Saw a cute pattern for a baby blanket and knew I had to make it.  It was kind of a flatter popcorn stitch, great texture, and I knew the exact yarn I’d use…just needed a baby to make it for.

Well, lo and behold my boss announced he’s going to be a grandpa, and the project was off and running.

I started the instructions, which had me yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over pull through, then yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook.  EVERY SINGLE STITCH was a pain in the derrier.  The YO loops were so tight, even though I’d made them as loose as possible, I couldn’t get the head of the hook through!  I got about 20 “clusters” in and was on the verge of tears.  Suddenly it dawned on me that popcorn clusters are made differently, and that by simply making half the loops of a popcorn cluster (4 instead of 7, so sue me, my math isn’t great), I’d have semi flat popcorn clusters, without the terrible frustration.

And viola!

10269464_10152377938684854_742813755124901239_nIt came out perfect.  I yo, insert hook, yo, drawn through two loops on hook, yo, insert hook, yo, draw through two, then one last time, YO, Insert Hook, YO, draw through two. Until I have 4 loops on hook, then YO and draw through all four loops on hook. Viola! half popcorns.

Looks great!


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