Monday, November 23, 2015

Peace : Love : Home - New Pillow Knitting Pattern with Felt Appliqué

I'm so happy to publish my new Peace : Love : Home pillow knitting pattern!

I started this design a year ago but it got sidelined.  A few weeks ago, I pulled the knitting back out and finally got to work on finishing these easy, fun pillows.  I love the combination of the chunky knitting with the felt applique letters!

This pattern is especially meaningful to ways that I can't fully explain.  However, I'm sure most can agree...that these three words sum up the most important things in life.  It all comes back to a desire for Peace in our world...Love in our hearts...and Home with the people who are important to us.

The Peace : Love : Home pillow knitting pattern is knit with super bulky weight yarn and has felt applique letters. The pattern includes directions to knit the pillow cover flat in one piece and detailed instructions for stitching up the seams.  It also includes ready to print patterns for the felt applique letters for all three words.  The finished size is just a little larger than the 12" x 16" pillow form.

The Peace : Love : Home pillow knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.

Peace : Love : Home pillow knitting pattern with felt applique.

Felt applique patterns for three words: Peace : Love : Home
These pillows are knit with super bulky yarn.  They knit up very quickly!  I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the color 'Granite' for the PEACE and HOME designs and 'Claret' for the LOVE design.  Loops & Threads Cozy Wool is sold through Michael's Craft Stores in the U.S.  It is very soft and good quality for a very reasonable price.  This pattern will also work well with other super bulky weight yarns including Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Quick & easy knitting pattern.  Makes a great gift!
The felt applique letters are added after knitting.  I like to use wool blend felt.  Sometimes you can find this at quilt shops or some of the craft stores will have a selection of higher quality felt.  I love the selection and quality of felt I have purchased from SweetEmmaJean on Etsy.

This pattern includes easy to print and cut patterns for the PEACE, LOVE and HOME letter designs. No resizing of patterns necessary!  Just pick the page for the word you want to use and print that page.  Carefully cut out the letter patterns, pin them to your felt, cut out the felt letters and you are ready to go.  The pattern includes detailed step by step instructions for finishing the pillow!  Tutorial photos included.

Detailed finishing instructions included in pattern. 
I used a very inexpensive 12"x 16" pillow form from the craft store.  Nothing fancy!  In addition to felt and a pillow form, you will also need DMC embroidery floss, embroidery needle, tapestry needle and good quality scissors for cutting out the felt letters.  Full details in the pattern.

This a fun, easy project!  The Love design is perfect for any time of the year but would be especially appropriate at Valentine's Day....of course!  

The Peace : Love : Home pillow knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.

You might also like my Joy & Believe Pillows or Merry & Cheers Pillows.  These pillow designs also have felt applique letter designs with the same letter style.

Thank you so much for your interest in my knitting patterns!  I love designing new project ideas and can't wait to get started on my next design.

Peace...and happy knitting.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

State Line Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm so excited to publish my newest blanket knitting pattern - the State Line Blanket.  This is a warm cozy blanket that is easy to knit.  The pattern is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

State Line Blanket - Knitting Pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

The name of this pattern is inspired by one of the key streets in Kansas hometown.  One of the first things to know about Kansas City is that about half of the 2 million people in the 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 (at least in the southern part of the city).

I grew up two blocks east of State Line Road on the Missouri side.  When my husband and I got married we bought our house in Kansas....about two blocks west of State Line Road.

There are times State Line Road really is a "dividing line" for our big city...different taxes, different state governments, different public schools, etc.  But, most of the time it's not a big deal.

Recently, people from both sides of State Line Road got excited about the Royals baseball team winning the World Series!  In case you are wondering, the baseball stadium is located in Missouri.  The "little" parade we had last week (an estimated 800,000 people showed up!) to celebrate the Royals success was held in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  It was a memorable day for our entire city!

Back to the blanket design...the State Line Blanket!  I love how the simple, repeating line design looks....short lines and long lines.

State Line Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio

This pattern uses super bulky yarn and big needles so it knits up very quickly.  For the ivory colored throw blanket pictured above, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Fisherman #99.  This pattern will work well with many super bulky weight yarns.

The State Line Blanket pattern includes instructions for two sizes: a throw size & a baby blanket.

Finished sizes are approximately:
Throw / afghan blanket: 40" wide x 50" long
Baby blanket: 28" wide x 31" long

The photo below is the baby size blanket I knit with Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the color Sapphire.  I used approximately 350 - 360 yards of yarn for the baby size blanket.  (Note: Loops & Threads Cozy Wool is a hand wash only yarn.  I'm saving this for a special gift...probably long in the a "for show" baby blanket!)  There are lots of washable baby yarns that would work for this blanket including Lion Brand "Baby's First" yarn.

