Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class – Return of the double-ended crochet hooks

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(This post is part of my Year of ProjectsCrochet Master Class series. You can read the other posts in this series here.)

Two weeks ago, I cheated and showed some old double-ended crochet projects instead of sharing something new for my Year of Projects update.  Several people asked about double-ended crochet, so I planned to return to this technique before the end of our year.  And then, I lost my camera case.

Wasn’t she pretty?

I never really got my two previous camera case ideas off the ground and I need something with a little extra cushioning.  I decided to go with a double-ended crochet project using some of my bulky stash yarn.

So, for those of you unfamiliar with double-ended crochet, it is also sometimes called Crochet on the Double, Crochenit, or Cro-hooking.  It involves using a double-ended crochet hook (really, two hooks in one) where each hook uses a different yarn.  Mechanically, it is really similar to Tunisian crochet.  It produces a really soft fabric that is reversible and doesn’t curl like Tunisian crochet sometimes does.

Here are a few of my double-ended hooks. From top to bottom, Susan Bates Silvalume, Susan Bates Luxite, and Crochenit with the “stop and go” hook covers.

Although I have a decent collection of double-ended hooks, for actual double-ended crocheting, I prefer to use my Denise interchangeable crochet hooks.  (Side note: If you do a fair amount of Tunisian or double-ended crochet, I strongly recommend that you get a set!  I love my Denise hooks, even though I usually dislike plastic hooks.  You can customize the specific cord length for your project, and you can also use these hooks for knooking, also known as knitting with a crochet hook.)

So for my project, I dug through my yarn stash until I found two bulky yarns that worked well together.

Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (now discontinued) in Thunder. This is actually the yarn I used when I was relearning knitting.
Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed in Charcoal.

These are similar in thickness and the colors work well together.  Even though I don’t think I’ll need to wash my camera case, it is nice that they are easy care yarns.

Then I poked around my bookshelf looking for just the right stitch pattern.

I found a nice textured stitch in Renate Kirkpatrick‘s Crochet Techniques (reviewed here).  I decided to assemble the case in pieces so I could alternate the colors for detailing.

The front piece (right side).
The front piece (wrong side).

I’m still working on the back piece.

I switched the yarn order so the twisted cables are in a different color.
The wrong side of the back piece.

I have a few deadlines in the coming week, but I’m hoping to finish this soon.  I don’t really like the idea of my new camera being naked out in the world (even though my old camera didn’t have a case).  My next step will be to find suitable buttons for closure.  (Yay!)

Since we’re getting close to the last days of the Year of Projects, I’m thinking to count this project towards the aran crochet chapter, too.  After all, it does use cables.

I should have a really cool update about another amazing technique from Crochet Master Class next week because I’ll actually be meeting one of the masters in a few days.  (How’s that for a cliffhanger?)

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