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Topic: Sort-of shell-stitch cap with wristwarmers  (Read 952 times)
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« on: December 09, 2008 05:21:59 PM »

I just finished making BunnyRabbit's shell-stitch cap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280325.0  -- the pattern was easy to follow, but I'm kind of new to crochet & I couldn't get the shells to interlock the way hers did -- mine all lined up in columns, but the effect is nice -- sometimes mistakes are good.  I added some hand warmers that were pulled from a couple of different patterns -- they are done all one piece with thumb opening like these open-work handwarmers http://crochetme.com/patterns/crochet-openwork-handwarmers - incorporate my shell stitch columns, then are double-crocheted with shell stitch edging and flowers like these mohair hand warmers http://crochetme.com/patterns/mohair-handwarmers.

The set is for my niece who is just back from 3yrs in Africa and doesn't have much cool weather gear.  I used some wool that I had -- not knowing the color of her coat, etc I wanted to keep things neutral, but the color was so blah that I added the flower trimmed in blue mohair.  I'm not sure of the color combo, or if the set is gift-worthy, but oh well.  They say it's the thought that counts -- and she's a good-spirited sort.

I just have to say that making a pair of anything is a giant pain -- I had to rip-out the 2nd mitt about 3 times and make 3 flowers before I got anything resembling a "pair."  They are still a little wonky, but look fine on - I just couldn't bear to do it over again.

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2008 06:47:52 PM »

I think it's definitely gift worthy! It should help keep her nice and toasty with the weather/temperature change after being in Africa for 3 years.

I love matching sets like this, they look so nice...but I have found I hate to make anything that comes in pairs...like wristwarmer, gloves, socks, slippers, etc. After I make one I am ready to move on to something else...I don't want to do it all over again...haha! I have no patience I think Wink

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2008 07:38:58 PM »

Wow! You did a great job of making multiple projects into a matched set. The mohair flowers are a nice touch.

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2008 04:16:29 PM »

Those are so cute! I totally agree. Those are gift worthy. I admire your rounding skills... I can never make hats or anything of the sort... I fail desperately. I think your mistakes are beautiful. ^ ^ Keep crafting!
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2008 04:39:18 PM »

sweet!!!!!! glad you liked it, and no biggie with the shells in columns, it looks awesome!!

I need to get rid of stuff!! i have soap kits, bath salt kits, lip balm kits, plain canvas tote bags, fabric paints, and other stuff i'm trying to clean out. It'd be cool to swap for yarn, but i'll give it away FREE! PM me if you're interested!!!
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