I was recently put in a position where I had to produce an infant baby hat by the next day. Of course, the first place I go is Ravelry to do an advanced search for what would be the best pattern for me. The very first pattern listed was called 30 Minute Baby Hat by Mary Ann Colatuno. Even the name was perfect. I immediately cast on and, with the exception of the flower part, was done within 30 minutes. Now, back to my original thought.
In her directions was a link to a crochetme.com forum post that quickly described this wonderful thing called Magic Ring. I would give you the link but she has since turned the directions into a pdf and I can't find the post anywhere. So, today when I wanted to hook a circular project I went looking for it to refresh my memory and since I couldn't click to forum post (typing it in the address bar didn't work either) I searched on YouTube and found it. I just clicked on the first one listed (you can see it here) and with one simple change, my finished work looks so much neater and was that much easier.
Here's a photo of the finished project.
Photo courtesy of my friend
Sylvia Schultz of