Making My First Hat

Winter is fast approaching, and here in Colorado that means cold and snow are on the way! Personally, I can't wait; winter is my favorite season, and I look forward to it every year (I do NOT look forward to driving in the snow, but that's a topic for another day). I love all the things that accompany cold weather: sweaters, scarves, socks, boots, hot cocoa, fires, soup, skiing, and hats. Especially hats. I can't wait to break mine out of storage! 

Cupcake Hats  

All this hat-love got me thinking: I should crochet a hat! My list of projects is growing fast, but I definitely want to add a hat to it. And although I'm still learning, I feel confident that I can make a hat before winter is over–after all, it lasts until April around here.

I don't want to make a hat for myself, though, because the other projects in my queue (the Molecule Cowl, the Holiday Lights Garland, the Aegean Dreams Throw) are all for me. I'd like to make one for my 2-year-old niece, who's outgrown all of the hats she wore last year! For inspiration, I'm looking to our Kids Hat Pattern Pack, which has a bunch of really cute, fun hats. Several of those are definitely beyond my skill level, but I think I can manage the Cupcake Hat (with the cherry, not the candle). Now that I've found a project, it's time to actually learn to make a hat. 

  Crochet Your First Hat Video
  Check out Mary Beth Temple's video to learn great hat-making technique!

I'm using Mary Beth Temple's video "Crochet Your First Hat" as a learning guide for this project. You guys, this is a fantastic video. Mary Beth uses super clear instructions to walk through the basics of crocheting a hat, breaking it down into easy-to-follow steps. Plus, I can pause and rewind as much as I want if I get lost (which happens a lot). I'm very much a visual learner, so this video will be extremely helpful to me. I've decided that it will be easiest for me to learn by creating the hat she makes in the video, so I suppose the Cupcake Hat will be my second hat project. I'm sure my niece won't mind. 

So, stay tuned! I'm still working on mastering basic stitches, but I think I can make that Cupcake Hat before winter is over. Wish me luck!

Happy crocheting!

Rachel

P.S. Do you have any tips for first-time crochet hat makers? Please share in the comments!

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