Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Cozy Blanket Knitting Pattern - Winter Dance

I'm so excited to announce my new blanket knitting pattern - Winter Dance.

Winter Dance blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

I love the chunky texture of this blanket!  It's big, thick and cozy....perfect for cold winter nights.

Winter Dance - cozy, chunky blanket knitting pattern. 
It was so fun to design this blanket as a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn Company!  I used their popular Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky yarn in the color 'Denim'.

Lion Brand is offering a kit to make the Winter Dance afghan!  The kit includes enough yarn to make an extra-large afghan (46" x 57") using the lovely 'Denim' blue colorway.

I have used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for many projects and I am always very pleased with the results.  This was the first time I used the 'Denim' shade of blue and I absolutely love it!  I will definitely use this lovely blue yarn in future projects.

Winter Dance afghan blanket - fun to knit with super bulky yarn!
I loved knitting this blanket!  The center pattern is a four row repeat that is very easy to remember. The blanket is framed by a classic, easy-to-knit seed stitch border.

This blanket design will look great with just about any decorating style.

My denim blue version of the Winter Dance blanket will be a favorite in our home for years to come!

Winter Dance blanket knitting pattern - shown in XL Afghan size.
I made the "XL" size...it's a big, cozy afghan!  It's about 46" wide and 57" long.

The pattern includes instructions for six sizes so you can knit a blanket for just about anyone.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIX SIZES:
approximate sizes after blocking...

Baby/Infant Blanket: 30" wide x 32" long
Small - Crib/Lap Blanket: 34" wide x 39.5" long
Medium Throw: 38" wide x 44" long
Large Throw: 42" wide x 48" long
XL Afghan: 46" wide x 57" long
XXL Afghan: 52" wide x 60" long

Any of the blanket sizes may be make longer by adding additional pattern repeats.

This blanket is fun to knit with super bulky yarn & big needles.
SUPER BULKY YARN:
This pattern is designed for use with super bulky yarn.

Yardage needed...

Baby: 300 - 320 yards
Small: 460 - 480 yards
Medium: 570 - 600 yards
Large: 690 - 730 yards
XL: 900 - 950 yards
XXL: 1100 - 1165 yards

My favorite choice for this blanket is Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in a solid color.  This blanket would also look wonderful knit with Lion Brand Hometown USA.

The texture of the pattern will show up best with solid color yarns.

Be sure to purchase additional yarn if you plan to add length to your blanket.  The pattern includes estimates on how much additional yarn is required to add pattern repeats.

A seed stitch border frames my Winter Dance blanket.
TIP: To keep the edges 'clean'...transition from one skein of yarn to the next somewhere in the middle of a row.  It's easier to hide the woven-in ends in the center of a row on the wrong side of your knitting.

Weaving in the ends on my new blanket.
When you are finished knitting and weaving in the ends, I highly recommend blocking this blanket. Read my recent blog post for lots of tips on blocking a handknit blanket.

Knitters often ask if my blanket patterns are reversible...this one is not reversible.  This blanket definitely looks prettier on the "right side".

Winter Dance - chunky blanket knitting pattern.  Love the texture!
You might be wondering about the name for this blanket.  Let's just say that it's named in memory of a dear friend who was like an aunt to me.  She loved all of the seasons...especially a beautiful, snowy winter day.

Winter Dance blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, CraftsyEtsy and LoveKnitting.

Thanks so much for your interest in my patterns!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Monday, September 25, 2017

Four Easy Blanket Knitting Patterns

One of the frequent questions I hear from knitters is..."which blanket knitting pattern would be the best choice for a beginning knitter?" 

Over the last 2+ years I have designed and published 17 blanket knitting patterns!  

All of my blanket knitting patterns are pretty easy to knit.  

But, these are my four easiest blanket knitting patterns!  


All of these patterns include instructions for multiple sizes so you can use the pattern for a baby blanket, medium size throw or big afghan.

Here's some info about each pattern and links to more info and how to purchase each pattern.

Top Left: On the Porch

My On the Porch blanket knitting pattern is very easy to knit with worsted weight yarn. The pattern can also be used with slightly heavier or lighter weight yarn.  

On the Porch blanket knitting pattern - Easy to knit!


On the Porch knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and LoveKnitting.


Top Right: Summer Sidewalk

My Summer Sidewalk blanket is very easy to knit!  It's designed for use with DK or worsted weight yarn...or slightly lighter or heavier weight yarn.  

The design features a wide garter stitch border as well as simple alternating garter stitch and stockinette stitch stripes.  

Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern


Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and LoveKnitting.


Lower Left: The Boulevard Blanket

The Boulevard Blanket is a FREE knitting pattern.  

This blanket is reversible!  And...it's very quick and easy to knit with super bulky weight yarn.  Some knitters have also liked knitting two strands of worsted or bulky weight yarn knit together.  

The Boulevard Blanket - FREE knitting pattern.

The pattern has been updated to include instructions for six sizes.


The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern is FREE on Ravelry, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.


Lower Right: Where the Sidewalk Ends 

This blanket is fun to knit with super bulky yarn!  The finished blanket is chunky and cozy.  

This blanket makes a great gift for a baby, toddler, teenager heading off to college, graduation, first apartment, wedding...and so many other occasions.  The simple design will look great in almost any decor style.  A solid color yarn will show the pattern best.

Where the Sidewalk Ends - easy blanket knitting pattern.


Where the Sidewalk Ends blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and LoveKnitting.
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All of these blankets are very easy to knit.  I love hearing from beginning knitters who enjoyed using these patterns.  I especially love it when they email photos of their finished blankets...it's so fun to see that they had success making a special blanket for themselves or to give as a gift!

I love fall in Kansas City...cool days...leaves turning to beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow...taking a walk and hearing the leaves crunch under my feet...it's really a lovely time of year.  It's also a great time to knit! I have a couple new knitting projects in the works...more info on those soon. :)

Thanks so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Final Step of Your Knitting Project: Blocking

Blocking your finished knitting project makes a big difference in the appearance of your project!

If you have not blocked a finished knitting piece before, it's not hard...it just takes a little extra time but it's worth the effort.  I have written about blocking several times here on my blog but I thought it would be helpful to put all my tips in one place.

Here's a step by step guide....

How to block a blanket or other knitting project:

1. After finishing your knitting, weave in all the ends on the back of your knitting.

First, weave in all the ends on the back of your knitting.
2. Soak the knitting in cold water for several minutes in the kitchen sink, a large bowl or a large pot.

Place knitting in the sink and add cold water.

Soak the knitting in cold water for several minutes.
3. Pull the plug to allow the water to drain out.  Let the blanket sit for a few minutes to allow excess water to drain off a bit. Gently press out water but do not wring or twist the knitting.

Allow water to drain out of sink.  Let blanket sit for a few minutes to drain excess water.
4. Carefully transfer knitting out of sink and set on an old towel for a few minutes to soak up a bit of excess water.

Place knitting on an old towel to soak up a bit of the excess water.
5. Set up blocking mats on a carpeted or water resistant floor (don't set up on hardwood floors!).  Or, if you have space, set them up on a craft table or counter top with a water resistant surface.

There are lots of choices for blocking mats. I have two sets of POCO-DIVO "child play mats".  Each set includes nine 12" mats that fit together like puzzle pieces.  I have two sets so I have enough pieces to make a mat large enough to block large blankets. These were the most inexpensive option I could find when I purchased them.   There are other similar products available...including this set with grid lines and included T-pins looks very nice.  Another idea I learned from one of my customers is to use yoga mats for blocking...what a great 'multipurpose' idea!

If you do not have blocking mats...it is definitely possible to have good results without them.  You can set your blanket up on old towels or a sheet...just make sure the surface underneath is water resistant.  I blocked my Belleview Blanket without mats or pins...

Blocking without mats or pins can work out great too!

6. Carefully unfold the wet knitting and spread it out on the blocking mat.  At first your knitting will likely look a bit messy and uneven...

Place knitting on blocking mats...but don't leave it like this!
7. Next, carefully adjust the knitting so that the stitches on the edges and center of knitting are straight and even (or the desired shape).  Use the edges of the mat and a ruler as a guide to make the edges very straight.

If your finished knitting is supposed to be blocked to a specific size...use those dimensions as a guide to adjust your knitting to the desired size.  This might require "nudging" the stitches closer together if the knitting stretched out a bit when wet.

Check the stitches in the center of the blanket and adjust as necessary to make the rows straight and even.
Adjust knitting so edges & center of knitting are straight and even.
The blanket shown in the two photos above is my Over the Rooftops knitting pattern.  See more photos here on my blog of how much better this project looked after blocking.

8. Use rust resistant T-pins or other blocking pins to pin the edges in place.

Edges of my Third Street Blanket pinned in place.

