Talking Crochet with Carol Alexander

click here for larger imageColorful Carryall

Designed by Delores Spagnuolo

You have a case for makeup and a case for money and credit cards. Now you can have a case for crochet hooks, too. This handy holder is made with the star stitch and lots of cheery colors and is big enough to keep all your crochet hooks in order.

Finished Size
6" x 7".

Materials

  • Worsted yarn -- 2 oz. white, small amount each red, orange, yellow, lt. green, dk. green, lt. blue, dk. blue, purple and burgundy
  • polyester fiberfill
  • tapestry needle
  • F hook or hook size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge
2 star sts =1"; 3 star st rows = 2".

Basic Stitches:
Ch, sl st, sc, hdc.

Special Stitches
For beginning star st (beg star st), ch 3, insert hook in second ch from hook, yo, draw lp through, insert hook in next ch, yo, draw lp through, (insert hook in next st, yo, draw lp through) 2 times, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook; for eye, ch 1.

For star st, insert hook in eye, yo, draw lp through, insert hook in same ch or st as last lp of last star st, yo, draw lp through, (insert hook in next ch or st, yo, draw lp through) 2 times, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook; for eye, ch 1.

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NOTE: To change color, draw new color through on last loop of last stitch worked in current color.

Outside Case
Row 1: With burgundy, ch 47, insert hook in second ch from hook, yo, draw lp through, insert hook in next ch, yo, draw lp through, skip next ch, (insert hook in next ch, yo, draw lp through) 2 times, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook; for eye, ch 1; star st across to last ch, hdc in last ch, turn. (21 star sts made)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next eye, 2 sc in each eye across, sc in last st changing to purple (see Note) in last st made, turn. (43 sc)
Row 3: Beg star st, star st across to last st, hdc in last st, turn.
Rows 4-17: Following color sequence of dk. blue, lt. blue, dk. green, lt. green, yellow, orange and red, repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately.
Row 18: Repeat row 2, changing to white.
Rnd 19: Working around outer edge, ch 1, sc in each st across, 3 sc in end of each star st across; working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in each ch across, 3 sc in end of each star st across, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 20: Working this rnd from to left to right in front lps only, ch 1, reverse sc in each st around, join. Fasten off.

click here for larger imageInside Case
Row 1: With white, ch 25, hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, turn. (24 hdc made)
Rows 2-12: Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts, *front post hdc around next st, back post hdc around next st; repeat from * 4 more times, hdc in last 7 sts, turn.
Rows 13-14: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.
Rows 15-25: Repeat rows 2-12.
Rnd 26: Working around outer edge, ch 1, sc in each st across, evenly space 43 sc across ends of rows; working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in each ch across, evenly space 43 sc across ends of rows, join.

Holding Inside and Outside Case pieces wrong sides together, working through back lps of last rnd on Inside Case and rnd 19 on Outside Case, with white, easing to fit, sl st together.

Button (make 3)
Note: Do not join or turn unless otherwise stated. Mark first st of each rnd.
Rnd 1: With white, ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5 sc made)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (10)
Rnd 3: (Sc next 2 sts tog) around, join with sl st in first sc. Leaving 8" for sewing, fasten off.
Stuff; sew opening closed.
Sew Buttons to seam above yellow, dk. green, and dk. blue star st rows on one end of Case.
For buttonhole lp chain, with white, ch 50, sl st in second ch from hook, sl st in each ch across. Fasten off.
Sew buttonhole lp chain to opposite side of Case making three buttonhole loops (see photo).

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