I thought of a shawlette knit from the yarn I made from Bistro bfl/silk plied with alpaca/corriedale (see previous post). I could just see it in my mind but when I went to chart it in my design book it morphed a bit. Then my normally succinct design sense flew out the window and I waffled on which patterns to use. Sheesh. Hours were spent pouring through Barbara Walker's stitch books along with several others. Finally I took myself down to Panera's to spend a couple of hours with no distractions and came up with a plan. These crossed out, erased, rewritten notes, after about 2 hours with Knit Visualizer, became Version 1 below.
Well it didn't take me long to realize I needed to use a smaller needle (US7) and modify a couple of things. This became the modus operandi for this piece.
Version 4 is below.
By yesterday I had frogged v1, 2 (was just typos and recharting so not knit), 3, 4, 5 (was similar to 2) and 6. Fortunately each time I could see the problem before I had done more than 25 rows so only a few hours were ripped back.
Just how many iterations could there be before I got this pattern right?
V7 was to be IT. I was sure.
Past Row 25 and onto fresh yarn from all the kinky stuff I had been reusing.
Row 36 brought me to a good stopping point as I was anxious to see a completely knit pattern set and excited to have moved on. The coloring is working out really well, with nice bands of striping. I went to bed rather tired so left the shawlette to critically look at today.
The light of morning shone on the fact that we were back to Square 1 and my good friend Knit Visualizer.