9. Allow knitting to dry.  If desired, set up a small fan to expedite the drying process.  A worsted weight knitting project may dry within about a day.  However, a large blanket knit with super bulky yarn may take 2 to 4 days to dry depending on the yarn, air temperature, etc.  It's worth the wait!

10. Enjoy your finished knitting project!

In case you are wondering....why should I block my knitting project...here's a few thoughts...

Some projects will look just fine without blocking.  But, many projects look so much better after blocking.  Here's one of my favorite before and after blocking comparisons...
Before & after blocking my 'On the Map' blanket knitting pattern.
Before I blocked my 'On the Map' blanket the stockinette stitch section was sort of puckering and the entire middle section of the blanket looked 'lumpy' and unattractive.  The purl stitches that make up the 'dots' in the pattern were sinking...the blanket didn't look that great.

After blocking...the stockinette stitch area is completely flat and smooth...almost like it was ironed! The purl stitches that make up the 'dots' in the center pattern really pop.  And...the puckering situation is gone!  Here's another photo of this blanket after it was blocked...

On the Map blanket after blocking....I love how it looks!
I admit that I had never blocked any knitting projects until about two years ago.  I have been knitting since I was about 8 years old and worked in a yarn shop in college...and in all my years of knitting (including the many sweaters I made years ago!) I never learned to block my knitting.  Now I block almost every project and I continue to be amazed at how much better my project looks after taking the time to block the knitting.

I hope this tutorial is helpful to you! Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio


Friday, September 1, 2017

New Blanket Knitting Pattern - On the Map

I'm so happy to announce my newest blanket knitting pattern - On the Map.

The On the Map blanket is easy to knit with worsted weight yarn.  The pattern includes instructions for six sizes...see details below.

The pattern is now available on Ravelry, CraftsyEtsy and LoveKnitting.

On the Map - easy blanket knitting pattern.
I love maps!  In fact, I still prefer paper maps to using a GPS.  Ask my family and they will tell you that I bring our well worn 2005 Rand McNally Atlas on every road trip.  I have written dots, arrows and notes on the map showing the location of favorite restaurants and convenient gas station stops, as well as travel dates and times, for just about every trip we've taken in the last 12 years.  It's sort of like a trip journal!

My 'On the Map' knitting pattern also reminds me of the way much of Kansas City (my hometown) was planned with a very even, grid system of streets.  The tiny squares in the knitting pattern remind me of the intersections of the main thoroughfares in our city.

Enough about my obsession with maps!  Here's some more info about the pattern...

I really enjoyed knitting this blanket with Valley Yarns 'Valley Superwash' in the color 'Colonial Blue' from WEBS.  This yarn is lovely!  It's made of 100% extra fine merino wool. It's so soft and a delightful to knit with.  And...the color really speaks to me...it reminds me of my childhood home where this color could be found in almost every room.

I used Valley Yarns 'Valley Superwash' yarn in 'Colonial Blue'.
Directions for 6 Sizes:

Approximate sizes after blocking...
Baby: 28.25" wide x 31" long
Small (Crib/Lap): 30" wide x 34" long
Medium Blanket: 33" wide x 43.5" long
Large Throw: 37.75" wide x 46.5" long
XL Afghan: 42.5" wide x 50" long
XXL Afghan: 47.5" wide x 53" long 

Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding pattern repeats.  The pattern includes estimates for additional yarn needed to add length to each blanket size.

Worsted Weight Yarn:

Baby: 600 - 620 yards
Small: 710 - 730 yards
Medium: 970 - 1000 yards
Large: 1240 - 1280 yards
XL: 1500 - 1550 yards
XXL: 1750 - 1850 yards

Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your blanket.

I made the medium size blanket (shown in the photos) which is about 33" wide and 43.5" long.  I used about 980 yards of yarn.

This pattern is designed for worsted weight yarn. And, it may also be used with DK or Aran weight yarn or similar.  Just pick the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension.  Finished size and amount of yarn needed may vary based on the weight of the yarn used.

On the Map - easy to knit blanket pattern with directions for 5 sizes.
I used US size 9 circular knitting needles.  Pick the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension.  

My gauge was about 15 stitches to 4" in stockinette stitch. Exact gauge is not essential.  However, you may use a bit more yarn (or less) if your gauge is significantly different.


I have had a few knitters ask me about how I maintain such clean edges on my blanket knitting projects.  One key is to change from one skein of yarn to the next in the middle of a row of knitting.  The only reason I would do an end of the row change is if I was changing from one color to another. 

End of the row changes are great when making a project with seams...such as a sweater.  However, with a blanket I would much rather weave in the ends in the middle of a row...like in the photo below.


