Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekend Project-Hook Pouch

Well hello there!

It's Saturday morning which is usually a pretty lazy morning for us in our household.  I'm sitting here drinking my coffee and thought I'd share the project I finished for myself yesterday afternoon.

This would be a fun weekend project for other "hookers" (or knitters, really).  It's super fast to work up and very useful!

I have the hardest time with those crochet hook holders that each have a spot to slide a hook into a little individual pouch.  For one, there are never enough spots for all of my hooks (I have a lot of crochet hooks).  Another problem is, what do I do with my really big hooks, like P's & Q's? This little pouch is the answer! I was able to fit all of my crochet hooks, plus my measuring tape into this pouch which would be easy to carry around or even just to keep all of my hooks from getting lost at home.

I made mine using a size H hook and 100% cotton worsted weight yarn.  Any yarn would work.  I just didn't want to buy anything special for this project and had this cotton yarn left over from last summer so it worked out great! I do like how sturdy the cotton made it, though.

So, if you want to make one for yourself, I've jotted down a simple pattern to make your own.  It took me a couple of tries to get the proper size for everything so I'll save you the headache of unraveling what should be a complete project.

1/2 skein worsted weight yarn (I had a little over half a skein of sugar & cream cotton yarn)
H (5 mm) hook
Darning needle (optional)

Skill level:

Row 1: Ch 17, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook & each ch st across. ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Row 2: 1 sc in each sc across. ch 1, turn (16 sc)
Repeat row 2 until your rectangle measures about 7" tall (you can measure your biggest hook if you feel you need a bigger pouch, but this fit my Q hook).
Tie off and weave in ends.

Now you'll make a second rectangle, except you'll add a "mouth" towards the top to slide your hooks into. Here's how:

Rows 1-7: follow the same steps as you did for the first rectangle. (16 sc)
Row 8: sc in next 3 sts. ch 10, skip 10 sc sts.  make 1 sc in the last 3 sts of the row. (6 sc, 10 ch)
Row 9: 1 sc in each st across, treating the ch sts as sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Row 10: 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Repeat row 10 until your second rectangle is the same height as your first rectangle.  Mine measured about 7" tall.  Tie off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Place both rectangles together (inside out). Using a darning needle and the long tail of yarn sew both rectangles together using the whip stitch (come up from the bottom, go around the edge, come up from the bottom again) and pull the stitch tight. Once you go all the way around the pouch tie it off and weave in your left over yarn. Then you can turn it right-side out from the hole in the front.

If you don't have a darning needle, you can "sew" the 2 rectangles together by using a slip stitch around the entire rectangle using your hook and the long tail left over.

Ta da! How simple was that? And now you've got an awesome pouch to hold all of your hooks in.  You could even make the same thing for knitting needles, although it would have to be much taller and maybe wider depending on what needles you have.

She loves putting the hooks in and taking them out.
Make it your own:

Using a solid color yarn (or 2), some white felt & some googly eyes you could turn your hook pouch into a hook monster
Using a solid color of yarn, gray felt, and some black buttons you could turn it into a robot
Using a button and a row of DC right before your ch row, you could make the pouch button in the front for additional closure.

Happy crocheting!

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