Another example of a knitted mat used the same sized needles as I have, and the creator doubled up the wool. Perfect! So I followed her suggestion of putting 45 stitches on the needle "or more if you can manage it". I managed to squeeze on 50 stitches. As you can see, there's not a lot of wiggle room left on the needle! At least this gnarly wool isn't prone to slipperiness, and I haven't lost a stitch off the end of the needles. I decided to knit mine in plain old garter stitch so that it's the same on both sides and should lie nice and flat.
I tried just now to locate the two mats I viewed, but cannot find them. However, there's a ton of inspiration on Google images under "knitted mats" should you want to see more.
I don't have much more to do now ... mostly because my yarn stash is nearing the end. I hope I have enough to make this just a bit more rectangular. Of course the fun in making something impromptu and using what you have on hand, is the surprise ending, right?!
I'll be back shortly to show you that surprise.
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