Blocking Finished Blanket Improves Appearance:

Another way to improve the overall appearance of your finished blanket is to carefully block the finished knitting with blocking mats and pins.

Here's what my blanket looked like before blocking...

On the Map Blanket - BEFORE BLOCKING
Notice how the stockinette stitch section is sort of puckering and the entire middle section of the blanket looks kind of lumpy.  The purl stitches that make up the 'dots' in the pattern appear almost lost.

Here's the blanket after blocking.  The stockinette stitch areas are completely flat and smooth...almost like it was ironed!  Now the purl stitches that make up the 'dots' in the center pattern really pop.  And...the puckering situation is gone.  The seed stitch border gives a lovely texture contrast to the smooth stockinette stitch.

On the Map Blanket - AFTER BLOCKING

I have to admit....I have been knitting for over 40 years (I can't believe it's been that long!) and I had never blocked a piece of knitting until early 2016!  I have found that blocking has improved the final appearance of every blanket I have blocked.  


Thanks so much for reading and for your interest in my knitting patterns.  I have lots of knitting plans in the works right now that I'm looking forward to sharing with you in the months to come.

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Graph Paper - New Chunky Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm so happy to announce my newest chunky blanket knitting pattern - Graph Paper.

This blanket is fun to knit with super bulky yarn.  The finished blanket is warm and cozy!

Graph Paper blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

Graph Paper - Blanket Knitting Pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
I loved using Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky yarn for this design!  This yarn is so soft and luxurious!  It has a lovely texture with great stitch definition.  The yarn is easy care, machine-washable 100% superwash wool and is available exclusively at WEBS.  This gorgeous yarn is available in a beautiful selection of colors.

I selected 'Light Blue' yarn color for this design when I was in the early stages of test knitting ideas.

Testing blanket knitting pattern ideas with Valley Superwash Super Bulky.
If you have seen my Instagram feed, you know that blue is my favorite color!  I fell in love with this beautiful light blue yarn.

Valley Yarns - Valley Superwash Super Bulky in 'Light Blue'
When I finished knitting this blue blanket I had not decided on a name for this pattern. (Often I decide on a pattern name while I'm working on the blanket.) After making a list of pattern name ideas I realized I wasn't thrilled with any of the names so I took a break to work on other things.

A couple hours later I realized that this blue blanket reminded me of graph paper...both in it's classic square pattern design and the light blue color that is often used for the printed lines on graph paper.

This new blanket design reminded me of graph paper!
I have always liked graph paper...ever since I was the only girl in my middle school drafting class.  Years ago I was a real estate appraiser and used graph paper to sketch out the layout of each house I inspected for appraisal.  These days, I like using graph paper for working out knitting pattern designs, especially for Intarsia or duplicate stitch designs.

This repeating squares pattern reminds me of graph paper.
FIVE SIZES:
The pattern includes instructions for five (5) sizes.  Approximate sizes after blocking:

Baby/Infant: 30" wide x 35.25" long
Small/Crib/Lap Blanket: 37.5" wide x 39.5" long
Medium Throw: 41.5" wide by 43.75" long
Large Throw: 45" wide x 48" long
XL Afghan: 48.75" wide x 56.5" long

It is easy to make any of the blankets sizes longer.  Details are included in the pattern instructions, including estimates of how much additional yarn is required.

I made the the large throw and I love how it turned out!  This blanket is big, soft and so cozy!

Graph Paper - Blanket Knitting Pattern
SUPER BULKY YARN:

This blanket is very easy to knit with super bulky yarn (single strand).  Yardage required for each size:

Baby: 440 - 460 yards
Small: 615 - 640 yards
Medium: 745 - 775 yards
Large: 880 - 920 yards
XL: 1150 - 1200 yards

If you prefer to knit with worsted weight yarn...you might like my new On the Map blanket knitting pattern. Read more about it here on my blog.

Graph Paper - chunky blanket knitting pattern.
CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES:
I use long circular knitting needles to accommodate the large number of stitches.  The blanket is worked flat, back and forth...basically the same as knitting with straight needles.  However, the two needles happen to be connected by a long cord.

I loved knitting with this beautiful yarn - Valley Superwash Super Bulky.
I used a couple of stitch markers to mark the transition to the garter stitch edge and the pattern changes for the squares in the main body of the design. It's an easy pattern but a few markers reduce the time needed to verify stitch counts.

