Friday, 7 November 2014

Candy Stripe Crochet Wrist Warmers and Cowl

I made this Cowl in January.

  
Then, in March, to go with it, I made these wristwarmers.


When I got them out to wear them recently Hubby told me that he didn't like the wristwarmers.  Apparently they make my hands look "odd".  Just "odd".  That is all he has to tell me......

After some more probing questions, it seemed that it was something about the colour that he didn't like.....  Still not really an informative answer!

You know what it is like though I am sure, the minute that someone tells you something like this, it immediately puts you off the item doesn't it.

So I decided to make some new wristwarmers!  In brighter colours......
 

What do you think!

Then of course, I needed a cowl to go with them - and I have plans for a hat as well!  That is yet to come though.
 
 
The details - in case you are interested!

Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK - because that is what I had - in Meadow, Pomegranate, Lipstick and Fondant.

Wristwarmers worked in rows of DC (UK terms), new yarn for each stripe.  Use as many stitches in your starting chain as you need to go round your hand.  I think that I used 40, but I have very big hands as I take size 9 gloves because of my incredibly long fingers!  Do not turn the work at the end of each row.  When completed join the side seams together using your preferred method.  Make sure that you leave a hole for your thumb though!  These are not worked in the round.
 
 
The Cowl is worked in rows of TR (UK terms), new yarn for each stripe.  Strangely I had 152 stitches in my starting chain.  This is odd, as I had planned for 140.  It works well for me though I as I don't like cowls too tight so this is a little looser, but perfect for me.  I turned the work after each row to give some additional texture to the piece.  Again this is joined after completing and is not worked in the round.
 
 
To edge the cowl I worked DC between first TR, CH2, DC between next but one TR (i.e. DC, ignore next space CH2 then DC into next space.  Repeat.  I joined the cowl with a twist to it.  I think that you can work this out from the picture below.
 
 
To edge the wristwarmers I didn't do anything for the bottom, for the thumb hole I worked two rows of DC into each stitch going round in a circle.  For the top, DC into stitch, skip one stitch, TR 4 into next stitch, skip one stitch, DC into stitch and repeat.  I was working this edge into the starting chain rather than the last row of stitches.
 

So there you have it.  Ta Dah!!  Candy Stripe Crochet Wrist Warmers and Cowl!
 
I hope that is of some use to you if you are interested in making these.  Sorry that I don't have a pattern, I made them up as I went along, as is my won't and I am not a competent crochet pattern writer.  Perhaps one day!  If you have any queries though, you know you can get in touch and I will do what I can to help.
 
Now, for the funny bit (s). 
 
I tried so hard to get pictures of the wristwarmers a couple of days ago when the sun suddenly came out.  I also tried to get a shot of me wearing them.  All the pictures were horrible.  But funny in their awfulness.  It is hard to photograph one hand while wielding your camera with the other one!!  A lot harder than I thought in fact.
 
I thought these might raise a laugh though.  I know we all try so hard to take and show nice pictures, but these prove just how many pictures you need to take to get one decent one!
 
So many in fact that I didn't use any of these above!
 


























The one above, that really did come out like that, I missed my hand completely!!
 
See, that is why you don't see pictures of me on this blog.  Selfies are not my forte.  I can't even manage a decent photo of my hand.  Imagine what my face would look like!!
 
It has also taken me ages to get this post together because I have totally forgotten how stubborn blogger is about how it wants you to do things, plus I had totally forgotten how to do things too!  Turns out I really do need to post regularly!
 
Amy

59 comments:

  1. Nice work, Amy! I love the combination of pinks and reds with green, it's one of my favorites. I think you did a great job.

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  2. I love the colours you've chosen - so bright and cheerful! Really lovely happy stripey goodies!
    Maria x

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  3. I have quite a selection of photos of my hands like that too. It's frustratingly difficult to get a photo of one had whilst holding the camera in the other isn't it! Have a great weekend. x
    PS - Your cowl and wrist warmers are lovely - very happy colours.

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  4. The crochet bit went right over my head... but I DO like the colours!
    Jane x
    PS We don't all have to confess our crummy photos do we?

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  5. I love your cand stripe Cowl and Wrist warmers, the cloche hat design I have just crocheted would go well with them, I had problems trying to photograph my fingerless mitts too.
    Your work is very neat and tidy :-)

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  6. Amy those fun colors will chase the winter blues away. I liked the first pair too though. Your flowery button attachment was darling

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  7. Aw I love your crochet creations and Im agree with Jane the colours are amazing!!
    xo

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  8. They are beautiful. I too like the green and pink. Our temps are suppose to get to freezing tonight. Winter is coming early.

