I’m currently knitting a shawl – something simple for the office, nothing special – but I’m making it up as I go. I’ve never done this before in knitting and even when I’ve tried to alter a pattern I’ve gotten myself into trouble. So it is with *much* trepidation that I even consider making it up as I go, but here I am, doing it anyway. The premise of the shawl is simple – simple raglan increases with a length that will cover my arms. This last part is important to me because I’m always cold in my office – summer, spring, fall and winter – and I do a LOT of typing, you know, being a computer programmer and all, so my arms are always on the desk, exposed. Winter is not a big deal because I wear long sleeves, but in the summer, well, let’s just say that I need to cover them up – no way am I going to wear a sweater/long sleeves in the summer just because I am cold in my office. No way.
I bought this yarn about 7-8 years ago to make another shawl that, let’s just say, got frogged. (This is a long story, but what I will say is that I saw this shrug in a magazine and *really* wanted to knit it, but it was charted and I had never read a chart before and, well, I sort of read it backwards and the cables didn’t look right. after about 15 inches of knitting I finally gave up and frogged.) Anyway, I have 4 skeins of this yearn in Chino and 3 skeins in Indigo. It is a soft acrylic yarn, worsted weight that I think will be perfect for office stuff. I won’t care too much about it if something happens to it, yet it should keep me warm.
So, I’m knitting away on this simple raglan shawl when I decide that I want both the Chico and Indigo colors in the shawl. Now there are probably a million ways that I could do this, but after thinking about it for a while, this is what I have come up with.
Now this seems like a fairly simple stripe pattern, but let me tell you, it has caused much consternation in my life. Trying to get the stripes to gradually increase/decrease evenly has been a challenge. But I think I’ve finally done it, and I am nearly into the solid blue section. Now, I’m realizing that I might want to do this again towards the bottom so that the top and bottom are in the Chino color with the center being the blue. Oy-vey. Designing knit wear is hard.