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I am impatient. When I first learned how to crochet a few years ago, I did almost everything in some form of double crochet (treble if you are in the UK). I liked the way it made the projects go so much quicker.  Single crochet seemed to take forever to build any sort of progress. I thought of it as my least favorite of the basic stitches.

The past few months, I’ve worked on a few projects that are all single crochet.  There was the fish hat, the VW van pillow, the little bird, and now the cat pillow.   That’s a lot of single crochet stitches.  I don’t know what happened, but I might be getting into the zen of single crochet.  After a rainy morning, the sun came out around 3:30 and I took the opportunity to sit outside and put in a few rows on the cat pillow back. I may have broken out an early adult beverage as well, it was Friday after all. At one point, I looked down at the piece I was working on and saw how nice single crochet can be.  It is a very orderly stitch. It’s denseness does serve a good purpose on certain projects. The repetition of doing it was just what I needed, and I liked being able to see something end up neat, and not need a lot of concentration.

I still love the speed double crochet provides for projects like afghans, and the airiness it gives to scarves, but I am now willing to admit that single crochet has its good points. too.

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