I started out the week planning to make several beanies for various groups that collect hats for kids and teenagers. A crocheted beanie might not be the warmest hat in the world, but in my experience, the warmest hat for a kid is the one that the little scamp will actually wear.
But then, as often happens, my ambitions met my reality, and I only managed to get one made.
In this case, reality intruded in the form of my rusty crochet skills. Once I managed to get going with the hook, I was in to it. Having fun. Hooking along. Hooking along so fast, in fact, that soon I was done, and only then did I notice that the hat I had just whipped out was sized for a baby doll.
So I started over and tried the next hook up the size chart. This time, the resulting beanie (pictured above) appeared human sized.
But I tried it on, and it's way too tight. Plus, it's too short.
Is it possible I need to use a hook 2 sizes larger than the teen-to-adult sized pattern calls for?
I do tend to work tight, in both knitting and especially crochet. I suffer under the delusion that tight stitches are neat stitches. As far as I'm concerned, drape is expendable in the grim battle for a consistent and uniform fabric.
I'll still send the resulting hat along--maybe it will fit some little tweener's bean.
And then I guess I'll be getting better acquainted with my size K hook.