I highly recommend blocking the finished blanket.  Blocking really helps straighten and even out the stitches. For best results, use blocking mats and blocking pins to secure the blanket in place while it dries.  Read more about blocking on this blog post.

Graph Paper - this chunky blanket is so soft & cozy!
Graph Paper blanket knitting pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about my knitting patterns. I love knitting and designing and feel very fortunate to spend time doing something I love.  If you are interested, you can see all of my knitting patterns on Ravelry or on Craftsy.

Happy knitting! Have a fabulous day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Boulevard Blanket - Free Chunky Knitting Pattern - Updated!

Two years ago this week I published my first blanket knitting pattern - The Boulevard Blanket.  This blanket is quick and easy to knit...and it's reversible!  This is a great pattern for any level of knitter.

I'm happy to announce that The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern has been updated to include instructions for six blanket sizes!

Download the updated pattern for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

This pattern is very easy but once in a while knitters need a little extra help getting on track.  Here's a free PDF tutorial for The Boulevard Blanket to address the most common questions.

The Boulevard Blanket - Free Knitting Pattern
This warm, cozy, chunky blanket is very easy to knit with super bulky yarn.

The updated pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.

SIX BLANKET SIZES:
Baby/Infant Blanket: 28" wide x 28" long
Small (Crib/Lap): 35" wide x 40" long
Medium Throw: 38" wide x 46" long
Large Throw: 44" wide x 50" long
XL Afghan: 47" wide x 55" long
XXL Afghan: 53" wide x 60" long

YARDAGE - SUPER BULKY YARN:
Baby: 320 - 330 yards
Small: 590 - 600 yards
Medium: 730 - 740 yards
Large: 925 - 940 yards
XL: 1100 - 1150 yards
XXL: 1350 - 1400 yards

It's very easy to make any of the blankets longer!  Simply keep knitting and you can bind off on any row.  In the pattern I have included estimates of how much yardage is needed to add 2" in length to each blanket size.

Knitting with Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Washington Denim'
Months ago, I started knitting a little blanket using Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Washington Denim'.  You may have seen the photo above on my Instagram feed...way back in January!  The Hometown USA yarn is easy to knit with and very economical.  I love how this little blue blanket turned out!

The Boulevard Blanket - quick & easy to knit with super bulky yarn!
This pattern will work well with many super bulky weight yarns.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for the ivory blanket in the photos in this post.

Another great super bulky yarn option is Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky from WEBS Yarn Store...it's a lovely yarn...very soft, beautiful stitch definition, and gorgeous colors.

At first glance, you may think that The Boulevard Blanket is knit with simple garter stitch...but look again! An easy K3, P3 repeat pattern creates a subtle vertical striping effect.  The knitting pattern looks the same on both sides...it's reversible!

The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern - it's reversible!
For The Boulevard Blanket I usually recommend a solid color yarn so the texture of the knitting shows up best.   However, sometimes multi color yarn can have fun results...one Ravelry knitter used two strands of Aran weight multicolored yarn knit together and it looks so cute!

If you are a beginning knitter...I would suggest sticking with solid color yarn....and you might want to avoid a really dark color as it can be challenging to see your stitches.

I used US size 13 knitting needles for this blanket.  You could also try US size 15 knitting needles.  Exact gauge is not important.  However, this pattern looks best with fairly tight knitting.  The vertical stripe effect will not show up as distinctly with loose knitting.

When knitting blankets, I recommend using long circular knitting needles to accommodate all of the stitches easily. Work back and forth just as you would with straight needles...at the end of the row simply turn the knitting and start knitting the next row.

Binding off the last stitch on The Boulevard Blanket
The name for this blanket is inspired by my hometown...Kansas City.  The subtle stripes made me think of all the beautiful streets we have in Kansas City.  An old promotional slogan for the city said "More boulevards than Paris, more fountains than Rome."  I can't confirm if either of these claims are true but we do have many attractive tree lined boulevards in my hometown....thus The Boulevard Blanket.

The Boulevard Blanket - named for the boulevards in Kansas City
The Boulevard Blanket is easy to knit and is a great pattern for a confident beginner.  If you know how to knit and purl...and switch back and forth between knit and purl...you can knit this blanket!

If you like this pattern you might also like my other easy to knit blanket patterns.

These blanket patterns were also named for neighborhoods and streets in Kansas City. Click to read more about them here on my blog:

Third Street Blanket
Westport Blanket
Belleview Blanket
Brookside Blanket
State Line Blanket

I have a couple of new designs in the works right now. I love testing out new ideas and planning out a pattern...designing is a bit of trial and error.  Sometimes ideas start from a sketch on paper and sometimes they come together by trying ideas with the yarn and needles.

