Hey, do y'all remember that time I crocheted a Baby Surprise Jacket? That was awesome.
Or at least it felt pretty awesome to me.
If you're unimpressed, click here to see some of the amazing color choices and pattern variations other crocheters have done. Super impressive stuff!
But I loved my first attempt at this sweet little pattern, in part because of its plain simplicity. My favorite part of this, though, is that it's one piece!
The two front parts of the jacket that look like the rows are turning corners* is made by single crocheting two stitches together. It's completely different from simply skipping a stitch, which creates a little gap in your work. And because you single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog) at the same point on every row, the points begins to pull the fabric upwards to create a corner.
is what happens when you do this:
Crocheting two stitches together can feel weird at first, but making a whole sweater that calls for them is a great way to get in the swing of things.
And actually, I say that because I'm kind of feeling the itch to make another one of these. I don't remember the last one taking very long, and the pattern is sized for babies 6 months, 18 months, and 2 years. Like I've mentioned before, I really want to make my daughter and my nephew matching sweaters. I may not be able to wait until this fall.
And now that I've had a little refresher course in how to single crochet two stitches together, maybe it's time for me to get to work on some Easter sweaters......
*That's the only way I can think to describe it, anyway. And now you know why I show you video tutorials instead of trying to write out instructions and tips myself. Words are hard!