Ordinarily I get all snippy about patterns. Why did the designer do this in that silly way? Why, I could do better myself. I'd get rid of that seam. Make this stitch pattern element line up with that shaping. Or why not put a lovely edging on the whole thing?
(The answer, by the way, is generally BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A GIANT PAIN IN THE BUTT TO DO IT THAT WAY INSTEAD, as I discover when I try modifying whatever it is.)
But the Modern Quilt Wrap? I love the design more and more and more as I get further in.
The match of yarn and pattern? Perfect. Look, it's just hard to knit with Kidsilk Haze. The garter is dead simple and makes the fabric a little heftier in its fluff, while the the modularity keeps the number of stitches being wrestled with at any one time nice and small.
The distribution of colors? More careful than it first appears. And the variation in stripe width from square to square, and from stripe to stripe, keeps it from feeling too regular. (For both I'd love to know if the designer planned it, or just knitted and then took notes on what she'd done.)
Running the blocks of small squares on the diagonal keeps any tension weirdness well-distributed through the wrap. And alternating direction on the mitered blocks also helps balance out any drift, while keeping the overall feel pleasingly irregular (see, varying stripe width).
May particular version has some weirdnesses. I made the first row of blocks solid Drab, first because it was supposed to be swatch out of stash, but then because I thought it would look good. But I made it mirror image. Since it's solid I don't think it matters much (and I'll probably do the other end, if I ever get there, as a solid block of garter), but still. And I've had to monkey a little with the colors. I have only six, so some are paired -- avoiding adjacencies is non-trivial.