(blog post round 2)*
I’ve always enjoyed giving hand made gifts. I remember learning to crochet as a child and giving out lopsided pot holders to my family for Christmas. Since then, I’ve learned several other crafts including beadwork and lampworking.
The last few years I’ve made it a point to give the boys something hand made. They’ve gotten scarves, house slippers and fingerless gloves the last few years. Most of these things I can make up fairly quickly and they do use them.
While looking at crocheted hats on Etsy one day, I cam across some Mohawk caps and as a joke, showed them to my oldest. O.o He loved them and asked for one for Christmas. Z even knew what colors he wanted: dark purple body, two white stripes and lime green fringe. I said okay and stared looking for free hat patterns.
Once I found one, I pulled out the purple and white yarn and set to work. Now the hat pattern was only a basic hat, I had to make a few more rounds for the back and ear flaps, but that was a no brainer. The hardest part was deciding on how to do the fringe. I decided on making a larkshead knot, two to a row for the hair. I think it worked out quite well. Most of the pattern was done in double crochet, except for the stripes–single crochet–and the trim. Over all, it took about 4 hours for the body and another 2 hours for the fringework. See I think he likes it.
Then, I started on J’s hat. He finally decided on a black body with orange stripes and red trim. Since I knew I didn’t have enough of the black, I went to the store and bought more, along with some red for the fringe.
Now, most of the time, if I use the exact same supplies for a second project, things always turn out the same right? -_- J’s hat just would not cooperate. Even though I used the same type/brand yarn, the black was somehow thicker but just a bit. No big deal right? The first three rounds of the hat was fine, but after that, it turned into a lopsided floppy frisby. So I ripped it out and started again, wondering if I had picked up a stitch or two somehow.
Nope, same thing.
I think I ripped it apart 4 or 5 times and still didn’t get it right.
it ended up too big.
Same pattern, same amount of stitches, same type/brand of yarn.
But both the boys are happy. J wears a short stocking cap under his so it doesn’t fly off. I’m going to make some more, just because I want to know where I went wrong with the second hat. If you want one, let me know. 😉
*Apparently my computer decided to shut down during my first draft. And since the interwebs occasionally is funky here, WP didn’t save it. Sans blog post round 2. lol