Friday, March 10, 2017

Crochet Hooks Caddy -- the Irish Way...

Crochet Hooks Caddy...the Irish Way

I don't know if any of you are like me but I'm constantly saving containers with the intent to re-purpose it into something else. Well, I'm continually saving the containers and have come to realize I'm doing very little on the re-purpose side. Lol...

So, while I'm still lying in bed trying to free myself of this virus mess and watching one of my fav shows on Netflix, Merlin, I was inspired to transform one of the tall cake frosting containers into a "Hook Caddy...". The container is the perfect height so it doesn't require anything to help support the hooks. Although, I did add some cute red rose fabric to the inside...

I did not write a row by row pattern for this but here's the jest of what I did to bring a wee bit o' Irish for a few of my hooks to call home.

--4.5 mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in green and just a tad in white
--fabric to line inside is optional
--tapestry needle for weaving
--large (tall) frosting container

(Cover, Cozy, Irish many names to choose
I chained 29, HDC in 2nd ch and across. I worked in rows and created a rectangle shape that fit comfortably around the container. I then fastened off, whipstitched the short ends together and weaved ends.

Now, I joined yarn in any stitch and worked in the round. Slip stitch to join to first stitch and chain 1 at end of each round.

1.  I completed a round of HDC in back loops only.
2.  Then 3 rounds of HDC in both loops.
3.  I then worked in front loops only row: 1 HDC in the first stitch, 2 HDC in the next stitch. Repeat around.
4.  Then in both loops, 2 HDC in first stitch, 1 HDC in the next 2 stitches, repeat around.
5.  Last round - 1 single crochet in each HDC stitch around. Join and fasten off.

I used white yarn to make my shamrock. I used a simple free pattern and then attached to the cover.  Here's the link:

To make the lining, I simply placed the container lid on wrong side of fabric and used my pen to make circle.  Cut.  Then I wrapped fabric around the container added about 1/2" to 3/4" more to it for seam allowance and cut it.  I didn't take the time to properly measure or even cut perfectly straight.  I just eyeballed it. With right sides together, I sewed the shorts ends together, then on the bottom portion, I sewed the piece of circular fabric.  On the top, I folded down about 1/4" to 1/2" and sewed to give a straight edge.  I added some craft glue straight on the wrong side of the fabric, and placed it inside the container to dry.  

Add your hooks.  Simple, recycling/re-purposing, and great seasonal decor item....

Happy Crocheting!!!

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