Saturday, November 10, 2007
Bug presents: Hemlock Blocked
Hemlock Ring Blanket
Cascade Ecological Wool, color 8087 (478 yards per skein), ~2.3 skeins
US 8 Knitpicks Options circular needles (up to 60" cables)
US 8 dpns
This was a great project, though I didn't find it to be as quick a knit as many others have described. As I tend to knit loosely, I used smaller needles than suggested.
The pattern Jared links to has an error in round 35. This version of the pattern has the correct instructions for the round. I used the expanded chart offered on the Hemlock Ring Blanket KAL until it ran out on Round 121. Then I increased during Round 122 following the methodology of earlier chart increases and worked through Round 126 before following the instructions in the original doily pattern (Round 87) for binding off (whew! that took awhile).
I used approximately 1100 yards of yarn. Post blocking, the blanket measured 58 inches in diameter. I'm guessing I should have used larger (US 9 ?) needles if I wanted my blanket to block out flatter (not to mention larger, for the same quantity of work). As it is, there's quite a bit of what amounts to ruching in the feather and fan portions of the blanket. I don't really mind this - I think it's quite pretty, actually.
I'm very happy with how it turned out!
When you hold it up to the light, it looks so airy...
but don't worry - it's nice and warm : )
Here are some close-ups:
Once again, Moana tried to play coy for a while, but eventually she succumbed to the call of the wool...
And then... Bug knocked me over so he could enjoy the Hemlock Ring Blanket with me (he was clearly wondering when I was going to put the camera down).