It is done! It is finished. My crochet hook case. At some point, after I started crocheting my baby blanket, I started researching crochet hooks. And then I started buying wood crochet hooks. And then I needed a case for storing the crochet hooks. So I looked up ‘Crochet Hook Cases’. On this site – http://www.mooglyblog.com/10-free-crochet-hook-case-patterns/ , I saw was the ‘Aluminum Crochet Hook Case’ – a free crochet pattern. And so that is what I made.
Here is my ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ropeandtire/aluminum-crochet-hook-case.
And here is the link to Priscilla Hewitt’s original pattern – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aluminum-crochet-hook-case
I made a few modifications to the original pattern.
The first was the length of the crochet hook case. The design calls for 31 chains – this is the length of the crochet case. However with the size F hook I was using and the yarn i was using – carom Simply Soft solids, my 7 inch Surina wood hook would not fit with room to spare. So I decided to increase the length of the case. Instead of starting with 31 chains, I started with 37 chains and continued on with the pattern.
The second change was for the crochet hook pockets. In the pattern (Row 2 instructions), the instructions say to use double crochet stitch (dc) for the back of the hook pockets, then dc for the front and close them using the single crochet (sc). However, the hook pockets made this way seemed too narrow to fit my wider wood crochet hooks. So I tried using treble crochet stitch (or triple) (tc). With the tc, the width of the pocket was good enough – however, there were lot of holes / gaps between stitches, (as is the nature of tc). Because of this when I would try to put a crochet hook in, it would pop out in between rather than going all the way down to the bottom of the hook pocket. So I decided to use three rows of sc instead of dc or tc – and this looked much nicer too. So here are my modified instructions for Row 2
Row 2 – Rope and Tire Modification for wider sc pocket: 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;
dc (instead of one of dc, here will crochet three rows of sc) sc in the free loops of the same 20 sc to form the front of the hook pocket; ch 1, turn; go back with sc in the previous 20 sc; ch 1, turn, go back with sc in the previous 20 sc; ch1, turn; insert hook through the first dc sc 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.
And then, I made another modification. Why should all the hook pockets be of the same length? So I decided to stagger them. So for this, in Row 2, I used the following: Dc in each of the first
10 16 sts, dc in the back loop only of each of the next 20 20 sc to form the back of the hook pocket;
Then for Row 4, Dc in each of the first
10 13 sts, dc in the back loop only of each of the next 20 23 sc to form the back of the hook pocket;
Row 6, Dc in each of the first
10 10 sts, dc in the back loop only of each of the next 20 26 sc to form the back of the hook pocket;
Row 8: same as Row 4.
Row 10: same as Row 2
I repeated the same stagger for the other side as well.
Other changes I made – instead of joining the inner and outer covers together all around, I left it open on the top. I now can store pattern printouts, paper etc along with my crochet hooks! Pretty neat!
I decided to go the zipper route – I first tried the button enclosure, but didnt like it. So, I redid it using the zipper. For the zipper edging, I made another change – I used sc instead of the sl stitch in Row 2 for ‘Edging for Zipper section’. And I embellished my case with a pretty puffed petal flower: pattern here: http://easymakesmehappy.blogspot.com/2010/07/6-petal-puff-stitch-flower.html After that came blocking. And then I hand embroidered the label on a satin ribbon and stuck it using fabric glue.
And voila! my pretty nice to use crochet hook case!
Total Time taken: ~7hrs
Yarn used: Carom Simply Soft in ‘Off White’ color with ‘Autumn Red’ for edging and flower.
Hook used: 3.75mm Surina 7″