This is a little story about what happens when you don’t check your gauge and other bumps that happen when you crochet.
I still have Vintage Styles for Today on loan from my library. I’ve renewed it several times now and have only completed two projects from it…oops. Anyway I decided to tackle the “Romantic Cardigan” using whatever yarn I had in my stash. And this is what I thought. “I don’t really need to check my gauge. That doesn’t really matter.” Look there is a reason why “check your gauge” is printed next to every single pattern in all caps. Because it actually matters, especially when substituting yarn.
The colors turned out lovely and I really enjoyed working with the puff stitch for the first time (!) but as you can see it turned out much small and much bulkier than expected.
Luckily I can just give this away, to someone who it will actually fit.
The other bump in the road I experienced with this project was that my youngest sneaked away with both of my 5 mm hooks and hid them (don’t let this happen to you. Stock up here). He loves to do this. So I sat there one evening with nothing to crochet, my fingers going a little crazy. That’s when my slouchy beanie was created.
Since this hat is my own design and not from a book maybe I’ll write up the pattern 🙂