Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma
Practice? You probably need to be pulling the yarn tighter at some point.
Try this video. I find she does tutorials that work for me. Maybe you'll see what you need to see. You can skip up to about about 2:00 in the video if you want. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtTuslHDRk
Are you familiar with magic circle for starting the hat? Here' a tutorial, not exactly the way I learned it, but it looks pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvjYPFBP85c There should be other possible videos to check out when you get there.
I just looked at your christening gown. Anyone who can make that will be able to master the slip stitch in crochet. Hang in there, you'll get it.
Takes care of that ugly hole on top. Brilliant! Thank you!