- I wanted the emblem in the middle to be knitted in the round, because that would look more natural and there would be no jagged edges at the colour changes. No problem - if only I knew how to knit a flat circle. I thought I had worked it out - but when the first version came off the needles, there was no way I could block it to lay flat. I ripped it out. The second version, the tension on my colourwork was too tight, again making for a weird conical shape. I ripped it out. This is the third version, where I knit the wedges separately and sewed up the seams afterwards.
- The blanket is too long. Apart from the emblem, the rest is knitted from long side to long side in two portions, starting at the middle of the emblem (so, there is a seam halfway on the long side). Again, I thought my calculations were correct... but clearly they weren't. Pretty soon after starting the first portion it was clear that the blanket was going to turn out too long. I cut out (steeked) 16 stitches, but could/should have made it 26. This wouldn't be such a problem if it wasn't for point 3...
- The blanket is too narrow. You can tell this, apart from it measuring only 95 cm, by the way the round emblem puckers. Had I knit more rows, that would have been nice and flat and the blanket would be wide enough to actually cover a single bed.
- I had to order extra yarn twice, and the blanket weighs a ton. I'm not sure what I would do differently about that next time, except for calculate better.
- The edges curl. Even after some fierce blocking, you can see the results below:
But I'm still not making a second one.
In other news: Having finished my knitting projects except for the knit jacket, for which I have to fix some fiddly bits that require a lot of attention, I was without a 'tv-knitting' project. So, naturally, having no self control and completely ignoring the rules I set for myself, I cast on another project. It's the Bauhaus cardigan from Knitting Architecture by Tanis Gray, made in DROPS Air. This should keep me busy for quite some time, while I finish the knit jacket (working on it right now! Well, I mean, not right now as I'm typing, but it's on the table behind me with pins and needles in it) and hopefully a few sewing projects. May the Force be with you.