One of the reasons I'm attracted to this pattern is that the ruffle reminds me of some swatches I knit in a "Swatch Lab" class a few years ago:
|Swatches are (k2, p1) ribbing that changes to (k4, p2) ribbing.|
Ever since I made these swatches I've wanted to work graduated ribbing into a project. So when I saw some finished Mara wraps on Ravelry I instantly wanted to knit it. But if you look closely at the photos on the original pattern you may notice that the ribbing on the sample does not match up with the instructions. As noted in the Cabled Sheep blog, the ribbing in the photo is a 6 stitch repeat of (p1, k2, p2, k1), while the pattern instructs you to end with a (k2, p2) repeat.
I found it especially interesting to notice this in the first pattern I opted to knit following Stitches. In my pattern writing class, Edie Eckman took us through a series of steps a designer should pay attention to when readying a pattern for publication. The final step was to "Make sure that the finished item was made according to the instructions and that the discrepancies, if any, are noted." When I first read this I thought it so obvious as to be unnecessary to be included. But here in my very next knit is an example of such a discrepancy.
I am not bringing this up as a criticism of the Madelinetosh pattern. Mara is a free download, which makes it understandable that the designer might not spend time and money fixing the discrepancy. Besides, I love the pattern, and the availability of the free download convinced me to buy some of her wonderful Pashmina yarn and knit it up! But it does leave me wondering how I would like my Mara ruffled edging to look.
I already decided that I like the Mara FOs from knitters who kept the (k1, p1) ribbed section short, and made the rest of the ruffle proportionally large. Some examples are here and here. I've followed their example so far, but last night I remembered how much I like the edging on Angie's November Ruffle Wrap as well, and started toying with the idea of increasing the ribbing to a (k3, p2) repeat. I went ahead and started on the (k3, p2) section late at night. and then this morning I started worrying that the subsequent increase in the stitch count would make me run out of yarn before the edging is long enough.
Dithering about this little decision is helping to distract me from worrying about larger issues I have no control over this morning. So I thought I would write a post about it and go fishing for other opinions. I think I could eek (edited to add: Eek! I misspelled eke!) out another inch of ribbing with my remaining yarn if I stick with the increased number of stitches, maybe more if I go back to (k2, p2) ribbing.
|Here is what I have so far.|
[edited to add: Thanks to everyone who voted! The 3x2 ribbing won and I'm currently binding off now. The 10 of you earned an extra entry in my yarn giveaway. Anyone else visiting must enter the giveaway by commenting on the next post! Thanks!]