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.

FOUR BED RUNNER SIZES

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.
SUPER BULKY YARN

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'.
YARN SUGGESTIONS

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! It's also available at Michael's.

River of Dreams - Cable Bed Runner Knitting Pattern
KNITTING NEEDLES

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.

BLOCKING RECOMMENDED

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.

HAND WASHING RECOMMENDED

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!

WHERE TO GET THE PATTERN

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


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Easy, Modern Tassel Throw Knitting Pattern - Company's Coming

I'm so excited to introduce my new throw blanket knitting pattern - Company's Coming!

This modern throw blanket design features four chunky tassels on the corners.  The blanket is quick and easy to knit with simple stockinette stitch, big knitting needles and super bulky yarn. This is a great knitting pattern for beginning knitters or any knitter who would like a very easy, relaxing project.

The pattern includes instructions for five blanket sizes: small, medium and large throw blanket sizes, as well as queen and king size bed runners!

Company's Coming throw & bed runner blanket pattern is available on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Company's Coming - easy throw blanket knitting pattern with tassels!
When I have friends or family coming for an overnight visit or holiday dinner it always inspires me to tackle projects around the house so that everything looks a little bit more 'put together' when the guests arrive.  Sometimes it's just simple projects like hanging pictures that have been sitting in the corner for months...or organizing a bookshelf.  Other times, if I start early enough, I take on bigger projects such as painting a bathroom...like I did this fall...a long overdue project!  Some paint and new towels did wonders for an otherwise dated bathroom!

Whether it's a small or large home improvement project, it always feels great to have things around our old house looking a little bit more up to date when company's coming!

Company's Coming - modern throw blanket knitting pattern with tassels.
My favorite part of this blanket design is the tassels!  When I was making these tassels I felt a bit nostalgic....with memories of my 1970's childhood home.  I remember my mom having a chunky tassel tied to her little sewing scissors so they would not get lost...and a tassel tied to a old-fashioned style key for a cabinet.

It's fun to make these chunky tassels! Detailed instructions in the pattern.
These tassels are fun to make and I've included detailed step-by-step instructions in the pattern....along with lots of photo illustrations!  Here's a couple examples of the many photos included in the pattern...

Making a tassel is very easy...there are lots of tutorial photos in the knitting pattern.
A large, sharp pair of scissors is needed to cut the yarn with clean ends.  You'll also need a tapestry needle for attaching the tassel to the corners of the blanket.

Attaching a tassel to the corner of the blanket. More photos in the pattern!
I made four tassels...one for each corner of my blanket.  If you would like to add more tassels to your blanket...plan on at least 15 yards of yarn for each additional 6" tassel.

Here's some more details about the Company's Coming blanket pattern....

FIVE BLANKET SIZES:

Small Throw: 35.25" wide x 40" long
Medium Throw: 38" wide x 50" long
Large Throw: 43.5" wide x 54" long
Queen Bed Runner: 24.25" wide x 80" long
King Bed Runner: 24.25" wide x 96" long

The dimensions do not include length of 6" long tassels.  

It's very easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer...or shorter.  The pattern includes estimates of how much additional yardage is needed to make each blanket size longer.

Any of these blanket sizes will add texture and interest to your home design....so everything looks lovely when company's coming.

SUPER BULKY YARN:

Small Throw: 540 - 565 yards
Medium Throw: 700 - 725 yards
Large Throw: 900 - 940 yards
Queen Bed Runner: 740 - 770 yards
King Bed Runner: 900 - 940 yards

Yardage for 4 tassels included in materials list above.  If more tassels are desired, add at least 15 yards per additional tassel.

If you would like to use a different color yarn for your tassels (how cute would that be!?!) you will need about 60 yards of yarn for 4 tassels.  

