|The yarn on the left is Paton's Lace Sequin in amber; on the right, Vanna's Glamor by Lion Brand in topaz|
The pattern calls for yarn with a weight of "2" which is very fine. Each of these on its own seemed too fine to make a final product that was remotely warm, so I combined them and pulled from both skeins at the same time while working.
I also made one alteration to the pattern. The pattern couldn't be easier--you make a rectangle entirely of half-double crochet stitches (you just go back and forth and back and forth until the rectangle is about 6-7 inches depending on your wrist). I chose to work each row of new stitches in the back of the previous row's stitches. The final result yielded a striped pattern which the original pattern wouldn't necessarily give you:
|See the ridginess of the rows? That's from working in the back of the stitch.|
After your rectangle is done, you fold it in half lengthwise (that's a hotdog fold, not a hamburger) and sew it shut with your yarn leaving one inch undone (so you have room for your thumb). These work up really fast--I think I finished an entire set (crochet, sewing and all) while watching Hitchcock's The Birds on TV one night. (God, I love that movie--one day, I WILL be Tippi Hedren for Halloween ... it's just really hard to find a green boucle suit that I'm willing to ruin for the sake of a costume though ...)
I managed to make two sets with the yarn I had, and I still had some of the sequined yarn leftover. I bought more of Vanna's glittered yarn and I might be able to squeeze out one more beige set before I move on to the dark turquoise yarn I have upstairs.
I'm keeping one beige set for myself, and I've been wearing them a lot this past week since the weather has really turned. I didn't think they would be super warm (my finger tips routinely go numb when the temperature drops below 60), but they're surprisingly very warm. Apparently, it makes a big difference to your fingertips if the cold air can't sneak up the sleeves of your coat.
|I know people are going to ask about my nail color: It's L'Oreal's Downtown Chic.|
I can't keep six sets of these all for myself. I guess I'll be giving some away in the coming weeks ...
(Let me know if you're interested!)