Gauge Your Gauge

Always, ALWAYS gauge your gauge! It’s extremely critical as we all know, or should know. I’m guilty for not checking my gauge with my crochet projects. I know; give me a failing grade. “F!” But, I do know that I should always use two crochet hook sizes smaller than the one mentioned in the pattern. Well… I didn’t do that this time around…

Remember the Fall Poncho I posted about a few days ago? Embarrassingly, it came out slightly off in size (with respect to the front of it). The front of the poncho is about three inches longer than the back. *Sigh.* If you ask why, I can give you one major reason:  lack of focus. Should have followed rule number four on my Zen List!

Anyhoo, don’t be a Debra Lee! Check your gauge before starting your crochet project, and even pay attention to how it’s coming to together. If your baby booty looks abnormally huge, unravel, go down a hook size, and try again.

Best wishes on your new crochet project!


Zen List

When starting a crochet project, be sure that you are 110% ZEN! What do I mean by this? I’m talking about your comfort level – both mentally and physically. Here’s my very brief, and to the point, Zen List:


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1.) All the materials I need for my project are at my side and ready to assist me when called upon.

2.) My room is filled with superior, natural light. If that’s not a possibility, a nice, soft lamp light will do just as well. I say ‘soft light’ because other types of lighting tend to give me headaches. OUCH! Don’t want that to happen halfway through your crochet project. Adjust the lighting as you see fit.

3.) My favorite drink (AKA:  goold ol’ H2O – I know, I know, but it really is!) is handy, and within reach.

4.) Now, this is the MOST IMPORTANT of all  – PEACE AND QUIET! Yes, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to achieve with kids around, I know. But, give it a try. Peace and quiet really and truly make a huge difference in how quickly and effectively your project will work up.

Say it with me, “ZEN.”

Happy crocheting!