Good afternoon everyone! I hope you guys have a had a great week and are powering through the grind of midterms. To recap last week, I crochet baby scratch mittens that turned out to be very cute and this week my new challenge was to create a new born crochet toque. I decided to continue using the same youtuber @HappyBerry Crochet with her video on (crochet) How to Crochet a Simple Baby Beanie for 0-6 months.
Previously I used one of her tutorial on (crochet) How To Crochet Baby Scratch Mittens, which was a great tutorial and an easy pattern to follow. I find she can break down the steps to a simple level and if you are a visual learner she demonstrated each changing crochet, which is incredible helpful for beginners trying to understand all the crochet terms. Such as chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet.
So, based on my initial success with the scratch mitten, I figured she would be a good starting point for my next challenge. In the beginning the pattern suggested using 6.0mm crochet hook and chunky/bulky yarn, which should have been my first indictor that this might not have been the best tutorial for my needs. I wanted to continue using the blue material from the scratch mitten for two reasons, number one the project needed to my match because it would help produce the optimal cuteness and secondly, I did not want to go and buy more material, when I had so much left of the blue yarn. Reduce, reuse, and recycle seemed like a good model for my bank account, but not so much for my project. I knew that because I was using smaller yarn I could not use the same hook, or my little hat would be full of holes and that lead me to change the width to my hook to a 5.0mm. As a result of switching the hook my first attempt ended up the hat being the size of my three fingers, which I could not even put over a fake baby’s head.
After that I switched, I switched back to the proper 6.0mm hook and tried doubling the pattern, kind of like doubling a baking recipe, but that was not successful either. I came to the conclusion that I need to find a different tutorial that would allow me to use the same material and that’s when I stumbled upon How to Crochet A Baby Hat: Newborn. I will let you know how the new pattern works out, next week. Thanks for reading!