Double Down Eco-Friendly Blanket Kit includes the January/February 2018 issue of Handwoven Magazine and 12 hanks of beautifully un-dyed Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in 8 colors needed to weave this gorgeous blanket.
The blanket, designed by Elisabeth Hill and woven doublewide on a 36-inch loom, has two eco-friendly properties. First, it is woven with Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool, a natural, undyed Peruvian wool raised and processed in an eco-sensitive way. Second, it is a big, cozy blanket that will allow you (and several others!) to snuggle under it and keep your thermostat set low. It is sett at 8 ends per inch per layer, so despite the fact that it is doubleweave and double width, it is a pretty fast and easy project.
Note: This project could also be woven on four shafts, but because the yarn is thick and fluffy and there are two layers, Elisabeth chose to weave it on eight shafts to spread the threads and the weight on each shaft.
Equipment: 8-shaft loom, 33” weaving width, 8-dent reed; 1 shuttle; 1 temple adjustable to 33” width
Warp Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% Peruvian Wool; 250g/478yds) 1 hank each
A: 8019 Antique
B: 8015 Natural
C: 8095 Ebony
D: 8025 Night Vision
E: 8020 Gun Metal
F: 8018 Silver
G: 8016 Beige
H: 8017 Platinum
Weft Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% Peruvian Wool; 250g/478yds)
A: 8020 Gun Metal - 3 hanks
B: 8095 Ebony - 1 hank
Warp Length: 528 ends 4 yds long
Sett: 8 epi
Finished Dimensions: 56” wide; 90” long plus 4” fringe at each end
Weave Structure: Plain Weave