Originally Posted by 1to1
Mary, I'm curious to see how the cotton works out. As much as I love the Eco Wool...not very practicable for a baby blanket.
Sorry you have to frog.
Carla, I really think I've gotten the bugs out of knitting the hemlock with a cotton/blend or any other non-wool blanket. Still testing my new idea but I think it's working.
After frogging the second time, I studied and slept on it for a couple of weeks. Yesterday, I restarted it casting on 12 sts instead of 8. This really seems to be working as I noticed with the 8 set pattern, the increases weren't close enough together in the rounds for it to lay out flat. Having done the other patterns like Egeblad and Alita, which both laid out flat, this had to be the problem. Now, this gives the star 12 points instead of 8 but I think it's just as pretty and I'm not struggling with the curling or tightness. From the very beginning on the original pattern, I knew it wouldn't block out. Heck this might also be the answer/solution to anyone doing it in wool or wool blend and the incredible stretching it takes to get it blocked.
I'm on round 35 now, my stitch counts are 50% higher and will go onto 40" circulars this round. I haven't changed a single instruction other than the cast on of 12. Funny how I was trying to make the solution difficult...such is life. I will post progress reports as I move on. Hopefully, I'll be able to do all the extensions as well.
Let me add that having been a fiber artist for over 35 years (seamstress and knitter), I am actually afraid to manipulate fibers like so many have had to do with the Original Hemlock and Jared's extended chart or even with my extensions. I don't believe the original pattern was designed for the extra rounds, surely the sheep weren't prepared for this yarn abuse!
And I just don't think that anyone should have to worry themselves with the blocking struggle. This is why I've been so stubborn about this and haven't given up. Hopefully, if this works, it will be a positive reinforcement for anyone that has given up or just got turned off by the pattern. I know I'm not the only one who's fought this battle.
Okay, I'm off the pulpit! LOL! Love y'all!~