Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Knitting the Coastline Scarf from 'Making' Magazine Issue No. 4 / LINES

In early February spent most of a Sunday afternoon organizing my yarn and making a list of projects I wanted to work on using some beautiful yarn I have purchased in the last couple of years. A lot of the yarn was purchased when I was on a trip...'souvenir yarn'! 

I have a trip planned for March so I decided I really needed to use some of the pretty stash yarn I have on hand before I buy more!  One of the goals in using my stash yarn was to make a few wearable items for myself...it had been a really long time since I've knit something for myself.

Coastline Scarf

The first project I decided to tackle was the Coastline Scarf which is part of the beautiful collection of designs in Issue No. 4 of Making magazine. (See the lovely cover of the magazine included in the photos below.) 

I love how my Coastline Scarf turned out! I love the texture...the yarn and the stitch pattern worked beautifully together. Here's how it looks after blocking...

Coastline Scarf knitting pattern from Making magazine Issue No. 4 / LINES.
About the yarn...

For my Coastline Scarf I used the two skeins of Sheperd's Wool in 'Great Lakes' from Stonehedge Fiber Mill that I purchased last fall.  I love this yarn!  It's simply gorgeous.  

This 'Great Lakes' colorway has a subtle tweed combination of rich teal and blue.  I thoroughly enjoyed knitting with this yarn and I'm looking forward to using it again.

Making Magazine - Issue No. 4....Coastline Scarf knitting pattern
This stitch pattern for the Coastline Scarf is easy to remember but it does involve an intermediate knitting skill: knitting...and purling...into the back of stitches.  This twists the stitches to create an interesting appearance and it is a nice companion to the garter stitch stitches.    

I really enjoyed knitting this scarf while watching the Olympics!  I love watching the Olympics...especially figure skating. I'm also intrigued by the cross country skiing and short track speed skating events.

Knitting the Coastline Scarf  with Sheperd's Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill
In case you are wondering....the little wood rectangular tray is from Crate & Barrel. It is sold in the 'appetizer' section....but I thought it would make a great addition to my studio table for corralling my knitting notions.  The best part...this beautiful tray was only about $10! 

In the photo below...I only had a couple more rows to finish on my scarf...

Almost finished with my Coastline Scarf - love the texture!
I made my scarf about 68" long...a bit longer than specified in the pattern.  I was able to keep knitting away because I had plenty of yarn.  Shepherd's Wool comes in generous 250 yard skeins.  I used approximately 400 - 425 yards of yarn total.

This scarf definitely needs blocking for best appearance. I used my inexpensive blocking mats and Knitter's Pride T-Pins. 
Blocking the Coastline Scarf
The Lost Sheep Yarn Shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

I first discovered this beautiful Stonehedge Fiber Mill yarn when we were in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for a family wedding last October.  My very first stop after checking into our hotel was to visit The Lost Sheep Yarn Shop...it's a darling shop!  

I had heard a bit about the shop in advance because the shop is owned by "the pastor's wife"...."the pastor" performed the wedding ceremony for my brother-in-law and his bride-to-be!  I had a great time shopping at this cute little yarn shop and I will look forward to visiting again in the future.  Here's a couple photos of the inside of the shop:

The Lost Sheep Yarn Shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
I think some of the Stonehedge Fiber Mill yarn is displayed in the metal washtubs on the wall...so cute!  And...note the Green Bay Packers (green & yellow) and University of Wisconsin (red & white) themed yarns offered...since the shop is in Wisconsin!
The Lost Sheep Yarn Shop - Sheboygan, WI.
Look for Sheperd's Wool at your favorite local yarn shop.  There's a handy directory on the Stonehedge Fiber website to check for retailers...sorted by U.S. state.

Working on ideas for my next project...

I have a few other options in my stash yarns that are competing for attention.  I think the yarn that will get used first is this lovely 'Lakeshore' colorway in a super wash option of Shepherd's Wool. I purchased this yarn at The Lost Sheep Yarn Shop also...I have four beautiful skeins (1,000 yards!) to work with...still deciding what I will make. :) 

Shepherd's Wool superwash worsted in 'Lakeshore' from Stonehedge Fiber Mill.
I baked these oatmeal cookies a few days ago.  I had been craving them for a couple weeks...it had been far too long since I made these!  The recipe is not fancy...just the basic recipe provided on the inside of the lid of the canister of Quaker Oats....except I left out the raisins.  I love the cinnamon smell when these cookies are baking!

