Five years ago, I listed The 5-Square Beanie for sale. The year before, I was happy when two magazines -- Crochet! and Crochet World -- each published one of my hat designs. But the 5-Square -- or the "box hat," as a friend calls it -- holds a special place in my heart.
On a Ravelry project page for the 5-Square, I wrote, "I have an obsession with self-striping yarn, and I love making little squares with it -- like mini color studies. That’s what inspired this pattern."
The hats shown in this post are a new-ish 5-Square development -- what I call "scrap-happy hats." In fact, these two cuties are crocheted with yarn unraveled from sweaters.
Now some 60-plus self-published patterns later, it's neat to think back to where it all began.