Obviously, not having a pattern to knit to has been a challenge, as I try to devise a pretty pattern (Little Mudlet is a girly girl) whilst managing to keep the size and shape correct. I chose to do 2 blocks of the Fern lace before using 4 rows of reverse stocking stitch to create a clear divide between the Fern and the next pattern block.
This was where it got tricky. I had to come up with another pattern to incorporate without the benefit of a pre-printed pattern to aid me. I counted the stitches and realised that these were divisible by six and from that starting point I created the next pattern border which probably has a name but I’m calling it ‘Fairies‘ and if you look carefully enough you can see their feet, dress skirts, wings and head …. you can, I promise.
Another block of reverse stocking stitch divided the ‘Fairies‘ from the ‘Forrest of Trees‘ – well the Mudlets had to get their imaginations from someone and besides, there are trees, short ones and tall ones and a canopy of leaves from others which are hidden from view.
So now all I have to do is recreate these patterns on the front sections and then think about what sort of sleeves I’ll be knitting for it. All in all, though, I am really, really pleased with how the back has turned out.