Today...winter weather has returned...ice and freezing rain.  Hoping we don't loose our power and internet!  

Thanks so much for reading!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Cable Blanket Knitting Pattern - Childhood Wishes

I'm so happy to announce my new cable blanket knitting pattern - Childhood Wishes!

This cable blanket knitting pattern is designed for use with worsted or Aran weight yarn.  The pattern includes instructions for four sizes: Small (baby blanket), Medium (Crib/Lap blanket), Large Throw, and XL Afghan.

Childhood Wishes cable blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Etsy, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Childhood Wishes - cable blanket knitting pattern
Lion Brand Yarn is offering a kit to make either the Large or XL afghan blanket!  Pick from a choice of four yarn colors...'Ice' (as shown in my photos), 'Cafe au Lait', 'Cream' or 'Slate'.  You can check out all of the pretty shades of Lion Brand New Basic 175 on their website.


When we are children...our wishes seem so simple.  We hope for a new toy, a visit to the ice cream store, an afternoon playing at the neighborhood park, a big snow storm (so school will be cancelled for days), and candy on Halloween.

When we are adults....our wishes for our children and grandchildren...are so much bigger.  We hope they are healthy and safe...and happy.  We want to provide all those fun opportunities our children dream of...but we know that what is really most important is the bigger picture...that they are safe, healthy and loved.

I know that my customers enjoy knitting blankets for their children and grandchildren (of all ages!) and in doing so they create a lasting gift...and a visual reminder of their good wishes and love for the children in their lives.


Approximate blanket sizes after blocking...

Small (4 cables): 29.25" wide x 32.5" long
Medium (5 cables): 35" wide x 36" long
Large (6 cables): 40.75" wide x 46.5" long
XL (7 cables): 46.5" wide x 53.5" long

All dimensions are after blocking...using blocking mats and pins...and allowing the blanket to relax a bit after it is dry and pins are removed.  Blocking is essential for the best appearance of this blanket pattern!  

Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding additional cable pattern sequences.  Each additional cable pattern sequence will add about 3.5" to the length (after blocking).

Cable knitting with Lion Brand New Basic 175 in 'Ice'.

Amount of yarn needed for each size....

Small: 620 - 650 yards
Medium: 820 - 850 yards
Large: 1250 - 1300 yards
XL: 1650 - 1750 yards

I used Lion Brand New Basic 175 in the lovely color 'Ice'.  This yarn is 25% wool and 75% acrylic.  It has a soft, woolly feel....a very classic texture.  New Basic 175 is available on the Lion Brand Yarn website in a wide selection of pretty colors.

This blanket pattern will work well with many worsted or Aran weight (or similar) yarns.


I used US size 9 knitting needles and had a gauge in stockinette stitch (after blocking) of approximately 14 stitches x 22 rows = 4".

Pick the needle size that works best for your yarn and knitting tension.  Exact gauge is not essential but if your gauge is significantly different it will alter the finished blanket dimensions and could result in needing more or less yarn than indicated above.

The yarn listed above are 'cushioned' to allow for variations in gauge, etc.....but, it never hurts to buy a little extra yarn just in case.

Childhood Wishes - cable blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

When I was working on my River of Dreams cable bed runner blanket pattern a couple of knitters asked me what the clip on stitch marker is for when I'm knitting cables.  Great question!

I clip a stitch marker to the first stitch of the first cable in the row when I work the cable pattern.

When I was knitting my Childhood Wishes blanket...I worked 20 rows and then knit another cable row.  Instead of marking on the printed pattern each time I complete a row...it's easy to look at the stitch marker and know exactly where to start counting the 20 rows.  The stitch with the marker is on row 1.

In the photo below....I have worked 14 rows.  When I completed 20 rows I worked another cable sequence row.

I use clip on stitch markers when working a cable pattern.
These clip on 'lock ring' style markers are made by Clover and available on the Lion Brand Yarn website...and so are the little ring markers on my knitting needles.  These ring markers are very durable...and extremely helpful with many knitting projects!


