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?
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!
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!).
1) Like the Sharp Crochet Hook on facebook!
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!)