Company's Coming - chunky blanket knitting pattern.
YARN OPTIONS:

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in the color 'Dallas Grey' for my blanket.  This is one of my favorite shades in the Hometown USA collection! (I used it for my Over the Rooftops blanket design and my Westport Blanket.)  I really enjoy knitting with this yarn...it's so soft and cozy!  The yarn has a subtle sheen that gives it an appealing modern vibe.  

One note...Hometown USA is a 'machine washable' yarn.  However, I always feel that many items look better and last longer if they are hand washed and dried flat.  That's especially true with this design since it has chunky tassels that would not do well in the washing machine. I would not put this blanket in the washing machine!  Hand washing recommended!

This blanket would also work well with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.  If you prefer a more "woolly" feel and look for your yarn...this is a great choice.

BLOCKING RECOMMENDED:

I highly recommend blocking your finished knitting.  It takes a little bit of extra time but it's always worth it!  Click here to see my blog post about blocking a blanket.

Weaving in the ends on my 'Company's Coming' blanket.
I loved knitting my Company's Coming blanket!  I started working on it a couple weeks before Thanksgiving...when I wanted an easy, relaxing project to work on as we made plans to host Thanksgiving dinner for our extended family.  

Company's Coming throw blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

Company's Coming - knitting pattern available on Ravelry.
Thanks so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my love of knitting through my knitting designs and this blog.  Thanks for reading!  

Happy holidays!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Company's Coming Throw Knitting Pattern



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Free Blanket Knitting Pattern - Meadow Lane

I'm so happy to introduce this new free blanket knitting pattern - Meadow Lane.

The pattern is available to download for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

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

Meadow Lane - free blanket knitting pattern
The Meadow Lane blanket is very easy to knit with Aran, worsted, or DK weight yarn.  The pattern may also be used with other similar weight yarns.  Just pick the needle size that works best for your yarn and knitting tension. (See more info below.)

If you prefer super bulky weight yarn...check out my popular free chunky blanket knitting pattern....The Boulevard Blanket.

The Boulevard Blanket - free pattern for super bulky weight yarn.
The Meadow Lane blanket is the lighter weight version of the two blankets.

At first glance you might think this blanket is simple garter stitch.  Look again!  An easy K4, P4 repeat pattern creates a subtle vertical stripe effect.

Meadow Lane - easy K4, P4 repeat pattern
This pattern includes instructions for six sizes!

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

Baby Blanket: 29.75" wide x 32" long
Small (Crib/Lap) Blanket: 32" wide x 42" long
Medium Throw: 36.5" wide x 43" long
Large Throw: 41" wide x 48" long
XL Afghan: 45.5" wide x 50" long
XXL Afghan: 50" wide x 56" long

It's very easy to make any of the blankets longer...just work additional rows until the blanket is the desired length or you run out of yarn. Be sure to purchase more yarn than noted below if you want to make your blanket longer.

ARAN OR WORSTED WEIGHT YARN:
Amount of yarn needed for each blanket size...

Baby: 575 - 600 yards
Small: 850 - 875 yards
Medium: 1020 - 1050 yards
Large: 1300 - 1350 yards
XL Afghan: 1500 - 1550 yards
XXL Afghan: 1850 - 1900 yards

The pattern includes estimates for approximately how much additional yarn is needed to add about 2" to the length of each blanket size.

This pattern will work well with worsted, Aran, DK, or other similar weight yarn.  Pick the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension.

I used Lion Brand New Basic 175 yarn in the colorway 'Thyme'.  I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn!  'New Basic 175' yarn is 25% wool and 76% acrylic.  It has a "wooly" feel...without being "scratchy".  The finished blanket has lovely drape and texture with New Basic 175.

Did I mention that I love the color selection in this new line of yarn?  It's currently available in 24 beautiful colors!

I used Lion Brand New Basic 175 yarn in the color 'Thyme'.
GAUGE:
I used US size 9 knitting needles and my gauge was about 14 stitches = 4".

Exact gauge is not essential for this pattern.

