My friend is expecting a baby girl in October, so I’ve been going through baby projects on my Pinterest boards. I decided to try Stephanie MacDerment’s Emery Beanie first, since all the reviews promised it was very easy (I haven’t actually completed a crochet project yet, except for the border of one square for the fusion blanket, so I thought I should start small). The popcorn flower pattern is from B. Hooked Crochet.
I ordered several skeins of Comfy Worsted from Knit Picks to try. It feels very soft and nice, but the colors are much duller and more muted than expected. Two of the skeins, a blue and a pink, look fine so I’ll use them for the final beanie. I used the three rejected colors for the test beanie: a curious pea-soup green, mustard (optimistically labeled “crème brûlée”), and a dull pink. Despite this unpromising beginning, the pattern was actually quite easy. I got a bit confused when it was time to start the round of cross-stitch, but that was mainly because I haven’t actually figured out how to do the join-with-a-slip-stitch thing at the end of each round. How does that work, and why is there always the wrong number after joining? The beanie only took part of Sunday afternoon to complete, and the flower took about an hour this evening. Keep in mind that this will go much faster for someone who knows what they’re doing: a lot of this time was spent studying YouTube videos of the stitches I didn’t know, or scratching my head over the mysteries of joining.
The colors in these pictures look much brighter than the actual colors too, but I’m not sure if that’s my screen or my lack of photography skills. I haven’t attached the flower yet. The directions didn’t specify the best way to attach it, and the body of the beanie seems rather loose and soft. I expect I’ll need to stitch all the way around the flower, not just the button. Should it be sewing thread, or yarn of some kind? I should probably get that attached soon. As I was downloading the pictures, Peter went careening through the house with the flower. I had to chase him down and pry it out of his mouth, but it still looks okay. He also made off with the tape measure in the middle of the photography session.
Anyway, the practice beanie actually turned out much better than I expected. I’m quite pleased that I managed to get through the pattern. It doesn’t use much yarn at all, so I may do a second practice to make sure it ends up big enough. How big are newborn heads? I read a story about someone who crocheted all kinds of cute things for their baby, but she was bigger than they expected so they could barely squeeze her in them for one photoshoot. On the other hand, I also read about someone making a brand-newborn dress that’s very tiny, because she discovered none of the clothes fit until they grew into 0-3 month sizes.