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I have been really slack concerning my blog, and now with 2016 just around the corner I find myself behind with 4 reviews for Annie’s Hook & Needle Club. This time- I sincerely apologize.

The Beanie Blast is the first of the reviews that will be posted by the first of the new year. This kit comes with a skein each of blue, green and white worsted weight yarn. I will need a J hook and a tapestry needle to complete the crochet pattern. There is also the option of a pattern for knitting, but I prefer the crocheted ones. The patterns are an easy level, only requiring a working knowledge of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), single crochet (The Single Crochet) and single crochet decrease (Single Crochet Decrease). So I am looking forward to this relaxing project.

I really enjoyed working this kit; it offered the added challenge of switching back and forth between three colors. (Changing Colors) You are given a choice of working a man or woman’s hat, I opted for the first.

The yarn was in unmarked labels, which makes it impossible to duplicate. This is the one thing I do not like about the club, as most of the kits arrive with these labels. If I like something, I usually enjoy crocheting several of them for friends and to sell. This yarn was easy to work with and looks fashionable when done.

The kit also came with a pattern for a headband which was completed quickly and only has eleven rows. The smaller pattern also gives you some experience with working multi colors and working in rounds.

The pattern was marked on an easy level, but I found myself having to pay close attention so as not to make an error. It was easy to read however, I would advise you to take the time to count each row to ensure no mistakes.

I know that everyone has different crocheting speeds, but for me this was a project done in three afternoons and served as the perfect small project I like.

Hats are also fun to crochet and come in handy so I have rated the Beanie Blast kit an 8. Losing one point for unmarked yard labels, and although the pattern was easily followed I am subtracting one point for the writing. I believe some people might have trouble with the instructions concerning the transition from hat to the ribbing.

Have you made some hats for this winter yet, if not there is some plenty of cold winter ahead. How about as Christmas gifts?

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.