It's more important to pick the needles that work best for your yarn and your knitting tension.

TEST KNITTING:
To test the pattern and decide which needle size is best for your yarn....cast on 20 or 28 stitches with the needle size suggested for your yarn.  Work in the stitch pattern as noted in the pattern....

Row 1: *K4, P4; repeat from *, end K4
Row 2:  same as Row 1 (be sure to start the row with K4)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until work measures about 2" or more.  It can take at least 2" of knitting for the subtle vertical line effect to show up.  If your stitches are too loose the pattern may not show up as desired so try switching to one needle size smaller.  If you think your knitting is too tight...try one needle size larger.

Meadow Lane blanket knitting pattern - it's easy to knit!
I loved knitting the Meadow Lane blanket!  I took this project on an October trip to a family wedding and it was easy to pick this project up and knit a few rows when there was a break between the wedding festivities.

You can download the Meadow Lane blanket knitting pattern for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Thanksgiving is just about a week away.  I'm looking forward to spending lots of time with my family over the holiday week.  Hope you have a nice holiday if you are celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Meadow Lane - easy blanket knitting pattern - FREE!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Celebrating Four Years Designing Knitting Patterns! My top 10 best-selling knitting patterns are...

Four years ago this week I published my first knitting pattern!

Each year in early November I reflect back on all I have learned and accomplished since I started with just one little Christmas ornament pattern.  I am so appreciative of the interest in my knitting designs and all the purchases of my patterns. Thank you so much!

My first knitting pattern that I published in November 2013 was a mini sweater ornament.  This design perfectly represents how I feel...both now and when I first started...having pursued this creative endeavor that I absolutely love!

Mini Sweater Ornament - My first knitting pattern!
Designing knitting patterns has brought so much joy to me....I love every step of the process...coming up with a new idea, selecting the yarn and color, knitting the project, finishing the last steps of the project, photographing the finished design (lots of photos and lots of editing!), writing the instructions, learning how to navigate several websites where I publish my patterns, helping knitters when they need assistance, seeing photos of customers' finished projects on Ravelry and Instagram (that always makes my day!)...and always looking forward to the next project.

TOP 10!

Before I get back to work on my next knitting design...I thought it would be fun to take a look at the  "Top 10" knitting patterns in my collection of 43 knitting patterns I have published in the last four years.

This top 10 list is based on customer purchases on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

This list does not include my "always free" knitting patterns.

This is the first time I have compiled the number of sales by pattern design across each of the four websites.  It's fun to see which patterns are my customer's favorites!

#1 Best Selling Knitting Pattern: Third Street Blanket

Third Street Blanket - My Best Selling Knitting Pattern!
Running away with first place is my Third Street Blanket!  The Third Street Blanket has been my top selling pattern every month since I published the design in September 2016.

This blanket is easy to knit with super bulky yarn.  I updated the pattern this year to include instructions for six sizes...there's directions for every size from a little baby blanket up to an XXL afghan.

Read more about the Third Street Blanket on my blog post.

Third Street Blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

#2 : Over the Rooftops blanket knitting pattern

Over the Rooftops - Chunky Blanket Knitting Pattern
I published my Over the Rooftops blanket knitting pattern in January 2017.  I was completely bowled over by the enthusiastic response to this design!

This chunky blanket is fun to knit and it is so cozy!  I used Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn for this design.  Read more about the pattern here on my blog.

#3: Westport Blanket

Westport Blanket Knitting Pattern - Easy to knit!
The Westport Blanket is knit with super bulky yarn so it's quick to knit.  I love the chunky texture of this blanket.

The pattern includes instructions for five blanket sizes.  Read more about the pattern here on my blog.

#4: Summer Sidewalk blanket

Summer Sidewalk - Blanket Knitting Pattern
Summer Sidewalk is the most recently published pattern in my 'Top 10' list!  I published this pattern in March 2017. 

