Barb learned to hand paint yarns in the late '90s/early '00s, and while Gypsy Wools stocks her hand painted yarns, she has added other commercially dyed and hand dyed yarns to the shop to keep up with demand and offer variety to her customers. She currently stocks Galler Yarns Asana Bulky, Heather Prime Alpaca, and Inca Eco.
Barb prefers not to dye or paint cottons because they can be fussy, and she loves the color options in Inca Eco. She chose Inca Eco for this blanket pattern because she loves the softness of the cotton and the texture of the thick and thin yarn. When combined with her stitch pattern, it creates a baby blanket with a lot of texture and visual interest. She also notes that Inca Eco knits up beautifully and wears well. (And we think that the organic cotton and low-impact dyes make projects that are very eco- and health-friendly for babies.)
You can find Gypsy Wools online on their website (which is currently under construction to upgrade to a shopping cart system), Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. And, of course, if you are in the Boulder area, you can stop by the shop and see all the yarns in person!
Barb didn't have a picture of the original blanket available, so I started a gauge swatch in Inca Eco Denim to share with you today.
|I love the diagonal texture this stitch pattern creates!|
If you're having trouble choosing which color of Inca Eco to use for a great baby blanket, here are some suggestions.
|For a classic pastel baby blanket, try Blossom, Bluestone, or Lavender.|
|For a more masculine look, try Bluestone, Denim, or Navy. Add depth by using a different color for the border rows.|
|For less traditional parents, try bold colors like Aqua or Raspberry, or Espresso border rows with Rose.|
Inca Eco Baby Blanket
(c) Gypsy Wools, published by Galler Yarns with permission.
40" (101.5 cm) square
Galler Yarns Inca Eco, (3.5 oz/100 g/140 yds/128 m) – 8 skeins
US 10/6 mm 32” (81.25 cm) circular knitting needles or any size needed to obtain gauge
2 stitch markers
3.5 sts in pattern = 1” (2.5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
K = knit
P = purl
pm = place marker
sm = slip marker
st(s) = stitch(es)
CO 126 sts.
Set up Rows
Row 1: Knit.
Rows 2-8: Repeat Row 1.
Row 1: K8, pm, (K2, p2) across to last 10 sts, k2, pm, k8.
Row 2: K to marker, sm, (p2, k2) across to last 2 sts before marker, p2, sm, k8.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 once.
Row 4: Repeat Row 1 once.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until blanket is approximately 1.5" (3.75 cm) shorter than desired length, finishing after Row 4.
Repeat Set up Rows 1-8 for border, removing stitch markers. Bind off loosely.
With yarn needle, weave in ends securely.
For a longer, rectangular blanket, repeat Pattern Rows until blanket is approximately 50% longer than width. Add border and finish as for square blanket.