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 and on Craftsy!  

March 2016 update:
If you need extra help with this pattern, you may download my free PDF tutorial.
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.  This pattern will also work well with Lion Brand Hometown USA and Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (sold at Michael's Crafts).  

I recommend solid color yarn so the texture of the pattern shows up best.
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!

Once in a while, knitters have some difficulty getting on the right track with this blanket.  In March 2016, I created a free PDF tutorial for The Boulevard Blanket to address the most common mistakes.  (If you have trouble downloading it using the link above, send me an email and I would be happy to send it to you.  My email address is in the pattern.)

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 is easy & fun to knit!
March 2017 Update:
This winter I worked on a blue version of The Boulevard Blanket. (See photo above.) I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Washington Denim'. I love how this yarn works with this pattern!  The yarn is extremely soft!

If you enjoy this pattern you might also like my other easy chunky blanket patterns: Third Street Blanket, Westport BlanketState Line Blanket, Belleview Blanket, and Brookside Blanket.  (The names of these patterns are also inspired by my hometown.) And...I have a couple more easy blanket knitting patterns: Where the Sidewalk Ends blanket, Stones in the Road blanket, and Flint Hills Blanket.
The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern is available for free on Ravelry and on Craftsy.

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee

Fifty Four Ten Studio
The Boulevard Blanket