Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. I have been riveted as I’ve read everybody’s thoughts about the fate of the border of the tweedy squares blanket.
The thing is, each argument for a particular border idea makes perfect sense. So much sense that as I read all the ideas, I decided that the only way to sort it all out was to count all the responses. Consider the tally:
1. Finish the border as is, 10 rows of orange: 23
2. Wide border, all orange: 22
3. Narrow border, all orange: 21
4. Wide border, with a narrow stripe of orange and a darker, wider stripe outside: 14
5. Not sure—too wide or not enough/don’t worry/doesn’t matter/chillax, honey: 11
6. Make the border in I-cord or crochet: 4
7. Use neutrals for border, not orange at all: 1
8. And of course, you’re gonna have the renegades who reject the whole premise. Good ol’ Amber suggests five different stripes altogether.
I’m no political science major, mind you, but these results seem pretty close. The top three are each only one vote apart. Could it be that it really doesn’t matter?
As I look at the ten rows currently edging the blanket, they do seem to be sort of uncommitted, sort of twixt-n-tweeny, which is completely par for me. (Every time I take the Myers-Briggs personality test, I get a different result. Who the hell am I, anyway? Introvert or extrovert? Thinker or feeler? Sensing or intuiting? Judging or perceiving? AAAAAACK!)
So. Here’s the plan.
Regarding the width of the border: The border really does need some width in order to keep the stockinette squares from curling under, and the current width doesn’t seem to tame them quite enough. So: I’m going wider, at least 10 garter ridges total. I may go more, or I may croak before then.
Regarding the color: I just don’t think I can go all orange, but I love that orange and think it keeps this blanket from sinking into a place that even I would consider too grim. The solution that resonates most with me is the idea that the orange should echo the 4-row squares inside the blanket. I really like those skinny orange squares. I just like ’em. So: I’m going to do 3 garter ridges of orange, which will be about the same width as the 4-row squares. (Yes, I’ll be ripping back 4 rows, but I’m so far gone on this absurdity of all this that I’m totally punch drunk.) Then I’ll add an outside frame of neutrals (different on each side). Then I’m going to do two rows of stockinette with a WS bind off, as you guys so brilliantly suggested. I love the idea that the cast-off edge will curl under and hide. Beeeyooteeful!
One million thanks to you all–I admire your certainty and wish I had it too. I guess. I mean, I guess I wish I were more certain about things. Um . . .
P.S. If you’re curious about your personality type–if you don’t believe it when people tell you you’re a big ol’ bossypants show-off, you can take the official Myers-Briggs test here, if you want to pay up and get a fancy report back. If you want to blow off work, well, here’s a fine timesucker. And of course, it’s only a matter of time until there are Ravelry groups for each and every sort of Myers-Briggs personality type. “INTJ Knitters: For the super-rational knitter.”