One of the things I most dislike are patterns that do not have a stitch count at the end of each row. In the case of this hat I was working on, I got all the way through the entire pattern, all the way to the end, before I realized that something was really really wrong. The hat, which should have fit an adult, would have had trouble fitting on a 6 year old. And yes, I tested the gauge* before I started. The problem it seemed, after showing the hat and pattern to a few others was that in row 3 I only created 6 spaces rather than 9. That was due to the pattern saying "repeat 6 times" and me assuming that that three stitches I had already done, was included in that count.
|This one is wrong. Kinda hard to tell though.|
|The new correct top side.|
|Underside and brim.|
I used a variegated yarn in blue brown khaki and cream so that it would match a lot of my moms winter coats. I then added a shiny snowflake looking pin to the brim, instead of the suggested button, to give it a little bling.
*For the new to crochet: A gauge is a small square that you create before starting the pattern. You use the yarn and hook suggested to create the stitches in the pattern that will be used. Once the square is complete it should measure out to a given dimension. This ensures that the item you are making will be the right size. It allows you to quickly see what changes to your hook need to be made, if due to your yarn being bulkier or your stitches being tight, it is not the right size.