I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love the attitude of “collaboration over competition” that exists in the online crochet community. When I looked on Instagram under hashtags related to pattern testing, it was so neat to see all these beautiful patterns out there! I was excited for the opportunity to collaborate with someone new, and that’s how I stumbled across this pattern!
- 1/4 skein of Caron Simply Soft — a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour A: Soft Blue)
- 1/20 skein of Caron Simply Soft — a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour B: Soft Green)
- 1/20 skein of Caron Simply Soft — a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour C: Country Blue)
- Size J (6.00 mm) hook
Since I was pattern testing, I tried to be as faithful to the pattern as possible. I did end up using three colours rather than just two, as I had originally wanted the “heart showers” to be in the light green, but it didn’t show up against the light blue like I wanted it to, so that’s why I switched to the darker blue (Country Blue). I love the way that all three of these colours coordinate with each other!
The only change I made to this pattern was an additional row at the end, as I was having trouble seaming up the the top of the toque. To be honest, that’s why I prefer top-down toques, since it guarantees that the top will be nice and snug. I included the possibility of an extra row in the feedback I gave to Esther, and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that option in her finished version! (I’m not sure why I have this in my head, but for some reason I always think that people don’t read feedback.) At any rate, I found that the extra row helped me to close the toque a little bit, but if I were to make this hat again, I think I’d play around with that until I could get the toque to seam shut more smoothly. As you can see in the picture below, it does bunch up a little bit.
All in all, Esther did a great job with this pattern, as her picture tutorials are really helpful, and the design is beautiful as well. This was my first time working with the waistcoat stitch, and I love the “knit” look it has. At first, I struggled with the looser tension that the stitch calls for, but by the end, my brain was already spinning with possibilities for future projects. I love this cycle of being inspired by other people and learning new skills from them, and then also channeling that drive into new and exciting things.
Until next time, happy crafting!