I settled on a pattern for this emergency baby blanket I need to get done by Saturday, a problem of my own making that I wrote about at the end of my post yesterday.
I chose a stitch pattern – Dragon Skin from Walker’s 2nd treasury – and dove right in with a garter stitch border on the bottom edge, 1×1 ribbing on the side edges. After almost finishing a repeat of the pattern, I got lost in the instructions; not sure which row I was on or where I was in the row, I wished there was a chart for the pattern. “Eff this!” I thought, “I hate written instructions for complex rows!” So I made a chart using an old version of Adobe Illustrator, which you can see in my progress picture. I modified the pattern some; this is technically one and a half repeats of the pattern and I also tweaked a few other minor things.
I haven’t decided whether or not I like the resulting fabric – I kind of wish I’d chosen solid yarns instead of variegated. I’m knitting with 3 strands of Bernat Handicrafter cotton held together; one white, one Anchors Away Ombre, and one Reflection Ombre. All the color changes detract from the pattern, IMO – I wish the color repeats were longer so it looked more stripey. At least it’s not pooling weirdly (yet).
I’m also bothered by the contrast between the white and the dark blue in both of the variegated yarns, it makes the fabric look like static on a TV to me. (Do modern TVs even show static or are they all blue screens these days? I’m probably dating myself here.) Maybe I’ll dye it after I finish knitting it to cut down on the contrast. I did that with another skein of Bernat Handicrafter when I made Yet Another Baby Blanket.
We’ll see what shakes out today – for now, I’m going to stick to the plan and ignore all my misgivings.