Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My Favorite Knitting Pattern Highlights from 2016

Today I'm reflecting on all that I accomplished and enjoyed in 2016.  It was a great year!  I enjoyed many fun times throughout the year with my family and dear friends. I did pretty well keeping up my goal of walking every day and trying to reach 10,000 steps each day.  My FitBit does a great job of motivating me and keeping me accountable on that goal!

In the knitting department...2016 was a record year for Fifty Four Ten Studio!  My pattern sales for September thru December were outstanding!  I really appreciate all the purchases of my patterns and the kind feedback I have received from customers.  I recently celebrated my third year of designing knitting patterns.  I love what I am doing and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to publish my patterns online.  I'm old enough to remember the days of relatively limited choices in knitting patterns which were primarily published in knitting magazines, yarn company pattern books and hardcover craft books.

I published nine new knitting patterns in 2016....eight easy to knit blankets and the Side Line Cowl.

These are three of my favorite easy to knit blankets from 2016...

Easy to knit blankets!
Top: Third Street Blanket - my best selling pattern in 2016! I knit this blanket with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in 'Glacier'.

Middle: Stones in the Road Blanket - knit with Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the color 'Mushroom'.  This yarn is sold exclusively at Michael's.

Bottom: Westport Blanket which I made using Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in the color 'Dallas Grey'.

All of these blankets are knit with super bulky yarn and are very easy to knit.  All of these blankets have directions for five sizes so it's easy to make a baby blanket or a large throw.  These patterns are available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

In 2016, I also enjoyed knitting a few items using my previously published patterns.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the lovely color 'Glacier' to make The Parkway Pillow.  I love how it turned out!  (See more about this project on my August 2016 blog post.)

The Parkway Pillow knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

The Parkway Pillow made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in 'Glacier
In this first week of January 2017, I'm catching up after a fun holiday season.  I'm carefully packing away my collection of Christmas decorations.  All of my homemade ornaments get packed in a special box.  (If you missed it...I wrote about my homemade Christmas ornaments in December.)

Also, I am making lists of things to accomplish this year.  There's a few house projects on the list such as cleaning out all of the kitchen cabinets and painting a couple rooms.  I told my family my new year's goals are to read more and knit more!  Right now I'm reading "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"'s very interesting!

My list of knitting project ideas for 2017 is pretty long! This week I started working on a new blanket design.  I'm using Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in the color 'Dallas Grey'.  I'm looking forward to sharing more details as the pattern comes together!

May 2017 Update: The design shown in the photo below is now available and has quickly become one of my most popular blanket patterns! Read more about my Over the Rooftops blanket knitting pattern here on my blog.

New blanket design in progress with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn.
I hope the new year is off to a great start for you!  Thank you so much for reading!

Happy knitting in 2017! :)

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

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