Taming My Double Crochet

Now that it's good and cold outside, I'm in the mood to hibernate, which means I've been sitting inside and crocheting. I think that's pretty awesome, because I'm still working on mastering basic stitches. After making 1 million single crochets (conservative estimate), I felt comfortable enough to move on to its big sister, the double crochet.

 
   

I'm a visual learner, so Marcy showed me the stitch late one Friday afternoon, and I've been working on it diligently ever since.  As I've learned, it's best for me to work a stitch repeatedly until I feel really confident-until I don't really have to think about it too much.

I started out practicing on my trusty red yarn. I counted my stitches, pulled out shoddy-looking rows, and tried to keep my edges neat.  Not bad, eh?

As I considered my success with the red yarn, I decided I wanted to practice double crochet on a somewhat larger scale. And with all the holiday gift-giving coming up, I thought I could try a hat. I poked around in the store to find a pattern that would work for me and settled on the Flash Hats. This project looks really doable, although I'll need lessons on working joined rounds. It probably won't turn out very well, but I figure I'll give it to one of my parents–they're still obligated to love everything I make, right?

If you're looking for an easy project to make for the people on your list this year, you can't go wrong with the Flash Hats–the pattern is in the Accessories 2012 issue, which just happens to be on sale in our store. This project not exactly your cup of tea? Take a look around the store–I'm sure you'll find something you love.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'll be working on my project this weekend, and I'll let you know how it turns out.

Happy crocheting!

Rachel

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