Fat Handled Crochet Hooks That Need a Home!

I bought a fabric crochet hook case from a craft fair and I have to say I’m a tad disappointed.  My hooks keep falling out!  So I searched on the internet for one to make but they either have just chains of crochet to hold the hooks in, or a lovely one with pockets that is only suitable for aluminium hooks.

As I use the lovely KnitPro Waves hooks I needed larger pockets for the chunky handles.  I set about creating my own case.

In this instance I was making the case and using my 4mm hook as a guide.  I knew I needed wider pockets for the larger hooks ie 8mm, 10mm and 12mm but it was only when I was about to break off the yarn did I put an 8mm hook in and realise how much longer it was!  Eeeek!  I had to get my 12mm hook out and sure enough that was even longer!  So my initial “Work until piece measures 16cm” became 20cm!  So a word of caution – once the pockets are finished, continue straight until your own case is big enough for your longest hooks!

The Pattern

UK terms.

Work in any dk yarn and 4mm hook.

abbreviations
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
htr – half treble crochet
sts – stitches

Unless otherwise stated work each dc or htr under both loops of stitch.
Ch 54
Row 1: Turn, ch1, 1dc into 2nd ch from hook.  1 dc into each ch to end.
Row 2 – 4: repeat row 1

NOTE: on the next 2 rows you will work some sts in the front loop and on the return row into the back loop.  This will create a pocket.  In between each pocket you will work a dc in both directions this will bring the height between the pockets to the same height as the htr.

Row 5: ch1, 1dc into 2nd st, *1htr into next 3 sts – front loop, 1dc under both loops* repeat 5 more times, work 1 dc into next 4 sts, *1htr into next 3 sts front loop, 1dc under both loops* twice, *1 htr into next 4 sts into front loop, 1dc* 3 times, 1dc into last st. TURN



Row 6: ch1, 1dc into 2nd st, *1htr into next 4 sts into back loop of row 4 (this will now be at the front and you will now have 2 sts in each st of the previous round), 1dc under both loops* repeat 2 times, *1htr into the back loop of row 4, 3 times, 1dc under both loops* 3 times, 1dc under both loops 4 times, *1htr into next 3 sts into back loop of row 4, 1dc under both loops* repeat 7 times, 1dc into last st. TURN

Row 7: (back of pockets) ch1, 1dc into 2nd st, *1htr into next 3 sts of front of pocket, 1dc under both loops* repeat 5 times, work 1 dc into next 4 sts, *1htr into next 3 sts front of pocket,  1dc under both loops* twice, *1 htr into next 4 sts into front of pocket, 1dc* 3 times, 1dc into last st. TURN

Row 8: (front of pockets) ch1, 1dc into 2nd st, *working into back of pocket 1htr in next 2, 2htr in next 2sts, 1htr in 4th st, 1dc under both loops* repeat once,  *working into back of pocket 1htr in next 2, 2htr in next st, 1htr in next 2 sts, 1dc under both loops*,  *1htr into first  st, 2htr in 2nd, 1htr in 3rd sts of back of pocket, 1dc under both loops* twice, 1dc under both loops 4 times, *1htr into next 3 sts into back of pocket, 1dc under both loops* repeat 5 times, 1dc into last st. TURN

Row 9: as row 7 TURN

Row 10:  ch1, 1dc into 2nd st, *working into back of pocket 1htr in next 6 sts, 1dc under both loops* repeat once, *working into back of pocket 1htr in next 5 sts, 1dc under both loops*  *1htr into next 4 sts of back of pocket, 1dc under both loops* twice, 1dc under both loops 3 times, *1htr into next 3 sts into back of pocket, 1dc under both loops* repeat 5 times, 1dc into last st. TURN

Repeat rows 9 & 10 until work measures 12cm from foundation row

Next row: ch1, 1dc into 2nd st.  Work 1dc under both loops of the sts of the back of the pocket and under both loops of all dc across the whole row.
Work rows of dc into each st  until total height is 20cm (suitable for largest KnitPro Waves hooks) or enough to give 2cm ease above your longest hook, remembering to begin each row with 1ch and first dc is worked into 2nd st.  Break off yarn.

Tada!  The first part is over and I’ve now got somewhere to keep my hooks where they aren’t falling out!

Now the finishing touches!

Cover

sorry, it’s a bit out of focus


Using 4mm hook and main colour: ch 54
Row 1: Turn, ch1, 1dc into 2nd ch from hook.  1 dc into each ch to end.
Row 2 – 4: repeat row 1

Change to Magenta.
Row 5: ch1, work 1 st in each st of previous row as follows, *1dc, 2htr, 2tr, 2htr, 2dc* repeat to end of row working just 1 dc at end of final repeat.
Row 6: ch 1, (replaces dc at start of row) *2htr, 2tr, 2htr, 3dc* repeat to end of row working just 2dc at end of final repeat.

Change to White
Row 7 & 8: 1ch, dc into every st to end.

Change to Turquoise
Row 9: ch2 (replaces 1tr), *1tr, 2htr, 2dc, 2htr, 2tr* repeat to end of row working just 1 tr at end of final repeat.
Row 10: ch 2, (replaces tr at start of row) *2htr, 2dc, 2htr, 3tr* repeat to end of row working just 2tr at end of final repeat

Change to White
rows 11 & 12: Repeat rows 7 & 8.

Repeat rows 5 – 12 4 times but work the final rows of white in Turquoise.
Fasten off and neaten up all loose ends.

Place the pocket piece onto the cover with wrong sides together. Join white yarn into one corner and work around 3 sides using the reverse double crochet, crab stitch and by picking up 1 st from each piece of work.

If you’ve never used this stitch before, it produces a lovely but lumpy edging.  Work your first dc as usual and then move to the stitch to the right, NOT the left, and work the next dc.  Repeat around the case.

You can now stiffen the case by using something like plastic cross stitch sheeting or a thin chopping board.  Cut to size and insert into the case.  Finish by securing the fourth side using crab stitch.

Finally, join the white yarn half way up the back cover edge.  Work 6dc along the edge. *Turn, ch1, 5dc. *  Work 12 rows.
Next row, ch1, 1dc, ch2, miss 2 sts, 2dc. Turn
Next row: ch 1, 1dc in next st, 2dc in 2ch space, 1dc in each of last 2 sts. Turn
Work 4 more rows of dc.  Break off yarn and sew in ends.

I created a soft button by working 12htr into a magic loop, Join with a sl st and then work a further round by working 2htr into each st of the first round.  Fasten off and fix the button to the front cover.

Now your large handed hooks have a cosy home!

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