Experience with cable knitting is highly recommended.  This is a very easy cable design but it's important to have some experience with cable knitting before diving into a blanket project.  Other skills needed: cast on, knit and purl confidently (changing back and forth from knit to purl), cast off, weave in ends....and blocking!


Blocking of this blanket is essential for the best appearance of your finished project.

Blocking trains your knitting to be the shape that you want it to be.  It's a process that might sound challenging but it's actually very easy.

Click here to see my blog post for lots of tips on blocking your blanket.

Due to the nature of the cable pattern...the blanket has a strong tendency to bunch together in the center.  See the before and after photos below...

Childhood Wishes cable blanket - before & after blocking.
Here's another view of my Childhood Wishes blanket before I blocked it....honestly...it didn't look great!
Cable Blanket - BEFORE BLOCKING!
Blocking mats and pins are essential to block this blanket.  I used rust resistant T-Pins but you can also use sewing pins.

It's important to pin all the edges in place...and make sure the edges are straight. Remember you are training your knitting to be the shape you want it to be!

Notice how the shape of this blanket changed dramatically!  Before blocking it was long and narrow...after blocking it was almost a perfect square....and looked a lot more attractive.

Blocking my cable blanket.

We've had some cold days in Kansas City this winter so my collection of chunky hand knit blankets has been put to use.  We keep our house pretty cold by most standards so we keep several throw blankets handy in all rooms to cozy up and keep warm!

Here's a photo of me holding a few of our favorite chunky blankets.  I talked my daughter into taking this photo a couple weeks ago when we had a few snowflakes one afternoon.  Unfortunately the snowflakes didn't show up in the photo!  I much prefer being behind the camera...or a stack of blankets!

A few of my hand knit blankets I've designed.
All of these blankets were made with super bulky yarn. Here's a list of the blanket patterns from the top of the stack down...click on links to read more about each pattern on my blog:

Over the Rooftops Blanket (gray)
Belleview Blanket (light blue)
Winter Dance Blanket (dark blue)
Westport Blanket (gray)
State Line Blanket (ivory)


Childhood Wishes cable blanket knitting pattern is available on RavelryEtsyLoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Hopefully spring is right around the corner....maybe wishful thinking?!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Childhood Wishes cable blanket knitting pattern.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

State Line Blanket Knitting Pattern Updated - Now Six Sizes!

My State Line Blanket knitting pattern was one of the first blanket patterns I designed...back in 2015.  I'm happy to announce that I have completely updated the pattern to include instructions for six blanket sizes!

State Line Blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.

You can also find the State Line Blanket knitting pattern on Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

State Line Blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
The State Line Blanket is easy to knit!  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 border of this blanket design is simple garter stitch.  The center of the design is mainly stockinette stitch with purl stitch 'stripes' of alternating lengths.

The simple, linear design of this blanket will add nice texture to any decor style...modern, eclectic, traditional, etc.  Plus...this chunky blanket is very cozy!


The updated pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.  Approximate sizes after blocking blanket:

Baby Blanket: 30" wide x 31" long
Small Crib/Lap Blanket: 33" wide x 36" long
Medium Throw: 37" wide x 46" long
Large Throw: 41" wide x 51" long
XL Afghan: 45" wide x 56" long
XXL Afghan: 49" wide x 61" long

It's easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding additional pattern repeats.  Each repeat adds about 5" to the length of the blanket.


Amount of yarn needed for each blanket sizes...

Baby: 350 - 370 yards
Small: 450 - 475 yards
Medium: 650 - 680 yards
Large: 800 - 830 yards
XL: 960 - 1000 yards
XXL: 1150 - 1200 yards

Be sure to purchase additional yarn if you plan to make your blanket longer than the dimensions listed above.  The pattern includes estimates of how much yarn is needed to make each size longer.

State Line Blanket - knitting pattern for super bulky yarn.
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color 'Fisherman' for the blanket shown in the photos.  This ivory color yarn reminds me of a classic fisherman style cable sweater I had back in college! Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is available in a wide range of colors.  A solid color or subtle tweed yarn will show the texture of the blanket best.

