Snuggled up on my couch on a cool fall evening, wrapped in a warm afghan (crocheted, of course), with an old musical on TV and a crochet project on my hook, is my idea of a perfect evening.
I love the scene in Singing in the Rain where Gene Kelly performs his "Gotta Dance" routine. I feel the same way about my crochet. I've gotta crochet.
Several weeks ago, I was preparing for a brainstorming meeting, the perfect opportunity for a little crochet time, but my latest project was at home. So I pulled out the Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 issue and chose a new project-the Atomic Hat. I had fallen in love with the cabled pattern, based on vintage 1950s fabrics, and it was already in my queue.
I made a dash for our office yarn stash. I found an almost-complete skein of Spud & Chloë Fine, left over from the original sample. I couldn't find a size D/3 (3.25 mm) hook anywhere in the office, so I substituted a size E/4 (3.5 mm) Tunisian hook and headed for my meeting. When you "gotta crochet," a little thing like the wrong size hook won't stop you. And I learned a couple of lessons from my improvised hook. Tunisian hooks are perfect for cables. The long uniform shaft prevents the loop on your hook from becoming larger when it rides up the shaft as you work front post stitches into previous rows.
In that one-hour meeting, I made about 2" of progress. I was hooked on the pattern, and the hat was finished in just 2 days. A week later, I had finished a second Atomic Hat in the correct hook size and a beautiful pale blue yarn. This pattern is as addictive as it is beautiful.
About a month earlier, Interweave Crochet's Project Editor Sarah Read started The Best Guy Hat Ever, from the same Fall 2011 issue, to test the stitch pattern and finished the entire hat in a weekend. She said she just couldn't put it down. I guess the "gotta crochet" bug has bitten her as well. Maybe this weekend I'll make my own The Best Guy Hat Ever. I have been searching for the perfect Christmas gift for my brother-in-law.
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