Hi. Welcome to the forum.
I'm glad you've gotten back to your yarn and hooks. Making things for kids is fun. I have grandkids I knit and crochet for.
Have you considered learning to knit too? I crocheted for years before learning to knit.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper