The "Stones in the Road" blanket knitting pattern is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy and in my Etsy shop.
|Stones in the Road - Blanket Knitting Pattern|
When I am working on a new pattern design I love thinking up name ideas as I knit. I write down any ideas that come to mind and the names that don't get used are saved in a file for future patterns.
The name for the "Stones in the Road" blanket knitting pattern was inspired by a beautiful fall day spent biking the Katy Trail in Missouri. The trail was built on an old railroad right-of-way. This trail is almost perfectly flat and is nicely maintained with a surface of crushed limestone. We biked 20 miles round trip between the towns of New Franklin and Rocheport.
We were so fortunate to have a perfect day to get out in the country...biking along the long straight road lined with crushed stones..."stones in the road". Coincidentally, I was working on knitting this blanket around the same time we biked the Katy Trail...the experience and the knitting pattern came together!
|Stones in the Road - Biking on the Katy Trail|
|Old train tunnel near Rocheport, Missouri|
This blanket is very easy to knit! Use super bulky yarn for distinctive texture to make a cozy, chunky blanket.
I used a few markers to keep track of the pattern. Even though it's a really easy pattern it's good to have reminders of when to pay attention!
|Markers are helpful for keeping track of the pattern.|
I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the color 'Mushroom'. This yarn is available at Michael's Crafts. This yarn is 50% wool and 50% acrylic. It is very soft and is perfect for a blanket project. One thing to keep in mind...this yarn is hand wash only. The yarn is available in a lovely selection of colors. I especially like...
'Fleece' - soft white
'Pewter' - soft gray
'Mushroom' - light tan
'Sea Storm' - medium grayish blue
'Sapphire' - great navy blue
'Stone' - soft bluish gray
'Thunder' - dark greenish blue teal
'Claret' - a great 'Christmasy' red
This pattern will also work well with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or Lion Brand Hometown USA. I have made many projects with these yarns and both are available in a wide selection of colors. If you would like a machine washable yarn...try Hometown USA.
Also...I recommend solid color yarns so the texture of the pattern shows best.
|Stones in the Road blanket - knit with super bulky yarn.|
This pattern includes instructions for five blanket sizes. Here's the approximate dimensions after blocking:
XL Afghan: 48.25" wide x 58" long
Large Throw: 40.25" wide x 50.5" long
Medium Throw: 36.75" long x 45.5" long
Small (Crib/Lap) Blanket: 34" wide x 38" long
Baby Blanket: 28" wide x 28" long
It is very easy to make any of the blankets longer. The pattern includes instructions for adding additional length and estimates of how much additional yarn would be required.
|Stones in the Road - Chunky blanket knitting pattern.|
I love the texture of this blanket. The pattern would work well in almost any home decor style.
I recommend blocking the finished blanket. This takes a bit of time but it really improves the appearance of the blanket. Note: When I use Loops & Threads Cozy Wool...like I did for this tan blanket...I find it best to dampen the blanket a bit but NOT soak it completely in water. This yarn soaks up a lot of water and with a big blanket a full soak in water can make for a very heavy, stretchy wet blanket. So...I just place the blanket in the kitchen sink and run water over it with the drain open so excess water can run out easily. I do not fill the sink with water when blocking Loops & Threads Cozy Wool. Just getting the blanket damp all over is adequate. For more tips see my March 2016 blog post.
|Stones in the Road - easy blanket knitting pattern.|
More details on the "Stones in the Road" blanket knitting pattern available on Ravelry. This pattern is also available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop.
Have a wonderful day! Happy knitting!