A lot of the 'Learn to ....' books will have a little introductory section where you learn to crochet the motif featured through the book as a bit of a practice. There are step-by-step instructions with pictures that let you get the hang of whatever techniques you'll be using in the book's patterns. So this time I followed the instructions for making a little African flower motif because I'm really enjoying making them, and I needed to make a small one. I made this one with sport weight yarn and a D hook so that I could have a cute little flower to glue to the front of a birthday card!
I should have used an E hook just because fiddling with teeny tiny bits of wool with a teeny tiny bit of a hook irritates me, and also because I think using a small hook pulled the stitches up a bit. Whoops.
My sister liked it anyway. She was also very excited about her slouchy beanie, too!
As a bonus, it wasn't the only crocheted gift I got to give this past weekend! I finally gave my parents the afghan I made a few months ago from Dishcloths.
Obviously I modified it a little, but not a lot.
Bulkier yarn, a bigger hook, and several more rows were really all I need. And my parents have a nice blanket now! My mom has already claimed it. It's been a good weekend for gift-giving! I love giving handmade gifts, especially to people who enjoy them.
It was a great weekend for all of us!