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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Copycat Copycat

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:
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
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:
  • 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.
Here's the result of 1 skein, the remaining ball of yarn is smaller than my fist. This is the 9th repeat of 11, though it's hard to see any of the Feather and Fan pattern due to bunching.

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