My grandmother taught me to crochet, but we never followed a written pattern (it was ALL in Nagy Mama's head) and, although I know the difference between a single crochet and a double crochet, I am a very visual thinker: my brain is like Google images and Pinterest speaks to me.
Crochet patterns, not so much.
Long story, short (you're welcome!): yesterday my borked-up back decided to remind me just how borked-up it could get, but being laid up with a borked-up back frustrates me more than not being able to read a crocheting pattern.
I tried to follow the instructions outlined in a pattern Tara emailed me...twice...and came up with something that did NOT look like a hat...twice...but would make a wonderful corkscrew cozy...both times.
"Why don't you just Google a tutorial?"
My husband, Garth (not his real name) is a critical thinker and critical thinkers can be annoyingly rational, sometimes. Anyhow, I'm speaking to all my fellow visual thinkers out there: I found perhaps the easiest and fastest crochet tutorial for slouchy beanies from Simply Hooked Crochet.
I completed this pretty little slouchy hat in about 3 hours for my middle girl, but she refused to model it because...you know...17 year-olds need MUCH MORE notice to ready themselves for a photo shoot.
If slouchy hats aren't your thing, no worries: turn up the front, because the reverse side adds a different texture and transforms it into a pretty little crocheted hat even a dork (like me) could pull off in a very prettiful way.
So, how easy was this project?!? I crocheted another slouchy hat...that's 2 in 1 night...because it turns out I am a pretty good hooker, with a borked up back and everything, don't be jealous.
"You should have saved them to give as Christmas presents."
Critical thinkers can be REAL annoying, sometimes.
"Meh, I could always make them scarves to match."
Because I am also a dreamer, don't judge.
In case you missed it: I'm pretty proud to have NaBloPoMo-ed it last month, because seriously (30 posts, in 30 days, really?!?) please feel to read through all the stuff that's been happening around here, when you have time, of course!