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It’s March, and we all know what that means! It’s NatCroMo! National Crochet Month. Woohoo!

We’re going to merge our Project Crochet plan with the events of NatCroMo, which in this case means that our challenge for this month is: pick an advanced technique (or two, or three…) and run with it. Put it through its paces. See what it can do.

Pick a technique that you’ve never done before, or one that you have done and always meant to get back to.

Some ideas: Tunisian crochet, double-ended hook crochet, broomstick lace, hairpin lace… or maybe pick a particular stitch pattern like Jacob’s Ladders, crocodile stitch, or Bavarian crochet… the sky’s the limit!

For the truly daring: come up with something new! (Good luck with that!!)

(Bavarian Crochet test swatch)


  1. I am almost 25% done with my first crochet-on-the-double hat. I think I only made one mistake that was too far back to correct (well, technically, I could have frogged it to that point, but it was much easier to fudge it), and managed to catch one other spot (I split the yarn when pulling up a loop).

    For my second hat, I think I’m going to finally learn the crocodile stitch. I just found a baby hat pattern that uses it along the bottom edge (I found another pattern that is almost completely made with the crocodile stitch, but I don’t know about that one… I’m sure somebody would like it, I just don’t think I know that person 🙂 ).

    If I can find a decent hat pattern that uses hairpin lace, I may even attempt that… I could always make a strip of it and then crochet the rest of the hat around it, if I get brave.

  2. I’m halfway done with my CotD hat! I’m pretty slow, so it takes me about an hour to do each wedge. If I keep up my current rate, I might be done by Monday! Then, it’s back into the stash to dig out some yarn for a baby hat done with the crocodile stitch.

  3. I finished it!

    I messed up on the last wedge- I wasn’t concentrating as much as I needed to, and I did an extra repeat of a couple of sections. Fortunately, by that time, I knew enough to be able to frog it back to the place where I went astray.

    Next to learn: crocodile stitch

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