I never finished a project, though, because I worked so slowly. I would get bored quite easily. Finally, as a teen, I fashioned a doggie sweater out of granny squares. Then, as a young mother, I made a monstrous afghan to top my son's bed. I made it full-sized, so he'd be able to use it forever. After all, every young man wants to tote around a giant heavy crocheted blankie that his mommy made when he was a baby.
Over the years, I've worked on other projects as well, but always in spurts. I've made scarves, baby blankets, and various things. I have, however, never finished a doily or toilet-paper cover. So, I'm not quite my Granny. Not yet.
Then, a couple of months ago, I was perusing Prudent Baby, one of my favorite sewing sites, when I came across a tutorial for the Quick Crochet & Fabric Top. Wonder! I had stayed away from crocheting actual clothing because of the stigma it was assigned as a young child. Besides, if I couldn't finish a project, or properly read a pattern more complicated than a flower, then how would I make an article of clothing that could actually be worn?
Anyway, I fell in love with the little shirt that was displayed that day. I started a search for the perfect fabric, and then the perfect yarn. Deciding to make a dress instead of a shirt, I cut my pieces a little longer. Wanting my daughter to be able to wear it more than one season, I also cut my pieces a little wider. Then, I sat down to crochet.
Here's a hint: Make sure your chain doesn't twist as you're slip-stitching it into a circle. I had to crochet that darn neckline three times before I had it right. But, that was mainly because I wasn't working slowly. I was trying to whip it out, and didn't pay attention to the details. I added a second row of treble crochet, which made the neckline more substantial and allows it to really lay in a proper circle. When I sewed it to the dress, I attached it so that the collar would fold down over the top of the dress as well. I noticed that, otherwise, the collar stands out from the neck in a rather strange manner. Altering the pattern in this way requires a binding of some sort around the neckline so you don't have unfinished stringies showing, but I used a piece of scrap ribbon on the inside and it turned out fine.
I also whipped up a little flower hair clippie to match. To be honest, this is the first thing that I've made Katie that she has willingly put on when I was finished. Most of the time, she runs and screams when I come after her with a new garment. I don't know why, but she just prefers to shop. Maybe she has the same prejudice against handmade that I had as a child. Maybe I'm tormenting her with pictures of projects that I'd like to accomplish. Or, maybe she just doesn't like to model.