Friday, March 9, 2012

I Never Finish Anythi

Go ahead... ask me how many unfinished projects I have. On second thought, don't ask me ;) I realize that this may sound like I'm going against the theme of my blog, but hear me out: I'm always in earnest when I get started on crafts... it's just finding two free seconds to finish the project that's the problem! Well, I'm happy to report that my streak has ended, and no one's more surprised than I am. The Relief Society hosted a basic skills night a few weeks ago. The purpose was to help women in the neighborhood learn (or improve upon) their sewing, crocheting, and knitting skills in order to better prepare us for the service project we are currently working on for Halos of Hope

Up until that night, my crochet skills were limited to double crochet blankets. Essentially straight lines over and over and over again with one color of yarn. Not horrible to look at, but definitely not that exciting. I was VERY skeptical that I would be able to complete a hat in one evening as promised. VERY.

Guess what? I finished a hat... for real-sies!! Miracles do happen... I shouldn't be surprised at all that it happened at Relief Society :)

Thanks goes to my dear friend, Louise Davies. She's an angel, and one of the best darn crocheters I have ever met... I'm serious!! Look at the blessing dress she made for my baby girl a couple years ago:

She taught a whole table full of amateur crocheters to make hats... finished hats! Not only that, she got us excited about it! I went right home that night & made another hat:

I've made three more hats since then :) Just don't ask me about the other stuff I didn't get finished while I was making said hats...

My friend Amy Peterson (another amazing crocheter) gave me permission to post her hat pattern... Here's the toddler/child size:

Basic Beanie Crochet Pattern

Holding two strands of yarn together as one:
Round 1: ch2, 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook. (8)
Round 2: 2hdc in each st around (rem. to mark first stitch of each row). (16)
Round 3: *hdc, 2hdc* around row. (24)
Round 4: *hdc, hdc, 2hdc* around row. (32)
Round 5: hdc in each stitch in row. (32)
Round 6-12: repeat round 5. (32)
Measure how tall hat is at this point. It should be approximately 7.5 to 8 inches tall. Repeat round 5 if needed.
Round 13: sc in each stitch around row. (32)
FO and weave in ends with tapestry needle.

The flower pattern came from here:

You can also follow my aptly named pinboard "I Never Finish Anythi..." on Pinterest:

These hats are cute, and achievable... two of my favorite words :) I've thoroughly enjoyed every stitch, and hope you will too!!

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