Another great yarn option for this blanket is Lion Brand Hometown USA...I have used this yarn for many of my other blanket designs.  It has a soft silky texture...with a subtle sheen that gives it a modern vibe.  This yarn is available in so many colors! Choose a solid color or subtle tweed yarn for this blanket design to show off the pattern best. Some of my favorite colorways in Hometown USA are 'Dallas Grey', 'Chicago Charcoal', 'Washington Denim' and 'Houston Cream'.  The tweed options like 'Aspen Tweed' and 'Cape Cod Tweed' are also lovely...I can't want to try those soon!

If you are looking for the most economical option for your blanket project...check out Lion Brand's new bonus yarn bundles in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick...as well as their 100% acrylic Thick & Quick bonus bundle.  These yarn skeins are giant!


This blanket is knit flat, in one piece, back and forth on long circular knitting needles.  Circular needles are highly recommended to accommodate the large number of stitches.  You may use either US size 13 or 15 knitting needles with super bulky yarn.

Approximate gauge in stockinette stitch (after blocking): 8 stitches & 12 rows = 4"

Exact gauge is not essential for this project.

Select the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension. Try a little test knitting of 20 stitches in stockinette stitch.  (Cast on 20 stitches.  Knit one row. Purl next row. Repeat until knitting is about 4" long.)

Preferably, you don't want the knitting to be too loose...but at the same time if your stitches are really tight your finished blanket could be a bit stiff.

State Line Blanket knitting pattern - easy to knit with super bulky yarn.


Confession...when I designed and knit this blanket back in October 2015, I did not block the blanket!  I didn't discover the benefits of blocking a blanket until the following year.

Last week...I soaked this blanket in some cold water and finally blocked it!  While my State Line Blanket looked fine without blocking...I think it looks much better after blocking!  (The photos in this blog post are all new...showing the blanket after blocking.)

Click here to see my blog post with lots of tips on blocking a blanket.

Blocking of finished blanket recommended.

In case you are wondering....the name for my State Line Blanket knitting pattern is inspired by one of the key streets in Kansas City...my hometown.

One of the first things to know about Kansas City is that about half of the two million people in the K.C. metropolitan area live in the state of Missouri and the other half live in the state of Kansas.  As the name implies, State Line Road is the dividing line between the two states (at least in the southern part of the city).

I grew up just a couple blocks east of State Line Road on the Missouri side.  As an adult, I've always lived in Kansas....a couple blocks west of State Line Road.

There are times State Line Road really is a "dividing line" for our big city...different state governments, different public schools, different taxes, etc.  But, most of the time it's not a big deal....we drive back and forth from one state to the other...across State Line Road...just about every day.
State Line Road in Kansas City

State Line Blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.

You can also find the State Line Blanket knitting pattern on Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

I can't believe it's already February!  I'm looking forward to watching the Olympics starting next week and...of course...I'll be knitting while I'm watching!  I'm also making plans for other knitting projects to work on this year.  My list of ideas is longer than I can probably accomplish!

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

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

State Line Blanket - chunky throw/afghan knitting pattern

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sheep #144: A knitter's one-year sheep, fleece, yarn and knitting adventure!

This is the story of a knitter unintentionally becoming the owner of freshly sheared wool and eventually using that wool to hand knit a blanket that is sure to become a family heirloom. 

A couple months ago a photo of a sheep being sheared caught my eye on Ravelry. The photo was part of Ravelry knitter Sophiefoofoo's project using my On the Porch blanket pattern.

Here's the one-year 'sheep, fleece, yarn & knitting adventure' of @sophiefoofoo.  All photos and her words (in italics) provided by and used with her permission.

This blanket began last January, the 19th, (2017) to be exact.  I went to watch a sheep shearer at work...shearing a small flock in town, thinking I'd stay an hour or so, - I spent the entire day!

January 19, 2017 - Shearing Sheep #144 
I had no intention of bringing a fleece home, I just wanted to see how the process began, - from sheep to skein.  I ended up coming home with a fleece, - sheep #144.

Fleece from Sheep #144
A spinner in town told me she'd be happy to teach me so I began by washing the wool myself.  She patiently tried to teach me carding and spinning, but in the end, I found a fiber processing mill in CT (Connecticut) that would process my single fleece. 

Washing the wool.

Carding the wool.
The 8 months flew by...and the wool returned, carded and spun into beautiful skeins! 3 lbs of raw wool returned 2.7 lbs...ten (10) 200 yard skeins.  Glorious!  

