Large Blanket, Small Loom: Rigid Heddle Blanket Project

3 July 2024
Bookmark This (5)

Sponsored in part by:

Ad description: The words, "The socks you knit won't last forever, but you can make them last for years and years. Shop now." Also featuring the cover image of the Sock Mending Guide.

Just as a knitter needs to choose the right cast-on and bind-off for a project, a weaver needs to think about the beginning and ending of their woven piece. Hemstitching is one way to secure the warp and weft threads and prevent unravelling. Find Sarah’s hemstitching tutorial here!

This light and cozy blanket is woven on a small loom—dont let anyone tell you that you need a large loom to make blankets! Three panels are woven separately then sewn together, almost invisibly, to make a large piece. The vertical stripes help to further disguise the seam. The panels are woven in a loose—but balanced—plain weave, resulting in a simple, light and lofty fabric. Each panel is sized to be a small rectangular shawl if you decide that youd rather not sew them together.

Finished Couch Drape

When designing this blanket, I chose Briggs and Little Sport because I believe in supporting our local textile industry, and its a 100 percent non-superwash wool yarn, processed in Canada from sheep raised in Canada. The B&L yarn is inexpensive—this whole blanket can be woven from just four-and-a-half skeins of yarn (at a cost of less than $50 CAD, based on current prices). There are other lovely Canadian 100-percent wool yarns out there, and I recommend Custom Woolen Mills 1-ply as a possible substitute. Smaller mills such as Wellington Fibres and Rosebud River Fibre Mill are making a beautiful two-ply yarn of similar grist that Id love to try in this pattern, recognizing the higher price point of these yarns. A wool/mohair blend yarn would be fun to use; the naturally fuzzy property of the mohair would create a lovely texture. The blanket will appear very loosely woven until after fulling (washing and slightly shrinking). A superwash yarn will not work well in this pattern.

The blanket pattern creates vertical stripes. Adding horizontal stripes would create a traditional checkered blanket, but getting the stripes to line up across the three panels could be quite challenging.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Canadian fibre and textiles!

Digits & Threads offers a steady stream—and extensive archive—of inspiring Canadian content. Connect with like-minded art and craft enthusiasts through our exclusive monthly live Studio Hours. Expand your creative horizons and find inspiration in every stitch.
Join for 90 days for just $9.

Finished Closeup Fringe

Photo credits: Sarah Thornton

Copyright © Sarah Thornton except as indicated.
Sarah Thornton head shot

About Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton is a connector - she loves bringing people and ideas together, especially over local fibres and foods. When not teaching college Biology labs, she knits, spins, designs, teaches, and occasionally weaves in her new studio space on Vancouver Island. She's also a cyclist, skier, hiker, and gardener! Find her patterns and classes at sarahthornton.ca and @sarsbarknits on Instagram.

Related Posts

Weaving Techniques: Hemstitch Tutorial

Weaving Techniques: Hemstitch Tutorial

Like many crafters, weavers need to pay special attention to the beginnings and endings of their projects. By hemstitching the ends of your woven work, you secure the warp and weft threads and prevent unraveling. Bookmark this step-by-step tutorial so you can keep it handy!

How To: Tablet Weaving with a Twist

How To: Tablet Weaving with a Twist

This beginner-friendly introduction to tablet weaving features a warped-in method that encourages newer weavers to explore their creativity—by giving classic patterns a colourful twist!

Get 10% off!

Join our mailing list to get special Studio Membership pricing! PLUS hear about new Digits & Threads content and community news.

Subscription success! Well done, you.