I am evaluated for services. I wanted to start a crochet wingspan, but could not remember the stitch counts from the knitted pattern and not the pattern is not available for free anymore. Too much thinking required, so I started a back loop single crochet shawl: On da Hook: August 16, 2015. The project name – Crooked Teeth by Death Cab For Cutie – should be an obvious reference to my dental health issues.

Crooked Teeth Shawl
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I am not crazy about the back loop construction. I am almost tempted to use the red cone with the natural colors for Crochet Boomerang Scarf v1 by Gail S. Hovanec. Crap I just noticed I cut my ends. Well, I just stayed with the blue, green, purple, this might be able to be saved. Maybe I’ll just continue back loop for the an approximate nape and then switch to another single crochet method?

Actually, I think I solved my dilemma.

 

Working With Rayon

You've Got Your Troubles Shawl
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This is a shawl I am making for a friend of mine, Cathy. I have named this project You’ve Got Your Troubles – by The Fortunes – Shawl. Well, I’ve got mine; That’s how the song goes.

Cathy chose the yarn from one of Newton’s Yarn Country’s parking lot sales before showing me the pattern. Her yarn choice is like a rayon, very slippery. Having worked with rayon before, I did not think much about her choice. Of course, this was before she gave me the pattern she liked. The pattern (The Shawl – Collared Shawl from the book Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin) calls for a 70% mohair, 30% silk blend, which might be a lot easier to work with because of the hairs, and crochet hook sizes G, H, I, J & K, beginning with the K.

The first attempt went well from the foundation chain except that using such a large hook with such a fine medium caused the foundation chain stitches to twist on themselves, making stitch identification and consistency difficult. On the third attempt I got the idea to crochet the foundation chain around a length of waste yarn to prevent the stitches from twisting on themselves. This was a very important lesson learned.

I was still struggling with tension, and I think because of that, I kept loosing stitches. I am a counter, but at this point, I am losing patience. I am counting as I crochet, double-checking when I am off. Another lesson I have learned is to count stitches while the project lays flat on a table versus in holding the project in mid-air.

Another problem is the stitch identification. At least three times I have lost stitches on the decrease row. Because the stitching is so loose, it is hard to identify the decrease; add to that the correct replacement of the stitch marker.

Pictured above is the first two rows, crocheted with a K hook. I am about to switch to the J hook and start the first set of decreases. My plan of action is to take my time, perhaps turn off the television and/or the music, so I can concentrate because I already told Cathy if this doesn’t work out, I am going to grab my size 8 steel hook and just improvise something.

When I Think Of You Scarf

When I Think Of You Scarf
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On da Hook: May 6, 2014
Off da Hook: May 7, 2014
Pattern: When I Think Of You Scarf by Hooker Leo (In Development)
Yarn A: Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (Fiber Content: 70% Organically Grown Cotton/30% Bamboo; Yarn Color: 883 Spearmint Gum; Yarn Weight: 4)
Yarn B: Be Sweet Bambino Taffy (Fiber Content: 70% Organically Grown Cotton/30% Bamboo; Yarn Color: 881 Salt Water Taffy; Yarn Weight: 4)
Hook: Bates US G/6 – 4.0 mm
Dimensions: 86 x 5 inches

I was so excited when I learned that the Skacel Zauberball Crazy yarn had come in, so Lenora and I could begin the updated Convergence sweater pattern pictured in the 2013 Crochet Special Collector’s Issue of Vogue Knitting. My excitement was quickly quelled when a phone call from Min indicated that she was going to make it as well, leaving only two balls left. I suppose I could start, as more yarn has been ordered, but I was really excited to begin my first top/sweater.

So, I started looking through the Rowan and Berroco books for a crochet pattern I could make as a store sample. I was sadly disappointed that the Rowan books only had knitting patterns. It’s not that I can’t knit, but as the crochet instructor at the store, I have to represent. The Berroco books were ideal as they explicitly indicated whether the item pictured was crocheted or knitted, saving time of perusing each pattern for determination. I am writing both company’s with my opinions.

Finally, Bruce suggested something out of the Be Sweet Bambino, which has just been marked down 25%. I had just seen the Mitered Squares Scarf by Annette Petavy on Ravelry and knowing I could make that without purchasing the pattern, I set to designing. Allow me to comment on the Be Sweet yarn at this point. It is a nice cotton/bamboo blend with – what one might describe as soutache – plied together. I am not an organic type of person, so I find the price point for the yarn to be exorbitant. I used the Bambino Taffy which is comprised of five colors that are tied/knotted – yes, knotted – together. Coincidentally, my pattern works out so that there is enough of each color within the skein for a single square.

The pattern includes my color scheme if you wish to duplicate the scarf pictured. Lenora prompted me to write up the pattern quickly, so she could purchase it for her daughter, who like Be Sweet yarn. While writing it up, I thought: “Why not ask her daughter to test the pattern and give it to her for free?” That is my plan and I’m sticking to it. I am awaiting confirmation from the daughter to test the pattern. Once it has been tested, I will make it available in the patterns section and on Ravelry.

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf

How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf
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On da Hook: April 22, 2013
Off da Hook: May 17, 2013
Pattern: How Deep Is The Ocean Scarf by Hooker Leo (Download PDF )
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Kroy Pencil Roving; Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm
Dimensions: 72 x 6 inches

After doing a lot of short row test knitting for BananaKnits, I was curious if there was such a think as crochet short rows. With the concept firmly implanted in my head I set forth. I had some difficulty at first because I kept forgetting to “seal the short rows.” Once I remembered that key instruction, I was golden. However, I wanted to make this pattern a little different so I created a special stitch – Single Crochet Bar Front Loop – which I am just loving for it’s texture, and I think actually complements the gradient in the yarn.

2014-04-21 Addendum

This pattern is no longer available for free. To purchase this pattern, proceed to the Patterns page.