Sunday, January 15, 2012

Crochet Hook Case




I love to crochet and recently taught myself how to do it. For a newbie I have surprisingly accumulated a lot of hooks. I was thinking about buying a case for them, but then it dawned on me... I could make one! I thought surely there is some pattern out there. Lo and behold I found this! The pattern was not very hard for a novice, such as myself. The case is made as one piece but sort of contains 3 parts: a inside lining (with hook pockets), the outside cover and the edge piping. I used a different color for each part and added a button and strap. Here is this pattern:



What you need:

  • Worsted weight "soft" yarn (I used 3 different colors of I love this Yarn)
  • Crochet hook size F  (I used the smallest hook I had, size G)
  • Two pieces of 4"x6" plastic canvas, or size needed
  • Optional: zipper, button or ribbon

Inside Lining (with hook pockets)
Ch 31


Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; ch 2, turn. (30 sc); Note: the ch 2 DOES NOT count as the first dc in the next row for this pattern


Row 2: dc in each of the first 10 sts, dc in the back loop only of each of the next 20 sc to form the back of the hook pocket; turn clockwise; dc in the free loops of the same 20 sc to form the front of the hook pocket; ch 1, turn; insert hook through the first dc of the front of the hook pocket and through the first dc of the back of the hook pocket, complete sc; *insert hook through the next dc of the front of the hook pocket and through the next dc of the back of the hook pocket, complete sc*; Repeat from * to * 18 times to completely close hook pocket; ch 1, turn


Row 3: sc in each of the 20 sc, dc in each of the 10 dc; ch 2, turn


Rows 4-11: repeat rows 2 and 3, 4 times, ch 1 at the end of row 11
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Spine of the Inside Lining

Row 12:  sc in each of the st across; ch 1, turn (30 sc)


Row 13: sc in the back loop only of each sc across; ch 1, turn (30 sc); place marker in 1 in a front loop of this row to mark row


Rows 14 & 15: repeat rows 12 and 13 (30 sc); place marker 2 in a front loop of row 15 to mark row
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Row 16 -28: repeat rows 2-13; ch 2 at the end of the row 28; place marker 3 in a front loop of row 28 to mark row


Outside Cover
Row 29: dc in the first sc, * skip next sc, dc in the next sc, dc in the skipped sc *; repeat from * to * 13 times, dc in the last sc; ch 2, turn (14 cross sts)


Row 30: dc in the first dc, * skip next dc, dc in the next dc, dc in the skipped dc *; repeat from * to * 13 times, dc in the last dc; ch 2, turn (14 cross sts)


Rows 31-38: repeat row 30; ch 1, turn at the end of row 38


Row 39: sc in each st across; ch 1, turn (30 sc)

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Spine of the Outside Lining


Row 40: fold cover toward the outside center of the case; insert hook in the back loop of the first dc on row 38 AND through the first free loop of row 15 (marked with marker 2); complete sc; continue joining the back loop of row 38  and the free front loops of row 15 with a sc across; ch 1, turn (30 sc)


Row 41: sc in each sc across; ch 1, turn (30 sc)


Row 42: insert hook in the back loop of the first sc on row 40 AND through the first free front loop of row 13 (marked with marker 1); complete sc; continue joining the back loops of row 40 and the free front loops of row 40 and the free front loops of row 12 with a sc across; ch 1, turn (30 sc)
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Row 43: repeat row 41


Row 44: repeat row 29 (14 cross sts)


Rows 45-53: repeat row 30; ch 1 at the end of row 53 (14 cross sts)


Row 54: fold cover so the edge of row 53 matches the beginning foundation chain; sc through both loops of row 53 AND the free loops of the beginning foundation chain across to join (30 sc)


Edge Piping
Round 1: with outside cover facing you, sc evenly through both thicknesses of the case along the bottom to join (this will be along the bottom of the hook pockets); sc in each of the free loops of row 28 (marked with marker 3); insert plastic canvas piece in each of the "pockets" formed between the outside cover and lining; continue joining with scs through both thickness along top of the case; join with a sl st to the front loop of the first sc of row 53


Round 2 (cover piping): continue working a sl st in the front loop of each sc around; join with a sl st to the first sl st.


Round 3 (zipper facing): (I did not use a zipper to fasten my case so I didn't do this round) sl st in the first free back loop in the scs of round 1; ch 2, hdc in the back loop of each sc around; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch; fasten off, weave in ends


Button and Strap (if you want)
Button: Find a button that you like. Center it on the outside cover using your stitches as guides and bring it as far in as you like. Using a needle and thread sew the button onto the outside cover.

Strap: Find the center of your button and line it up to the bottom side of your outside cover. Mine wasn't so perfect, the center happen to land on a stitch (since there were 30 stitches, it should have landed in between 2) but I was okay with it. I then added a few stitches on each side so that my strap would be wide enough for the button (for me it was 4 on each side, so a total of 9).

To get the strap started I sc 9, chained 3 and did dc till I was close to the button.

To make the button hole I dc 3, dropped the next 3 dc and just chained 3, then finished the row by dc 3.

To close the strap I just did one more row of dc.





Left: Dc in the back loop of each stitch. The arrow points to the front loop that was not stitched in.
Right: Have dc in both the back and front loops (separately) forming the pocket.

Left: Two completed hook pockets.
Right: The finished Inside Lining (not the best picture).

Left: The start of the Outside Cover. Attaches right on the Inside Lining.
Right: Half of the Outside Cover is complete. Attached the Outside over to the Inside Lining with the two spines.

Left: Completed Outside Cover
Right: Completed Inside Lining

The Piping




You don't have to add a button and strap the way I did. Instead you could use a zipper, ribbon or whatever you imagine to fasten the case. Have fun!
stephanie

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