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Emily Explains: How do I seam the Ultra Alpaca MKAL blanket?

Last week, I got to seam the the squares from our Ultra Alpaca MKAL and finally see our finished blanket. It was so exciting! But before I joined any of the squares we had to agree on a layout.

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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: 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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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

Ultra Alpaca MKAL: Yarn Quantities

If your interest is piqued to participate in our Ultra Alpaca MKAL, you’re probably wondering how much yarn you need for the project! Here is some information to help you. Please note: all of these are only rough estimates. Your mileage (yardage) may vary! Read more

Amy’s Thread: Anna Zilboorg Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Eileen, the winner of our Splendid Apparel by Anna Zilboorg (XRX, 2015) giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone who commented! There were so many great recommendations that I thought I’d recap the recurring themes from the comments for you – 3 authors in particular that came up over and over again.

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Emily Explains: Working the Lace Pattern for Nina

Fibers and materials I like to wear change as the seasons change, but all year round I like to wear loose swingy tops and dresses. In booklet #354 Berroco Mixer, our “disco” collection, I designed an a-line tank top, that fits this flowing description. Read more

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