Picked up some stash -- that's good, that's always good. Goal -- a placemat.
It's all garter stitch -- that's good, that's always relaxing.
It's got only a few color changes -- that's good. The green around the yellow cross is done without ever cutting the yarn.
I made a few mods -- that's not always so good. Decided against the knitted on I-cord and went with a few rows of garter in orange, with the rs bind-off serving as the edge. But made for more ends to weave in, though I was able to go around three sides without cutting the orange.
|Think Log Cabin quilt for the borders. In my modified version,|
I left two sides on holding needles so I could apply
garter stitch trim in orange.
This was a total experiment, kind of a plan-as-you-go thang. The basic center mitered cross in yellow with green corners formed the foundation. I took off from there.
So it's all good. I have a centerpiece thing for my table but not sure I'd make it again. The afghan? Maybe. The afghan used a US#6 needle with a finer yarn than the worsted weight cotton I used. And if you follow @bonniejacobs on Twitter, you can ask her to post another picture of her completed item. It's gorgeous.
There's a few things that make this not for beginners -- none of these are hard and pattern has great instructions, but if you think you're gonna 'just knit' think again.
- Lots of picked up stitches along the end of garter ridge rows.
- Lots of ends to weave in.
- Lots of cast-ons along the way, thumb version.
So maybe another experiment is called for? Maybe not.