This blanket is very easy to knit with DK, worsted...or similar...weight yarn.  This is a great pattern for a confident beginning knitter!  

The pattern includes instructions for five blanket sizes.  Read more about the pattern here on my blog.

#5: Stones in the Road blanket

Stones in the Road - Blanket Knitting Pattern
Stones in the Road blanket is fun to knit with super bulky yarn.  The design includes a seed stitch border and matching seed stitch "stripes" for the center design.  Read more about the Stones in the Road pattern on my blog.

#6: Brookside Blanket

Brookside Blanket - Afghan Knitting Pattern
The Brookside Blanket is named for the neighborhood where I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  This was my fourth blanket design and it quickly became quite popular with knitters!  

In October 2017, I updated the Brookside Blanket pattern to include instructions for six blanket sizes.  Read more about this knitting pattern on my blog.

#7: Felt Applique Mitten Christmas Ornament 

Felt Applique Mitten Christmas Ornament - knitting pattern
This little mini-mitten felt applique ornament pattern was my second published knitting pattern back in November 2013!  

I updated the pattern in January 2016 to add more felt applique options including letters & numbers. I love knitting these little mittens and stitching on felt designs to make each little mitten unique.  Click to read more about this pattern here on my blog. 

#8: Where the Sidewalk Ends blanket knitting pattern

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Easy Blanket Knitting Pattern
Where the Sidewalk Ends blanket is very quick and easy to knit! I love the simple, chunky, striped texture of this design.  (For a light weight version of this design, see my 'Summer Sidewalk' blanket pattern at #4 above.)  Read more about this pattern here on my blog.

#9: Belleview Blanket

Belleview Blanket knitting pattern for super bulky yarn
The Belleview Blanket is designed for super bulky yarn.  It was my 5th blanket design.  Read more about the Belleview Blanket knitting pattern on my blog.


#10: The Parkway Pillow

The Parkway Pillow knitting pattern
I published The Parkway Pillow knitting pattern in April 2014.  It's very easy to knit with super bulky yarn.  Read more about this pattern and the name for this Kansas City inspired design on my blog.

Most Popular Free Knitting Pattern

And....my 'Top 10' list would not be complete without acknowledging my most popular free knitting pattern...The Boulevard Blanket.  

The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern for super bulky yarn.
As of November 2017, The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern has been downloaded a total of over 20,000 times on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy!  I'm so happy that knitters have enjoyed using this pattern!  Click to read my blog post about The Boulevard Blanket.

Thanks so much!

Thank you so much for your interest in my knitting designs!  I have learned so much in four years...I learn new things every day!   Your interest in my designs...by purchasing my patterns, following me on Facebook & Instagram, and reading my blog...helps make me curious and excited to create new knitting designs.  I am really excited about working on new designs in the coming months and years.

It's a beautiful fall day here in Kansas City.  The trees have turned beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red...Mother Nature is really showing off!  Hope you have a great day!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Fifty Four Ten Studio - 10 Best Selling Patterns


Monday, October 30, 2017

Prairie Fields - New Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm excited to announce my new blanket knitting pattern - Prairie Fields.

Prairie Fields blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Prairie Fields blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
This blanket is designed for use with worsted weight yarn.  The pattern may also be used with DK, Aran or other similar weight yarns.  Just pick the knitting needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn.

This blanket is fun to knit!  I loved using this stitch pattern....it's just simple knit and purl stitches.

You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern in standard US knitting terms, cast off stitches and weave in ends.  Blocking of the finished blanket is highly recommended!  (More on that below!)

Prairie Fields blanket knitting pattern.
Prairie Fields is named for the beautiful farms...with crops planted in orderly rows...that surround my hometown of Kansas City. I live in a suburb of Kansas City...on the Kansas side of the State Line.  Though our neighborhood is definitely suburban....beautiful prairie fields are not too far away.

I love the texture of this stitch pattern!

This pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes!  The blanket shown in the photos is a size small...crib or lap size blanket.

SIX BLANKET SIZES
approximate sizes after blocking...

Baby Blanket: 28" wide x 31.25" long
Small Crib/Lap Blanket: 31" wide x 35" long
Medium Throw: 34" long x 38.75" long
Large Throw: 38" wide x 42.5" long
XL Afghan: 42.5" wide x 46.25" long
XXL Afghan: 46.75" wide x 50" long

It's easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding additional pattern repeats.  Adding one pattern repeat will add about 3.75" to the length of the blanket.

Of course...be sure to purchase additional yarn if you plan to make your blanket longer!  The pattern includes estimates for how much additional yarn is needed to make each blanket size longer.

WORSTED WEIGHT YARN

Baby: 680 - 700 yards
Small: 840 - 870 yards
Medium: 1030 - 1060 yards
Large: 1260 - 1300 yards
XL: 1600 - 1650 yards
XXL: 1900 - 1950 yards

This pattern will work well with many worsted weight yarns.  The pattern will also work well with DK, Aran or other yarns that are similar in weight to worsted.

Prairie Fields blanket knitting pattern for worsted weight yarn.
EXACT GAUGE NOT ESSENTIAL

I used US size 7 circular knitting needles and my gauge was about 17 stitches and 24 rows to 4 inches.

When you select your yarn do a test swatch in stockinette stitch with the needle size recommended for your yarn.  Cast on about 25 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for a few inches.

You may find that you need a smaller or larger needle size depending on the thickness of your yarn and your knitting tension.  If your knitting seems too tight...switch to a needle size one or two sizes larger.  If your knitting seems too loose...go down a needle size or two.

Pick the needle size that gives the best appearance....without worrying about exact gauge.

Just keep in mind...a different weight yarn may require more...or less...yarn.  So...plan ahead by purchasing extra yarn just to be sure you have plenty.

Prairie Fields blanket knit with Cascade 220 Superwash.

BLANKET SHOWN IN CASCADE 220 SUPERWASH

I used Cascade 220 Superwash in the color 'Lake Chelan Heather' #859 that I purchased at The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas.

This was the first time I have used Cascade 220 Superwash....it's just lovely!  Easy to knit...100% superwash wool...220 yards per skein at a reasonable price for very nice quality yarn...it's a great choice for blankets!  And...this yarn comes in so many beautiful colors!

The Yarn Barn is a lovely store that has been in Lawrence for many years.  In addition to the fantastic selection in the shop, they also publish a fabulous catalog that includes a huge selection of yarn. If you like traditional mail order...using a catalog and calling someone in person...give them a call!  And, if you are near Lawrence, Kansas this store is worth the stop!  (There's also an amazing fabric store across the street if you are into sewing and quilting....Sarah's Fabrics.)


Knitting with Cascade 220 Superwash in 'Lake Chelan Heather'.

BLOCKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

I highly recommend blocking this blanket after you have finished knitting and weaving in the ends.

Click here for a link to my blog post about how to block a blanket.

Here's what this blanket looked like BEFORE blocking...

Before blocking!
Before blocking the knitting was bumpy and puckered...especially along the sides next to the garter stitch border.

Here's what the blanket looks like AFTER blocking...

Prairie Fields blanket - After blocking!
Blocking makes everything about the blanket look better!  The texture of the pattern shines and flat stockinette stitch sections of the blanket are smooth and neat.

WHERE TO BUY THE PATTERN

Prairie Fields blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

If you like knitting blankets with worsted weight yarn you might also like these other blanket patterns I designed: Summer Sidewalk, On the Porch and On the Map.

It's fall in Kansas City!

It's feeling more like fall around here in Kansas City.  The leaves are turning beautiful colors and it's much cooler...time to pull out my collection of cozy blankets.  We like to keep our house pretty cold in the fall and winter so we always have warm blankets around to wrap up and keep warm!

Thanks so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio