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 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

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 or this blog post.

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

North of the River - New Chunky Cable Blanket Knitting Pattern

I am so excited to announce my newest blanket knitting pattern - North of the River.

This is an easy to knit chunky blanket that features big, bold cables.  Knitting this blanket with super bulky yarn gives these classic cables a modern look!

The North of the River cable blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

North of the River - chunky cable blanket knitting pattern.

I have been wanting to design a new big chunky cable blanket for a while now.  I decided to use a dark color yarn to see how that worked to show off the big cables.  I am thrilled with how this blanket turned out! I used Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in the color 'Chicago Charcoal'.  I'm crazy about this rich dark gray!  The yarn has a subtle heather quality to it that gives the color depth and a rich quality.  

North of the River blanket features big chunky cables.
If you are familiar with my knitting patterns, you probably know that many of my pattern names are inspired by streets and neighborhoods in my hometown...Kansas City.  The name for this new North of the River pattern is also inspired by Kansas City.  The city was founded on the Missouri River and over the years the city grew to the south and to the north of the river.  I have lived south of the river my entire life.  When I was growing up we would use the phrase "north of the river" to refer to the northern half of the Kansas City area. "North of the river" has almost always been a fun destination for me...picking up a friend at the airport, going to a party at a friend's house, camping, sailing at Smithville Lake, shopping at a unique store...or driving further north to go on a family vacation...all good memories! 

Of course, you can guess the bold cables in this blanket design made me think of the wide, flowing Missouri River.

North of the River - pattern includes instructions for 3 sizes.
The blanket is knit flat in one piece, back and forth on long circular knitting needles.

Instructions for Three Sizes:

The North of the River pattern includes instructions for three sizes.  I made the large throw size blanket with five cables across. The medium size would work well for a cozy throw blanket, lap blanket or for a young child.  The small blanket size has three cables and would work for a lap or toddler/crib blanket. 

Large (5 cables): 45" wide x 56" long
Medium (4 cables): 37.75" wide x 49" long
Small (3 cables): 30.5" wide x 42" long

Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding cable pattern repeats.  Each pattern repeat adds about 7" to the length of the blanket.  My pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make blankets longer.

Super Bulky Yarn:

Large: 925 - 975 yards
Medium: 700 - 725 yards
Small: 475 - 500 yards

This pattern is designed for use with super bulky yarn (knit single strand).  You could also experiment with knitting two strands of worsted or bulky weight yarn together....just remember you will need about double the yardage.

Cable Knitting Experience Recommended:

This blanket is easy to knit but I highly recommend having some basic cable knitting experience. Knitting these chunky cables is not hard!  However, I would not want anyone to invest in the yarn for a big blanket unless you are confident in working a basic cable.  I used a cable needle designed for bulky weight yarns.


I use a clip on marker to mark the first stitch when I complete a cable.  Placing that one marker on the first cable in the row helps me easily identify where I worked the cable so I can count the rows and know when to work the next cable row.  These Clover jumbo locking stitch markers are very handy!


Blocking of Finished Blanket Recommended:

I highly recommend blocking the finished blanket. Taking the time to carefully block the finished blanket really makes a difference in the appearance!  If you need some tips I wrote about blocking and included a lot of photos on this blog post and this blog post.


The photo above shows my blanket pinned on the blocking mats.  I spent at least 15 - 20 minutes carefully arranging the blanket on the mats, straightening the edges and center cables, and pinning the edges in place.  It took about three days for this big blanket to dry...it was worth the wait!

I really loved knitting this blanket!  Did I mention that this yarn is incredibly soft?!  Lion Brand Hometown USA is 100% acrylic...it's incredibly soft and silky to the touch.  (It's also a very economically priced yarn.)  Though this is an easy care yarn that says it is machine washable...I would not put this big blanket in the washing machine.  I think my washing machine would be really hard on a hand knit blanket...especially of this size...and I would choose to hand wash this blanket and lay it flat to dry on blocking mats.

I absolutely love how this blanket turned out!

Big chunky cables add texture to any room.
My new North of the River blanket knitting pattern is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Thanks so much for reading!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Knitting...Lots of Projects in the Works

Spring is here!  After about two weeks of off and on rain everything looks beautiful again in Kansas City!  Last weekend I cut a few branches off the Royal Raindrops Crabapple trees in our backyard.  They only lasted for a couple days in the vase but I loved how they brightened up my messy studio table.  (In case you are wondering, I purchased the vase at IKEA in March 2017.)

Cuttings from our crabapple trees.
We've been working on a lot of projects at our house this past month...knitting, sewing, woodworking, gardening...and more.  Something about spring arriving really gets us motivated to do projects and make things!

