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March 30, 2008

From Susan — Brief Hemmie Update

Filed under: Hemlock Ring — lv2knit @ 10:03 am

Literally thousands of people have downloaded the Hemlock Ring Throw pattern over the past few months.  But just recently I got wind of a little problem: why isn’t there a key to the feather and fan chart? 

I took the F&F chart directly from Jared (aka Brooklyn Tweed — with his permission of course!), and there was not a key with it.  The symbols are standard and I did not think a thing about it: / = k2tog, \ = ssk, etc.  But enough people have struggled with it that I thought I should add a key to the chart, which I just did.  The new Hemlock Pattern download has the key.

I’m sorry if any of you had problems due to this oversight!

Hemlock2010.jpg picture by lv2knit

I still love my lil Hemmies!!


  1. A friend and I were just talking about how you seem to be knitting just what we need to be knitting. From now on I will stop planning my next project and just check what you are doing. Talk about knitting envy 🙂 Would you “please” tell more about the modifications you are making to the arm holes and sleeves? I have found that drop sleeves are NOT becoming on me. There has been some Taos yarn in the stash that didn’t know what it wanted to become–now it does. Love, love, love the blog.

    Comment by Linda — March 30, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  2. Thank you so much! I’m getting close to starting and I really appreciate the extra info 🙂 I can’t wait to see yours 🙂

    Comment by Carol — March 30, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  3. Hemlock is on the “to do” list. I knit lace and don’t think I will have any problem with the knitting part but the blocking part sure has me wondering how to keep it round and all the little points symmetrical! ooff! How did you do that? Love your blog…like the previous poster, you are knitting everything I want to do! lol

    Comment by Kate/Massachusetts — March 30, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  4. Gorgeous! I’ve got to get some yardage and see what shape I really LIKE for a wrap… I’ve made a few things that were “one size fits all” but apparently not mine.
    Beautiful! Oh, did I say that? Fabulous.

    Comment by PainterWoman — March 31, 2008 @ 1:43 am

  5. Susan- Hemlock is gorgeous-

    You’d think that they would have standardized the symbols by now. I have to re-educate
    myself with every pattern.

    Not easy to teach this old dog new tricks.

    Comment by Lorraine — March 31, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  6. Hi. I also love your blog. Your knitting is beautiful!

    Comment by Danielle — March 31, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  7. Can I just say that whenever I want to see some really-good knitting, I come to the sisters’ blog! Sally, have you finished your Pearl Buck Swing Jacket yet – I’m stuck much farther back than you were in your January post. Love the Hemlock.

    Comment by Sue — March 31, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  8. Thank you so much. I am one of the ones looking for a key as I am a beginner. I jumped right in anyway and now I’m at row 30 again. Again, because I ripped back so many times lol…now I got the key….happy days.


    Comment by Rosy — March 31, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  9. Oh Sisters, I need a kick maybe in the right direction lol. I am at row 39 and have all my sections marked so I can count them and check everything. Now round 39, starts a little different and I think it’s caused a mental block as i can’t seem to make it work. I do row 39 exactly as it says and I end up with extra stitches, no matter what I do…what am I doing wrong? I have the 136 stitches in that row, so it should work. I’ll try to read again.

    Comment by Rosy — April 8, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

  10. Susan,
    On my blog today I showed a photo of the progress I’ve made on my Hemlock Ring Throw.I linked to your website to show how beautiful your finished Hemlock Ring Throws are. Thanks for all your inspiration.
    Kathy in Minnesota

    Comment by Kathy — May 18, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  11. Can you tell me is the Hemlock Ring Blanket pattern is knit row by row according to the downloadable pattern? or does
    the feather and fan chart tie in somewhere. As you can tell, I have a hard time reading patterns. I want to get started on
    this soon as it seems to knit up quickly from posted comments.

    Comment by Hazel — May 22, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  12. It would be beautiful if there was a st count at the end of each row. Is that possible?

    Comment by lunacreationz — June 26, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

  13. I love your obsession with clear pattern layouts – your PDF for the throw is fabulous. Mwah hah hah!

    Thanks for sharing your hard work.

    Comment by Angie — August 7, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  14. I just decided to knit a Hemlock for a friend’s anniversary later this month. While navigating the various parts of the pattern, I found a link to your comprehensive pdf – thanks so much! It’s great to have it all in one file. 🙂

    Comment by Cathy — February 5, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  15. Dear Friends,
    I have read so much about the Hemlock Ring afghan that I thought I’d give it a try myself. I have tried printing out your pattern, but cannot seem to do so. Do I need to purchase your pattern first? Please advise.
    All my best,

    Comment by Rosa — March 23, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  16. Thank you for taking the time to chart the fan and feather. How generous of you to share it. I have been reading your blog for a number of years now. Keep sharing those knitting adventures…..

    Comment by Genevieve — July 5, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  17. I am very confused by row 14 of the pattern. it says ’14th rnd: K 1, allow 1st O to slip off left-hand needle, work 9 sts in next O — to work 9 sts in 1,
    (k 1, p 1) 4 times; k 1,– * k 2, drop 1 O, work 9 sts in next O. Repeat from * around, ending with
    k 1 (88 sts).’ the part that says ‘… 4 times; k 1,– * k 2, drop 1 O,…’ it seems like there must be a mistake because if you work 9sts into one big yarn over whole then k1, and then k2 more, you have already started working the YO st so you cannot drop the first one off and work 9 into it with out it looking really different than the others. Help! Am I just confused?

