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Waffle Weave Lap Blanket

Waffle Weave Lap Blanket

An extra plush blanket woven with Mallo Cotton Slub Weaving Yarn in a densely textured waffle weave structure. 

Sarah writes,"When I set out to design projects with Mallo, GIST's cotton slub yarn, a super cushy waffle weave was at the top of my list. The texture of Mallo makes this blanket extra soft and once it comes off your loom, everyone in the house is going to be fighting over who gets to cuddle with it. Weaving at 16 epi results in a very warm and dense finished piece of fabric -- you can also weave with a lower epi for something a bit airier. 

I chose to make this project in all one color so that the beauty of the yarn and the weave structure truly shine through. Pick your favorite color of Mallo and have fun with this one!" 

You can download an updated version of this pattern and purchase a kit here.

Designed by Sarah Resnick for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.

Need some help getting started? Check out Resources for Beginner and Intermediate Weavers. 


Warp & Weft:4 cones of Mallo Cotton Slub Weaving Yarn 

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 4 shaft table or floor loom, 8 dent reed, shuttle & bobbins, fringe twister
  • EPI: 16 (2 ends per dent in an 8 dent reed) 
  • PPI: 12 
  • Width at Reed: 34" 
  • Warp Ends: 544
  • Warp Length: 2.5 yards
  • Draft/Technique: waffle weave, 4 shafts and 5 treadles
  • Finished Dimensions: Unwashed: ~ 32" W x 52" L, Washed:~ 25" W x 40" L + 4" fringe on each side 
  • Finishing Details: Hemstitch and 4" twisted fringe on each side
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low 

Weaving & Finishing 

Begin: Wind a 2.5 yard warp withMallo Cotton Slub Weaving Yarn for a total of 544 ends. Warp your loom with your preferred method.

Weaving: Begin and end your blanket with hemstitch. Weave until the end of the warp following the draft. Off the loom the blanket will measure approximately 32" wide by 52" long. 

Finishing:Machine wash and tumble dry low. Twist fringe and trim to about 4" on each side. 

4 Shaft Waffle Weave Draft


  • Add a second color throughout the warp and/or weft.
  • Adjust the size to make a larger blanket. (TIP: Try our yarn calculator to determine the yardage!)
  • Adjust the size to make a set of absorbent hand towels, or a larger bath towel.

About Sarah Resnick 

Sarah Resnick is the founder of GIST: Yarn & Fiber, and the host of the Weave podcast. She learned how to weave in Toronto in 2009, and was hauling a Craigslist loom up to her apartment two months later...she's never looked back since! Other parts of her fiber journey included selling handwoven baby wraps, helping to launch a sewing factory in Fall River, Massachusetts, and creating Jewish ritual textiles for people celebrating life cycle events. The thread that winds through everything she does is a passion for building systems that directly support farmers, manufacturers, and artists to bring value and beauty into the world. 

Sarah Resnick