After 5 failed attempts, I am finally making satisfying progress on a wee amigurumi Stormtrooper (from “Star Wars Crochet”):


Each previous try ended with a mutant, giant Stormtrooper head, looking nothing like the picture in the book. I finally figured out I have been single-crocheting incorrectly since about 1983. See the tan partially-made potholder underneath the white helmet? That stitch is half double crochet, that I’ve been blithely hooking as single crochet my entire yarn-loving life. It makes a nice potholder, but a strangely-formed amigurumi. Onward with real single crochet!