Another free pattern? Really? Well, yes.
Aeons ago, I designed and knitted this large piece of craziness:-
I wanted to play with the idea of the mandala, subvert the medium a wee bit, so I knitted a picture of a mandala. The idea of writing up this monster as a pattern was then filed away in Volume XII of the Great To-Do List in the bottom left corner of my brain**, between ‘learn to speak Finnish’ and ‘organize my sock drawer’.
But then a nudging comment on a recent post prompted me to just get on with it. So I did.
Unfortunately my computer then had a temper tantrum, and I lost the lot.
So I typed it in again… all sixteen thousand cells of it, because if it didn’t happen right now, then it was never going to happen. At first, the process was slow and annoying. But then I reached a sort of meditative state of consciousness and all there was in the world was me and the keyboard and that flippin’ chart. It was like the time years ago when my then boyfriend and I took a non-stop bus journey all the way across Canada:** the first fifteen minutes were by far the worst for fidgeting, feeling bored, squabbling, and generally not coping. After that, the remaining four days and intervening nights of the journey were serene and hazy. But I digress.
So would you like the pattern? You can stretch the finished thing across a wood frame to hang on the wall, or with smaller borders you can use it to make a cushion. With the border, it’s roughly a metre/yard square.
The pattern? It’s RIGHT HERE!
*As you can see, I put all those years of neuropsychology training to good use…
**And may I just say how stunningly beautiful and fascinating and friendly and diverse Canada is? Or at least it was in 1993…