Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Westport Blanket - Quick & easy knitting pattern!

My new blanket knitting pattern is quick and easy to knit!  I'm excited to announce the Westport Blanket knitting pattern is now available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

The Westport Blanket is named for the oldest neighborhood in Kansas City, hometown. The blanket design was inspired by the many old brick buildings that line the streets of Westport. Though the design is inspired by very old buildings, the knitting pattern has a simple, modern appearance.  

Westport Blanket Knitting Pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
Westport was settled, starting in about 1835, along the Santa Fe Trail.  Businesses there provided goods for those traveling west.  Today, Westport is located in the heart of the Kansas City metropolitan area and is home to many local restaurants, bars and small shops.  My favorite shop in Westport is Pryde's - "the hardware store for cooks".  This charming store is located in a very old brick building and the inside is packed from floor to ceiling with the best kitchen products available. 

Westport Blanket - a warm, cozy blanket that is easy to knit.
I used Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in the color "Dallas Grey" for this blanket.  I loved knitting with this yarn!

Lion Brand Hometown USA in the color "Dallas Grey" soft! 
This was the first time I had used Hometown USA.   I really enjoyed knitting with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn!  It is so soft!  This yarn is 100% acrylic, machine washable and very reasonably priced.  I found a great deal on this yarn and only spent about $32.00 (including shipping cost) for 8 skeins.  This was the perfect amount of yarn to make a 37" x 37" small crib/lap blanket.  I am very pleased with the Hometown USA yarn and I will definitely use it again!

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in color "Dallas Grey".
The pattern includes instructions for five blanket sizes.  Approximate sizes after blocking....

XL Blanket: 48.5" wide x 49" long
Large Blanket: 42.75" wide x 43" long
Medium Throw: 39.75" wide x 40" long
Small (Crib / Lap): 37" wide x 37" long
Baby Blanket: 31.25" wide x 31" long

All of these sizes are for square blankets but it is easy to make any of the blankets longer by adding additional pattern repeats.  The pattern includes tips on making the blanket longer and estimates of how much additional yarn is needed.

Westport Blanket - a simple, modern blanket design.
I recommend blocking your finished blanket.  It's not essential but it does improve the appearance of the finished blanket.  Here's what I did to block my finished blanket....

First I soaked the blanket in a sink full of water for a few minutes.

Then I pulled the drain plug and allowed the water to drain out of the sink.  I left the blanket in the sink for a few minutes to drain off excess water.  Then I carefully lifted the blanket out of the sink and set it on a couple of old towels.  The entire time I was careful not to wring or twist the blanket.  

I set up my blocking mats on my craft table.  I transferred the blanket to the blocking mat and carefully spread it out.  I spent at least 10 - 15 minutes arranging the blanket on the mat...adjusting the knitting so that the edges were straight and square...and adjusting the center part of the knitting so the stitches throughout the blanket were in straight lines.  I pinned the blanket in place using rust proof T-pins.

It took about two days for the blanket to completely dry.  I love how it turned out!

Westport Blanket - a quick & easy knitting pattern.
This blanket is so soft and cozy!  I will definitely use Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn again for future projects.  

The Westport Blanket pattern is very easy!  It's a great pattern for beginners who know how to knit and purl confidently...or for experienced knitters who enjoy an easy to remember pattern.  

The Westport Blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry. You do not have to be a member of Ravelry to purchase the pattern.

Happy knitting!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Third Street Blanket - New Knitting Pattern

I'm excited to announce my new blanket knitting pattern....Third Street Blanket.  It's hard to believe that this is my sixth blanket knitting pattern!  This pattern is available on Ravelry.

Third Street Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio

The name for the Third Street Blanket is inspired by maps of one of the oldest neighborhoods in  Kansas City.  Like so many towns, the streets in Kansas City were given numbered names...counting up starting at the river.

The image below is from a 1940 Kansas City road map.  (I love maps!)  The label for 3rd Street is in the center of this photo, just south of the Missouri River.  Note the grid layout of the streets with small square city blocks...this was the inspiration for the name of my new blanket!

