February 22, 2012


Umaro, [ jenleigh ]'s version.
Umaro by Jared Flood
Project Specs:
Knit in Cascade Eco-Wool, taupe; 5.75 skeins, held double throughout the project.
Knit on [2]* size US 15 needles.
*Trick for cabling found below.

I remember a few years ago reading a post by Jared Flood on his [then] blog about a blanket he aptly named Big Squishy Lovefest.  Although this is not EZ's Garter Stitch Blanket, I totally get what he meant.  There's something about knitting a large, or better yet, ginormous project, and having it spill all over you while your clicking away.  As a matter of fact, I think the very fact that you can feel it gaining in length encourages you to finish!

I opted for Cascade Eco-Wool instead of Lana Grande. 
I think I was one of the first people to cast on for this project after the pattern was published.  I don't know what got in to me.  Before this, I had never tackled anything so large!  It was a total impulse buy that I'm glad I gave in to!  I knit my Umaro and gifted it Christmas of 2010.  It's intent was always to be gifted, so maybe that helped propel to complete it (in a timely manner)...

By doubling the yarn I achieved a similar thickness to the original. 
I opted to knit my blanket in Cascade Eco-Wool, as opposed to Lana Grande.  I held the yarn double throughout the project to achieve the same thickness as the original.  Mine may actually be a bit larger than the pattern dimensions.  And bigger is better!

Necessity is the mother of invention when it comes to cabling on size US 15s.
I also learned a little trick while working on this project.  Instead of just one pair of circulars I bought two.  When it was time to work a cable I would put the number of pattern stitches called for on the second circular.  Then all I would have to do was slide the stitches from left to right on the cable and knit them off, keeping in the pattern!  Knitting on size US 15s can be a booger, and I found the extra cable kept both my stitches and sanity from slipping. 

(For most projects I now use an extra cable instead of going cable-less or a fidgety cable needle.)

It was after finishing Umaro that I went on a tear, as we like to say in the South.  It was my marathon knit!  After it, nothing again would ever seem to large to tackle!  Thankfully last year at Christmas we had a blizzard blow through Kansas so I was relegated to the sofa with nothing but Season One of Northern Exposure and a ginormous blanket to knit.  (Don't you just hate it when that happens?)

Happy Knitting!


  1. such a stunning blanket - love it! and I can't think of any nicer way to spend blizzard time than with knitting and Northern Exposure!

    1. Julie!! My favorite bunny knitter! =) So good to hear from you. I'm glad to know Northern Exposure is a hit across the pond as well. I've enjoyed catching up on my reading list and seeing all the great knits (and crochet) you've been working on. Thank you for the note! =)

  2. The blanket is sooo lovely. I truly admire your patience and wonder how long it took you to complete it. I too think it make the most wonderful gift for a special person.

    1. Thank you so much! I had to go back and look on the dates of the project but I worked on it all of December and through the middle of January 2011. It took a while! Ha! My blanket turned out larger as well because I held the Eco-wool doubled.

      And it was a special gift! I rarely cast on the day I see a pattern but I think I was one of the first to buy Umaro when Jared Flood released it. I was really pleased with how it turned out!