Conjure the dream scenario of an escape to a cool cabin in the woods, and we’re pretty sure there’s a book and a blanket in the picture. You pick the book, and we’ll cover the blanket!
Our gorgeous Cabin Blanket is woven in the full range of our Good Wool collection: five 100% undyed colors, grown by the sheep themselves in the Andean highlands. The subtle pairings and slight shifts all come together on Schacht Spindle Co’s Cricket Loom, our favorite tabletop rigid heddle loom, a mini but mighty machine!
To make this classic snuggler, you weave five strips, each with a different warp color and each using the same sequence of three weft colors. The result is an I-can’t-believe-I-made-this cabin-ready total beauty!
Designed for Purl Soho by Carrie Laing.
Purl Soho’s Cabin Blanket Bundle includes…
- 8 skeins of Purl Soho’s Good Wool, 100% undyed Andean highland wool
- Warp Yarn A: 1 skein in Walking Stick
- Warp Yarn B/Weft Yarn A: 2 skeins in Winter Grass
- Warp Yarn C/Weft Yarn B: 2 skeins in Heirloom White
- Warp Yarn D/Weft Yarn C: 2 skeins in Driftwood Gray
- Warp Yarn E: 1 skein in Hickory Nut
You will also need…
USING THE CRICKET LOOM
Cricket Looms come with a very user-friendly instructional booklet that walks you through every step of the weaving process, from assembling the loom to tying the fringe. For even more guidance, check out our Cricket Loom Tips.
Warp Length: 80 inches (includes 10 inches of loom waste on both ends)
Warp Ends: 120
Width in Reed: 10 inches
Ends Per Inch (E.P.I): 12
Picks Per Inch (P.P.I): 15
Finished Dimensions, Unblocked: 9 inches X 58 inches
Finished Dimensions, Blocked: 8½ inches x 57 inches
Finished Dimensions, Blocked: 42½ inches x 57 inches
WARP THE LOOM
NOTE: You will weave five panels and sew them together to make your blanket. Each panel requires a new warp, using Warp Yarns A through E.
Set up the warping peg 80 inches from the back of the loom (the side farthest away from the warping peg).
For the first panel, tie Warp Yarn A onto the back apron bar. (For the second panel, use Warp Yarn B, for the third, Warp Yarn C, and so on.)
With a 12-dent reed in place and using Warp Yarn A (or B, or C, etc), begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the 15th slat from the right end of the reed.
Working from right to left, thread the next 59 slats, so there are 60 slats threaded in total.
Cut Warp Yarn A and tie it to the back apron rod.
Finish the warp according to the Cricket Loom instructions, transferring one strand from each slot to the hole to the right of it. You should have 120 warp ends in total.
Tie the warp onto the front apron bar in groups of 6.
NOTE: Each panel follows the same weave pattern. Throughout, it is important to keep track of the number of rows in each color block so that, when you sew the panels together, they will match up evenly. We used stitch markers or safety pins to mark every 4 inches or 60 rows.
Wind one shuttle with Weft Yarn A and a second shuttle with Weft Yarn B.
Leaving a 36-inch tail of Weft Yarn A at the beginning…
With Weft Yarn A, weave 20 inches or 300 rows.
With Weft Yarn B, weave 20 inches or 300 rows.
Wind one of the shuttles with Weft Yarn C.
With Weft Yarn C, weave 20 inches or 300 rows.
Cut the yarn, leaving a 36-inch tail of Weft Yarn C.
NOTE: For a complete how-to on this step, visit our Finishing with Hemstitch Tutorial.
Use the 36-inch tails to finish each end of the panel with a hemstitch.
Make the hemstitch around groups of 6 warp ends across the width of the towel.
Weave in the hemstitch tails.
Cut the fringe 1 inch from each end of the weaving.
Follow the same instructions to make four more panels, using Warp Yarn B, then C, and so on through Warp Yarn E.
You will sew the panels together in Warp Yarn order A through E, using a whipstitch. Here’s how….
Lay out the Warp Yarn A and B panels, oriented vertically, so that the corresponding weft color blocks line up.
Cut a 120-inch piece of Warp Yarn C and thread it onto a tapestry needle.
Starting at the bottom of the middle color block, insert the needle up through the first weft thread at the selvedge of the right-hand panel and then through the first weft thread at the selvedge of the left-hand panel. Pull the thread through, leaving a 40-inch tail.
Working upwards, insert the needle through the next selvedge weft thread on the right-hand panel and then through the next selvedge weft thread on the left-hand panel. Continue sewing until you have sewn together the middle and top weft color blocks (Weft Yarns B and A).
Now, rotate the panels so that the bottom color block (Weft Yarn C) is on top. Using the 40-inch tail and working upwards, sew together the last color block.
Finally, sew 1 inch back down the seam to hide the end of the sewing yarn and to secure the edge of the blanket. Repeat on the other end of the blanket.
Repeat for the remaining panels and then enjoy your Cabin Blanket!