1940 Kansas City, Missouri map showing 3rd Street & City Market.
For many years, a weekly outdoor farmer's market has taken place near 3rd Street at the City Market.  In the 1940 map above it says "new" under the City Market label.  This same location was used as a farmer's market back in the 1850's when the city was founded under the name "Town of Kansas".  (The city of Kansas City shown in the map above is actually in the state of Missouri.  There's another city also called Kansas City which is the state of Kansas.  If this sounds is!)

More about the blanket...

The Third Street Blanket is knit with super bulky yarn so it knits up very quickly.  The easy to remember pattern makes this a fun blanket to knit while watching football or baseball games...or your favorite movie!

Quick & easy knitting pattern.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color 'Glacier'.  I love this icy blue colored yarn.  It is a lovely color that changes with the lighting and surroundings...sometimes appearing more gray in tone and other times appearing more blue.

This is a great, dependable yarn at an affordable price.  This pattern can be used with many other super bulky yarns.  Or, some knitters like to knit two strands of bulky or worsted weight yarn together to create a similar thickness of yarn. This technique would work well with this pattern.

This pattern includes instructions for five sizes including very small baby blanket size, a crib or lap size blanket...on up to an extra large throw blanket size.

Here's the full list of sizes included in the instructions:

XL: 50” wide x 50.5” long
Large: 41.75” wide x 50.5” long
Medium: : 38.25” wide x 38.75” long
Small (Crib/Lap): 34.5” wide x 34” long
Baby: 28.25” wide x 28” long

It's easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding pattern repeats.  Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make blankets longer.

I highly recommend blocking the finished blanket.  This is an easy process that makes a big difference in the finished results.  First, I soaked the blanket in a sink full of water for a few minutes.

Soak knitting in a sink full of water for a few minutes.

I drained the water out of the sink and allowed the blanket to sit in the sink for several minutes to let excess water drain off.  Then, I carefully gathered the wet blanket up (being sure not to wring or squeeze the blanket!) and set it on a few old towels to allow more water to drain off.

Carefully place knitting on old towels to allow excess water to drain off.
I set up my blocking mats on my water proof work table.  Then I carefully transferred the heavy wet blanket to the blocking mats and gently spread it out to the desired size.  I used a ruler and the edges of the blocking mat as a guide to make sure all the edges were straight and even.  I pinned the blanket in place using Knitters Pride T-Pins which are rust proof.

Knitting carefully set up on blocking mats with T-pins to hold knitting in place.

It took about 2-3 days for the blanket to dry completely.  It's worth the wait!

Third Street Blanket after blocking.
The Third Street Blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  (You do not have to be a member of Ravelry to make a purchase.)

In the my worktable in my home studio.
Fall is such a great time for recharging and starting new projects.  The kids are back in school starting a new year and I'm back to knitting and designing.  I feel so fortunate to be doing something that I really enjoy!

Thanks so much for reading!  Happy knitting!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Parkway Pillow - My summer knitting project!

This summer I knit up a blue version of The Parkway Pillow.

The Parkway Pillow was my first pillow knitting pattern that I designed about two years ago.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky yarn in the color 'Glacier' for this pillow.  This icy blue yarn is lovely and one of my favorite colorways in the Lion Brand Thick & Quick selection.

I love how my new knitted pillow turned out!

The Parkway Pillow knit with super bulky yarn.
This is a quick and easy knitting pattern which uses one strand of super bulky weight yarn and big knitting needles.

Quick to knit with super bulky weight yarn.
I blocked my knitting before sewing up the edges.  I must admit this is the first time that I have blocked one of my pillow knitting projects and I'm very pleased with the results.

Blocking your knitting is very easy...

Put knitting in the sink and run cold water over the piece.
Carefully arrange knitting on mat so edges are straight.
Pin to measurements indicated in pattern.
It took about two days for my knitted piece to dry completely.  Then I sewed up the side seams, inserted the pillow form and sewed up the bottom seam.

Sewing up the bottom seam of The Parkway Pillow.
The Parkway Pillow knitting pattern includes detailed, photo illustrated instructions for finishing.