    Comment by liz — September 16, 2009 @ 6:04 pm

  18. Ok, so I love the idea of this vintage knit being brought to life as something new for today. I am stuck though, and think I can make my way through this hurdle, but want some advise first.

    On row 43, the pattern shows 19 stitches (times 8 repeats equals 152 stitches). Three knit rows (44, 45, 46) then start the feather & fan on row 47 after moving the stitch marker. Has anyone noticed that the feather & fan pattern starts with 21 stitches per repeat? (168 stitches) How in the world does one gain 16 stitches here?

    Is this an oversight in the pattern or have I lost my mind? Please help! Thanks

    Comment by Shane, stuck in a hemlock ring — September 22, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  19. Hello and Help! I making the Hemlock Ring, and have already started over three times! I can’t seem to get past the 37th round….I get to the end of my repeat with ten stitches left until the end of the round. I have 136 stitches at the end of round 35…is this correct? What am I doing wrong? Please help. Thank you!! Susan C

    Comment by Susan C — April 10, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  20. Hello Rainey Sisters! Thank you for putting together this PDF. I finished the blanket in record time thanks to your very usable pattern package. I do have a suggestion/request, though. As you know, this pattern does not actually come out flat. While blocking takes care of the scrunching with animal fibers, I made mine with a cotton blend and it turned into a tale of woe. Other people also talk about this particular problem, and I think it would be extremely helpful if the pattern included a warning about it.

    Comment by Wintersmith — April 21, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

  21. I just complete a 1200-yard (4.21 pound) ring for my niece a couple of weeks ago. It was really sweet to knit up from chart than wordy, lengthy typical doily pattern. THANK YOU THANK YOU for hosting the generous gift.

    Comment by Sarah — January 7, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  22. By the way, I didn’t have problem with it laying flat after blocking and I used 80% acrylic/20% Wool Blend–and that included hundred hands knitting last few rounds of the ring before my binding off. Except one or two, none of these people ever held a pair of knitting needles in their lives 😀

    In case you like to take a glance at how mine turned out. Here is the link

    Comment by Sarah — January 7, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  23. Good Evening,

    I’ve been in love with your hemlock pattern and I began it tonight unfortunately I don’t understand round 14…could you explain it to me more clearly?

    14th rnd: K 1, allow 1st O to slip off left-hand needle, work 9 sts in next O — to work 9 sts in 1,
    (k 1, p 1) 4 times; k 1,– * k 2, drop 1 O, work 9 sts in next O. Repeat from * around, ending with
    k 1 (88 sts).

    I literally, K1 dropped an O stitch, then K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1, k1 then k2 dropped an O off my left needle and I was done with one needle…14 stitches total…How do you get 88?

    Thank you so much,

    Comment by Kathleen — February 7, 2011 @ 12:22 am

  24. I am a very experienced knitter but I can’t figure out the Hemlock Ring Feather and Fan chart. It says that the middle 23 stitches are the repeat pattern. What happens to all the straight knit stitches on either side of the repeat? When I am working a pattern like this those stitches on either side represent the ones on either side of the garment but since this is in the round that doesn’t make sense to me.

    Thanks for your help.

    Comment by Lesley — April 1, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

  25. I was franticly searching everywhere for a doily pattern with this design, for a small round table I have in my Living Room,and found it here. I made a Table Topper,(for on top of the white lace table cloth I purchased some time ago,)in double strand crochet cotton with a strand of gold sparkle (in Ecru). I was so pleased with the results I plan to make another for my Dining Table, as a Centre Piece. Sisters, I am now a huge fan of the hemmies, as well. Thank you.

    Comment by Nicole — October 19, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  26. I’m having the same problem as Lesley. Are we supposed to work only the repeats? not the stitches that are on the chart before and after the repeats?

    Comment by Tylena — June 21, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  27. Feather and fan chart – Ignore the squares either side of the repeat, they are just the edges of the graph paper and aren’t stitches. Just knit the squares inside the lines.

    FYI Shane you start with 152sts, the 168 is the stitch count AFTER you have knit the first feather and fan row. So 19 before in each repeat, 21 after you knit it, extra sts made by the yarn overs.

    The other folk confused by the extra knit St in the make 9 (in row 14) it’s the final knit into the yarn over to make 9 (k1,p1 4 times plus one knit st) then k2.

    Hope this helps


    Comment by Laura — May 7, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

  28. I would like to follow this blog, but see no option on the page for “signing up.” Please help. Thanks!

    Comment by Bonnie — December 1, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

  29. As I read through these comments, I don’t see answers to questions? How do I get to those answers? Thanks!

    Comment by Bonnie — December 1, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

  30. Sorry for all the questions… I’m not an advanced knitter, but…. I’m trying to get started on this pattern and am confused. The pattern reads 10.5 circular and a 10.5 DPN. However, on Ravelry where I downloaded the pattern, it only reads circular. Am I going to need the third needle?

    Comment by Bonnie — December 1, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

  31. I have a question about the bind off edging instructions and I haven’t been able to find an answer in anyone’s project notes. When I turn the work a second time and start to bind off the seven stitches, does that mean that every stitch I had previously knit working the bind off instructions is bound off or does that last k2tog remain on the left hand needle for when I repeat the bind off instructions again?

    Comment by whitney — March 9, 2016 @ 9:59 am

  32. Hello There,

    I started the Hemlock Throw no less than 5 times yesterday. I just can’t get row 14 to turn out properly. Please help.

    Thank you,


    Comment by Teri Krause — June 20, 2016 @ 11:50 am

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