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Lacie Blankie

Knitted lace blanket in handspun Cotswold wool
by Jackie E-S

This knitted blanket started as a Cotswold fleece, which I prepared and then handspun into a 2-ply light worsted weight (about 65 yards/oz). I had originally started out to knit a blanket in a textured stitch (i.e. non-lace), and kept playing with that last winter when I should have been making some progress working on it. Nothing I tried really "wowed" me. I had given myself a deadline this fall of 1999 to complete it for the "Save the Sheep" awareness promotion that Interweave's Spin-Off magazine is sponsoring. So that meant I had to work on it this summer - yes in the heat, but thank goodness for air conditioning <vbg>.

Lacie Blankie in handspun Cotswold wool

I just can't seem to get away from my love of lace, even when it is "moose lace", i.e. lace knitted in a large gauge. So, my decision to make a blanket in lace stitches maybe should not be all that surprising. The lace makes it lighter in weight for the size, and I think my hubby and I will enjoy it a lot more than a denser blanket for our climate anyway.

It is about 5' by 7' and a little over 2 lbs. To get to that size, I first started with a rectangle 26" x 54" knitted flat on size 8 US needles. Then picked up stitches all around and worked circularly and increased at the corners for a 15" deep border. For the edging, I increased dramatically in the last few rows and blocked into deep 3-dimensional scallops. Talk about a huge project that wasn't very portable after a certain point. I purchased a new 60" long circular needle just to work this!

borders and corner detail of Lacie Blankie in handspun Cotswold wool

See the collected works from the Save the Sheep Project, including my Cotswold Lacie Blankie, in the book from Interweave Press - Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools.

Note: The book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools does not contain any patterns. I plan to eventually self-publish the pattern for this lace blanket as part of my HeartStrings knitting patterns line. To receive announcement, be sure you are signed up for HeartStrings Knitterly News e-newsletter.

February 2008 update – The publication of pattern instructions for Lacie Blankie is planned for the March 2008 release of new HeartStrings knitting patterns. The sample model I am working on now for this publication features Judith, a new 100% Prime Alpaca yarn from Schaefer Yarns. The colorway is Georgia O'Keeffe.

March 10, 2008 update – Progress on pattern instructions for Lacie Blankie is proceeding well. Lacie Blankie, a pattern in the making.

March 20, 2008 update – the Lacie Blankie pattern is ready for you!

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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