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  9. Your work is absolutely gorgeous. I know what you mean about someone not liking something. This summer I worked on a wreath for our front door. I was very pleased with the outcome. My husband could not hide the fact that he disliked it. Something about the color. I donated it to the thrift store immediately! Our door is void of any décor now!

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  10. Looks like you will be warm whether it is in a nice gentle blue/grey or a very happy stripe. Just wear the ones the hubby doesn't like when he is not around.

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  11. Lovely work all look so cozy and warm ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  12. Amazing!!! What you created is just beautiful! Both of the cowls and wrist warmers are rockstar!! I still haven't gotten past scarves HA!! I can only dream that one day I can make beautiful pieces like these to wear! So good to see you posting your pretties friend! And men don't get it.....I was wearing an outfit the other day and my brother just gave me a look like what are you wearing! Happy weekend and a wonderful job!!! Nicole xoxo

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  13. I have never heard of wristwarmers, but we live to learn! Such pretty colours, and with the cowl will make a great outfit for the winter weather. So funny re the hand selfies - and I'm sure I would do much worse at it. Happy weekend, xxx

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  14. I think they are adorable - both sets, and your hand 'selfies' are adorable, too! I did get a little giggle out of your selfie explanation. :)

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  15. Love those colours, beautiful. I once tried to photograph my hand when I did hand warmers they were disgusting, you did rather well I think! I too love the flower on the first pair!

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  16. Your blogpost really made me laugh - typically a husband's remark "your hands look odd" ! Sounds just like something my hubby would say !! In stead of saying "I don't like the colours"...
    I like your grey wristwarmers ! The striped ones as well - I'm a sucker for wristies. But some time ago my friends' daughter also made me think about my wristies (also a remark like your husband, well, worse...). The girl told her mom (my friend) "how funny that Ingrid is wearing that type of gloves hobos always wear". Hm. Well, I'll blame it on the youth :-). They don't know how fashionable wristies are ;-)))

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  17. I absolutely love these, what a great make. The colours are fabulous together.

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  18. I'm sure you'll be pleased to use the wrist warmers when the weather turns really cold. The colours are very pretty and cheering.

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  19. Love the colours you have chosen - I like making wrist warmers too - something simple that even I can do.

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  20. I love your stripey cowl and wrist warmers and thanks for the pattern info. Would be something easy for me to do whilst watching TV when I'm a bit tired. Get like that these days, must come with age(giggle). Have the binding on a quilt to handsew for the next week or so. I know what you mean about blogger and photos at times. Gets frustrating. Glad you're up to a bit more blogging again. Take care Amy.

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  21. such pretty colours and so funny about the hand selfies! xxx

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  22. Hi Amy! Lovely to see your Moebius cowl and wristwarmers!! I love the colours you picked, they go well together! (They are among the colours I am including in my Harlequin blanket)
    If I were you, I would still wear the other cowl and wristwarmers you made, because actually they would great mixed with the stripy ones!!!
    For example, yesterday I wore a (plain) yellow woolly hat with (plain) burgundy wristwarmers and my stripy Turquoise Moebius cowl! It looked great combined like that!! :)
    I also like your cute flowers on the blue wristwarmers!!!
    Enjoy your weekend!!!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  23. That'll teach him to say things look odd! I really like both colour combinations, you've made a beautiful job of them. The pink ones are especially lovely for this gloomy time of year. I'm working up to knitting some mitts I think. Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

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  24. Irresistible stripes! So yummy! I want to make something stripy NOW! Anna x

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  25. I have to say that I really like both colour combinations but the candy stripes are probably my favourites. I had to laugh at your attempts to photograph one hand... Only because I have tried to do the same thing when taking photographs for tutorials and it's next to impossible!

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  26. So is hubby satisfied now does he like these ? I think both sets are lovely.. men they haven't got a clue. It always takes me ages to get a decent shot of anything, Amy I take loads of photo's and then find one or two thats ok, I can never get the lighting right either but it doesn't really matter does it, I can see your wrist warmers look lovely on, have a great weekend. :)

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  27. I love the colour combination of the candy stripe stunning, really cheery for the time of year. I did smile about you trying to take a photograph, I am not much good either.

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  28. Your hand photos did make me smile, Amy I could just imagine you struggling to take them with one hand. The stripy cowl and wrist warmers are very pretty:)

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  29. Lovely colours, bright and cheerful, shame your hubby didn't like the other ones , it only takes one comment though doesn't it! have a great weekend xcx

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  30. Hello Amy

    Oh my Wow, your crochet mitts and cowl are wonderful. I just love your colour choice, the stipped colours blend perfectly together. Thank You for your tip about not turning your work, it's somthing I've not tried.

