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Hope everybody had a wonderful Mother’s Day. On this holiday weekend I actually found enough time to finish my project “Easy Springtime Hats”. As you remember in an earlier post this was my fourth kit I had received in the Annie’s Hook & Needle Club. I originally joined the club to encourage myself to crochet some projects I would not normally pick out myself; to expand my crocheting experience as one might say. I also wanted quick and easy projects to crochet in-between the projects in the “Crochet Master Class” book. So far I am really enjoying the club and like the patterns I have been receiving.

This month I not only had the enjoyment of crocheting a toddlers hat but also pleasure seeing my granddaughter’s smile when she received it as a gift. Moments like that are so precious.

The hat itself was made using “Bernat Handicrafter” cotton white yarn, which was very easy to work with. The pattern was an easy level and the instructions were very easy to follow. I believe this to be a good project for a beginner crocheter. The hook required for this pattern was a G, and getting the right size in this pattern is very important so you want to make sure you take the time to gauge. It only takes five minutes and you will never regret getting into this habit.

The pattern itself involved rounds, so I would suggest using a marker on the first stitch of every round. Although it was easy to spot the beginning stitch it is always a good idea to have that added protection of knowing when to end one round and start a new one.

Most of the pattern used double crochets (Double Crochet) and trebles (Triple/Treble Crochet), however in the last round I got to crochet popcorns (Popcorn Stitch). Popcorns are always enjoyable to crochet once you have mastered the stitch. The popcorns helped to add the ruffle on the edging that made the outcome so cute. If you are a beginning crocheter this will also give you a great opportunity to try a Speciality Stitch.

I crocheted the large hat and I believe I have enough yarn left to make the small hat. But there is definitely not enough for all three sizes. If I do run a little short crocheting the second hat I can purchase this brand at my local JoAnn’s store.

Bonus: On the back of the yarn labels I received free instructions for cotton knit dishcloths and the Handicrafter Cotton Dishcloth to crochet. Always like collecting patterns for future use; especially free ones!

Based on the fact that the instructions were very readable and easy to follow and the fact that I was not really happy with the look of the final project I would give this kit a 9.

I will be starting a baby afghan next for my new grandchild due July 4. I cannot believe I have been blessed with five grandchildren. This in addition to the weekly squares I am working on should keep me busy until my next kit arrives.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.