Pattern includes instructions for two sizes: Throw & Baby Blankets

The State Line Blanket knitting pattern is now available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

When I took the photo below on a beautiful fall morning, the sun was shining brightly outside on the orange maple tree in the front yard.  The orangish light reflected off of the tree and through my front door windows onto the old wood cabinet...making the cabinet and the floor appear much more orange than normal.  The magic of the light changing through the seasons!

Quick and easy blanket knitting pattern.'s the street sign that inspired the name of the State Line Blanket...

State Line Road in Kansas City - the dividing line between Kansas & Missouri
Thanks so much for reading!  Happy knitting this fall and winter!

Friday, October 16, 2015

New Easy Scarf Knitting Pattern - Side Line Scarf

My new Side Line Scarf knitting pattern is quick and easy.  The pattern is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.
Side Line Scarf Knitting Pattern
This scarf will keep you warm when you are sitting on the side lines at the game. 
And, the pattern is so easy you can knit this scarf while watching the game from the side lines
Grab some yarn in your favorite sports team's color and start knitting.  You only need about 180 - 200 yards of super bulky yarn to knit up this scarf.
I love the texture of this stitch pattern.  At first glance you might think is just simple garter stitch. Look again!
An easy K3, P3 repeat pattern creates a subtle striping effect.  (Reminds me of the lines on the football or soccer field!)

For the ivory colored scarf, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky weight yarn in the color 'Fisherman'.
For the gray scarf below I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the color 'Stone'.

This scarf makes a great gift for anyone…men, women, teens and kids.
My daughter and I had a great time doing the photo shot for this scarf pattern.  We walked to our neighborhood park on a beautiful fall afternoon.  The creek and big trees made for great backgrounds for our photos.

If you like the texture of this scarf, you might also like The Boulevard cozy, warm throw blanket pattern knit with super bulky yarn.

Thank you for reading!  Happy knitting!

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Like a Sweater" Blanket - Cable Knitting Pattern

My new "Like a Sweater" Blanket knitting pattern was inspired by a conversation with my daughter.  I was working on knitting another blanket (The Boulevard Blanket) when she asked me if I knew how to knit cables.  That simple question led to a design for a chunky, cozy, cable knit blanket! 
You can find the "Like a Sweater" Blanket knitting pattern on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.
"Like a Sweater" Blanket Knitting Pattern
Here's the brief version of the conversation that inspired this design...
Daughter: Do you know how to knit cables Mom?
Me: Yes…it’s done with a special cable needle. (I demonstrated using my work in progress)
Daughter: Would you be able to make me a blanket that looks like a sweater?
Me: What do you mean “a blanket that looks like a sweater”?
Daughter: A thick, chunky blanket with big cables…like a sweater!
Of course, I said "sure"!  We had fun talking about some ideas.  I showed her different cable designs and knitted up a few test squares.  I sketched out several design ideas.  In the end, she liked the idea of three large matching cables in the center with a simple seed stitch border.  
All through the designing and knitting process, I knew what the name would be for this blanket…“Like a Sweater”.
Three Large Matching Cables in this Blanket Knitting Pattern
The “Like a Sweater” Blanket is knit with super bulky weight yarn so it is quick to knit on big needles.  The blanket is knit flat, in one piece, back and forth on US size 13 circular knitting needles.  I used 32" long circular needles which worked perfectly.  Of course, longer circular needles would also work.
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease "Thick & Quick" in the color Fisherman.  I used about 800 yards of yarn.
This blanket is "throw" size.  Finished dimensions are 36" wide x 49" long.  It is possible to make the blanket longer by adding additional cable sequences.  Just remember to buy more yarn if you plan to make your blanket bigger!

My pattern is written in standard US knitting terms with row by row instructions.
This pattern is suitable for intermediate level knitters who have experience with cable knitting. Before knitting this blanket, make sure that you know how to knit cables!  You don't want to invest in a large quantity of yarn if you are not confident in how to knit cables.  
Cable knitting! 
This cable blanket is great for any decor and makes a nice gift for just about anyone. the daughter loves her new blanket!

The "Like a Sweater" Blanket pattern is available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop
Happy knitting!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Boulevard Blanket - New Free Knitting Pattern

The Boulevard Blanket….it’s quick, easy, chunky, warm and reversible!  And best of all this throw knitting pattern is free on Ravelry!
The Boulevard Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio
At first glance you might think this pattern is just simple garter stitch...but it is not. Notice the subtle stripes? An easy K3, P3 repeat pattern creates this effect.  I love that the texture is the same on both sides for a reversible blanket.
The subtle stripes made me think of roads and all the beautiful streets we have here in Kansas City.  An old promotional slogan for Kansas City said "More boulevards than Paris, more fountains than Rome".  I'm not sure if either of these statements is true but we do have many beautiful tree lined boulevards in my hometown...which inspired the name...The Boulevard Blanket.  (My first pillow knitting pattern was also inspired by a favorite Kansas City street...The Parkway Pillow.)
Quick & Easy Blanket Pattern - Free on Ravelry
This throw knitting pattern is so easy to knit with big needles and super bulky yarn.  I used seven (7) skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Fisherman.  In order to find enough skeins in the desired color and the same dye lot, I ordered the yarn online from JoAnn's Craft Store.
The blanket is knit in one piece, back and forth on 32” long circular knitting needles (US size 13).  I used Knitter's Pride Nova Platina knitting needles which I purchased at my local yarn shop.  These are great knitting needles!
I made my blanket 38" wide by 46" long.  However, it is easy to modify the width by adding or decreasing stitches in increments of 6.  Of course, it's easy to change the length by knitting additional rows if desired.  This pattern would make a cute baby blanket, too!
This is a great pattern for a confident beginner.  If you know how to knit and purl confidently you can knit this blanket!

