|Better view of the loops that will be braided together later.|
I chose the Precious Treasure pattern out of Touchably Textured Baby Afghans. (It's the one on the bottom left.) It's a fairly simple, but beautiful design. The pattern is made up of loop rows that will be braided together later, followed by single crochet rows.
At first I meticulously counted each single crochet row to make sure that there were 140 stitches across. None added, none dropped. What can I saw, I'm a rule follower. But counting 140 stitches over and over soon became tedious. So I learned to to add or drop a stitch when things weren't lining up. The pattern is forgiving that way.
I think I only had to restart this project once. After I got about five rows into it on my first try I could see the diamonds were NOT lining up. So I pulled out every stitch and started over. Thank goodness things worked out the second time. I wasn't sure that I had a third time in me with this one.
**Update** It's finally done! Check it out here. :)