R Ranson wrote:
I'm a bit concerned about the size of the blanket. I made it 30x30 inches. I imagine it would be big enough to put on top of the baby but I'm told parents like bigger blankets to wrap the baby up tight so it cannot move! Really? Don't babies hate that?
That's one parent taken care of - now to figure out what to make for the other. We've decided on a diaper making day but she doesn't know what sort of pattern she want's to make. I also want to make something special for her. Maybe she could have one of these blankets, but I think these colours are too much for her. I'm looking to source some very strong, very fine cotton or linen yarn to make a wrap for her. Organic yarn would be best but I don't know if I can afford that on my budget. Perhaps handwoven would be enough?
My bias is that of a European certified babywearing instructor (and wrap seller, and co-owner of a world wide sold machine woven baby wrap brand). I am in to babywearing for almost ten years now.
A lot of the machine woven wraps sold are either jacquard or cross twill. And diamond twill has been coming up in the last years. Plain weave never has been really popular in Europe.
There is a reason for that, and it has to do with the ergonomics of babywearing. (As taught by the major babywearing schools, predominantly in Germany.) When having your baby wrapped really snug and high to your body, the weight is distributed best. There is a lot of weight to be distributed, and a lot of tension going on in the knotted wrap. Cross twill weave is better in spreading and dividing the tension and weight in all directions than plain weave. The cross twill wrap will ply smoothly around the shoulders and tension will spread evenly because of the diagonal tension going in both directions. Also the fabric under baby’s bottom won’t sag as easily because of the weight as a plain weave can do.
I guess plain weave is so popular for handweaving wraps now, because it is relatively simple, quick and easy to do, and doesn’t ask for big investments in looms and tools and education. Handwoven wraps seem to be popular because of the exclusivity and aesthetics in color use.
Material most used in (machine) wrap weaving is cotton because it is strong and, soft, and absorbs and releases moisture rapidly. Which is important because babywearing can be very warm and sweaty, with the wrap providing an extra layer of fabric, and the body warmth of baby and wearer staying caught in the wrap. Tencel is not as good with moist regulation.
C. Hunter wrote:Lovely!
Babywraps are basically just fabric The dimensions depend on what people like. 80cm/32" is a fairly standard width, and what people like in length depends largely on the size of the user and style of wrapping- 4-5m is typical. In theory you can use plainweave just fine, but it needs to be a very fine and firm sett; twills will hold up better under the intended use. Because they're typically cotton, the surface can't be felted or fulled for strength.
How are you finding the Ashford 5/2 to compare to UKI or Lunatic Fringe (if you've used those)?
C. Hunter wrote:Hey, you've been doing it longer than me! I've only been doing this for 4!