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    Stained Glass Cowl

    In my last post I mentioned that I was working on a new cowl - and Ta Da! - the Stained Glass Cowl is now done. It took a while (25 hours + dealing with ends), but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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    The cowl was made out of Loops and Threads Woolike in black, red, pumpkin spice, lavender, sage, and denim blue, with an E hook. I can't tell you how much I love this color combination. It's just so yummy! I also like how the stitch makes a bobble-ish type texture; I've always been a big fan of texture stitches. The black sc stitch rows were always worked with the front side facing you. The 7-dc shell stitch rows were alternated between the front and back sides.

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    I discovered another really neat textured stitch called the Nest stitch and I worked on a wrap (see below) with that stitch on the plane rides to and from my visit with my mom (had a wonderful time, BTW!). Again, this is a heavily textured, squishy stitch and I can easily see why this would be great for a baby blanket. I'm using the Ls & Ts Woolike for this project too, and it looks like it will turn into a really nice lightweight wrap/scarf.

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    Alas, I must put this aside to work on the Christmas ornaments that I give to my family. They're not crocheted this year. Actually, I'm using a craft project from Martha Stewart that she showcased on one of her shows many, many years ago. You decorate styrofoam balls with lovely fabric, embellished ribbons, and anything else you think would look good. Of course, hers were gorgeous; I can only hope mine come out half as good!

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    The nest stitch is nice. I'm always on the lookout for crochet stitches or motifs (combos of standard stitches) that don't look like crochet. Where did you find the instructions for this?

    Good luck with your styrofoam ornaments!

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    So sorry - forgot to do the link for nest stitch. Here it is: Crochet Baby Blanket Easy Reversible Stitch - ilove-crochet

    It includes a video tutorial in Spanish, but the visual is very good. The only thing that I think is missing is the "multiple +" so that you could make this the size you want. It might be said in Spanish, but I don't know the language.

    The thing you have to know is that your beginning chain will form a slightly scalloped edge, shortening the length of your project. So, I chained the length I thought would work. Then if it's too long, just undo the original knot and undo the chains till you have the right length. If it's too short, either 1) having left a long tail at the beginning, use this yarn to add more chains, or 2) use a second skein of yarn, attaching it to the original slip knot chain to add more chains - presuming you're using more than one skein of the same yarn for your project. Hope this helps.

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