    Amy, you are going to be so warm and cosy with your makes. What kind of hat are you making ????

    luv
    irene
    xxx

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  31. You gave me my first chuckle of the day, those hand selfies are a hoot! Especially the last one which mind you I have done a dozen times on myself. Love the wrist warmers and cowls, and I think your husband has lost his marbles, the first pair are great.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  32. I love the pretty colours of your new cowl and wrist warmers. I like the old ones too. I don't think there's anything wrong with their colours, but the candy stripes do look much more cheerful especially on cold and grey days like today. Have a lovely and warm weekend! x

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  33. What gorgeous cowls and wrist warmers Amy! I love the blue ones and the pretty flowers and the stripy ones too. How cheerful they both are and you will be as warm as toast in them! Hope you are having a relaxing weekend
    Best wishes Alison xx

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  34. I LOVE the colours you have chosen Amy! What a cozy cowl you've created, and I have to agree that the new wrist warmers are so much nicer than the greyish blue(?) set. It's nice to see you're creating and not fretting. Enjoy your weekend! Wendy x

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  35. I love the brighter colours in your recent cowl and fingerless mittens. I am with you on the selfies, it took me a long time to pluck up the courage to post a photo on my blog, and even then, I kind of cheated, and took it with my big camera in a mirror , so most of my face is obscured!X

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  36. Oh my Amy, I love the cowls and the warmers, especially the gorgeous colours your picked. I have been meaning to make myself some new wrist warmers, and it's so cold here this morning I wish I had made them already but you've inspired me to do it this weekend :) xoxoxo

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  37. The colours are great, Amy they work really well together. Aren't men funny sometimes? If I love an article of clothing, I don't ask my hubby if he likes it! I would just wear it anyway :-) Tends to be the things I'm not sure if I like myself anyway that I ask his opinion. I agree about taking photos, it can be tricky, can't it?

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  38. They're really pretty - I have candy stripe envy - and perfect for a gloomy November day. I guess at least your husband notices what you're wearing, unlike mine!

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  39. Lovely Amy, I love the colours you've used in the candystripe wrist warmers and cowl, a really pretty combination and just the job for cold grey days.
    Jane xx

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  40. Amy, these colours are just gorgeous, they remind me of strawberries, bubblegums, lollipops and all existing sweet things :)

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  41. The powder blue yarn you've used is such a lovely colour. Enjoy your weekend :)

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  42. great colors!!!! so cheery for the drab winter days ahead!!!!

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  43. Your new cowl and wrist warmers are fab, Amy! I hope your hubby approves .... but, if he doesn't, wear them anyway. It'll teach him not to complain! LOL

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  44. Love them, yet another project to add to my to do list

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  45. Lovely makes! The colours are so pretty and bright, perfect for this time of year :)

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  46. They are very pretty Amy, the colours are so bright and cheerful, I'm sure the hat will be great. I did chuckle at the photos!

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  47. You are TOO funny, my friend! Your candy stripe crochet wrist warmers are adorably cozy and cute!!

    Happy Sunday!

    xx
    Poppy

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  48. Hehe, love those hand-selfie fails! Had your camera got a self timer? I'm not a fan of pink at all but I think it works really well with green and I really like your new wristwarmers and cowl - they look great!

    Thank you for your recent kind comments too :)

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  49. Oh so beautiful Amy! I love the happy, cheerful colors!!!

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  50. Adorable! Love pink and green together.

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  51. Gorgeous colours though I like all of them to be honest. Your hand shots did make me smile :) x

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  52. They're lovely! You've inspired me, I really want stripy handwarmers now :) xx

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  53. Hi Amy.....I like ALL of them!
    Great job!
    Hope you had a good weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  54. I do love your cowls. Beautiful sets.
    Miss

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  55. I love the colors of the cowl and the mitts, I'm planning on making myself a pair of fingerless mitts once my gift knitting is finished :)

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  56. I absolutely love your new cowl and wrist warmers. I know exactly what it's like when someone says something and you just completely go off an item. But, this time, it was good because now you have gorgeous new things to wear. The colours go so well together.

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  57. I love love LOVE those colours! Well done!

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  58. Is it bad that I just want to make exactly this in exactly these colours ? It is GORGEOUS! Welcome back to blogging, I missed you :)
    Jillxx

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  59. I love this cowl and mitt set! So pretty! The color combo of red, pink and tan is great! Enjoy!

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