I ended my year with an Etsy order, for the mini capelet with fringe.  Remember this cute thing?

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Well, like almost all my orders have gone, customers would rather have their crochet goods to fit their style.  In this case, my customer wanted a capelet to wear to her Red Hat Society meetings.  Que, custom order!  She needed a red and purple shawl, slightly bigger than the pictured item (which was made for a girl).

It is so difficult to do custom orders for people halfway across the country.  I have no idea what this lady looked like, so I hope my slightly bigger fit her slightly bigger.  I also hope I got the colors right.  I sent her this photo of yarn that I already had on hand.  I recommended the first red with the purple, because it is brighter and as I recall the Red Hat Society is bright red.  She agreed.  Gosh, I hope I got it right.img_6589

I didn’t take any photos of her shawl on the mannequin, but I can give you an idea of how it turned out.

It fit well on me, and the buttons could be adjusted, if needed.  The red color looks pink in this photo, but I think it’s the light. It is called Pinkish Red, so I hope it meets her expectations.  Overall, the hardest part about custom orders like this is not really knowing the customer.  If it was for someone I knew, I would physically show them the yarn and have them try on the piece as I was making it.  I guess, now that it is shipped, all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the best.  I know I tried my hardest.

How do you handle custom orders from complete strangers?  Has anyone tried the Shrug with Fringe Pattern?  Any suggestions on improvements to the pattern?  Hope everyone is getting off to a great start in 2018! Happy Crocheting!

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