I made a second beanie for Mini-Mikey, adding one additional increase round and two additional rows. I don’t think I made it long enough.
However, it does fit…for the meantime. I told the mom to let me know one week before she is going to do her photo shoot; I will crochet a hat at that time that will fit perfectly. They are so small and quick to crochet that I can have it ready on time.
It has been so long since I worked with a super bulky yarn that it took a little getting used to again. Considering the short color runs, I am pretty convinced that this would have looked similar knit.
About The Project
I really wanted to knit, but having only one skein (approximately 85 yards), I was restricted to usable items I could knit. I did have a little extra yarn, so I can’t guarantee it as a one skein project. However, I did stop about the same place I began after using my extra due to a knot in the whole skein towards the end.
Additionally, there is too much frustration knitting small items, as I am restricted to 24 inch cables, due to my large hands. I started to knit a medium cowl, but forgot about curling of stockinette, so decided to crochet in stockinette, no curling.
Dimensions: 12 (D) x 8 (H) inches Price: USD $12.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount, where applicable
I was going to write a recipe, but just discovered that my stitch is not identified as I thought, and it appears I might have created a new stitch: Single Crochet Stockinette – at least to me!
Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to 🐸, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, 🐸-ing. Grrr!
About The Pattern
The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.
About The Project
Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable
If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.
I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.
At Mini-Mikey’s baby shower, Roxanne asked me to make a special hat for a photo shoot, where she will place the baby in a Hunny pot with the beanie…at least, I think that’s the plan.
I searched “mercerized cotton worsted weight” because I wanted something lustrous and this came up: Love KnittingBlue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton. The colors – True Red 641 and Dandelion 638 – are perfect, but I am always hesitant to order online, due to extravagant shipping costs, I searched local yarn shops and discovered that out of the possible three stores near me: one was closed; one I was banned from; and the other had no cotton. The one I was banned from probably has what I want, but screw them! Besides this is for my grand/great nephew and I am willing to skip a meal for him – I shouldn’t miss it.
Or even worse…drop a stitch and not notice until 20 rows later. It is very dangerous to crochet, and more so knit, when one is tired or weary. Mistakes happen and some of them can be very nasty to try and fix.
When one is crocheting/knitting, one should be seated comfortably, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. 😀 Attentiveness is the key to excellent crocheting/knitting. My teacher told me to admire my work after every row or two; this is a good way to catch those nasty mistakes before getting too far.
When one is knitting lace, the best life saver is a life line (a piece of yarn/thread, lighter in weight then what you are working, strung through your stitches at the beginning of a lace pattern. This aides in case you have to frog your project due to an error. You only have to frog back to the life line!
Bottom Line: A hooker should be attentive to his/her crafting.
The yarn is labeled bulky, so I am suing a US J / 6.5 mm hook. At first I thought it was too big because the interlocking seemed loose. I adjusted my tension and my crochet has improved.
In case you forgot the colors I am going to use in this afghan, here they are again…
I was going to write up a pattern, but it is really slowing me down and I have decided there is not much use for it without instruction on how to Interlock Crochet. Oh well, at least I am able to teach the technique now…in-the-round!
I figured out how to interlock crochet in-the-round!
I wrote down what I’ve done so far, which is good because I am liking the design and it will be measure of how well my documentation skills are for this new method in case I want to write a pattern up.
Today, I might play around with digital designing to see what I can come up with and then see if I might go a different direction for the actual piece…a mystery! 😀
The name of this project is spiritually related and inspired…I was listening to music from my library, while composing this post and my interlock crochet progress and the three songs that impressed themselves into my memory are Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders, Snowball by DEVO and Trust by Me’Shell Ndegéocello.
I did “achieve” something really big – a “mystery” to me: interlock crochet in-the-round!
And I didn’t lose a love – sardonically speaking, I never had one to begin with 😉
As I had decided on Mystery Achievement, Trust had started, confirming my choice, and which was another good name.
I knew there was something I was going to add: The yarn I have been using for this afghan development is Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01044 True Grey & 01011 Soft Taupe; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted).