I finished the baby mittens for my friend's new little girl who is due to come into the world any day now. This pattern vexed me. It vexed me good.
I started out with a Magic Loop and half double crochet standard double increase initially. It didn't work. The mittens were squared off on top and swooped down like the brim on a southern belles bonnets. It wasn't pretty.
I scoured the net. Read through Ravelry. Poured over pattern after pattern. I made 8 different attempts at mittens. All failures. I blamed myself for losing the original perfect mitten, hat and bootie pattern. I was filled with crocheting sorrow.
But then I thought - why not just make the first few rows double crochet? The stitches would be twice as long and they would round over instead of squaring off and swooping. So I did. And it worked!
I added a detail at the top to match the bootie detail and all was right in the world once again.