This project was like that. I let her know that I do my best, but sometimes it's not possible to make an item exactly like an inspiration photo, so I inquire as to what they love about the inspiration. She sends me the photo of a simple beanie with large black button, and a cowl. The yarn appears to be a grey and white marl (twist). No problem, but what yarn could I get to mimic the picture? I googled and researched, and then I enlarged the photo and thought "Mmmm....considering the small crochet stitches (maybe hdc), and that there's only about 33 st around the head, it must be a thick yarn". Then it hit me...maybe it was one strand of worsted weight grey and one strand of worsted weight white! I sampled that up, and indeed, it matched the picture!
Poor lighting, above, but you can see the two strands of yarn and how they blend. In knitting, this doesn't always work well, as it appears blotchy. But in crochet, it is much more even! I have ideas for more hats now! Even the client thought maybe she'll get some for her daughters.
I didn't get the "ear to ear" measurement, but tried using a chart, however, the measurement it said seemed really long so I didn't go that long. It's still too long though, and she asked me to adjust it (I have no problem with that, it was my mistake!), but she hasn't come by any of the times she said she would. And, she still owes $5 :(
Yarn In: 198gr
Yarn Out: Hat: 95gr + Cowl: 180gr = 275gr
Balance: 77gr more used UP than brought in
Costs: $4.57/42 days = $0.11/day
Nice to start the year off with a negative balance, LOL! Not like last year!