Okay, to say I have a partner with quirks is a bit of an understatement, but Lord knows I love him and will do what I can to make him happy. That being said, I have been working on an afghan for him because he doesn't like the one I made him for his birthday last year.
I have been charged with creating something that is basically big enough to go from his neck down around his feet. He likes to take the bottom and wrap it all around to keep his tootsies nice and toasty. I'm almost to the feet part and have been thinking of ways to make the afghan "envelope" his feet and have a couple of ideas; the first one being to make a couple of gussets. My thought is to knit a flap in the center (very much like the heel flap of a sock), then pick up and knit the stitches and decrease every other row. Once all the gusset stitches have been decreased, finish the afghan after about 6 or 7 inches past the foot pouch.
My other idea was to do short row shaping where I would wrap and turn one less than the previous row to make a shape that's tapered on both sides until I had enough rows to cover his feet, then I would knit and pick up the wrapped stitches one at a time until all of them were knitted. Then I would resume knitting as established in the pattern and finish off after 6 or 7 inches past the foot pouch.
It will make for a very unusual looking blanket, but as long as it makes my man happy, I don't care how bazaar is looks. Anyone got a preference, or another idea that may function better? I haven't made up my mind just yet, but I am getting close to the point where I need to have an idea of which way I'm going. Thanks for the help.