Challenge Square No. 4: Herringbone

Needles: US 8
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in woodland
Finished Dimensions: 7.5" x 8.25"

First thing, the dimensions are totally off on this square because the outcome of the pattern is unpredictable! The technique in this pattern is increasing or decreasing a stitch every 4 stitches, the rest is stockinette, and because of the increasing/decreasing in the same place, a slant occurs in the pattern. It looks neat when its done, the only thing I have had trouble with is the bottom edge. The increasing/decreasing at the beginning made curves at the bottom edge of the square (or was supposed to be a square). This was not shown in the picture of the pattern in the encyclopedia! It was deceiving by showing only the good part of the pattern, the middle, where you can see the ribbing and the slanted stitches. Not the curved bottom that is an important piece to the pattern! Well, isn't that how life goes, nothing is what it seems to be.

To correct this, I tried to crochet an edge around the square, and it seems to have helped. I think the best thing to do will be to block it and hope that I can sew it in evenly with the other squares when I'm done so no one will ever know the difference. Other than this flaw, I like the pattern. It's hard to think what it might be best used for, possibly a sweater.? It has a ribbing look to it, but there is no stretch to it so it can't be substituted for conventional ribbing. And since the bottom creates a curved edge, the design would need to incorporate that into the look, but it is very possible and I'm sure could look great once it is well planned out.

4 squares down! only 59 to go.


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