(I also need a better title for this post.)
After two years of knitting, which included about 8 months of not knitting and then 3 months of knitting every spare second in order to finish, I’ve almost completed 49 squares for an afghan. Now I just have to put it all together.
So here’s what I have:
24 squares in single colors (8 each of Blue, Green, and Yellow)
25 squares in multi colors (roughly 8 of each pair of colors, although some use all three colors)
I want to put them into a 7×7 grid in a way that alternates single and multi-colored squares, and while I can do this according to trial and error I feel like there should be a better way. The end result would look something like thing:
(This is the last time I made an afghan, which also took me 2 years to do. Apparently I like this triple of colors, though I’m using a darker blue and a lighter green this time.)
There ought to be a pattern of how to lay out the squares, probably alternating single and multi-colors, so that the colors are more or less evenly spread over the entire blanket. There ought to be LOTS of patterns, I think — and probably patterns that generalize to using n×n squares of k colors [or even n×m squares]. Does anyone see anything, obvious or not? Ideas for where to look would be most welcome!
I’m aware of the irony that my reason for wanting a patterns is to save time for the initial setup, even if I end up switching some stuff around, but I’m spending even more time than I’d save trying to look for a pattern. Still, in 2+ years if I face this same question again I’m sure all that work will pay off!