Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket
Designer: Jared Flood
Source: Brooklyn Tweed
Needles: 5.5mm double-pointed needles and circular
Measurements: 120cm from point to point
- Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora
- 80% Cotton, 20% Angora
- 50gr = 79m
- colour #15507
- 10.2 balls used = 511 grams = 800 metres
The pattern is from an old vintage doily from 1942 and can be found here. The original pattern does not include a chart, so our friend Jared whipped one up for us here.
I was happily knitting along and enjoying the look of my blanket when I realised that something was wrong. Unmistakably wrong. How had I failed to notice such a big mistake for so long?
At the beginning of the chart, I had somehow slipped in an extra yarn over at the beginning of the round and with each pattern repeat, that one extra yarn over increased to about seven extra yarn overs by about round 35 on the chart. How in the world did I miss all of those extra stitches?
Back to the beginning of the chart.
So with my spirit bruised but not broken, I stitched on (this time with careful counting, of course) with the plan of using all of the ten balls of this yarn that I had in my stash. It all worked perfectly until the supply of yarn trailed off...with only 1/8th of the cast off edge left!
After ripping back so much in the earlier stages, I did not have the heart to rip again, so I scoured the Ravelry stash pages for someone willing to part with a ball, just one little ball, of this yarn. Begging and pleading ensued.
And then, SUCCESS! A lovely lady named Anke answered my call and parted company with a ball, of which I needed only 11 grams to finish off the blanket. Thanks again, Anke!
At this stage I haven't blocked out the little ripples, as I quite like the 3D effect, however I might rethink that later on.
Currently on the needles is the Peacock Feathers Shawl and I have the horrible sinking feeling that I'm going to run out of yarn spectacularly. This time, though, there will be no saviour on Ravelry, as there is only one other person with this particular yarn in her stash, and not in the same colour. I did some very rough calculations and it doesn't look good. Wish me luck :-/