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« on: February 13, 2007 09:09:46 AM »

I just posted a tutorial to my webpage on how to make a mini/portable/keychain crochet hook. It is essential for on-the-go sock projects!

Pictures work! I'll repost the tutorial here!

I find myself leaving the house and grabbing a to-go knitting project to take with me, often socks. Nothing like knitting away while waiting in line at the post office, or in a waiting room, or trapped at an awful social event. Usually I have just a little mesh project bag with my sock and yarn in it No notions. I will be happily knitting away, then, a moments distraction, and a stitch jumps off the needle.

Of course the best way to remedy this situation is to use a crochet hook to pick up the stitches.
But I dont have one in my bare bones travelling sock project bag. So I decided to make one that I could keep with me, even on the go.

Behold! The keychain crochet hook.

To make one you will need:

    * An Aluminum crochet hook of small size (less than 3 mm)*
    * Wire clippers
    * Needle-nosed pliers
    * Jewelery findings: Jump rings and a clasp
    * Eye protection

To start, clip the hook near the flat part in the middle. You want to keep the flat part connected to the hook, and move as far down the handle as you can. If you get all the way to the round part, it may be too difficult to cut through.

Then, use the needle-nosed pliers to fold the flat part of the handle back into a loop.

Use the same pliers to attach a jump ring and a clasp. Now you can clip it on your keychain and remove it whenever you have a dropped stitch that needs saving.

* I know that it is practically unbelievable, but I got this hook for 25 cents at a thrift store.
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2007 09:13:09 AM »

Excellent idea!  I give it two thumbs up!  I am definitely going to make one.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2007 09:35:14 AM »

love this idea!  thanks for sharing!
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2007 12:31:48 PM »

What a great idea! I am SO making one right now!
I always drop stitches in the most awkward situations, maybe this will help.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2007 12:47:44 PM »

WOW, that is awesome.  I carry a crochet hook in my purse but having it on a key chain is a better idea!  And it could be done with knitting needles too for a very small project. Thanks for the tut 
I'm a newbie around here  Grin

« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2007 12:57:22 PM »

are you kidding me? that really is the bee's knees. even if a crocheter dosen't have a project on the hook while theyre on the go, that is the most fantastic trinket key chain ever! I am going to go home rightnow and see if i have any duplicate hooks that i can use to make one!
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2007 03:42:22 PM »

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2007 03:47:30 PM »

Love love love it.

I can't wait to make a few!  I know a few crafty folks who would get a huge kick out of them!

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2007 03:49:54 PM »

I LOVE it!  Thank you for sharing!  I definitely want to make one!

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2007 04:13:26 PM »

Hey, thats great.
You should put a link on the crochet board...

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