I never met a picot border I couldn’t botch.
This one was no exception. Only I didn’t botch the picot, I botched the associated provisional cast-on. I have a college degree and I’ve been knitting for over a decade, you’d think a provisional cast-on wouldn’t prove much of an obstacle. Yet, somehow, I managed to do the cast-on (or maybe just the effortless pop-off of the stitches that should unravel on command) backwards. Instead of the stitches zipping off like magic, I had to unravel each of them individually. Not effortlessly at all. Annoying, time consuming, and rather humiliating.
Did that stop me? No sirree. Just because I couldn’t make it work like it was supposed to doesn’t mean I couldn’t make it work. It was sort of the knitting equivalent of “winning ugly.” It did work, and I like the border a lot. The last picot border I attempted came out looking rather like the end of a fuzzy green saw blade. This one is actually cute. And the yarn is so soft. Definitely baby-worthy. The kind of yarn people involuntary “oooh,” after touching.
I was surprised by the abrupt color change–I think I expected it to be a dye graduation rather than connected pieces of different color yarn. No matter how I wrangle it, the knot always ends up in the wrong place. Still, Janet’s right about the pattern–it offers just enough change-ups to remain interesting while not taxing too many brain cells. I’ve got a cable fingerless mitts pattern if I want to stretch my gray matter–baby hats should be pure joy to make. And the heart pattern in the stitches? Adorable.
I did notice it has a bobble in a couple of rows…and I’ve botched my share of those, too, so stay tuned.