A warm and cozy throw blanket in twill stripes woven with100% Alpaca Weaving Yarn.
Designed byMariah Gaar for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.
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Warp Color Order:Wind a warp with Color A for a total of 400 warp ends (200 if you are weaving the blanket in 2 panels).
Weft Color Order: Begin and end with hemstitch. Weave with Color A, Color B, and Color C in the stripe or color block sequence of your choice for the entirety of your warp or until the blanket measures approximately 62" in loom.
Finishing: Wet finish in cold water with a mild soap. Roll up in a towel to absorb excess water and hang or lay flat to dry. Press as needed and trim fringe to 6" on each side.
Small looms are not limited to small projects! To weave a similar version of this blanket with our 3/10 alpaca yarn on a rigid heddle loom, we suggest using a 10 or 12 dent heddle (10 for a slightly airier blanket, and 12 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 Handwoven'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).
"I have a background in Studio Art -- specifically in fibers and graphic design. In my own work, I aim to create access to heirloom quality textiles. I explore various natural fibers and color combinations to make something worthy of holding on to. I focus on the juxtaposition between art and function - and try to find the balance between the two. Weaving is my passion and I enjoy continuing to learn more about this medium every day."