Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Evelyn's Hemlock Ring Blanket

The Hemlock Ring blanket was a project I started back in November and finished over Christmas. It's been sent to baby Evelyn and I hope she's staying cozy and warm under it! Hundreds and hundreds of this aran/bulky weight version have been knitted since Brooklyn Tweed posted it a few years ago. It really is a beautiful little blanket, so cleverly done from a lace doily pattern - wish I'd thought of it!

I used almost 2 skeins of Cascade Ecological Wool on size 10 needles, though the pattern called for US11 (I was being cheap and didn't feel like buying a new needle) so I attempted to knit loosely for the entire thing, which affected my gauge on OTHER projects and now my tension is totally wonky. I would recommend just getting the right needle instead of re-setting your own gauge.

The hardest part about this project was blocking the damn thing. It was as big as my bed and I didn't have the patience or pins to properly block the scalloped edging evenly. You really have to stretch it in certain parts to get the feather and fan sections to lie flat.