Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Hook Book!

I'm thrilled to announce that you can now download my free pattern for The Hook Book. It has been tested by 5 wonderful testers, but if you find any errors, please don't hesitate to let me know! I hope you enjoy it. ETA: It has been brought to my attention that they publisher I was using was requiring a membership and a fee to download the pattern. That is a no-no, in my book, so I am posting the pattern here for free.

Thank you so much for visiting!

The Hook Book
Skill Level:  Early intermediate/late beginner

Size I and G hooks
Approximately 145 yards of worsted weight yarn 
Scraps of yarn for the  flowers and leaves (optional)
A small button (and needle and thread to sew it on!)
A blunt yarn needle

CH = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Dc = Double Crochet

Instructions for the case:

Using the I hook...
Ch. 51

R1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across (50 Sc).
R2-26: Ch.1, Sc in the back loop only of the next Sc and each Sc across (50 Sc).
R27: Ch 1, single crochet in the front loop only in the next Sc and each Sc across (50 Sc). This row creates the "spine" for your book.
R28-53: Ch. 1, Sc in the back loop only of the next Sc and each Sc across (50 Sc).

Cut yarn, tie off, and weave in ends. 

Assembling the Book

This part of the case is tricky and tedious, so just hang in there.

Lay the case out in front of you with the ribbing going vertically. Fold the lower edge up approximately 4 inches. I recommend pinning it in place.

Starting at the lower right corner, work 2 slip stitches into the corner. Slip stitch evenly around the two edges and the top of the case, working 2 slip stitches in each corner. Make sure that you slip stitch through both layers and not just one. Slip stitch loosely or your edges will be curly.

Now, Cut a length of yarn and and thread it through your yarn needle. Sew tubes in the book for your hooks to slide into (see the photo at the end of the pattern).

 Stitch Marker Swag (Optional)

Slip stitch on one of the ridges at the top of the right "page." Ch. 25. Slip stitch in the 5th chain from hook. Tie off. Weave in ends. Sew your button at the end of the swag (the loop created from slip stitching in the 5th chain goes around the button).

Flowers and Leaves:

Using your G hook... 

For the flower...
Ch. 3. Slip stitch to form a ring (or you can use the magic loop method). Up to you! Work 10 sc into the ring.
R1: *Ch. 3. Skip 1 stitch. Slip stitch in the next stitch.* Repeat around. You should have five loops. 
R2: Work *1Sc, 1Hdc, 2Dc, 1Hdc, and 1Sc* in each loop around. Tie off, leaving enough yarn to sew it on to the book.

For the leaves...
Ch. 6. Starting in the second chain from the hook, Sc, Hdc, Dc, Hdc, Sc across. Tie off, leave enough yarn to sew onto case.

Place the flowers and leaves using the photo as a guide or as you please.

Block the case. You can add a button closure if you wish.

Have fun with it!

Yellow = sew
Green = slip stitch
Teal = fold



  1. must say i REALLY wanted to make this but it's not free if i need to like or add something on facebook. Not everyone has facebook and i'm actually a little insulted i would have to make one to just make this. :(

  2. For row 2 is it a reverse sc? or do you turn each time and blo?