2.12.2015

Tree Rings

My mother in law turns 60 this Friday, and since the people you love only turn 60 once (unless you're my mom, who's still celebrating her 30th birthday), I felt that it called for a big knitted gift. I debated back and forth between a sweater or a blanket, and ultimately chose to knit her a blanket. I wanted to gift to be a surprise, and knew that if I made her a sweater, I would need her measurements, which would be hard to do without ruining the surprise. I mean, how do you ask someone their bust measurement "just out of curiosity"?  So, a blanket was the winning choice. Jake and I perused Ravelry, looking for something we thought she'd love, and ended up going with Tree Rings by Andrea Rangle, from Wool People 6.


(You'll have to excuse the lack-of-natural-light photos. It's staying lighter later and later, but it just wasn't enough for these photos!)

Ahhh, that lace edging. (Side note: do not just Google the word "edging" to see if it's spelled right. I was horrified by the results. Kids these days...) It was very time consuming, and kinda a pain in the ass, but so worth it. In total, the lace 24-row chart is repeated 48 times. It took me until somewhere around the 30th repeat to actually have the thing memorized. Once I did have it memorized, though, that helped speed up the process.

For the sake of time, I had to leave out the last repeat of the slipped stitch pattern. I was a little worried at first that it might make the blanket too small, but as soon as I laid it out to block, those fears went away. It's still really big! A great size for one person to snuggle up with.


I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the Fedora colorway. It's such a great workhorse wool, and I think this blanket will last quite a long time, and will hopefully be well loved! 

10 comments:

  1. Alicia Landi2/12/15, 3:02 PM

    What a gorgeous piece of work! Now I want to make one, too...

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  2. Beautiful! I love this pattern. Your mother in law is one lucky lady!

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  3. Gorgeous!! What a wonderful gift - I'm sure she'll be blown away!

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  4. Woollen Wilderness2/13/15, 2:34 PM

    Stunning, what an amazing gift!

    And damnit, curiosity got the best of me and I had to google edging as well. I regret that decision..

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  5. Its gorgeous and she will no doubt absolutely love it!! My dad turned 60 in January and I have yarn for a sweater for him sitting in my basket waiting to be swatched...

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  6. Haha! That sounds like something I'd do... usually I'm not a huge stickler for having gifts done on the actual day - if it's done, it's done - but I really wanted to finish this one on time. She loved it, and I was so glad it was finished!

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  7. Thank you! I'm happy to report that she loved it!


    Oh, I'm so sorry - haha! Who would have thought....

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  8. Thank you, Gail! She loved it!!

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  9. Thank you! The pattern was really great - so much texture! She loved it :)

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  10. Thank you! I highly recommend it - other than it being a large project (read: not portable), it was fun to knit. And bonus, at a certain point, it can keep you warm while you knit it!

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