Testing out new design ideas with Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky.
I loved using Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky (from WEBS Yarn Store) in 'Light Blue' (above) for a new blanket pattern that is coming soon!  Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and my Ravelry Group for updates.  You can also subscribe to my email list...there's a spot to fill in your contact info on the right side of my blog.

The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern is always free and available on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Thanks so much for reading and for your interest in my knitting patterns!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On the Porch - New Easy Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm so happy to announce my new blanket knitting pattern - On the Porch.  This blanket is very easy to knit and the pattern includes instructions for six sizes.

This pattern name is inspired by many fond memories of time spent on the porch with dear friends and family.  The simple textured stripe design reminds me of the old painted wood floor of a special porch from my childhood.  This lightweight blanket is perfect for cool summer evenings...on the porch.

On the Porch blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

This blanket is designed with a wide garter stitch border.  The border is designed to be wider at the top and bottom...and just a bit narrower on the sides.

On the Porch - easy blanket knitting pattern.
I really enjoyed knitting this blanket!  I used Blue Sky Fibers 'Organic Cotton' Worsted in the color 'Drift'. I purchased this lovely yarn at Yarn Shop and More in Downtown Overland Park, Kansas.  This yarn is absolutely gorgeous...so soft and luxurious!

Blue Sky Fibers 'Organic Cotton' Worsted in 'Drift'
I used US size 9 knitting needles and had a gauge of about 15 stitches x 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch. I found Blue Sky Fibers 'Organic Cotton' Worsted to be a bit thicker than some worsted weight yarns...which was part of why it was a delight to knit with this yarn!

This pattern will work well with many worsted, Aran or DK weight yarns. Simply pick the needle size that gives the best appearance for your choice of yarn and your knitting tension.

Don't worry if your gauge has one or two stitches more...or less...per 4 inches.

If your gauge is 17 or more stitches per inch you may want to follow the directions for one blanket size larger than your desired finished size.

If your gauge is 13 or fewer stitches per inch you could consider following the directions for one size smaller than your desired finished size.

In either case, if your gauge is significantly different than 15 stitches to 4 inches...you many end up needing more...or less...yarn.

Instructions for Six Sizes:

Baby: 28" wide x 30.5" long
Small: 30" wide x 35" long
Medium: 33.5" wide x 38" long
Large: 38" wide x 41" long
XL: 42" wide x 47" long
XXL: 46" wide x 50" long

These are approximate sizes after blocking.  Size will vary with different yarn and/or gauge. Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding additional pattern repeats. More details in the pattern.

Worsted Weight Yarn:

Baby: 600 - 620 yards
Small: 730 - 750 yards
Medium: 880 - 900 yards
Large: 1100 - 1150 yards
XL: 1400 - 1450 yards
XXL: 1600 - 1700 yards

Be sure to purchase additional yarn if you plan to make your blanket longer.  And...if you use a different weight yarn, have some extra yarn on hand just in case you need it!

I like using two small ring style stitch markers to keep track of the transition between the garter stitch border and the center stockinette stitch pattern.  These little green stitch markers are made by Clover.

Stitch markers are helpful...even with an easy knitting pattern.
It was fun to knit this blanket with such beautiful yarn!

I loved knitting with Blue Sky Fibers 'Organic Cotton' Worsted.
Blocking of the finished blanket is highly recommended!  It really helps straighten up all the stitches and flatten out the stockinette stitch sections. A worsted weight blanket only takes about a day to dry...it's really worth the time and effort! Look for tips on blocking on one of my previous blog posts.

On the Porch blanket knitting pattern...after blocking.
This blanket is easy and fun to knit.  With the six size options included in the pattern you can make just about any size blanket...including a tiny infant blanket, a small crib or lap blanket, a toddler/child size blanket, a nice size throw or a really big afghan.

If you like this pattern, you might also like my other easy lightweight blanket knitting pattern...Summer Sidewalk.

On the Porch blanket knitting pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

On the Porch - an easy blanket knitting pattern.
Thank you so much for your interest in my knitting patterns.  On the Porch blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

I'm making plans for lots of summer knitting!  If you would like to see progress photos and receive announcements for new patterns...follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I also announce new patterns on my Fifty Four Ten Studio Ravelry Group.

My kids will be out of school in a few days and that means the start of summer for us.  I love being able to spend more time with my family during the summer months.

Happy summer! Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio