Mike, yes the planning stage can be quite involved. I wanted not to have to chart, but then when he wanted specific patterns in specific places (the anchors) I decided I would need to plan a little better to make sure they ended up where I wanted them. I have made a couple of baby ganseys and the last one had vertical patterns and I think those would take less planning, figure out how many you need to get around, keep working and stop when you need to. Easy. Maybe.
At least it was on the little one.