Winter Nights Wrap – Miss Babs Yarns Collaboration

poncho shawl

For this project, I was inspired by the icy blues seen in the deep mid-winter season around dusk and twilight. Cold clear nights with freshly fallen snow makes you want to curl up in something warm and cozy. This wrap is that “something warm and cozy”. A sock yarn with a high twist adds loftiness and squish to the woven fabric. These traits, coupled with the highly textured weave structure, traps air easily, keeping you warm during the coldest of days. Also, being made from 100% superwash merino wool, this will last the wearer many winters to come.

It’s no secret that gradient sets have been popular this last year in the yarn industry, so I wanted to play with them as well. When I was planning this project I fell head over heels in love with the Perseus gradient set from Miss Babs – Hand Dyed Yarns & Fibers. The Perseus set consists of 6 mini skeins of yarn in a gradient of marine blue. Each colorway is named after either a constellation or a star within the constellation. Dark Perseus, Perseus, Mirphak, Algol, Miram, and Atik.

Persus Gradient Set
From Left to Right: Dark Perseus, Perseus, Mirphak, Algol, Miram, Atik.

When I received the yarn and saw the colors together, I knew that I wanted to make a gradient color gamp. While plain weave allows for great color mixing, I didn’t think it would provide the movement I was seeking. Knowing that I wanted to play with pattern in this project I pulled out my 8-shaft Baby Wolf and started planning.

Here’s what you’re going to need to make this project:

Equipment: 4.5 yard warping board or other warping tool, 4-shaft Baby Wolf Loom with a weaving width of at least 22″.

Optional: Fringe twister

Yarn: Two sets of the Perseus Gradient set in her Yummy 2-ply Toes base, 1,596 yards total – 266 yards of each of the 6 colors.

To better understand the pattern, I have labeled the colors below.

A – Dark Perseus

B – Persus

C – Mirphak

D – Algol

E – Miram

F – Atik

Gradient warp on loom

Warp: 3 yards long, 264 ends total warp ends plus 2 additional ends for a floating selvedge on each side (Total warp ends: 266).

The warp sequence is 22 ends of each color in this order – A, B, C, D, E, F, F, E, D, C, B, A

22″ in reed, 17.25″ finished width.

The darkest portions of the gradient are on the selvedge edges, with the lightest portions being in the center of the warp.

Draft:

draft for winter wrap

For a complete draft in PDF format, click here.

Threading: point twill.

Sett: 12 epi

Weaving: Start by weaving 12 picks of plain weave (at 12 ppi) in the darkest color. Then begin following the treadling pattern, weaving about 18 ppi. Weave 32 picks of each color to square each color block. Follow the same color as was used in the warp. Weave the total sequence a total 3 times. End by weaving 12 picks of plain weave as in the beginning.

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Finishing:

Due to the large scale of this project, I left as long as fringe as possible (plus, I couldn’t bear wasting any material).

Twist or braid fringe. Wash and lay flat to dry.

Wearing:

This wrap is a versatile addition to your accessory collection. Here are a few easy ways to wear your new wrap!

Miss Babs comes from a family of entrepreneurs and artists and started in business while in her twenties. In 2003, she started Miss Babs which morphed into Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers in 2005 when she found that placing color on yarn and fiber was her core focus. Since 2005, Miss Babs has seen growth from 1 to 13 employees, and much success in the show and festival circuit. A new fiber club is geared towards the armchair traveler, featuring designs from popular knitwear designers such as Martina Behm, Romi Hill, and Franklin Habit. You can find Miss Babs online here: www.missbabs.com.

 

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets.) His work can be seen in Handwoven, Spin-Off and the SIP Easy Weaving With Little Looms.