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Emily Explains: How do I create a removable pom-pom?

In this week’s Amy’s Thread, Amy shared a project she’d recently finished. It’s a super cute hat designed by Misa Erder called Bubble Star. She used a clever technique, also used in Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Fishbones pattern from Portfolio vol. 1, to attach a removable pom-pom to the hat. Want to learn how it’s done? Read more

Emily Explains: How do I seam crochet slippers?

I was on vacation last week on an island in Maine. It has been a harsh reality coming back to Providence and the work week, after lazy, beach days and cool, star-filled evenings. Each night I bundled up in a big blue wool blanket to keep me warm, but I wished I had brought wool slippers for my feet! I was surprised how chilly the evenings were after the sun set over the ocean. Read more

Emily Explains: How to Knit the Cluster Stitch for Sangria

Alison’s new pattern, Sangria, is a fabulous new sweater knit in Berroco Artisan. It is a lace pullover that is cozy and warm for fall and winter. Read more

Emily Explains: Crochet Stitches for Daisy Gertrude

Daisy Gertrude might be my favorite pattern from our home collection! This crocheted blanket has a beautiful motif that shows off the lovely, multi-colored shades of Boboli Lace. We’ve had a few questions about its pattern stitches, so I thought I would make some quick how-to videos to help you out with the basics and beyond.

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Emily Explains: Patterns With a Sewn Bind Off

This week my mind has turned to jello, flooded with ideas and designs for spring 2016. One technique I keep coming back for shawls is the sewn bind-off.
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What Inspires: Quilts of Gee’s Bend

As I try to write this post I have trouble articulating how much the Quilts of Gee’s Bend have inspired me. Read more

Emily Explains: Ultra Alpaca MKAL Alternatives

There are many ways to alter and change a pattern. These choices are exciting but can also be so overwhelming! Today I wanted to share some ideas for substituting the yarn or altering the size of the Ultra Alpaca Mystery blanket. Without ruining the surprise, I can tell you that the mystery blanket is made up of quilt blocks, which makes it easy to change! Our design is written to have 4 block designs repeated 5 times to create a throw that is 48″ x 60″.

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But you can make your own to be a variety of sizes! I think 36″ x 48″ or 48″ x 48″ would also make lovely lap blankets.

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Something a little smaller would be perfect and adorable for a little one. You could do 36″ x 36″ or 24″ x 36″ for a baby blanket.

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As the blanket size gets smaller, you may choose to only use some of the block designs. You can wait to see all 4 block designs before your decide, or you can use just one to knit your entire blanket!

Another change you might want to consider is using a different yarn. Though this MKAL was designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ultra Alpaca, we understand that you might be looking for a yarn that’s less expensive or would prefer a different fiber content.

Here a some alternate yarn suggestions:

comfort_1Berroco Comfort is a machine washable nylon/acrylic blend sold at a great price point. It works up at 20 sts per 4″ on a size 8 needle.

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Vintage is a machine washable wool and acrylic blend with lots of yardage and sold at a great price point. Vintage works up at 20 sts per 4″ on a size 7 needle.

indigoIf I wasn’t going to use Ultra Alpaca, I would choose Berroco Indigo. 95% recycled denim fibers, machine washable and great yardage, Indigo works up at 20 sts per 4″ on a size 7 needle and comes in my favorite shades of blues and off whites. It also has some crazy neons!

I hope you’ll join our MKAL and consider personalizing your blanket!

Emily

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