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Quilt Block Baby Blankets

The draft was in the November 1990 issue of Handwoven. They had kitchen curtains and dishtowels in white and blue. I guess the draft is from an old one of Mary Atwater’s. The main trick in this pattern is to make sure the blocks square off with 10 picks or it will become unbalanced. You can’t add a couple of extra picks like you can with overshot, because then the triangles will be off. The pattern thread must be twice as thick as the tabby thread. I used the 8/2s doubled for the pattern.

I used 8/2s unmercerized cotton. I doubled 8/2s colored cotton for the pattern – I actually threw the shuttle twice for each pattern pick. That way they threads lie side by side and don’t cross over. I sett it at16 epi, warp width: 34.25″, total warps – 548 plus 2 floating selvages.

… instead of winding my pattern bobbin with two threads (double) I wound it with a single thread and as I was weaving, for each pattern pick (thread) I’d thow the shuttle once, beat, go around the floating selvage and throw the pattern shuttle again in the same shed. So, my “doubled” pattern threads would lie nicely side by side. To wind two yarns doubled on a bobbin has some problems: as you weave, one of the threads becomes longer than the other, and needs adjusting constantly. There are some little tricks to avoid that while winding the bobbin.

Some weavers use a shuttle with two bobbins. I tried that, but it slows me down too. So I prefer to have one thread on one shuttle and throw it twice. Floating selvages are essential to keeping the thread caught at the edges.

This pattern takes 6 harnesses, but there are many other really lovely patterns for 4 harness looms. Marguerite Davison’s book, A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, is a good source for 4h patterns. You can usually find it in guild libraries and it’s available in many weaving shops. It has been a trusty companion to many weavers for many, many years.

By the way, if your table loom is too narrow for a baby blanket, there’s no reason why you can’t weave half width and then join two pieces down the center. Colonial coverlets were always woven on narrower looms and then two or three pieces were joined for width.

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Weaving Books: Beginner Weaving

A Handweaver’s Pattern Book
A collection of 377 patterns for four-harness weaving, organized in groups of similar designs. This is one of the first weaving books I bought and it is still one of my favourites.
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Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
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UK: Weaving Made Easy

The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides)
Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms.
UK: The Woven Bag

Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home
A collection of 45 different furnishing textiles: colorful blankets, fanciful table runners, classic curtains, and embroidered hand towels.
UK: Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave

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