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With a hook

I still haven’t unpacked enough to set up sewing, and I also am having trouble containing the yarn stash in my new craft-room-free house.  To solve my itchy fiber fingers, I dug out my largest crochet hooks, read up a little to remember how to use them, and gathered three big cones of cotton yarn with the aim of reducing my stash at least a bit.

First, a bath mat for one of the new bathrooms.  I love crochet for these, as it is dense and sturdy and easily laundered.  I held two blues and a white together with a 9 mm hook and it just ate up the yarn.  In fact, I had to stop when it was still square rather than rectangular because I ran out of the darkest blue.


Next I made a little bowl/basket thing. Two strands this time, and a still large 6 mm hook.  Not sure what it will become . . . maybe I’ll roll up washcloths to stuff in it and put it on a shelf in the same bathroom?


I used the single crochet stitch for both of them. About as simple as it gets with crochet. There was a little variety though. In the bathmat I hooked through just the front loop. With the bowl I hooked under both front and back loops. It makes a slightly different fabric as you can see in the pictures below. Hooking through just the front loop gives it a rather stripey effect. It creates lines across the surface. Hooking under both loops (right pic) makes a more pebbly surface on the fabric.


And, as I said, it really went through the yarn quickly.  Of the three rather full cones, one is gone, and the other two are substantially reduced.  Maybe some dishcloths to finish them off?  And I don’t have to find room to store those cones at least – goal achieved!

The dog found the whole process very intriguing. Several times I had to track a string of yarn through the house to retrieve a cone he’d carried away.  And my son thought maybe I should make Theo a hat next time.  Theo and I are dubious about how successful that would be.


(Post linked to Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts)


8 thoughts on “With a hook

  1. Hi Johnna,
    That picture of your dog looking at the cones of yarn just makes me smile. Kind of like what the heck are these and are they eatable? I love both the bath mat and the bowl – they turned out really well. ~smile~ Roseanne


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