Altering a Pattern

Does anyone else do this? I bought that “Wrapped in Warmth” pattern from ELK Studio and I absolutely love it! In the short time since I’ve purchased the pattern, I have made 2 shawls with it.
I decided (kind of last minute) to make a shawl for a friend that was having surgery tomorrow and decided to use the pattern again. As I was making it, I thought that it might be quicker and use less yarn if I omitted the repeating 3 solid dc rows. It was! I also omitted the last 3 rows of edging, but still love the finished look. What do you think?
I used a 5.5mm hook and 2 1/2 skeins of “I Love This Yarn – COLORS” in Morningstar. I bet if I had used a solid color, I probably could have finished the shawl with only 2 skeins as they seem to be bigger, but I really liked this yarn…or rather I loved it!
What do you all think about my changes?

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Solution to the “Now What?!” Post

So I will admit that I tried cream and I tried white (as was suggested in one of my crochet groups), but neither looked quite right.
I headed to the store and after about 30 minutes in the yarn aisles, these were the colors that I settled on. When I bought them, I wasn’t sure if I would use one color or both, but in the end this is what I settled on.
It’s growing on me and I think that it will be a hit!

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