10 beautiful skeins - professionally spun
But what to do with this gorgeous girl? Hats for the whole family plus a sweater or two? I decided on a lap blanket, that way everyone can be warmed by it! 

I looked at many patterns but in the end settled on...5410 Studio's 'On the Porch' blanket pattern....because of the story of its origin.

Here's Sophiefoofoo's On the Porch blanket in progress....in October or November of 2017.

On the Porch - blanket knitting in progress with Sheep #144's wool.

And here's her finished On the Porch blanket! It's beautifully blocked and ready to be enjoyed by everyone in her family.  This blanket is sure to become a family heirloom!

 @sophiefoofoo's On the Porch blanket!
And...to bring the entire story full circle...in January 2018 Sophiefoofoo took the finished blanket back to visit Sheep #144...the sheep who produced the wool for this project!  

Here's Sheep #144 admiring the finished blanket made with her fleece...it looks like Sheep #144 approves! :)
Sheep #144 admiring the blanket made with her fleece!
Thanks so much to @sophiefoofoo for sharing her knitting story on Ravelry and for allowing me to share her story and photos with you here.  I am so touched that she selected my knitting pattern to use for this precious yarn. I hope this beautiful blanket is treasured by her family for years to come!

Her one year adventure in wool and knitting is a great reminder that it's fun to try new experiences and learn new skills because you never know what great memories you will create in the process!

Learn more about my On the Porch Blanket:

Read more about my On the Porch blanket knitting pattern here on my blog.  This blanket is very easy to knit with worsted weight yarn.  The pattern may also be used with DK or Aran weight yarn...or similar.

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

On the Porch - easy blanket knitting pattern
Share your Fifty Four Ten Studio projects!

I would love to see your knitting project made with one of my Fifty Four Ten Studio patterns.  

You may share your project on Ravelry, email photos to me at my email address in the pattern, or share your photo on Instagram. Be sure to tag your photo on Instagram with @fiftyfourtenstudio so I will receive a notification. (However, if your page is private I won't be able to see your photo.) You may also add #fiftyfourtenstudio and #5410Studio to your posts.

In case you aren't familiar with sharing a knitting project on Ravelry...here's the basic steps to add a knitting project on Ravelry...

1. Log into Ravelry and click on "my notebook" in the upper right corner of the screen.
2. Then click "projects" in the list under "my notebook".
3. On the next screen...look on the left side and click the button that says "add project".
4. Then you may name your project. Be sure to fill in "enter the pattern name" using the exact name of the Fifty Four Ten Studio pattern you used.
5. Fill in the fields for size made, yarn used and notes about making your project. 
6. If desired, fill in dates when you started and finished your project, rate the difficulty of the project and you may rate the pattern (1 to 5 stars with 5 being the highest). Be sure to click "save"!
7. Then click on the 'photos' tab to upload photos of your project.

It's a real treat to see what you create using my patterns...whether it's a blanket for your first baby or grandchild...or a blanket to send your high school graduate off to college...it's always fun to see what you are making to give love to the special people in your life.

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Monday, January 15, 2018

River of Dreams - New Chunky Cable Bed Runner Knitting Pattern!

I'm so excited to introduce my new chunky, cable bed runner knitting pattern - River of Dreams!

River of Dreams bed runner knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

River of Dreams - Bed Runner - Cable Blanket Knitting Pattern
I'm thrilled with how this blanket bed runner came together!  The blanket has one giant cable down the center and the entire blanket is framed by a seed stitch border.

If you have basic cable knitting experience this blanket is pretty easy to knit.  If you need a reminder on how to do cables...there are lots of video tutorials available.  This one from Wool and the Gang is pretty good.  And, Mama in a Stitch blog has a step by step photo tutorial.

The design is simple and classic...but the super bulky yarn gives it a modern appearance that adds great texture to any bedroom decor.

River of Dreams - bed runner knitting pattern.
I'll warn you now....when you have this blanket proudly displayed at the foot of your bed...someone is going to see it and ask you to make a 'River of Dreams' bed runner blanket for them!

This design is a variation on my chunky cable blanket knitting pattern - North of the River.

'River of Dreams' seemed the perfect name for this cozy, bed runner blanket...to bring comfort and peaceful dreams.

