Separate thoughts that will eventually converge:
Thought 1: I generally stray away from panel patterns on afghans. The only one I had ever done was to highlight a gorgeous variegated Christmas yarn I found one year. It stretched my abilities, but it's very pretty, so we love it.
Thought 2: I've had my eye on a pattern for quite a while, and I wanted to get my yarn when the sales were just right. It's just a chunky afghan that's done with two strands together. It's very warm and functional but requires much yarn. I received some gift cards and figured that would be a perfect use!
We picked up the yarn, and hubby picked out the colors. He's good at that sort of thing. The colors were so pretty that I started second-guessing my pattern choice.
Well, I picked out several patterns online and a book of patterns, and I asked hubby what pattern he liked for the colors he picked.
Thoughts converge: He picked a panel pattern. We both loved it for the colors.
10 days later...
Behold the Chocolate Raspberry Torte Afghan! It's very warm, and saying its name makes you hungry for some sweets!
It's a perfect mix of pretty and practical. Such warmth!
How do you feel about panel patterns? Do you love them? Hate them? Never try them?