I thought I was going to do it. I really did. I thought I was actually going to knit an entire pattern the way it was written -- with no modifications for fit, or style, or whim....
And I came close, too. I'm on row 56 of 76 of the charted portion of Catkin (Rav link),
and still plan to knit rows 67 to 76 as the designer wrote them. And the chart comes after 78 rows of uncharted knitting --- all of which I knit as written.
But alas, by going for the subtle look, I've chosen yarns that mean that what is supposed to happen in rows 44-66 ... well... doesn't happen.
In this section, one should see stripes. Vertical stripes marking off the corners of the shawl. Kind of like this:
Let's zoom in a bit, shall we?
What I see, is ... well... nothin' much
Yeah, technically, the stripes are there... but... not very effectively. So, I'm going to revamp these corners and work in another catkin at each one. I've almost finished charting how to do it.
But .... I notice that in one of the original versions, it appears that someone actually did what I'm planning to do!
Again, let's take a closer look:
Does this mean that I AM following the design???
I spent a few minutes mulling over the possibility that I could just drop the stitches down and re-work these corners, but I think that the new version uses more of the darker yarn than the lighter yarn, while the original uses them equally - at least in the corners. This may mean that I get to re-knit the last 10 rows again. Sigh.