I explained in a previous post that by now I own several crochet hooks. So I had to face the problem of storing my hooks. They are my tools and they are precious to me. They are what screwdrivers are for my husband! And he has a beautiful case for his. I should also get a beautiful case for my precious hooks and what is even better is if I make a beautiful case for them myself!
I started searching in the internet and then a beautiful pattern came up: Pricilla’s aluminium hooks case. The pattern is for free and you can download it from the link you will find in the page of Pricilla on Ravelry (just click the link I have here).
The original pattern suggests to use a hook size E or F, which translates to 3.5 mm or 3.75 mm respectively. In Europe we rarely have 3.75 mm hooks. So I used my CLOVER Amour (4.0 mm). In addition the original pattern is done in only one colour (an ugly brown), but I decided to make a case with two colours: one for the inside and one for the outside. For the outside I used Stylecraft Special DK 1826 – Kelly Green and for the inside Stylecraft Special DK 1827 – Fuchsia Lila. Stylecraft Special DK is a 100% acrylic yarn that I have used in several projects of mine and is soft and nice to crochet with and does not deteriorate a lot with use (Lukas from my very first post on crochet is made from this type of yarn and I can assure you he looks very well after two years and several washings!).
The pattern is easy to follow and quite straight forward. It is a nice demonstration of the length of the different crochet stitches. Some parts of it are done with double crochet and some with two rows of single crochet. If you are making a case with two colours as me, you start as the pattern says with colour 1 and at the last row of the lining and hook pockets (row 28) you make single crochets in the back loops only of each single crochet across and then you make a slip stitch and fasten off. You then connect colour 2 by inserting the hook at the edge where you made the slip stitch, chain 2 and then continue as the pattern says for rows 29 to 53. At the end of row 53 do not chain 1, but make a slip stitch and fasten off. Then take again colour 1 and connect it the same way as you did with colour 2 earlier (insert the hook and chain 1 this time) and do row 54. You can then continue with the edging that you prefer. I chose the edging for button closure, as you can see from my photos. I chose a nice big button to fit the colours and this way my aluminium hooks got a nice new home.
But I am rarely using my aluminium hooks anymore. I now prefer much more my CLOVER Amour, as I explained in detail in Crochet hooks that I have used. So I had to make a case for these hooks too. But there was a small difficulty: the ergonomic hooks are much thicker than the aluminium hooks and didn’t fit. Instead of finding a new case pattern that would fit the bigger hooks, I decided to modify this pattern: I made two instead of only one double crochet (dc) lines per hook pocket and I closed each pocket with two lines of single crochet (sc). This means that each hook pocket was created with the following sequence:
Step 1: Dc in each of the first 10 stitches and then dc in the back loop only of the next 20 stitches to form the back of the hook pocket; turn (30)
Step 2: 20 dc in the free loops of the same stitches, so as to form the front of the hook pocket; ch2, turn (20)
Step 3: 20 dc along the stitches that were created in step 2 using both loops; turn (20)
Step 4: dc along the back side to the top; ch1, turn (30)
Step 5: sc for 10 stitches and then 20 sc through both the front and the back stitches so as to close the pocket; ch1, turn (30)
Step 6: sc to top; ch2, turn (30)
The yarns I used for this case are Stylecraft Special DK 1002 – Black for the outside and Stylecraft Special DK 1010 – Matador for the inside. As in the previous case, I did the edging for a button and chose a beautiful red rose button to decorate my case.
Now all of my hooks are nicely stored and protected!
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