Designed and woven by Margaret Stump
Woven on the Zoom Loom
Last year, I decided to make a blanket so that I would have a long-term project to weave. That meant that no matter where I went, if I was going to a meeting or visiting friends, I had a project I could easily take with me to work on. To me, that is one of the real benefits of using a hand-sized, portable loom. After I planned the pattern, I named it the Unity Blanket because the design felt calm and harmonious. Superwash wool offered both the comfort and wonderful feel of the wool, while making it easy to clean without felting.
Although I love to weave, I am not that fond of spending lots of time joining the squares. I decided to join them with a mattress stitch because it goes really quickly while offering a clean, flat look. Once you have some practice, you can join two squares in about the time it takes to needle weave across a square on your Zoom Loom. This project offers an opportunity to use several different joins: the mattress stitch and a combination of whipstitch and single crochet. You’ll end up with a quilt-like woven blanket.
- Zoom Loom
- fork or comb for beating
- G-6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook
- tapestry needle
- Susan Bates 5″ weaving needle (optional)
- small crochet hook (1.75 mm to 2.0 mm) for pulling yarn ends into fabric
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool, 220 yds / 100 g, #3 DK weight) in the following colors and amounts:
- #817 Ecru, 180 yds
- #873 Extra Creme Cafe, 300 yds
- #818 Mocha, 400 yds
- #279 Sterling Blue, 430 yds
- #845 Denim, 800 yds
- #816 Grey, 64 yds
Download the PDF for complete project instructions
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