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
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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″.
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.
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.
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:
Berroco 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.
If 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!
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.
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
When I taught myself to knit (from a library copy of Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Hanbook* and Leslie Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library) there wasn’t this amazing online community of knitters and blogs. There was no Ravelry, and most of the yarn shops were very different than they are today.