I was inspired to knit this blanket because I wanted to knit a warm, cozy throw and I wanted to knit an easy project that would take a while to knit.  The only problem did not take long at all to knit this blanket!  
The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern is available for free on Ravelry.
The Boulevard Blanket

Monday, November 24, 2014

Merry & Cheers Christmas Pillows Knitting Pattern

I'm happy to announce a new Christmas knitting pattern just in time for 2014 gift giving.  You will find the "Merry & Cheers Christmas Pillows" knitting pattern on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

"Merry" Christmas Pillow Knitting Pattern
The "Merry & Cheers Christmas Pillows" pattern includes full size felt applique patterns for both the "merry" and "cheers" designs.  I picked a fun, casual font style and modified the letters to suit the 12" x 16" pillow size.  

In the pattern you will find that the letter patterns are full size....all you have to do is print the page and cut out the paper letter patterns.  No resizing of the patterns needed!

This knitted pillow is a quick and easy project.  It is knit flat and seamed on the sides and bottom. 

This pattern uses super bulky weight yarn.  This pattern knits up so quickly you have plenty of time to knit more than one to wrap up before December 25th!

"Cheers" Christmas Pillow Knitting Pattern
I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool super bulky weight yarn from Michael's Craft Store in the U.S.  This bright, traditional Christmas red is called 'Claret'.  I really like this yarn because it is very reasonably priced and the yarn is very soft.  You can also use many other super bulky weight yarns for this project.

Other supplies needed include an inexpensive pillow form (12" x 16"), nice quality felt, DMC embroidery floss and basic sewing and crafting supplies.  I recommend a good quality pair of scissors for cutting out the felt letters.

I suggest using the best quality felt you can find.  My favorite source for good quality, wool blend felt is Sweet Emma Jean's Etsy Shop where you will find an incredible selection of felt colors.  

This pattern includes detailed, step-by-step instructions for finishing.  As with any knitting project, careful finishing makes all the difference in the outcome of the finished project.  I make every effort to outline each individual step in the pattern and provide close up photos to illustrate the steps.

To find out more about this pattern visit my Etsy shop or see my pattern listing on Ravelry.

Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Main Line Pillows - Color Block Inspired Knitting Pattern

The "Main Line Pillows" knitting pattern includes two (2) color block inspired designs.  This pattern is available in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry.

This design is simple with clean lines and a modern style.  Both pillow designs would look great knit in any number of color combinations to go with any decor.

This version of the Main Line Pillow uses three colors with one "main line" slightly off center (see the white stripe in the photo below).

Main Line Pillows knitting pattern - Two designs included.
The other version (shown below) uses five wide stripes with three yarn colors.  With the colors that I used, the dark navy in the center becomes the "main line".  However, with different color choices other lines could become more dominant and change the appearance.  It would be fun to experiment with colors....and even try knitting each of the five stripe color blocks in a different color.

Main Line Pillow - Five "Main Lines" Design
This pillow is knit with super bulky yarn so it knits up very quickly.  The pillow cover is knit flat in one piece, sideways, and then seamed on the bottom and sides.  There are detailed finishing instructions (with photos) in the knitting pattern.

Knit with super bulky yarn and large knitting needles.  
I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool which is sold at Michael's Craft Store in the United States.  I'm pretty much addicted to this yarn!  It is available in a nice variety of colors.  This is a nice, soft yarn at an economical price.

This pattern is designed for a 12" x 16" pillow form.  I used an inexpensive, basic pillow form from the craft store.  For this modern style I prefer a firm pillow form.

This pillow makes a great gift for anyone!  It won't take you long to knit the pillow and you won't spend much on the materials.

These two pillow designs (the Main Line Pillows knitting pattern includes two design charts to do both designs shown in the photos above) would look great in other colors.  For a modern neutral style, either pattern would look fantastic in black, gray and white.  For Valentine's Day it would look so cute in red, pink and white.  For a sports fan, choose favorite sports team colors.  (The design with five lines reminds me of a classic rugby shirt!)  I included more color combination ideas in the pattern.

I have four or five new knitting pattern designs in the works right now.  Now that it is so cold outside I'm knitting every day!  Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my knitting patterns.  Happy knitting!