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10 Easy Pieces: Camp Blankets

December 17, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Myles Tipley

The camp blanket is a versatile piece: It’s good for the bed, the sofa, a picnic; you can beat it up; and it will only get nicer with age. Here are 10 current favorites.

Above: The Tourne Wool Blanket is made in Canada of supersoft, 100 percent virgin wool and measures 76 by 104 inches; $245 from Brook Farm General Store.

Above: Designed by Best Made Co. of New York and woven by Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Lumberlander Camp Blanket is made of domestic wool blended with a small amount of cotton for softness. It has a whipstitched top and bottom, and comes tucked in a leather blanket sling–making it perfect for campers on the go; $184 at Best Made Co.

Above: Utility Service Blankets are made by a family-owned American company that has been milling wool for over a century. They’re available for $145 to $210 in a range of sizes from Schoolhouse Electric. 

Above: A small company in Switzerland makes these replicas of the original Swiss Army Blanket. They’re 78 3/4 inches by 55 inches and are $225 at Guideboat Co. in Mill Valley, California. (Read about Guideboat Co. in our post Merchant Marine.)

Above: The light gray Camp Blanket by Auntie Oti is woven in India of 100 percent wool khaddar patterned with simple contrasting stripes. It measures 56 by 96 inches, and no two are exactly alike; $220 at the Primary Essentials.

 

Above: Modeled after the all-purpose favorite blanket that the designers grew up with, the Topo Camp Blanket is made in the US from 100 percent wool and comes in three different colors, white (shown), charcoal, and red. It’s 65 by 90 inches; $169 at Topo Designs.

Above: Branded Boiled Merino Wood Blankets are $700 from M. Crow & Co., a new venture of Tyler Hays of BDDW. The blankets measure 65 by 50 inches and are knitted in Hays’s Philadelphia studio. 

Above: Objects of Use in Oxford, England, collaborated with Filkins-based weaver Richard Martin and Skye yarn dyers Shilasdair to re-create the traditional trader’s blankets similar to the originals first produced in the 1770s. The Filkins Point Blanket is made from unbleached wool and natural plant-dyed indigo; £110 ($173.21) each.

Above: This Wool Cabin Blanket was inspired by a vintage photo of a bed in a lakefront cabin in Maine. It’s 100 percent merino wool finished with whipstitch edging, and can be machine washed and line dried; $250 for twin size at TRNK.

Above: This blanket comes from Faribault Woolen Mills, the oldest manufacturing facility in Minnesota–they’ve been crafting heirloom blankets since 1825. Available at Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver in queen size for $325 CAD ($278.97 USD).

For more ways to get cozy, read Janet’s report on fuel-efficient Freestanding Woodstoves and Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Alexa’s textural throw blanket roundup. 

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