If you haven't yet, peruse the pattern for the Ginger Smith square and notice the odd construction of this.
Why yes, it's done in columns.
I discovered this while trying desperately to figure out why my charts weren't working last night. Luckily, I reverted to the words pretty quickly and noticed this oddity. So now, I have the first column done, and am ready to start picking up stitches for the next section.
I loathe picking up stitches. And now I have two projects that are in need of having stitches picked up tonight. Ick.
It's a cool idea for construction, but I really wish I'd realized it before I cast on. Wow.