I take after my mother in many ways. Whenever she tries a new recipe,
she always follows the recipe instructions faithfully the first time.
But then her mind fills with ideas for customizing the recipe, whether
for practical purposed or personal taste. I have the same tendency when
it comes to crochet patterns. Recently I received a copy of Crocheted
Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make & Give by Kim Werker. I
dropped all of my other work and eagerly leafed through the pages of
gifts, mentally matching each project with one or more of my family and
friends. But the first project that I looped on my crochet hook was
Chloe Nightingale's Berry Baby Hat. I whipped up an adorable blueberry
hat for an expectant friend in a surprisingly short time. Then my mind
I love hats with earflaps. I find earflap hats
especially adorable and practical on babies and little children. The
earflaps keep the part of your ears that the hat doesn't quite reach
warm in the wind and chill. Growing up in Wyoming, I have had my share
of run-ins with the wind. And I have found that hats with earflaps stay
on my nieces heads better than hats without. But mostly I just like the
childlike reminiscence of the look of earflaps.
Having completed one
Berry Baby Hat, I was in love with the single crochet, elegantly
simplistic design and adorable stem and leaves. I quickly created a
little white hat, did a little math, decided where I wanted to add the
earflaps, and went to work.
I love the way this little creation turned out. Sir
Stephen, from the Summer
2008 issue, even offered to model it for me.
Now my mind is again buzzing with ideas for this
fabulous pattern. I will likely create several more hats from this
pattern. Some will follow Chloe's brilliant crochet hat pattern exactly
while others will incorporate a touch of my own imagination and
personality or reflect the personality of the recipient. Do you find
yourself doing the same thing? To what kind of patterns have you added
your own personal style? There are so many options that we have talked
about, from customizing a garment's fit to match your body measurements
to embellishing a crocheted or noncrocheted item. Toni
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