|Third Street Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio|
The name for the Third Street Blanket is inspired by maps of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Kansas City. Like so many towns, the streets in Kansas City were given numbered names...counting up starting at the river.
The image below is from a 1940 Kansas City road map. (I love maps!) The label for 3rd Street is in the center of this photo, just south of the Missouri River. Note the grid layout of the streets with small square city blocks...this was the inspiration for the name of my new blanket!
|1940 Kansas City, Missouri map showing 3rd Street & City Market.|
More about the blanket...
The Third Street Blanket is knit with super bulky yarn so it knits up very quickly. The easy to remember pattern makes this a fun blanket to knit while watching football or baseball games...or your favorite movie!
|Quick & easy knitting pattern.|
I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color 'Glacier'. I love this icy blue colored yarn. It is a lovely color that changes with the lighting and surroundings...sometimes appearing more gray in tone and other times appearing more blue.
This is a great, dependable yarn at an affordable price. This pattern can be used with many other super bulky yarns. Or, some knitters like to knit two strands of bulky or worsted weight yarn together to create a similar thickness of yarn. This technique would work well with this pattern.
This pattern includes instructions for five sizes including very small baby blanket size, a crib or lap size blanket...on up to an extra large throw blanket size.
Here's the full list of sizes included in the instructions:
XL: 50” wide x 50.5” long
Large: 41.75” wide x 50.5” long
Medium: : 38.25” wide x 38.75” long
Small (Crib/Lap): 34.5” wide x 34” long
Baby: 28.25” wide x 28” long
It's easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding pattern repeats. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make blankets longer.
I highly recommend blocking the finished blanket. This is an easy process that makes a big difference in the finished results. First, I soaked the blanket in a sink full of water for a few minutes.
|Soak knitting in a sink full of water for a few minutes.|
I drained the water out of the sink and allowed the blanket to sit in the sink for several minutes to let excess water drain off. Then, I carefully gathered the wet blanket up (being sure not to wring or squeeze the blanket!) and set it on a few old towels to allow more water to drain off.
|Carefully place knitting on old towels to allow excess water to drain off.|
|Knitting carefully set up on blocking mats with T-pins to hold knitting in place.|
It took about 2-3 days for the blanket to dry completely. It's worth the wait!
More tips and photos on blocking on this blog post and this blog post.
|Third Street Blanket after blocking.|
|In the shadows...at my worktable in my home studio.|
Thanks so much for reading! Happy knitting!