I checked again and it looks like you all are correct - there is a 3/4 stitch difference in gauge from the very center to, say, just over half-way through the blanket. :doh:
It's 100% cotton - what do you think my chances are of being able to stretch it out if I wash it?
It absolutely cannot go out of the house as it is - due to the colors of the yarn, and the extent of the puckering (I figured out there's a name for this!), it, ah, looks remarkably like a (ahem) certain part of female anatomy. Kindof like a snow cone. The center circle/flowery looking part is pale pink, with the next circle white, and the next pinkish-brown....:oops: