Weave A Cozy Alpaca Throw For Fall
Cozy Alpaca Throw
Can you imagine a better season for weavers than Fall? In anticipation of chillier days, weave this beautiful throw blanket designed by Mariah Gaar with 4 cones of our ever-so-soft 3/10 Alpaca Weaving Yarn. Below you will find all the instructions and materials needed to make your own. (Curious about how to weave with our alpaca on your rigid heddle loom? Check out our tips at the end of this post!)
Warp: 2 cones of 3/10 Alpaca Weaving Yarn
Weft: 2 cones of 3/10 Alpaca Weaving Yarn (+ some of the leftover warp yarn)
Kits: Each kit contains all the yarn you will need to create a cozy throw blanket that measures approximately 56" x 38". Mariah designed this throw with a solid color warp and a striped weft. We also encourage you to experiment making stripes and color blocks with the warp and weft, if that strikes your fancy!
- Tools Required: 4 shaft loom, 40" weaving width, 10-dent reed, boat shuttle and bobbins
- EPI: 10
- Width at Reed: 40" (but if your loom isn't wide enough, you can weave two 20" panels and seam them together - see our tips below!)
- Warp Ends: 400 (or 200 if you are going to seam two panels together)
- Warp Length: 3 yards (or 6 yards if you are going to seam two panels together)
- Finished Dimensions: 56" L (not including fringe) x 38" W
- Finishing Details: 6" fringe on both sides
- Care Instructions: Hand wash cold with a mild soap and hang to dry
- Draft: Birds Eye Twill
- Color Order: This pattern has a solid color as the warp and blocks of two contrasting colors plus some of the warp color in the weft. The blocks of weft color are designed at the loom however strikes your fantasy.
Tips for Rigid Heddle Weavers
Small looms are not limited to small projects! To weave a cozy throw blanket with our super soft 3/10 alpaca yarn, we suggest using a 10 dent or 12 dent reed (10 dent for a slightly airier blanket, and 12 dent for a slightly denser one.) If you want to weave a blanket wider than your loom, you can simply wind a warp twice as long, weave two matching panels (following the specifications above), and seam them together using a figure-eight stitch. You can find some great tips on seaming rigid heddle pieces and an illustration of the figure-eight stitch on Interweave's website.
Since you will be seaming two panels together to create this blanket, we recommend creating stripes in the warp and using a solid color for the weft (lining up stripes can be a hassle).
- Each panel should measure approximately 56" L x 20" W when taken off the loom (not including fringe). Make sure to leave approximately 12" of space between the two panels for the fringe and at least 6" at the beginning and end.
- Cut the two panels apart in the middle of the 12" spacer.
- Tie off and trim the 6" fringe on each panel.
- Line up the two selvedges (use fabric weights or pins if necessary) and thread your needle with a long piece of the alpaca yarn in a matching color so that the seam will be nearly invisible.
- Hand wash with cold water and hang to dry. Voila!