For about two weeks I have been working on a chunky cable blanket design.  First I did a test knit using some leftover yarn.  It's Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in 'Glacier'.  I love using this leftover skein over and over for testing out pattern ideas because it's one of my favorite colors...and the lighter color really shows off the pattern details well as the design comes together.

Test knitting with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 'Glacier'.
After I established a plan for this big chunky cable blanket I cast on with the dark gray yarn I picked for the blanket. The photo below is from last weekend when I was working on this big blanket. I finished knitting the blanket yesterday...so watch for an announcement about this pattern in the next couple of weeks.  (It takes a while to finish the final steps...block the blanket, let it dry, photograph the blanket and finish all the details writing the pattern...and then the pattern can be published!)

  

I love how the pink Crabapple blossoms look with the rich dark gray yarn! The yarn is Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Chicago Charcoal'.  This yarn is incredibly soft and I love how it worked with this chunky cable blanket design.  More details coming soon!

A few weeks ago my in house woodworking team (husband & daughter) built a headboard for the guest room at our house. They painted it a medium/dark gray....Sherwin Williams 'Software'...and it looks fabulous next to the white bedding (from IKEA).  I love how my Westport Blanket adds texture to the room!  (And...that's my Peace Pillow knitting pattern adding a comforting message.  The design includes felt applique letters.)

Westport Blanket knitting pattern - along with new headboard!
When my daughter was on spring break we pulled out the sewing machine and dug through all the fabric in the house and made a big stack of dinner napkins.  We love how they turned out and the assorted fabric patterns remind us of past projects.  And...we're using a lot fewer paper napkins!

We used the directions from this Craftsy tutorial.  Learning to do the mitered corners was the trickiest part of this project but my daughter figured that out!

Homemade dinner napkins made with stash fabric.
It took a lot of hours to make this stack of napkins!  The first challenge was finding stash fabric with big enough sections to cut 18" x 18" squares for each napkin.  We washed, dried and ironed all of the fabric because some had been stored in plastic bins for a long time. We wanted it all to smell fresh and clean.  Then we cut fabric, marked fold lines, sewed the tricky little corners for a professional border (this part took a little practice), used a knitting needle to poke out the corners carefully, ironed folds again and sewed down the final edges.

Marking fold lines.

A knitting needle is helpful for adjusting the corner seams.

All of the fabric was from our stash - leftover from quilting, sewing class projects, etc.
We worked on this project for several days!  It was a fun project to do together and the finished napkins look really cheery at dinner time.

Earlier this week I stopped in at Yarn Shop & More....a LYS in Overland Park, Kansas.  This cute shop is located in Downtown Overland Park....or some call it "Old OP".  It's a quaint, small town feeling shopping district in a suburb of Kansas City.  Yarn Shop & More has a beautiful assortment of yarns!  It's fun to step in the door and see the yarns arranged by color on the shelves...like a rainbow...

Yarn Shop & More in Overland Park, Kansas

Even though the bright colors were very tempting, I ended up purchasing a lovely neutral colored yarn by Blue Sky Fibers...it's Organic Cotton Worsted in the color 'Drift'.

Blue Sky Fibers - Organic Cotton Worsted in 'Drift'
I splurged on this gorgeous yarn to knit a blanket for our house. I tested a few stitches with the yarn and I fell in love with how it looks in a simple garter stitch.  So...this new blanket design will definitely have a wide garter stitch border...


Look for more photos on this project in a future post. :)

Thanks so much for reading.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Happy spring!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Summer Sidewalk Blanket - New Easy Knitting Pattern

I'm so happy to announce my new Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern.  This easy to knit pattern is designed for use with DK or worsted weight yarn.

Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern.
Summer Sidewalk is the light weight, summer version of my popular chunky blanket knitting pattern...Where the Sidewalk Ends.

The Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern is available on Raverly, Craftsy and Etsy.

As of March 2017, I have designed twelve chunky blanket patterns which all use super bulky yarn. Often I hear from customers who like one of my chunky blanket designs but would prefer to work with lighter weight yarn or want to knit a light weight blanket for a summer baby.  This new Summer Sidewalk design is the first adaptation of one of my chunky blanket designs.  I enjoyed knitting this blanket very much and plan to add additional lighter weight blanket designs in the future!

This new blanket design started with six skeins of Tahki 'Cotton Classic' that I discovered in my stash back in February.  This beautiful dark denim blue is labeled as #3832...which appears to be discontinued.  However, this yarn is available in over 125 beautiful colors!


The Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern may be used with many DK or worsted weight yarns.

