I get a crochet reset

Working on Aimee Borst’s crochet skeleton patterns has been both exhilarating and exhausting. Exhilarating because the pieces come together to form a whole in a way I did not think possible. Exhausting because everything I do is “the first time,” and the patterns (of necessity) involve a lot of precise counting, As a result, I found myself in need of what I think of as a crochet reset, and lucky for me, a friend had shared a pattern that turned out to be exactly what I needed.

It is a pleated crochet bag that is all over Pinterest these days, and while I don’t know where my friend found the link she shared with me, once I clicked on it, every algorithm of the internet conspired to serve up pictures and patterns for this crochet confection to me at least four or five times a day.

While familiarity is most noted for breeding contempt, sometimes it breeds curiosity. I desperately wanted to crochet, but I wanted something that had fewer curves and turns and complicated stacking of stitches.

Enter the “Pleats Wrinkle Bag.” Using my favorite color motif (the rainbow), a 4.0 mm hook, and my trusty crochet tension regulator, I got to work, In what felt like no time, I had 24 of 48 rows crocheted:

And to my delight, the rows easily folded into the promised pleats:

Feeling refreshed, I decided to test the crochet reset waters. I got out my 3.5 mm hook, some Red Heart Super Saver white yarn, and picked up where I had left off and began work on Mr. Headz’s left arm:

Mr. Headz waits in the doorway for me to finish crocheting his left arm
Mr. Headz scowls at me while waiting on his arm

I didn’t get nearly as far as he would have liked, but had I not pressed the crochet reset button, my guess is that none of Mr. Headz’s left arm would be done at all.