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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.


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 Explains: Picking Up Stitches Along a Garter Stitch Edge

For our Ultra Alpaca MKAL, we each designed colorful, modular garter stitch  squares inspired by Housetop quilts. Knitting this kind of block is really simple and fun! Read more

Emily Explains: Modifying Mums

To join the summer home knit along I am knitting one of my designs from the collection, Mums! I am so excited because the home book was my favorite of the whole collection. Read more

Emily Explains: Beginning a Project with an I-cord

I love simple edges to garments and am always curious about ribbing or garter stitch alternatives. In the Spring/Summer ’15 collection, we designed Lobelias, Mojave Aster and North Shore to begin with an i-cord for a perfectly simple aesthetic. Read more

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

Emily Explains: Construction of Sibilla

Sibilla is a beautiful pattern from booklet #356, which was designed by Amy. I love that it has great drape and a simplicity attractive to beginner and advanced knitters alike. The knitting and construction are easy and the style is flattering on everyone!  It’s a perfect first sweater that will introduce a knitter to many new skills. Read more

Emily Explains: Edging for Cecelia

It is great to see all of your projects in our Cecelia KAL. Some of you are knitting it so fast! I thought today I would share some tips and explain how the edging is attached to the circle. Read more


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