Wednesday, October 7, 2020

In Search of the Best Large Size Crochet Hooks!


Lately, I have been needing some crochet hooks in larger sizes and I asked my followers on Instagram for their recommendations. The first recommendation was for Prym Ergonomic hooks. I began to research them online and was particularly intrigued by a review stating that these hooks helped to make stitches more even and uniform. That made them sound magical!

local yarn store in Kuwait that I frequent, sells a lot of Prym products, so I was hoping to find them here, but unfortunately, they don't stock them. I finally ordered them from Minerva Crafts in the UK. They were on sale at a good discount, so I thought why not try them! I was especially excited when I found out that these hooks had won the Reddot Design Awards in 2014, even more reason to try them! I see that they do make different color handles, but the website I bought them from only has them in this dark violet color. 

I just received them this week! My initial first impression was that the plastic is nice and smooth and the shape of the head of the hook looks like it will hold the yarn well, but I am thinking that it could be more pointed at the top of the head to more easily be inserted into stitches. I like the grip on the handle, but somehow I wish it extended a little higher up on the shaft as I hold my hooks closer to the head, where there is no rubber grip. My thought is that I will have to train myself to hold these hooks in a different way in order to be really comfortable using them. I just feel I have more control of my work when I hold the hook higher up. I will say that the ergonomic shape of the handle is good and it feels comfortable to maneuver, even in the larger sizes.

I purchased sizes 7.00mm, 9.00mm, 10.00mm, and 12.00mm. I plan to try crocheting with them more before my next order of hooks, which are the Tulip Etimo Grand hooks. I plan to do a comparison review after I have received and used them to let you know which I like the best. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Designing a Crochet Bun Cover!

My daughter is a figure skater and expressed an interest in having me crochet a bun cover for her to not only keep her hair in place as she moves across the ice, but also to be pretty. Being the accessory lover I am, I jumped on the idea! The key factor in making a bun cover in my opinion is the thread choice! If you use thread that is too thick, it will cover the hair too much and be too prominent, and too thin will be too delicate. I ended up using Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 thread. I was thrilled to have the perfect thread in my stash, as going out to shop for it during lockdown was impossible!  I began by focusing on the design of the center motif so that it would be large enough to cover the diameter of her bun. Once I had made the motif large enough, I began decreasing until it was small enough to fit snugly around the bun near the head without being too small to fit over the bun. Finally, I crocheted it to an elastic hair band. 

Because I always block everything, I had to find an innovative way to block it. I ended up cutting a piece out of a plastic bag and covering a yarn ball that was about the size of her bun. I sprayed the cover with water, covered the ball with plastic, and pinned the cover into shape over the ball.  When it was dry, I removed the pins and told her that she could glue crystals on it, but after trying out several crystal options, she decided to keep this one without crystals. I am planning a second one that will have crystals added! Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

New Gloria Headband Crochet Pattern!

This pattern was something I designed a while back, but I never went through with submitting it. Since I haven't had a haircut since January and probably won't see the inside of a salon before September, I went looking for the sample to keep my long hair back. I was so pleased with how comfortable and easy to wear it was. It made me feel the best about my hair that I have in months! I have literally worn it every day since I found it! All of this prompted me to go ahead and write up the pattern. The fact that I crocheted it in a metallic yarn makes me feel like I am dressing up, even when I am staying at home. Really refreshing, after months of wearing a "uniform" consisting of a t-shirt and yoga pants! 

This takes a fraction of a skein of yarn and can be crocheted in an afternoon. For the next 24 hours I am offering this pattern for free in my Ravelry Pattern Store. Download it now! If any of you make one, I would really love to see your finished bands on Ravelry in the projects section!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Raindrops Necklace Crochet Pattern Sale

Today I am featuring one of my most favorite necklace designs, it is a real conversation starter! Crochet a stunning fine jewelry piece worthy of your best occasion. The metallic yarn sets off the design and gives it a rich, opulent look.
It could also be a more casual statement piece, if you use a non-metallic yarn for the neckband, and a subtle variegated yarn for the raindrops that would emulate stones.
Today only, I am offering this pattern for 50% off, $1.49. To see more details and to download it, visit this link to my Ravelry Store.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Stone Necklace Trio Crochet Pattern Sale

Today, I thought it would be fun to feature not one pattern, but a collection of three patterns based on the same theme. The Stone Necklace Trio is a collection of three easy to wear, eye-catching necklace designs that are crocheted to look like natural stones. The organic shapes, shaded yarn, and filling gives the illusion of natural stones. You can choose to embellish them with embroidery, or let the crochet speak for itself. 
Today only, I am offering this pattern for 50% off, $2.47. Download it now via my Ravelry Store.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Julia Necklace Crochet Pattern Sale

Today's featured pattern in my July Summer Fun Crochet promotion is the Julia Necklace. It is the newest pattern in my pattern portfolio and it is great pattern to add a little flair to your summer!

A quick and fun to crochet necklace that includes effective details that are elegant and eye-catching. For the final finishing touch, crocheted beads are added to elevate the necklace to a unique piece of statement jewelry.
Today only, I am offering this pattern for 50% off, $1.49. To see more details and to download it, visit this link to my Ravelry Store

Friday, July 3, 2020

Monarch Necklace Crochet Pattern Sale!

Today's featured pattern is the Monarch Necklace. This is pattern includes thread crochet motifs, which really come to life when mounted on a fingering weight crochet base and joined with crocheted links. All of the elements come together to create a unique and elegant accessory. Repeat the links and blocks as many times as you like to make a custom length. 

Today only, I am offering this pattern for 50% off, $1.49. To see more details and to download it, visit this link to my Ravelry store.