Crackle Weave Blanket
Designed by Elizabeth Springett
This cozy alpaca blanket combines a 4-shaft crackle threading and an overshot treadling, resulting in a unique textured pattern. The structure requires two shuttles, alternating tabby and pattern picks as you weave. Order a kit.
I'm new to weaving and I couldn't figure out how to build this crackle on my own - even with the best books on hand. So, I purchased this pattern (a fair price) to make a scarf. I liked the pattern of the blanket for my scarf because it was really going to be all about the weft - a beautiful mix of hand and mill-spun gotland wool but I also wanted something to contrast and set off the weft, so this allowed me to accomplish that. I used the silk noil yarn in sky (I think) for the warp and now I have a really beautiful sky blue to dark gray and everything in between scarf. One day I hope to make the actual blanket, but I have way too many other WIPs, and projects queued up :-)
Well written draft produced a gorgeous throw for my sunporch. Despite my initial concerns about broken warp threads with this soft fiber, I never experienced a single one; I did use a temple throughout. 12 PPI and 12 EPI produce a lovely, soft drape. Braided fringe was a nice change from twisted. Finished in a short warm Eucalon bath, rolled in towels to blot, and laid flat to dry. Surprisingly little shrinkage. The Ode alpaca is a dream to work with and produces an heirloom worthy product.