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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

Amy’s Thread: Ultra Alpaca MKAL Color Inspiration

Growing up, I spent a lot of happy summer days sitting in my paternal grandmother’s sewing room. She was a talented quilter with an eye for juxtapositions of colors and patterns. I’ve never felt like I’ve achieved her level of boldness or brilliance at this but I love the adventure of creating colorways. If I learned anything from her talent, it is that there isn’t always one right answer, sometimes it is about trial and error, and taking a few chances.

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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

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