Maybe Matilda: Sharp Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sharp Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway!

This is pretty cool, guys. And by pretty cool, I do, of course, mean dang freaking awesomazing (thanks for that fun new word, Michelle--the Urban Slang Dictionary strikes again!).

Have you ever thought about crocheting edgings onto fabrics? Maybe you've seen cute pillowcases or dishtowels with crocheted edgings, or baby blankets or even gloves with a crocheted border?
(left to right: source, source, source)
I've been interested in trying this out, but it sounded like such a labor-intensive process . . . I just like the crocheting itself, but you have to make the holes first to crochet into using an awl, or an unthreaded sewing machine needle, or by trying to jam a small, blunt-headed crochet hook through the fabric. Way too much work for me. I just want to crochet, and I want it to be quick and painless.

Enter Jessica and the Sharp Crochet Hook!
Jessica solved this problem by creating a crochet hook with a sharp, pointed head--perfect for gliding straight through fabrics. It completely eliminates a step when crocheting through fabric . . . there's no need to poke holes before beginning, because you can do it while crocheting the edging! I'll let her tell you more about herself and the hook:

I am a wife and a mom to three daughters. I live in the freezing cold part of northern Utah. I crochet to stay sane. Have you heard the saying "Keep calm and carry on"? My personal saying is something like "Keep calm and crochet on!" I love to create new types of crochet projects that have a more "modern" feel . . . I don't make typical grandma creations, no offense Grandma!

I recently finished a zebra print apron. It was soo easy to make- I just bought a 99 cent handkerchief from Hobby Lobby, crocheted an edging on one of the sides with a Sharp Crochet Hook, and then crocheted a wide edging (about 3") with black crochet thread.

Then I made about a 3 foot long chain and then folded the top of the handkerchief down about 3 inches and used the Sharp Crochet Hook to crochet  a "hem" across the top, then made a3 foot long chain so I could tie it around my waist. It took less than an hour and I didn't even need to pull out a sewing machine (hello, easy Christmas gift for a friend!!)

I also love making baby blankets. Here is one I made for my daughter. The pattern is from my Crochet Edging Handbook.
Another favorite, now that it is cold outside, is making a crochet edging around cheap gloves. You know those one size fits all gloves that are only about a dollar per pair? The pattern for this is also in the Crochet Edging Handbook.

So, when you think about crocheting, remember it doesn't have to be dusty and old fashioned. You can have a lot of fun making modern looking items with the Sharp Crochet Hook!
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Jessica kindly sent me a Sharp Crochet Hook and the Crochet Edging Handbook to take for a test run.  Very convenient timing, since we're only one month away from welcoming a new nephew into the family! I picked up a yard of baby flannel when it was on sale recently and got to work.
The hook worked like a dream--instead of working my way around the fabric, poking holes along the way, I just started crocheting right through the fabric. The hook is teensy and sharp enough to go straight through the fabric. And honestly, I feel like this would be the perfect get-your-anger-out activity. Punching that little hook through the fabric was very satisfying.
I used one of the three patterns that come included in the hook's packaging (with a slight variation) to create this adorable, simple scalloped edge around my flannel blanket:
The pattern was simple, clear, and easy to follow, and this was a very quick (and inexpensive!) project to whip up. Perfect for a last-minute baby shower gift, or a thoughtful handmade Christmas present for a new baby!
I can't wait to try more of Jessica's patterns--I particularly love the wide white border pictured above, wrapped around her sweet little girl, and the handbook has so many beautiful patterns, from simple edgings, like my little scallops, to wide and elaborate lacy edgings (that you can even weave ribbons through--beautiful!). The Sharp Crochet Hook made what would have been a drawn-out, elaborate project very quick and simple. I'm so excited to make more--pillowcases, dishtowels, aprons, maybe even a little edging along a little girl's top or skirt . . . plenty of adorable options!

This would make a great gift--buy one for yourself (they're only $6.99, and you can purchase a combo pack of the hook and the handbook full of great patterns for $10.99!) and create beautiful handmade items to give away, or give the hook and pattern book to a crochet-loving lady!

Now for the really fun part . . . one of you will win a Sharp Crochet Hook of your own!
****GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Thanks to all who entered!****
Here's how to enter--please leave a separate comment for each entry method that you complete, and make sure to include your email address (if it's not connected to your google profile!).
2) Write about this giveaway--including a link to this post--on your facebook page and/or twitter!
3) Hmmm . . . running out of ideas. How about pinning one of the pictures from this post to your Pinterest with the caption, "I want to try out the Sharp Crochet Hook for an easy way to crochet edgings onto fabric! http://sharpcrochethook.com/

And--last thing, I promise--you can get FREE SHIPPING on a Sharp Crochet Hook order until Dec. 1st, so get moving if you've just gotta have one!

