I finished the Hemlock Ring Blanket for my Gramma in December. Not quite in time for Christmas, but since I was pretty lax about the whole holiday in general, I didn’t really sweat it. I got an email from her this past weekend (she’s so hip!) letting me know she got it and so now it’s safe to put on The Blog.
I didn’t measure it before I sent it, but I’m thinking my grandmother will use this more as a wrap than a lap blanket. It fit perfectly on my shoulders and I almost did not want to give it away! I knit it up in Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% alpaca, 50% wool) and it is so soft and light and WARM. I’m really pleased with how the heathery look of the yarn shows off the detail of the pattern.
I had a long list of things I wanted to include in my blog post about this pattern, but I don’t think I can say anything different than what everyone else has said, other than this was NOT a quick knit for me. I actually got kind of bored with it and set it down for longer than I should have, but then my grandmother had some health issues and that lit the fire under my tail to WRAP IT UP!
The one thing I did differently, though, was the bindoff. I found an alternate bindoff on Ravelry that did not involve turning (thank god) but still produces the same effect (but requires you to carry WAY more stitches on your needles – thankfully I was using a 60″ circ!). I also only did 3 yo’s instead of the 5 it called for because I didn’t like the “holey” look of the edge.
All in all, I was very pleased with how it turned out – except the blocking. I wet blocked it and THEN steam blocked it, but this was as good as it got. I actually didn’t think it would be that noticeable, but even my grandmother asked me if I had a tip for blocking it. Um, it’s already blocked…? I think I might have only knit 3 instead of 4 knit rows between pattern rows, and so it’s not lying (laying?) as flat as it should, and my bindoff row might have been a little too tight, so that might be causing it to pucker too? Ah well. Something to remember for the next one!