I thought it was time to update the progress of the Hemlock Ring. It is a very fun project — and basically mindless knitting once you get past the center floral motif. You just do one pattern row (standard feather & fan) once every five rounds. The rest of the time is straight knitting.
With ~15 rounds to go, mine is 38″ diameter — Brooklyn Tweed said his ended up being about 48″. And of course you can keep on going and make it larger.
The pattern is adapted from the Hemlock Ring Doily Pattern found here with some other vintage doilies. It would be really cool to knit some of these as actual doilies with the tiny thread that our grandmas used to use. Or knit this one into a flipping gorgeous shawl:
What an intriguing way to link to the past.
Tonight was knit night and of course I enjoyed meeting up with the peeps. [M, thank you for the very sweet note :)]. Two weeks ago, AuntieAnn was in town visiting friends. She brought them with her to Panera’s and joined our group for the evening. What nice people knitters are! From left to right, here are Lisa, Nancy and Ann:
They fit right into the group. Come back any time!
Several people commented on the fact that they love The Big Book of Knitting which validated my purchase — thanks for your “reviews.” I think I may do that spiral binding thing for this one. I still have my sock book in the car. I drag it everywhere but forget to get it bound. Maybe if I drag TWO books around I’ll remember.
Now I must knit!!
PS: From Susan to Marina: do they scare you cuz they’re ugly or cuz they look hard to do? If it’s the latter, they really aren’t hard: Set up row: do a double yarnover; next row: drop 1st YO, [(k1, p1)x4, k1] in the second YO to create 9 sts.
PS2: I forgot to mention that I am still on the first ball of yarn!! I will tap into the second fairly soon.
PS3: EeeeK! I just used my infamous formula for figuring out how much shawl I have knitted and I am only 62% done! THAT is very depressing ;). I thought I’d be blocking this by the weekend!
Response to Carol: The How Much Shawl Have I Knitted So Far? formula is a link in our side bar. All it does is compare the area that you’ve knitted so far to the total area of the finished shawl — in a percentage format. Sally notes that it under-reports your progress because it is based on an unblocked area whereas the finished measurements are usually blocked measurements. So, even though I may actually be closer to 70% — I still have a long way to go.
PS4 (3-12-2014) — Katja actually knit the gorgeous doily with the violin as a shawl or large wrap:
Beautiful — thank you for sharing!! ?