If you would like to read more about how I designed and named The Parkway Pillow see this blog post.  For more details on the pattern see my Ravelry listing.

If you are interested in purchasing The Parkway Pillow knitting pattern it is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

It was a fun, busy summer with my family and friends so I did not do a lot of knitting.  Now that it's fall again I'm getting back to knitting!

Thanks for reading! :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Belleview Blanket Knitting Pattern - New!

I'm excited to announce my newest blanket knitting pattern...the Belleview Blanket!  The pattern is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

This is my fifth blanket pattern designed with super bulky yarn.  It is fun to knit a blanket with super bulky yarn because it knits up very quickly and the finished blanket is so warm and cozy.

Belleview Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio
The Belleview Blanket is named for a street in the neighborhood where I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  The design reminds me of the charming 1920's homes lined up in an orderly fashion on the streets of the Brookside neighborhood in Kansas City.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky weight yarn in the color 'Glacier' for soft blue blanket above and below.  I love this icy blue color!

This pattern will work with many super bulky weight yarns.  I recommend Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (available at many craft stores in the U.S.) or Loops & Threads Cozy Wool which is sold at Michael's Craft Store in the U.S.

I recommend solid color yarn for the Belleview Blanket so the texture of the pattern will show up in the finished project.

Belleview Blanket - Instructions for Five Sizes
The Belleview Blanket is knit with super bulky yarn and knit flat, back and forth on US size 13 circular knitting needles.  You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern, cast off stitches and weave in ends.

The pattern includes instructions for FIVE sizes:

XL Blanket: 48" wide x 49.5" long
Large Throw: 37.5" wide x 49.5" long
Small Throw: 37.5 wide x 38.5" long
Crib Blanket: 35" wide x 36" long
Baby Blanket: 27" wide x 27.5" long

Sizes are approximate dimensions after blocking.  I recommend blocking your finished project for best appearance.  Blocking this blanket pattern helps the border and the center pattern settle out nicely and improve its appearance.

Work in progress - before blocking.
After blocking - knitting looks more polished.
If you have not blocked a finished knitting piece before, it is not that hard.  However, with super bulky yarn I have found it's good to be cautious in how much I soak my finished knitting.  Each yarn reacts differently to the water in terms of how much it soaks up.  With super bulky yarn, the finished knitting can become heavy and stretch more than desired if it soaks up too much water.

I found that Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn does not soak up too much water and the knitting did not stretch after being soaked in a sink full of water.

On the other hand, Loops & Threads Cozy Wool soaked up too much water and became very water logged and heavy after I soaked it in a sink full of water.  It did not ruin my project but the blanket did stretch to a little larger than intended.  Next time I block Loops & Threads Cozy Wool, I will go back to the technique I used with my Brookside Blanket and hold the blanket under cold running water to slightly dampen it.

If you would like more info on blocking, read on...

Blocking Belleview Blanket Knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick:

First, I cleared off a flat, water resistant surface large enough to accommodate the size of my finished blanket.  (Don't block your knitting on a wood table!  To protect your surface you could use either blocking mats (or children's play mats) or perhaps a plastic tablecloth.)

I used my work table that has a Formica surface. The dimensions were the perfect size for my blue blanket.  I folded up my blanket and put it in my (clean!) kitchen sink.  I ran cold water over the blanket.  I noticed that the water sort of repelled from the Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn so I decided to try soaking it in a sink full of water.  This worked fine for this yarn since the yarn did not completely soak up the water like a sponge.

Run water over blanket in the sink.  This blanket knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.
I left the blanket in the sink for a few minutes to allow excess water to drain out.

Press out excess water and allow blanket to sit for a few minutes to drain in the sink.
Then, I placed the wet blanket on an old towel and gently pressed out excess water.  I tried not to wring or twist the knitting!  Then, I placed my knitting on my water resistant work surface and carefully spread it out...flattening and adjusting the knitting to line up the stitches evenly.  I used a measuring tape to adjust the knitting so that all of the edges were as straight as possible.

