Heirloom Quilt from Living Crafts Magazine
We were looking for a group project to work on in our Waldorf school’s Knitting Circle. We had worked on other knitted blankets before, but this time we decided to try to follow a pattern from our favorite “Living Crafts” magazine–the Spring 2010 issue.
The main ingredient of the pattern was beautiful and buttery soft 100% merino and alpaca/bamboo blend yarn from Peru. The yarn cost approximately $250 (plus shipping), but the vibrant colors and high quality was so worth it. We also felt good about buying the yarn from the “Mirasol project” that supports small rural communities in Peru.
We all grabbed some yarn and started knitting. Beginners did basic garter stitch squares, while others did fancier lace patterns or even wet and needle felted their squares. Just like all good cooks, we used the basic recipe (pattern) of the blanket from Living Crafts and then enhanced it and made it our own.
Adjusting our gauges to try to get a 6 inch square was challenging.
Even more challenging was putting all of the squares together in a way that we liked and in a way that they fit together the best. (needless to say, we all didn’t have perfect 6 inch squares!)
Like always, we were so happy with our work when we were finally done. We put it on auction at our school’s Waldorfaire and watched with a blend of happiness and sadness as the proud owner took our beloved knitted blanket home…