If you are knitting this blanket for a baby or child, look for a machine washable, easy care yarn.  There are many easy care yarn options available including: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, Berroco 'Comfort' DK or worsted weight, Knit Picks 'Shine Worsted' and Knit Picks 'Comfy Worsted'...just to name a few!

Tahki 'Cotton Classic' is usually classified as DK weight yarn.  I used US size 7 knitting needles when I knit this blanket. My gauge was about 18 stitches to 4 inches.  However, exact gauge is not essential for this pattern.

To pick a needle size...I would suggest picking a DK or worsted weight yarn that you like and doing a small test knit in garter stitch (knit every row) plus a few rows of stockinette stitch.  Test knit with a couple needle sizes.  Pick the needle size that gives the best appearance with your yarn and your knitting tension. I would suggest trying for stitches that are not too tight and not too loose.  Of course, if you have a different gauge that will mean a slight difference in the overall size of your blanket...but probably not a huge difference if you stick with DK or worsted weight yarn.

The Summer Sidewalk pattern includes instructions for five sizes:

Baby blanket (infant): 27" wide x 27.25" long
Small blanket (crib/lap size): 29" wide x 31.25" long
Medium blanket (toddler/crib): 31" wide x 35.25" long
Large throw: 35" wide x 41.25" long
XL throw/afghan: 41" wide x 49.25" long

Finished size may vary depending on differences in yarn weight and gauge used.  However, as I said above...don't worry about gauge too much...pick the needles size that gives the best appearance for your yarn!

Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding pattern repeats.  Each pattern repeat adds about 2" to the length of the blanket.  In the pattern instructions there are estimates of additional yardage needed make each blanket size longer.

Summer Sidewalk - easy blanket knitting pattern for DK or worsted weight yarn.
This blanket pattern is very easy but I still like using two stitch markers to remind me where to make the easy changes as the pattern progresses.  That way I don't have to worry about counting stitches!


I loved knitting this blanket!  The pattern is simple and easy to remember.  And, I especially love the results!  

Easy to knit blanket - Summer Sidewalk
For best results, I recommend blocking the finished blanket. It really is worth the extra effort!  With this cotton yarn it only took about one day for my little blanket to dry.  I have written about blocking several times here on my blog....find some tips on this post and this post.

If you like knitting with super bulky yarn...you may like the chunky version of this design...Where the Sidewalk Ends.  You can read about it here on my blog.

Where the Sidewalk Ends - chunky blanket knitting pattern.
And here's a comparison to the lighter weight version...Summer Sidewalk...

Summer Sidewalk - easy blanket knitting pattern.
The Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Thanks so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

p.s. You might also like my new easy to knit lightweight blanket - On the Porch.  Read about it here on my blog.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Winter Returns: Get out all the hand knit blankets!

For weeks we have been experiencing a very early spring here in Kansas City.  But, this last weekend...winter weather returned!  On Saturday we even had a little snow for the first time since December.  The only thing to do is get out all the blankets!  

We keep our house pretty cold so we keep blankets in every room of the house.  No reason to turn the heat up when you can bundle up in a cozy hand knit blanket. My daughter humored me by posing for this photo as the snowflakes were falling...you can see a few white specs in the photo! 

When winter returns...get out all the blankets!
In case you are wondering...here's the blanket patterns shown in the photo from top to bottom...click on each name to read more about these designs on my blog:

All of these blanket knitting patterns are easy to knit with super bulky yarn.

We only received a dusting of snow but it was enough to make things look pretty for a day or so...a few flakes dotted the daffodils in our backyard...

A few March snowflakes in Kansas City.
Of course, cold weather means it's a great time to stay inside and knit!  I have three projects going right now and I'm making plans for a fourth project.  Lots of knitting going on around here!  

I found this beautiful blue yarn in my stash a few weeks ago and I'm so happy that I was finally able to put it to use....details on a new design coming soon.  The yarn is Tahki 'Cotton Classic'.  I have had it for many years and it looks like this color is now discontinued.  This DK weight yarn is still manufactured and comes in over 125 beautiful colors!

Tahki ''Cotton Classic' yarn from my stash.
Here's a little taste of a new design coming soon...

New design coming soon!
It's spring break for my daughter this week.  No out of town plans for us but we are fitting in some fun things like a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art here in K.C. to see the newly remodeled Bloch Galleries that include a phenomenal collection of Impressionist paintings (I can't wait to go back!), going to a couple restaurants and a bit of shopping at the book store.  And, this week we'll be cheering on all the Kansas basketball teams in the NCAA tournament. I'm a huge college basketball fan and I hope to get a lot of knitting accomplished while watching the games.

Watch for new pattern announcements in late March or early April.

Have a great week!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio