So here's what I could do, maybe: I would have to start my chart on the row that is right above the tip of that very first leaf on the right.
The first flower on the left side of this view would be located near the hem of my coat...and everything else would flow up from there, as per pattern. I would eliminate about 10" I bet!
I could jimmy the arrangement of the petals of flower #1 because they are, no doubt, knit separately. As for the missing leaf, if I really really really need one, I could knit one separately later and plop it somewheres.
Well, ladies, how about we start this coat on Feb 1st?
I'm gonna get that Cascade 109 tweed, I think, from WEBS while it's being discounted for closeout...or the Brown Sheep Bulky. Depends on the colors available. I'll make this coat in red, denim blue or white. Haven't decided. I love the Cascade 109 white tweed.
Yum! I'm not sure I'm wild about the shades of reds offered. Red is tricky.
I am hosting the KH-January KAL (that seamless stashghan) so I can't start til Feb
...but we could all of us use January to get our patterns, get our yarn, swatch swatch swatch...get our notebook set up...get the charts printed and colored in...and so forth. I take all these steps before ever casting on one stitch for any coat or cardigan or pullover. Before I ever cast on, I know exactly what I'm gonna do and when I'm gonna do it.
Do any of you remember the Central Park Hoodie KAL that I hosted a while back? If you take a look at the first few pages, you will see an example of how I set up my charts for easier management (to eliminate mistakes) ...and how I set up my notebook (I decipher 'patternese' talk into plain ole English).
It takes a bit of time, true, but then so does tinking and frogging!
My preparations are part of the reason
I get a project done so quickly. With good preparation, I rarely have to re-do anything. Then all I do is follow my orders to myself.
You know how some husbands get on the road, they point their car in about the right direction...and just drive around til they find what they're looking for? No map, no plan...just drive. They do get there eventually...but it isn't my kind of trip.
Here's how I plan a big trip: I get a 'trip tych' from AAA.
I mapquest what I don't understand.
For short trips: I mapquest, mapquest, mapquest. I look at the printed map...I look at the reality map. I zoom in to 'see' the street. I compare those printouts with what a hostess has told me.
Before I leave the driveway, I'm really already there...or have been there by virtual travel! I have my plan of attack. I never get lost. I dont' take wrong exits. I don't turn left instead of right.
Well, that's how I knit, too!
Is that OCD?
I dunno. I call it Preparation!