So, I’m working along on this blanket, worky-worky-worky, and then pause to look how far I’ve worked today. And I see this:
Properly done, the front-facing row is: Slip 1, Knit 18, slip the last stitch, pick up a stitch from the edge (the red edge), then pass the slipped stitch over. That’s how you can join by picking up stitches and still keep the stitch count. But that one stitch is OBviously not snugged down enough.
Part of me knows that once the blanket is finished, this spot won’t matter, and the other edges will even themselves out. And you and I both know that this would easily pass the Flying Horse test — anyone flying by on a racing horse would not notice it at all.
I could either rip back to that point, or I could manipulate the slack to spread it out over the row. I’m just going to leave it as it is for now and just keep going. Mostly I’m just annoyed that I lost some tension at that point causing the loop to be larger/looser than its neighbors. And nobody likes loose neighbors, right?