A giant cable gives great texture to the River of Dreams bed runner.

And...if you choose to spend a lazy Saturday morning in bed...knitting and jotting down your day dreams...this River of Dreams blanket is sure to add a layer of coziness!

River of Dreams - cozy, cable bed runner blanket knitting pattern.


The pattern includes instructions for 4 bed sizes...Twin, Full, Queen & King.

Approximate dimensions after blocking:

Twin Bed Runner: 23" wide x 65" long
Full Bed Runner: 23" wide x 81" long
Queen Bed Runner: 23" wide x 89" long
King Bed Runner: 23" long x 105" long

Bed runner length is designed to drape over each side of the bed approximately 14 - 15", depending on the thickness of blankets underneath.

Note: This is an accent blanket designed to lay across the end of the bed.  It is not designed to cover the entire bed.

Bed runner knitting pattern - River of Dreams.

This bed runner blanket knitting pattern is designed for use with super bulky weight yarns.

Yarn requirements for each size:

Twin Bed Runner: 550 - 575 yards
Full Bed Runner: 670 - 700 yards
Queen Bed Runner: 720 - 750 yards
King Bed Runner: 900 - 950 yards

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Springfield Silver'.

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Springfield Silver'. I have enjoyed using Hometown USA on many projects but this was the first time I have used 'Springfield Silver'...and it won't be the last.  I love this colorway!  The gentle heather silver gray is simply lovely!

Note about Yardage on Hometown USA: Check the label!  Yardage varies depending on the color.  Springfield Silver is one of the "print" colorways and has 64 yards per skein.  The solid color Hometown USA options have 81 yards per skein.

This blanket will look great in any color!  However, if you are thinking about using gray yarn and want to compare 'Springfield Silver' to other shades of gray...check out 'Dallas Grey' (nice medium gray - I used it for my Westport Blanket knitting pattern) and 'Chicago Charcoal' (dark charcoal gray - I used it for my North of the River cable blanket pattern). 'Cape Cod Tweed' also looks like a great option if you like little flecks of other colors mixed in (this shade is on my list to try soon!).

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick would also work well with this pattern.  (This yarn is now offered in a 'bonus bundle' skein in some colors!)

Also, Lion Brand now has a bonus bundle 100% acrylic version of it's popular Thick & Quick yarn - 223 yards per skein!  This is a very economical yarn choice!  It's also available at Michael's.

River of Dreams - Cable Bed Runner Knitting Pattern

The blanket is worked flat, back and forth.  I used US size 15 circular knitting needles because I like having lots of room for the stitches.  My needles are about 38" long (shorter will work just fine).

If you are purchasing new needles for this project...I would recommend buying long circular needles because they will be very useful if you decide to try another (wider) blanket knitting project!

However, if you already own a set of US 15 straight needles they will work fine for this project since the blanket runner is not very wide.  Just make sure your needles are at least 14" long.

Finishing the last couple of rows of the seed stitch border.


Careful blocking of the finished blanket is highly recommended!  I have said this over and over...I always love how my project looks after blocking...it is really worth the extra effort!

For tips, read my blog post about blocking.


Hometown USA is a 'machine washable' yarn.  So are many other yarns.  However...I think that any hand knit project, especially a large blanket, will look better if it is hand washed, and dried flat on blocking mats.  Hand washing takes extra time but it's worth it when you have put a lot of time into knitting your blanket!


River of Dreams bed runner blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

I loved making my River of Dreams bed runner...and it looks fantastic at the foot of the bed!

Thanks so much for reading and for your interest in my knitting designs.

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

River of Dreams bed runner knitting pattern.

Monday, January 8, 2018

My Favorite Knitting Pattern Highlights from 2017

It's one week into the new year and I'm making plans for knitting projects to work on this year.  I have two projects in the works right now and lots of other ideas that are competing for my attention. It's hard to say exactly which direction my creative ideas will take me, but I know that I'm looking forward to trying out new pattern ideas! 

Here's a little peek at one of the projects I'm working on right now....I'm really excited about this design!

Working on a new knitting design with
Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Springfield Silver'.

In these first days of the new year I've also been looking back to last year.  I'm cherishing memories of good times that I had with my family and friends throughout the year. We were so fortunate to finish off the year by celebrating the holidays with our extended family on several occasions.  Hosting family dinners at our house is one of my favorite things! 