I looked at the blanket from each side and adjusted the knitting as necessary.  I did not have blocking mats when I blocked this blanket.  I found that pins were not necessary for the super bulky yarn.  The knitting stayed pretty much in place over the course of drying.

Carefully spread out blanket on water resistant table.

Blocking Belleview Blanket with Blocking Mats:

I recently purchased a set of mats to use for blocking, as well as a box of  rust resistant T-pins.  I purchased two sets of POCO-DIVO "child play mats" on Amazon.  Each set includes nine 12" mats that fit together like puzzle pieces.  I purchased two sets so I'll have enough pieces to make a mat large enough to block large blankets.  I set up nine of the mat pieces on my work table to block my baby size blanket made with Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the 'Mushroom'.  

When I put this blanket in a sink full of water it soaked up the water like a sponge.  The last time I blocked a blanket with this yarn, I held it under the water and did not allow it to get overly wet.  That is what I would do the next time.  Soaking the blanket in the sink made the blanket far too wet and heavy due to the thick yarn.  It stretched a bit more than I wanted it to...but it did not ruin the project.  That's the great thing about blankets...the finished size does not have to be exact!  

Blanket knit with Loops & Threads Cozy Wool - it soaked up too much water.
After squeezing out the excess water in the sink and on an old towel, I carefully spread out the small blanket on blocking mats.  Then I adjusted the knitting so the edges and knitting pattern in the center of the blanket were straight.  I used rust proof T-pins to pin the edges of the blanket in place.

Blocking with mats and rust proof T-pins.
It took about three days for my tan baby blanket to dry but it was well worth the time.  Yes...the knitting stretched a bit after I soaked the blanket in water.  But, after drying it looks lovely.

After Blocking - Loops & Threads Cozy Wool yarn - Belleview Blanket Pattern.
I love how this baby size Belleview Blanket knit with Loops & Threads Cozy wool in the color 'Mushroom' turned out after blocking.  The knitting shaped up beautifully!

Summary - Blocking Super Bulky Yarn/Knitting:

Blocking super bulky weight yarn in not hard.  As with all yarn, each yarn will react differently to being blocked.  Some super bulky yarns can soak in so much water that the knitting becomes very heavy and the knitting can be overstretched when you spread it out on the work surface (see my tan blanket above).  The knitting just needs to be very damp...not have successful blocking.  If you are nervous about the knitting getting overly soaked, just hold your knitting under gently running water so it gets moderately damp.

Thank you so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!  Happy knitting!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Brookside Blanket Knitting Pattern - New!

On Super Bowl Sunday I published my newest blanket knitting pattern...the Brookside Blanket.  It's knit with super bulky yarn on big needles so it knits up very quickly.  I am so pleased with how this chunky, warm blanket design turned out.  I love the subtle block design.

Brookside Blanket Knitting Pattern - Knit with Super Bulky Yarn
The Brookside Blanket is named for the Brookside neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.  I grew up in this older, charming neighborhood.  The grid inspired pattern in the knitting reminds me of the grid layout of the neighborhood streets in Brookside.  The neighborhood blocks are lined with charming homes that were built in the 1920's.  There aren't any dead end cul-de-sac streets like so many newer suburban neighborhoods.  Nearly all of the streets are set up in a uniform grid.  Many times I don't come up with a name for a knitting pattern until the project is nearly completed.  However, this time I decided on the pattern name when I had only finished a few rows of knitting.  

Brookside Blanket - Pattern includes directions for 4 sizes.
The pattern includes directions for four sizes including: Large Throw, Small Throw, Crib Blanket and Baby Blanket.  Here's the approximate finished sizes after blocking:

Large Throw: 39.5” wide x 52” long 
Small Throw: 39.5” wide x 41.5” long 
Crib: 32.25” wide x 38” long
Baby: 25” wide x 31” long

It's pretty easy to make your blanket longer by adding pattern repeats.  Adding an additional pattern repeat (the subtle block pattern in the center of the blanket) will add about 3.5" to the length of the blanket.

This blanket can be made with many super bulky weight yarns.  I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool from Michael's Craft Store.  This is a very soft, light weight yarn that knits up easily.  The colors are very nice as well.  The navy blue yarn I used is called 'Sapphire'.  This is a lovely shade of navy!  The ivory / white yarn I used is called 'Fleece'.

Here's the recommended yarn quantities for each blanket size:
Large Throw: 810 - 840 yards
Small Throw: 640 - 680 yards
Crib Blanket: 480 - 510 yards
Baby Blanket: 335 - 350 yards

I highly recommend blocking your finished blanket for this pattern.  Blocking of this pattern will help flatten out the border edges nicely.  For the white blanket, I folded it in thirds and held it under cold running water at the kitchen sink.  I flipped the folded blanket over to get all sides moderately wet.  I covered my durable, Formica work table with an old sheet.  Then I carefully unfolded the wet blanket.  Then I spent some time adjusting all the edges so they were straight.  I checked dimensions with a tape measure to make sure I had the blanket evenly positioned and I looked the blanket from many sides to double check that the grid knitting pattern was as even as possible.  

Blocking recommended!  
I set up a fan to try to encourage quicker drying time!  The photo above was taken at night right after I arranged the blanket.  With the super bulky yarn, I found that I really did not need pins to hold the knitting in place.  (Note that it is important to set up this wet project on a water proof surface!)

By the next morning I could already tell that taking the time to block this blanket was worth it!  Even without pinning, the knitting remained in position.  The blanket was still very damp so I turned the fan on for a few more hours.  (Since this was set up in my home studio, I did not have the fan running all the got too cold on chilly winter days!)  

Blanket blocking in progress.  The fan helps!
I think it took about a day and a half for the blanket to dry completely.  I am very pleased with how the blanket looks after blocking!

Brookside Blanket - after blocking!
I used US size 13 circular knitting needles which are 32" in length.  This length is essential to make a throw size blanket and accommodate all the stitches.  A little bit shorter length circular needle could be used for the crib or baby size blanket.  However, if you are going to buy only one set of circular needles for blankets...I'd pick at least 32" in length so you'll have the flexibility to make a larger size blanket if you decide to later. I used Knitter's Pride Nova Platina knitting needles.  I've used them for many projects and would definitely recommend these knitting needles.

The Brookside Blanket is an easy knitting pattern.  You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, read a row by row pattern, cast off stitches and weave in ends.  As discussed above, blocking is recommended.  If you haven't blocked a project before, not to worry!  It's not that hard and you will be glad you did it.

If you would like to purchase the Brookside Blanket knitting pattern, it is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

Thank you so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Felt Applique Mitten Christmas Ornament - Updated Pattern!

I've completely updated one of my first knitting patterns!  My Felt Applique Mitten Christmas Ornament knitting pattern has received a cosmetic update as well as new ideas.  I made some revisions to the pattern layout and updated some photos.  The best part is...the update includes new felt applique design ideas.  I've added patterns for felt uppercase letters in a cute font style, as well as numbers in two sizes.

Felt Applique Mitten Ornament - Updated Pattern!
Initially, I planned to make some minor updates to my pattern layout so it would more closely match the style of my newer published patterns.  As I was working on the updates and knitting lots of mittens with my stash worsted weight yarn, I came up with the idea to stitch felt letters and numbers on the mittens.  

I love how the letters and numbers look stitched on the mittens!  There are so many ways to use the letters and numbers to make special personalized gifts.  Children love receiving gifts with the first letter of their name.  For a family gift I'll make custom mini mitten ornaments with the last name initial.  The number patterns can be used to celebrate a child's age or team number.

My pattern includes two sizes of number patterns.  The larger font size matches the letter patterns in scale and works well for one digit numbers (see #7 mitten above).  I've also included smaller, narrower numbers so you can fit two digit numbers on the front of the mitten (see the #24 mitten above).

Did I mention that all of the felt patterns are easy to print and cut out?  No resizing of patterns is necessary!

I've succeeded in using a good amount of stash yarn by knitting a bunch of mitten ornaments to give as Christmas gifts.  The #7 ornament will be for my nephew who will be seven years old by next Christmas.  The "R" ornament will be for my son.  The red mittens below were knit with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in 'Red Hot Passion'.  The light blue gray #24 mitten is the first for a countdown to Christmas mitten garland!  I'm really excited about this project.  I'm going to use as much stash yarn as possible and have the mittens be a variety of colors.

