Yarn finally arrived from We Are Knitters for me to finish the basket weave blanket! (Baby’s rattle pictured for size reference.)
This took 7 skeins of The Baby Wool in Grey, 100% baby alpaca. The blanket came out to be about 2′ x 2′ or 24″ x 24″.
I think as I begin to develop my own patterns and pieces, I’ll be able to write more coherent patterns for you all. If you’re interested in making this blanket also, please check out the video below for the tutorial I used on how to make this stitch. It’s essentially one giant square in that stitch.
- US Size H or 5.00mm crochet hook (Clover Soft Touch) per the yarn’s suggestion
- When making the basket weave design your item has to be made in multiples of 8 and then add 7, this blanket was 103 chain stitches across the bottom.
- On her video she did 4 rows of each, making 2 chains across every other, but I opted for 5 rows to make 3 chains across every other. It looked more pleasing to me since the vertical ones were 4 across. It’s really up to you how you want your blanket to look.
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Video tutorial below from Bella Coco:
Scroll through the gallery to take a peek!
I’ve been kinda obsessed with alpaca of late, can you tell? ☺️ These lovely skeins of yarn come from Garn Studio’s DROPS Design (shipped by Nordic Mart based in San Luis Obispo, California). They were having a 30% off alpaca party during the holidays and I couldn’t resist. I picked up the Andes (size E yarn) and Nepal (size C yarn). Although the sizes are different the content is the same, 65% wool and 35% alpaca. These colors looked so beautiful online and getting them in person was even better. I guess you can say that about any yarn mail I get though… They were the perfect shades of off white/grey I was looking for, although, please keep in mind that computer monitors can vary in display color.
I really liked this company mostly for their vast array of free patterns! I was so surprised when they mailed me three books of patterns with my order. It was really nice to have the patterns in print and online available for me so I could take them with me without needing to open my phone or computer. Plus it definitely gets me excited to order more yarn and get cracking on some of these… Marketing is working on poor me. 😂
Of these three colors I’ll be making (or attempt to make) three sweaters. Two for me, one for J. It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve picked up knitting needles, the first pair I borrowed from my mother as a pre-teen. For the patterns to work with the yarn, I went ahead and picked up the recommended sizes along with the types so I could accomplish it without needing to convert (since I’m such an amateur). If you’re in my shoes, don’t fret. Be ambitious. Just like the WAK company, DROPS has videos on the pattern pages to help you get started. (SO HELPFUL these videos… Yay for 2017 and videos.)
I’ll post up my WIPs and which patterns I’m working on, as well as the finished projects soon!
I don’t think I’ve ever estimated how many balls I need for a blanket properly… This is 2′ or 24″ wide. But that’s the last of my four balls of grey The Baby Wool (100% baby alpaca). J let me finish my project instead of making me unravel it, so I got to order 3 more in the mail based on WAK’s Skein Converter. In order to make the $60USD for free shipping deal, I added another color skein of baby alpaca and 3 balls of The Pima Cotton. 😍 And now we wait for my happy yarn mail from WAK…
Oh, P.S. I ordered a bunch of skeins from DROP Yarns also via Nordic Mart… SO MUCH YARN. ☺️ So happy. Will post pictures of the haul when it arrives…
If you want to learn this technique, please check out Bella Coco on YouTube! I added a third row to make it more even to my eyes, but after you learn it, super easy to design how you want it! I used a Clover soft touch crochet hook in 5.00mm or US size H to make this pattern on The Baby Wool from We Are Knitters.
Scroll through the gallery to see the beautiful skeins!
Christmas Sale at We Are Knitters meant a mini yarn haul!
I purchased a gift card for 20% off, then turned around and used it for 10 balls of the meriwool (100% superwash merino wool) and 5 of the baby wool (100% alpaca). Ahh, so soft and beautiful! This is the stuff yarn dreams are made of. Well, mine anyway. I have projects lined up for these babies and will post up my WIP (work in progress) soon…
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