In terms of knitting accomplishments...I guess you could say that 2017 was my year of blankets!  Last year I designed and knit 10 blankets!  I knit 7,440 yards of yarn to make those ten blankets...that's about 4.25 miles of yarn! 

Here's a look at some of my favorite knitting patterns I published in 2017.  Click on any photo to read more about the patterns on my blog. 

My Favorite 2017 Chunky Blanket Knitting Patterns for Super Bulky Yarn

I love knitting blankets with super bulky yarn...they knit up pretty quickly and are so cozy...perfect for keeping warm on cold, winter days! 

I started knitting my Over the Rooftops blanket on New Year's Day 2017.  I'm still amazed by the enthusiastic response to this design!  It has become one of my best selling knitting patterns.  Read more about it here on my blog.

Over the Rooftops - chunky blanket knitting pattern.

It was so fun to design my Winter Dance blanket knitting pattern as a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn Company!  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color 'Denim'...which I love!  A kit to make the blanket as shown below is available from Lion Brand...or you may purchase the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy or EstyRead more about the Winter Dance blanket pattern on my blog.

Winter Dance blanket knitting pattern

North of the River is a chunky, cable blanket knitting pattern that is easy to knit if you have basic cable knitting experience.  This design is one of my favorites!  Read more about this pattern on my blog.

North of the River - chunky cable blanket knitting pattern

Company's Coming is an easy to knit, chunky throw blanket...with tassels! This blanket is fun to knit with super bulky yarn.  I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Dallas Grey'.  The tassels are fun to make and my pattern includes step-by-step instructions with photos. Read more about this pattern on my blog.

Company's Coming - modern, tassel blanket knitting pattern

My Favorite 2017 Blanket Knitting Patterns for Worsted or DK Weight Yarn

My Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern is very easy to knit!  The pattern instructions include five sizes so you can make a nice baby blanket or lightweight throw.  I loved knitting this blanket with some Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic that I have had in my yarn stash for many years. The pattern will work well with DK, worsted or other similar weight yarns. This pattern is a great choice for beginners who have mastered garter stitch and are ready for the next step.  Read more about the pattern on my blog.

Summer Sidewalk - easy blanket knitting pattern

On the Porch blanket is also easy to knit! This lightweight blanket is perfect for cool summer evenings...on the porch!  This pattern is also a great choice for a baby blanket.  The pattern has instructions for six sizes.  Read more about the pattern on my blog.

On the Porch blanket knitting pattern.

Other knitting patterns I published in 2017 are...

I also enjoyed designing these knitting patterns! Read more about each pattern by clicking on the name of the pattern.

Graph Paper blanket - easy to knit with super bulky yarn.

On the Map blanket knitting pattern for worsted or DK weight yarn.

Prairie Fields blanket for worsted or DK weight yarn.

Meadow Lane blanket - a free knitting pattern for worsted or DK weight yarn.

A Bit of Good Luck shawl knitting pattern for super bulky yarn.

January in my studio...knitting in progress,
the sun is shining, and my amaryllis blooming!

Many, many thanks!

In November, I celebrated 4 years of designing knitting patterns!  I really appreciate all the kind feedback and interest in my knitting designs!  I feel so fortunate to spend my days making and sharing knitting ideas. I really appreciate the opportunity to share my 'adventures in knitting' on this blog, RavelryEtsyInstagramFacebook, etc.  The internet and all these amazing platforms make it possible for me and so many other knitters to share our love of this craft. (I'm old enough to know how limited the knitting pattern selection was before any of this technology existed!) I am also so fortunate to have tremendous support and encouragement of my family! 

I love seeing your completed Fifty Four Ten Studio projects when you post your project on Ravelry, share a photo on Instagram...or simply send me an email with your knitting project photos.  If you post a photo of your project on Instagram be sure to tag me with @FiftyFourTenStudio or use #fiftyfourtenstudio (just remember...if your account is private I won't be able to see your post).

I'm so touched that knitters chose my patterns to make special items for their family and friends.  And, it warms my heart to hear that many of you use my patterns to knit items to donate to those in need of comfort. 

Wishing you all the best in 2018!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio