I am bound and determined to learn to read crochet patterns. I don't know why it's so hard for me--I get the individual stitches, but trying to put it all together from the page never seems to work out.
To that end, I am going to work several projects from my crochet books this year. Here's a one-day project (well, I started it four times the evening before but ripped them all out). This is the Beanie Hat from Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench.
It says gauge isn't important, but you see that my hat ended up on Daisy's little head. And those eyelets laced so charmingly with green velvet ribbon? They aren't in the picture. But for some reason my clusters just aren't very close together.
And that flower? Covers my awkward joining of the first several rows. Okay, now you know all. It's a process! Onward and upward, in crochet and everything else.