Mitered Square Afghan

 The ghan went from pieces to a whole as I finished it for 8-yr-old DGS. I added a crocheted border of a row of sc, then dc, and trc to finish it off. The pattern is at I used Plymouth Encore and Cascade WW with an eight needle. There is plenty that I'd like to change about it, but finally decided not to rip and redo, although...

After blocking it, I said, "I just don't like this." To which, DH commented, "That's never happened before."
I am generally displeased with FOs probably because I'm tired of them...or I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I've mellowed with age, but there remains a bit yet. My main error is that I tried Kay Gardener's technique of  starting a new section from a completed one to minimize the amount of joining. That's great if I had wanted to mix all the squares. It didn't work so well, despite my best efforts, when I wanted to place specific sections together.What I'd like to do is to add two more complete squares to enlarge it. That means extensive ripping and re-knitting. The more I write about it, the more I realize that I have to do it. I'll writhe in agony at the very thought of this blanket if I don't. Arrrgh!! Writing can be cathartic! I'll be ripping and blog-reading instead of knitting and blog-reading. Onward! Or, in this case, Backward!

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Beth said...

Oh no! But I think you're right - you won't be happy with it if you don't fix the part you don't like.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I understand what you mean about being dissatisfied with FO's because you're tired of them. I'm usually dissatisfied because I can think of ways to make it better, and a lot of times I make another one so I can work out all the kinks!

I think mitered squares are really interesting in that the look of the FO can change so drastically depending on how you put the colored squares together. Making all the squares separately means you have more seaming, but allows you to keep your options open as far as assembly.

All that said, we never finished our project! It was in skinny yarn, and we didn't really have enough to make a reasonably sized blanket. If I ever do this blanket for real, I'd definitely use worsted.

Good luck with your rip and re-do. It will be worth it in the end, because you'll be much happier!