It’s an MDK Rule, or it should be: Never say never.
You and I have always been great admirers of crochet, but we have practiced it only rarely, and timidly. A granny square here, a buttonhole there. Mostly, we’ve used crochet hooks to pick up a dropped stitch in our knitting.
That all changed a few weeks ago, when everyone who attended the first-ever MDK Summer Camp made a Bucket Hat, worked in single crochet.
What got into us? Why was a knitting site hosting a crochet along? It was mostly nostalgia for the Craft Huts of summer camps we attended as kids, where it was a given that we were all going to learn something new, together, using materials as varied as popsicle sticks and lanyard. But it was also because crochet is such a close cousin to knitting. Although it’s a different way of pulling a loop of yarn through another loop of yarn—crochet is still that thing we love to do: pull a loop of yarn through another loop of yarn.
On the one hand, I’m not good at crochet. On the other hand, I feel sure that I did a lot of crochet in a past life. It calls to me. Even as I fumble, it feels familiar.
Bucket Hat: Recipe
The bucket hat we made at MDK Summer Camp was such a hit that we are sharing it with the crochet-curious public.
The pattern is available here. It’s a one-size, one-skein pattern, designed with the crochet newbie in mind.
The most challenging part of the hat comes at the beginning, when you start the hat with a Magic Circle. To guide us through that moment, we’ve got a sweet and simple video for learning how to get started.
Bucket Hat: Ingredients
To maximize bucket hat success and bucket hat joy, our Summer Camp box included these essentials, all of which are available in the MDK Shop:
A skein of Creative Linen, Rowan’s sturdy and smooth blend of linen and cotton. While one skein will make the one-size Bucket Hat, a second skein opens up possibilities for adjusting the sizing. Get that second skein in a second color, and you’re in for some fun with stripes.
A super comfy crochet hook, size G.
A Kacha-Kacha Counter, which is still our favorite tool for keeping track of rounds. Low tech is sometimes the best tech!
Cute People in Cute Hats
Anyone who decides to dip their hook into the warm waters of crochet is cordially invited to join the Bucket Hat sharing and caring that is already in progress in the MDK Lounge. It’s so fun to see all the hats!
What next, doilies? Never say never!