Challenge Square No. 3: Diamond Brocade

Needles: US 8
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in woodland
Finished Dimensions: 8" x 7.75"

Simple little diamonds out of pearl stitches, this pattern could be used on just about anything. The book suggests that this pattern can be done with about any geometric shape, but I think the diamonds are perfect. The dimensions were off a little on this one because it is a multiple of 8 sts + 1 and to be honest, I didn't want to do a wider square (trying to stay under a CO of 40 sts) because the simplicity is getting boring. Once again, it's easy to follow the pattern, but now I've started to get bored with the knits and purls... Don't get me wrong, I really like this pattern, but I think I have gotten the knit and purl stitches down and I need a little more excitement in my life. I'm ready for the challenging part of my challenge!

Although, when I think about it, sticking to the boring stuff would be a challenge for me. I have always been flighty, not just when it comes to knitting, but with everything in my life. I would say I have a short attention span and I like (and need) a little excitement in my life, some changes to make things interesting. Now most of the time I describe myself as persistent, calm, and focused as a problem solver, which is true, but I also like to have multiple projects so I can switch between them when I get bored with one. So its time for me to keep focus, have patients, and get through the boring stuff. My goal is to train myself to stay in order and deal with my boredom!

As for recommendations for the pattern, I think this would look good on socks. The pattern is easy enough to be done on tiny needles with tiny yarn yet still look good. It's a mock argyle kind of look (maybe?) This could also work for sweaters, vests, scarfs, blankets, probably most anything you could exchange for a stockinette stitch.

The next pattern on the list should be a little more interesting, it's time to start increasing and decreasing stitches... yippie!

3 down, only 60 to go!


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