Hemlock Ring Blanket

Aaronknits's picture

Well, here it is. My Hemlock Ring Blanket.

I've been thinking about trying this for some time now and two weekends ago I decided to cast on for it. I used about four hanks of Bartlett's fisherman's wool in a natural/grey colorway on size 9 an 10 needles. I bought a ton of this stuff a couple of years ago from a local yarn store that had closed. I used up the smaller amounts of other colors that I bought along with it but let this color sit in my stash mostly unused until now. I still have five more unsused hanks (more than enough for another blanket!) The stuff feels rather coarse and smells heavily of lanolin. But once it's washed it softens a bit and feels quite nice.

This project was fun and relatively quick to knit and quite easy. Of course, the real bitch for me is when it comes time for blocking. I really hate that part! The finished blanket measures about 4 1/2 feet across.

Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I really don't have a place to put it in the house. With four dogs, I prefer inexpensive easily washable throws on my furniture. I really like it though and I'm hesitant to use it as a gift although I just might. I can always make another!

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ronhuber's picture

That is a beautiful throw and well worth the time and effort to block it. Great knitting.

The blocking may have been a bitch but the end result is fantastic. A great piece of knitting.

crmartin's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! I just love that pattern and yours just makes me want to make it more.



TomH's picture

Looks great. How did you go about blocking the edge so the curves on each fan shape come out the same (or at least very similar)?

Aaronknits's picture

Lots of pulling and re-pinning. It's a pain in the ass!

Kerry's picture

Great rug. I must restart mine with enough wool this time.

Beautiful job Aaron! If you want to give it to some one, I would be honored. Great job!


Aaronknits's picture

This item is available for pick-up only (as is it's maker)!

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chipsir's picture

OMG I want to knit it!!!! You did an excellent job both of the knitting and the blocking. I too hate blocking but oh the end result (especially with lace) is worth the time. Try washing it in Soak or Eucalan next time it will make it even softer.

Aaronknits's picture

I'll give that a try. For this though, I just used a squirt of Pantene conditioner. Made it smell nice too!