The easiest way to to learn a new crafting technique may be to find yourself a pattern, but once you’ve learned what you’re doing, it’s time to improvise! Sometimes the most creative things are found when you don’t quite have the right ingredients, yarn, or supplies.

For example: recently I wanted to practice fancy crocheting stitches and found a cute headband pattern in a book I’d gotten out of the library. I made it up, but I rarely wear headbands, so instead of finishing it as a headband…

Doll hat and scarf!

I made it into a doll scarf! And poor dolly couldn’t have a scarf without a hat, right? I simply worked the exact same stitch in the round until it fit perfectly onto the doll’s head. So much more fun than making it exactly the way they said, right?

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