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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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Amy’s Thread: What to Wear With Rye

 Thea Colman’s sweater Rye from the Portfolio Collection is a great transitional sweater. This is one to start knitting now so you’ll finish just as the evenings start to get a little cooler but before it’s time to pack away the summer dresses for the season.

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Designer Spotlight: Laurel Hat by Megan Sanders

When Megan Sanders gets some “me time,” she puts on a good TV show and picks up her knitting. Despite being a busy mom of two, Megan describes herself as an avid TV viewer – her Ravelry group is called TV Nerd Knits and she names all of her designs after characters from her favorite shows. Read more

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

Amy’s Thread: Fuji Knitter’s Style

This Knitter’s Style features Kathie, a woman who make all the things happen here at Berroco. Berroco Fuji is a great yarn for summer knitting. This yarn feels both warm and cool at the same time, so it adds a nice layer for comfort without being heavy.

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Designer Spotlight: Wiggle by Lisa Doherty

A freelance violinist/violist, Lisa Doherty stays busy playing at weddings, concerts, church services and theaters – she’s even worked with some touring Broadway shows! But music isn’t Lisa’s only passion. She spends her “down time” knitting and crocheting. In fact, she’s spun her yarn obsession into a side business, selling designs on Ravelry. 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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