A stack of crocheted hats...
---Is what I worked on this week. I finished an identical pair for a friend of mine, and I think they are adorable. The yarn is Red Heart With Love in Fruit Punch.
I used THIS pattern from
Valerie Whitten . I think it worked up really nicely. Each has a button on the left and a flower on the right.
I embellished them with a flower motif from Suzann Thompson's Crochet Bouquet book - The Sweetheart Rose pattern. There's so many flower patterns in the this book it was hard to pick.
I think it was a highly successful venture. The hats worked up really quickly, and the flowers were simple enough too.
On the other hand...
I also was testing out a new to me pattern for another friend. OH, how I wish I had taken pictures of the first end result. But I had a foot and a half long sock looking hat when I was done and didn't know why, and honestly, it was terrible. Hilarious, but terrible. It was immediately frogged. Partially just because I like my yarn ball winder so much, and don't get much cause to use it.
So since that was a fail, I attempted it again the next night. I reread the directions, checked my yarn, my hooks...You see, I didn't realize the pattern was in UK crochet terms, not US terms, until the next day. So this time, I made the wise decision of ignoring the UK/US differences, thinking it would be different but fine. Not so much! Now I have a hat that maybe wouldn't cover the Jolly Green Giant's eyes. It is ridiculously massive. Actually here, let me go take a ridiculously embarrassing picture for you.
Seriously. How did I think THAT was going to turn out?
Surely we all make these mistakes right? So that was two frustrating nights of yarning down the drain, but I suppose I got something out of it -
Don't try to outsmart your directions if you are looking for a functional and correctly sized finished product. Lesson learned. But at least for my week I got a couple of really cute hats to show for it. :) I did follow THOSE directions.
I'm just going to try again. It's just this week's battle, I think.
Have a great weekend!