Cashmere Ombré BlanketJune 7, 2017 / byLaura / Categories : Feeds
Our Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit isn’t just for wraps anymore! We’ve taken its eight skeins of Jade Sapphire’s specially hand-dyed cashmere and used them to make this absolutely incredible Cashmere Ombré Wrap Blanket, as soft as you can imagine and as beautiful as any baby deserves!
We’ve arranged the Kit’s octave of colors in a whole new light, starting by juxtaposing the darkest and the lightest colors and working toward the mid-tones at the other end of the blanket. We love the way this composition moves our attention back and forth, up and down, asking us to ponder the relationships between many shades of one brilliant color!
Although it may not look it, you knit the Cashmere Ombré Blanket straight from one end to the other, no sewing, no picking up, no fuss. We used a simple intarsia technique to work two balls of yarn for each row. Don’t worry, it’s super easy, and we explain every step with our Intarsia in Garter Stitch Tutorial!
The yarn that comes in our Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit is too gorgeous to confine to just one project. Cast on for our Cashmere Ombré Blanket or let us know what you come up with! -Laura
NOTE: This yarn is only available in our Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit.
- Purl Soho’s Cashmere Ombré Wrap Kit. We used the color Bloom. Each kit includes…
- 8 skeins of Jade Sapphire’s 4-Ply 100% Mongolian Cashmere, hand-dyed exclusively for Purl Soho
- A Purl Soho muslin project bag
- A Cashmere Ombré Wrap Pattern (for use another time!)
- US 3, 32-inch circular needles
26 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
Finished Dimensions: 29 ½ inches wide x 44 inches high
You will change colors in this pattern using a technique called “intarsia.” Each row involves two balls of yarn, which is much easier than it may sound! For some tips on this technique, visit our Intarsia in Garter Stitch Tutorial.
Assign the darkest skein the name Color A, the next darkest Color B, the third darkest Color C, and so on to the lightest skein: Color H.
Begin with the Darkest + Lightest
With Color A, cast on 96 stiches. Put down Color A (without cutting it). With Color H, cast 96 stitches onto the same needles. [192 stitches] (At this point, the two colors are not attached to each other, but as you work the intarsia, they will be!)
NOTE: When you switch colors in the following rows, but sure to use the intarsia techniques described in our Intarsia in Garter Stitch Tutorial.
Row 1 (right side): With Color H, k96; with Color A, knit to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise, with Color A, k95; with Color H, knit to end of row.
Row 3: Slip 1 knitwise, with Color H, k95; with Color A, knit to end of row.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you’ve used all of Color A and Color H (approximately 11 inches), ending with a wrong-side row (Row 2).
Cut Colors A and H.
Continue with the Second Lightest + Second Darkest
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise, join Color G, k95; join color B, knit to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise, with Color B, k95; with Color G, knit to end of row.
Row 3: Slip 1 knitwise, with Color G, k95; with Color B, knit to end of row.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you’ve used all of Color B and Color G (approximately 11 inches), ending with a wrong-side row (Row 2).
Cut Colors B and G.
Continue with the Third Lightest + Third Darkest
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise, join Color F, k95; join color C, knit to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise, with Color C, k95; with Color F, knit to end of row.
Row 3: Slip 1 knitwise, with Color F, k95; with Color C, knit to end of row.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you’ve used all of Color C and Color F (approximately 11 inches), ending with a wrong-side row (Row 2).
Cut Colors C and F.
Finish with the Fourth Lightest + Fourth Darkest
NOTE: It can be a challenge to differentiate between Colors D and E. We recommend placing one of the skeins in a separate bag to help keep track of each color!
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise, join Color E, k95; join color D, knit to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise, with Color D, k95; with Color E, knit to end of row.
Row 3: Slip 1 knitwise, with Color E, k95; with Color D, knit to end of row.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you’ve used all of Color D and Color E (approximately 11 inches), ending with a right-side row (Row 3).
Bind Off (wrong side): With Color D, loosely bind off 96 stitches knitwise (one Color D stitch will remain on the left needle), cut Color D; with Color E, bind off remaining stitches knitwise.
Weave in the ends and block as desired.
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I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!
I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).
Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.
I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!
I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!
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Although I am a fairly new sewist, dressmaking has been in my family for generations. My most treasured possession is my dressmaking scissors given to me by my lovely mum who was a fanatical dressmaker herself! My mum sadly passed a couple of years ago and every time I use these scissors to make a garment it gives me a warming sense of pride and connection.
My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.
I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!
Thank you so much for letting me share my little sewing space with you!
Thank you for sharing your lovely space with us, Jade. We’d love to spend an afternoon sewing with you, especially if Henry and Coco are around to assist!
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