Weaving the Softest Baby Boy’s Blanket
In this video, I’m weaving a baby blanket for a baby boy. The theme of the baby boy’s bedroom will be the sea, so I wanted to choose colors that will be coordinated with this theme. You can expect pastel colors in the shades of blue, yellow and green. The yarn I chose is also super soft, so that the baby will be making sweet dreams! This page is dedicated to the sharing of the pattern of this blanket. This way, you too could be weaving the softest baby boy blanket.
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I decided to use yarns from Lion Brand’s “Feels like Butta” collection. This yarn is made out of 100% polyester and it’s so soft to the touch. More importantly, this yarn is easy to wash and I believe that the parents will appreciate a blanket that they can just toss into the washing machine. Here are the different colors names and the number of balls I used for each of them:
-2 balls of “Ice” 106AE (Light Green)
-1 ball of “Dusty Blue” 108A (Blue)
-1 ball of “Lemon” 158A (Yellow)
-1 ball of “Pale Grey” 149 (light grey)
Note that each ball contains 218 yards (199m) of yarn.
If you wish to get the same yarn, you could do so directly on the Lion Brand’s website. Here’s the link: https://shrsl.com/43dqh
I used my 32” (80cm) Ashford rigid heddle loom in order to weave this baby boy blanket. Also, I used my 7.5 DPI heddle, which is the heddle that came with my loom when I bought it. I warped the whole width of the heddle, which means that the project has 240 ends.
The Warp Pattern
Here’s a picture of the draft of the pattern. Note that a small part of the weft pattern will be different than that, but more on this later. For now, let’s focus on the warp pattern. The idea behind the warp pattern is to have a random mix of houndstooth, plaid and stripes. This gives an interesting and dynamic look to the blanket.
Here’s the exact thread count for each color, warping from left to right. I have separated it into 2 different measures, the number of ends and the number of loops. The number of ends is normally the measure that we want to look for in a draft. However, when we direct warp, it’s sometimes more intuitive to talk in terms of loops. You could pick the measure that you find works the best for you and for your preferred warping method.
Hints for Warping 240 Ends
As mentioned earlier, I warped the whole width of the heddle, which means that the project has 240 ends. However, while warping, you might notice that the heddle can only hold 239 threads. In other words, the last eye of the heddle doesn’t have a corresponding slot. They are many ways to go around this.
First, you could pull a second loop in the last slot. When threading the heddle, you could then put one thread of this loop in the last eye of the heddle and the other one on the outside of the heddle. This thread will work like a slot thread. It’s also possible to cut this last slot thread instead of having it hanging at the edge.
Finally, you could also ignore this last eye hole and thread the heddle for 238 ends. It will not matter too much on the final project if the blanket is one end short. Also, this pattern is not designed in a way that it will show if the pattern has 238, 239 or 240 threads.
The warp is 67” (1m70) long. This length takes into account the shrinkage, the waste yarn and the woven blanket itself. This will give a blanket that will measure 45″ (1m12) on the loom and 40″(1m) after wet finishing.
The Weft Pattern
I have made a whole other video about the weft pattern of this blanket. In this video, I give tips for doing yarn transition with this yarn. I also give a good overview of the pattern.
Here, I will share the exact pattern made with the weft. Depending on the length of each color sequence, I will either provide information in terms of picks or in terms of length (in both the imperial and metrical system).
The pattern can be broken down into four sections: the stripes, the houndstooth, the plaid and the random. Here’s the detail for each section.
This Houndstooth pattern is so much fun to weave and it gives an interesting look to the blanket.
This plaid is subtle and it gives a lot of softness to the pattern.
I like how this random weaving ties the whole pattern together.
The Final Touches
I decided to hemstitch both ends of the blanket. I did bundles of 3 warp threads and 2 weft threads. Also, I left fringes of about 2”. I didn’t want to have them any longer than that for safety reasons.
I like to wet finish a project that same way that it will be taken care of. Since that the blanket will most probably be washed with the help of aa washing machine, I simply tossed the blanket in there. I chose a normal cycle and cold water.
After wet finishing, the blanket was 40” (1m) long and 27” (69cm) wide. With the 2” fringes, the blanket measures 44” (1m12).