My experiences with crochet hook rolls have been very mixed, but also very recent!
I used to keep my hooks in a trusty and very lovely pencil case. It was a perfectly acceptable way to store them, all in one place, no way for them to fall out and safe from any damage. However, it wasn't a very user friendly way to store them as every time I wanted one I had to tip them all out and search through for the size that I wanted - which was most often a 4mm hook!
These have been my answers.
I had a kit that I had bought at a greatly reduced price - I think it was about £2.50 from the Great British Sewing Bee to make a knitting needle roll and I thought that I could adapt it for my crochet hooks. I sort of managed it but to be honest I wasn't that impressed with the kit and also the need to adapt it presented a little bit of a quandary.
It was a good first make though as I had grander plans for a crochet hook roll and I didn't want to break into the supplies for that without having a go with something that I was less concerned about first.
This is the result of the first go! Not too bad and although it is currently hookless - because of what you will see below - I am still keeping it and can see it in use in the future if - when! - my hook collection increases.
After I shared this first make on the blog back in June - here - a lovely friend got in touch and offered to make me a roll. They very kindly did and sent it to me and this is what they sent! I adore it and it is now home to all of my non 4mm hooks. The person knows who they are and I am very thankful to them!
I still had ideas though to make another hook roll as I had originally hoped to do and that would hold all of my most often used 4mm hooks. I visited the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum way back in 2014 - you can read about it here - and bought a single fat quarter of one of his fabrics, always with the idea of making a crochet hook roll. The fabric had sat in my stash since them just waiting for attention. Now was finally the time to make the crochet hook roll!
My idea was to crochet the outside and then use the fabric for the inside. The crocheted outside would use the colours of the fabric. This, Ta Dah! is the final piece!!
To make it I used a variety of Stylecraft Special DK colours that matched the colours of the fabrics. Then I worked out a very complicated chart to give me the pattern for the second round of each of the squares to ensure that there were not two of the same colour touching each other. The centres were then randomly selected to give non repeating squares as much as possible.
I then worked tiny granny squares in HTR - half double crochet in US terms - for just two rounds, joining as I went. Once I had the basic fabric I went round the edge working a combination of chains and DC's into the squares and then worked a final round of HTR's around the edge. Adding a cord braided in three of the greens gave me a tie to wrap around the whole thing.
The colours that I used are as per this picture, but are Aspen, Boysenberry, Camel, Clematis, Duck Egg, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard, Sherbet and Shrimp, the greens were Cypress, Grass Green, Kelly Green, Meadow and Pistachio.
Then I sewed the interior fabric making a pocket at the bottom for the hooks and divided this up to hold the hooks in place, giving space for one hook with a handle and several hooks that don't have handles in each slot. I made a flap for the top which is stitched down at the sides. This protects the tips of the hooks and also keeps them in place.
I stitched this in place by hand and voila, it was done. Hooks added and all complete. Just two years after I first decided to make this!!
My hook storage needs are now complete. I have one large roll if I want to take all of my hooks somewhere together, and two smaller ones for use at home. The pencil case is still waiting a new use, but it will find one. Perhaps for pencils again!
I am not planning to produce a pattern for this, but if you have any questions let me know and if there is demand for a pattern I will see what I can do!
So, how do you store your crochet hooks or knitting needles? I would love to know.
p.s please read this post if you haven't already done so.