The Westport Blanket is named for the oldest neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri...my hometown. The blanket design was inspired by the many old brick buildings that line the streets of Westport. Though the design is inspired by very old buildings, the knitting pattern has a simple, modern appearance.
|Westport Blanket Knitting Pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio|
Westport was settled, starting in about 1835, along the Santa Fe Trail. Businesses there provided goods for those traveling west. Today, Westport is located in the heart of the Kansas City metropolitan area and is home to many local restaurants, bars and small shops. My favorite shop in Westport is Pryde's - "the hardware store for cooks". This charming store is located in a very old brick building and the inside is packed from floor to ceiling with the best kitchen products available.
|Westport Blanket - a warm, cozy blanket that is easy to knit.|
I used Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in the color "Dallas Grey" for this blanket. I loved knitting with this yarn!
|Lion Brand Hometown USA in the color "Dallas Grey"...so soft!|
This was the first time I had used Hometown USA. I really enjoyed knitting with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn! It is so soft! This yarn is 100% acrylic, machine washable and very reasonably priced. I found a great deal on this yarn and only spent about $32.00 (including shipping cost) for 8 skeins. This was the perfect amount of yarn to make a 37" x 37" small crib/lap blanket. I am very pleased with the Hometown USA yarn and I will definitely use it again!
|I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in color "Dallas Grey".|
The pattern includes instructions for five blanket sizes. Approximate sizes after blocking....
XL Blanket: 48.5" wide x 49" long
Large Blanket: 42.75" wide x 43" long
Medium Throw: 39.75" wide x 40" long
Small (Crib / Lap): 37" wide x 37" long
Baby Blanket: 31.25" wide x 31" long
All of these sizes are for square blankets but it is easy to make any of the blankets longer by adding additional pattern repeats. The pattern includes tips on making the blanket longer and estimates of how much additional yarn is needed.
|Westport Blanket - a simple, modern blanket design.|
I recommend blocking your finished blanket. It's not essential but it does improve the appearance of the finished blanket. Here's what I did to block my finished blanket....
First I soaked the blanket in a sink full of water for a few minutes.
Then I pulled the drain plug and allowed the water to drain out of the sink. I left the blanket in the sink for a few minutes to drain off excess water. Then I carefully lifted the blanket out of the sink and set it on a couple of old towels. The entire time I was careful not to wring or twist the blanket.
I set up my blocking mats on my craft table. I transferred the blanket to the blocking mat and carefully spread it out. I spent at least 10 - 15 minutes arranging the blanket on the mat...adjusting the knitting so that the edges were straight and square...and adjusting the center part of the knitting so the stitches throughout the blanket were in straight lines. I pinned the blanket in place using rust proof T-pins.
It took about two days for the blanket to completely dry. I love how it turned out!
|Westport Blanket - a quick & easy knitting pattern.|
This blanket is so soft and cozy! I will definitely use Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn again for future projects.
The Westport Blanket pattern is very easy! It's a great pattern for beginners who know how to knit and purl confidently...or for experienced knitters who enjoy an easy to remember pattern.