Pattern includes full set of uppercase letter & two sizes of numbers.

It's fun to stitch on a felt letter to make a personalized gift!
This month I also made a few mitten ornaments with felt hearts and another mini mitten ornament with a felt house...which kind of matches our home!  The blue mitten below was knit with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in the color 'Brite Blue'.  I used aqua colored felt for the heart and light aqua DMC embroidery floss to stitch the heart on the mitten.

Mini Mitten with Felt Heart Applique Design

The white mitten below was knit with Berroco Vintage.  I purchased my felt for these projects from SweetEmmaJean on Etsy.  I love their selection of colors and they ship very quickly!

Mini Mitten Ornament with Little House Felt Decoration

My mitten ornament pattern still includes instructions for all of the original designs: heart, house, star and snowman.  These mini mittens can be made with just about any worsted weight yarn.  Each mitten requires about 25 yards of yarn.  You will also need felt in desired colors, DMC embroidery floss or #5 pearl cotton, US size 3 & 5 knitting needles, two stitch holders, two stitch markers, a tapestry needle and a sharp embroidery needle.  And, if you would like, an old button for the heart and star designs.

Pattern includes Heart, Star & House felt applique designs.
Learn more about this pattern on Ravelry.  Thank you so much for your interest!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Knitting my way into the new year!

It's possible that I did more knitting in December than any other month last year!  I was definitely motivated to knit several Christmas ornament gifts as the deadline for wrapping up gifts approached.  (Happens every year doesn't it?!)  Then, in the last week of the year I got started on gifts for Christmas 2016.  It's possible (maybe!) that I won't be in such a rush next Christmas.  :)

Here's a few photos of my December knitting projects...

I made this mini sweater Christmas ornament for a sweet girl who is like a niece to me.  I stitched on a felt heart with DMC embroidery floss and added an old button to the center of the heart. (By the pattern includes directions for how to make a mini wire hanger!)

Mini Sweater Christmas Ornament with Felt Heart Applique
I liked the aqua sweater with a heart so much that I made one in red!  I used Lamb's Pride Brown Sheep worsted weight yarn to knit these ornaments.  

Mini Sweater Ornament in Red with a White Felt Heart
For a boy who played football last fall, I modified my mini sweater ornament pattern to make a "jersey" style ornament with his team colors and his #11 jersey number.  I hear that he loved seeing his jersey number on his custom ornament.  (I'm working on writing up the pattern for this short sleeve sweater ornament with options for felt applique numbers and letters....more info soon!)

These are just a few of the small knitted gifts I made for Christmas gifts! To see all the photos check out my Instagram page.

After all the Christmas festivities were done I had time to do more knitting.  I pulled out that red yarn again and knit a few little red houses.  I used my knitting pattern which can be found on Ravelry.

Little Red House..."under construction".
After sewing up the seams on the base structure of the house, I knit the roof in represent a snowy roof.  Did you notice the cute holiday sweater napkin in the photo below?  My sweet sister-in-law gave a package of those to me last year.  Pretty much a perfect little gift for a knitter!

Roof construction in progress.
Then I stitched a felt door to the front with DMC embroidery floss. A french knot makes the perfect door knob.  I added tiny windows to each side of the house.  After the felt applique pieces were complete, I stuffed the house with a little bit of polyfil and stiched on the roof piece.  I will thread a piece of yarn to the top of my tiny red house to use it as a Christmas ornament on our tree next year.  And, I have a few more of these little red houses in progress to give as gifts next Christmas!

The Little House knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.
I also ended 2015 having discovered Instagram...finally!  I love it!  I'm so inspired by the many talented knitters, makers, photographers and artists I have discovered on Instagram.  If you would like to see more behind the scenes photos of my knitting, follow me on Instagram @FiftyFourTenStudio.

I'm really looking forward to designing more knitting patterns in 2016!  Happy knitting and best wishes for the new year.  :)