Oh, how scary it was to cut my way across that pretty, but stained, green ripple! – wince – Here’s the stained green yarn and all the wee white tidbits that I threw away. “Good riddance stain!”
And here’s the yarn that DH salvaged from around the stain.
Next came the Fun part of figuring out how to “bind-off”, for lack of a more proper crochet term, the blanket’s new bottom edge.
All I had to do is follow the convoluted route of the white yarn, picking out the bits as I went. It was apparent that I needed to work two loops – one yarnover and one regular – for each single crochet stitch in the blanket. Clear a set of loops of the tiny white yarn bits, load them onto my hook and do a yarnover.
Then pull the yarnover through both loops.
Oh, this is looking very good!
But. . . when I tugged on the freshly finished edge, I discovered that it’s not nearly as stretchy as the other end of the blanket. My stitches are way too tight.
Usually I’d just switch to a larger hook, but that would make it even more difficult to get into the little twisted loops of the old stitches. Instead, I create ease by bringing my hook up a little higher than usual as I pull through the yarnover. This makes each new stitch a little looser.
See how stretchy-stretchy the edge is now?!
– Ah hm. No Way am I going to try to unravel and redo the few stitches that I did too tightly; so that little corner of the blanket won’t stretch. Oh. Well. shrug –
I add even more ease, making very loose stitches as I go over the peaks, but add almost no ease in the valleys.
Woo-Hoo! Three down, and eight valleys to go. Slow and steady will win this race.