All right! Go ahead and enter, and start thinking of all the cute somethings you can make using the Sharp Crochet Hook! (Check back on Monday for the winner!)

95 comments :

  1. I "liked" the sharp crochet hook on facebook. I've been wanting to try this for a while. This would be perfect for pillowcases.

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  2. and, shared on Facebook with a friend!

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  3. Pinned.
    This is such a great idea! I've always loved the crochet edgings, but you're right. It looks like a lot of extra work! Adding this to my christmas list :D

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  4. I pinned it!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/645820699/

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  5. I shared this with a link on facebook

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  6. Shared on my fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/Jenster76

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  7. I'm skipping this giveaway in favor of just getting it for myself :)Gotta take advantage of the free shipping :)

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  8. And...pinned on pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/7670261835015596/ Thank you for the opportunity! :)

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  9. I love those delicate crochet edgings! Pinned it.

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  10. I've heard great things about this crochet hook, and I would love to win one! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  11. I liked it on Facebook a month or so ago, when I also purchased 1 for my mother. She's been hand sewing her lacy edges on blankets, pillowcases & sheets, tea towels, etc for YEARS. I think she'll love the Sharp :)

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  12. One time when we were kids, my little sister gave me a handkerchief that had a crocheted border around it and my initials stitched into the edge. I thought it was so sweet of her, one of my favourite gifts ever!

    I liked the sharp crochet hook on facebook. Would love to win one!

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  13. Given that I live in France, I ordered just now (it's not fun for the person who oragnizes the game to pay extra postage fee), but I'm glad you talked about it because it seems to be very amazing!
    I'm really looking forward to receiving mine!

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  14. Aaand now I pinned the sharp crochet hook on my Pinterest, too.

    Second entry, still hoping to win!

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  15. Now I've shared a link & commented about your review on my facebook page :) Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  16. I shared this link of Face Book under the name Seven Alive.

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  17. Pinned on pinterest! http://pinterest.com/pin/646524811/

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  18. I tweeted it, too! I'm totally ordering one even if I don't win! Great giveway, thank you!!

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  19. I pinned it :) Thanks!!

    suzysetter(at)cox(dot)net

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  20. Shared the link on my page & a crochet group! :0)

    crescendogal@yahoo.com

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  21. Pinned!!! :0)

    crescendogal@yahoo.com

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  22. Liked on Facebook under name Kathryn Vercillo

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  23. Tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/#!/CrochetBlogger/status/141994581997780992

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  24. And pinned:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/646995367/

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  25. I liked Sharp Crochet hook on facebook a long time ago. Just waiting for the worsted weight hook to purchase one!

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  26. ooh so want one of these! http://indigoinkcreations.blogspot.com/2011/11/sharp-hook-crochet-edges-give-away.html I made a post about it on my blog here

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  27. I liked her on facebook ^^ now I'm off to see how much these cost

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  28. Also wrote about it on facebook! man this looks sa-weet.

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  29. How neat is that! I'm teaching myself to crochet and want to try it!

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  30. I always wondered how crocheted edging was done. Love it! This looks like a great tool. I shared on my FB page :)

    http://www.facebook.com/CardboardCrafter

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  31. I "liked" the Sharp Crochet Hook FB page :)
    Thanks for offering this, too cool!

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  32. i liked sharp crochet hook on facebook!

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  33. i facebooked it as well!! kamirules@gmail.com

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  34. I liked it on Facebook (because I like it in real life!)

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  35. I pinned that adorable baby and blanket.

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  36. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/MidwesternSGirl/status/142100933311086592

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  37. I pinned the baby blanket on my pinterest, too!

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  38. I liked the sharp crochet hook on Facebook.

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  39. Hi Rachel! You talked about this wonderful crochet hook a few months back, I think..I fell in love with it then! I would love to win it! I "liked" it on fb months ago and I pinned it on my pintrest, and linked it to my fb wall. Just as you requested!

    I hope I win! xo, aimee
    aimeeanewman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I pinned the video for the world to see :) (On Pinterest)

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  42. Pinned a picture and link on my pinterest! Hope i'm the lucky wineer. :)

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  43. I liked the Sharp Crochet Hook on FB :)

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  44. I posted a link to the giveaway on my FB page.

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  45. I Like the Sharp Crochet Hook on facebook!


    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  46. I shared on facebook


    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=719583163121&id=71005186

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  47. http://pinterest.com/pin/658543952/

    I pinned this too!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  48. I pinned the hook on Pinterest!

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  49. I posted about the giveaway on facebook!

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  50. I pinned on pinterest!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/121737996147013758/

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  51. I pinned it on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/681373683/

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  52. I shared on my FB wall, but guess I forgot to come back here and comment!!

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  53. I already "liked" The Sharp Crochet Hook FB page too!!

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  54. Forgot to add my email addy!
    shutterpurr@gmail.com
    I already posted that I tweeted and "liked" the fb page :)

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