Two of the crochet projects I made as presents were a hat for my sister and a scarf for my mom. Over Thanksgiving, my sister joked that if I made her a hat, she would wear it. So, I made her a hat!
After much googling, I eventually found a pattern that I liked, and thought she would too. All the yarn I had picked out for my sister was not as thick as this pattern calls for, so I needed to increase the stitch counts, and play with the number of rounds. After much trying on my head for size, I got an “adult” size, and one I thought would fit her head.
While searching for a pattern I thought she would like, I came across an interesting way to accent a hat – to make interchangeable flowers, or accents. I chose a button that would be small enough to button an accent flower over, but not too big.
As long as the center chain is about 6 stitches round, it should fit over the button. I made three flowers, using different colors from the ones I had selected for her “pallet,” wine red with grays.
The scarf I did for my mom was done with the colors I had picked out for her. Purples. The stitch is a stacked shell, from one of the books that a co-worker lent me when they pushed me to start crocheting.
Once I got the hang of the stitch, the scarf worked up easily and quickly. It’s a bit of a yarn eater, so I actually ran out of yarn before finishing. NOT fun at all. Then I couldn’t find the purple I needed at the local stores. Waiting to get to the big store where I got the original skein gave me the time to get the hat and another project finished, so, I guess it was a good thing. Knowing how much yarn I’ll need is something that will come with practice. I knew I had enough for one of my mom’s presents, but not the two combined.
Yesterday, when we met up in the city to celebrate Three Kings day (without telling Teagan!), my mom was wearing her scarf. Made me feel great!