In production are 2 blankets, one is specifically a baby blanket and the other is a blatant copycat project, a giant lace doily.
Item #1 is a mitered squares blanket, using Handmaiden's Northern Lights Baby Blanket pattern and Sheep Shop I yarn, shade G-17. This kit was purchased from Kathleen at Tidal Brook, and originally included Handmaiden's luxurious 8ply cashmere, but I chose to substitute yarn to reduce costs. Admittedly, I would pay the extra amount for cashmere if there were specific colorways in stock with which I am smitten.
Here's the blanket after 1 skein, pictured with a second skein about to be spit-spliced. In this photo, I cropped one square lengthwise, so each skein actually yields 7 squares instead of 6 as shown. The color is dark and hard to photograph, but this is pretty accurate.
Modifications are small and are mainly due to yarn substitution and personal taste:
- decreased 2 needle sizes
- changed the size and dimensions to compensate for gauge
Item #2 is the nearly exact replica of Jared Flood's Hemlock Ring Blanket, go on and look at his beautiful photos, I think he is genius.
Here are the project specs from b r o o k l y n t w e e d:
No major changes here, I am keeping the same yarn, same needle size, same pattern/ chart, yes I am a shameless Copycat! There are only insignificant differences:
Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket*
Source: My modification of the Hemlock Ring vintage doily (1942), with added chart repeats and heavy weight yarn. [See full post below for details]
Materials: Cascade Ecological Wool in "Latte" (8063)
Needles: US 10/6.0mm 40" Circulars; KnitPicks Options
Amount: Approximately 311g/11oz; About 600 yards (less than 2 skeins)
Finished Measurements: Just shy of 4 feet in diameter
Start Date: 27 July 2007
Finish Date: 9 August 2007
- yarn is still Cascade Ecological, but the shade is a medium heather gray rather than Latte
- needles are Addi Turbo instead of KnitPicks Options
- my version may be larger, I'll continue knitting until the yarn is depleted.