I'm making mittens for Bookworm.
I have this marvy idea that Bookworm loved. It all starts with a three color corrugated rib.... the knits are all black, but the purls alternate between green and purple.
What? well, yeah, that is a bit insane. But she likes it. And now that I've fought with it for awhile, I think it looks great.
Alas, this is not playing into the fun chart I'd worked up the way I'd thought it would.
Evidently, I worked up a chart for yarn that knits up 6 or 7 stitches to the inch, but my yarn (originally slated for 6 stitches to the inch) is actually giving me only 5.5 stitches. Oh yeah, and I forgot just how much smaller Bookworm's hands are than mine are. Suddenly, I have a lot fewer stitches to work with.
Ah well. That's why designers eventually get paid for their work, right? They figure out all the wonky stuff, like making designs fit within the stitch parameters.