Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Boulevard Blanket - Free Chunky Knitting Pattern - Updated!

Two years ago this week I published my first blanket knitting pattern - The Boulevard Blanket.  This blanket is quick and easy to knit...and it's reversible!  This is a great pattern for any level of knitter.

I'm happy to announce that The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern has been updated to include instructions for six blanket sizes!

Download the updated pattern for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

This pattern is very easy but once in a while knitters need a little extra help getting on track.  Here's a free PDF tutorial for The Boulevard Blanket to address the most common questions.

The Boulevard Blanket - Free Knitting Pattern
This warm, cozy, chunky blanket is very easy to knit with super bulky yarn.

The updated pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.

SIX BLANKET SIZES:
Baby/Infant Blanket: 28" wide x 28" long
Small (Crib/Lap): 35" wide x 40" long
Medium Throw: 38" wide x 46" long
Large Throw: 44" wide x 50" long
XL Afghan: 47" wide x 55" long
XXL Afghan: 53" wide x 60" long

YARDAGE - SUPER BULKY YARN:
Baby: 320 - 330 yards
Small: 590 - 600 yards
Medium: 730 - 740 yards
Large: 925 - 940 yards
XL: 1100 - 1150 yards
XXL: 1350 - 1400 yards

It's very easy to make any of the blankets longer!  Simply keep knitting and you can bind off on any row.  In the pattern I have included estimates of how much yardage is needed to add 2" in length to each blanket size.

Months ago, I started knitting a little blanket using Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Washington Denim'.  You may have seen the photo above on my Instagram feed...way back in January!

Knitting with Lion Brand Hometown USA in 'Washington Denim'
Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn is very soft, easy to knit with and very economical.  I love how this little blue blanket turned out!

The Boulevard Blanket - quick & easy to knit with super bulky yarn!
This pattern will work well with many super bulky weight yarns.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for the ivory blanket in the photos in this post.

Another economical yarn choice is Lion Brand's new Thick & Quick Bonus Bundle yarn which is basically just like the classic Wool-Ease Thick & Quick...only without the wool!  And...these bonus bundle skeins are giant...lots and lots of yardage at a great price!  This yarn is a nice option if you would like the 'look' of wool...without the wool content.

At first glance, you may think that The Boulevard Blanket is knit with simple garter stitch...but look again! An easy K3, P3 repeat pattern creates a subtle vertical striping effect.  The knitting pattern looks the same on both sides...it's reversible!

The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern - it's reversible!
For The Boulevard Blanket I usually recommend a solid color yarn so the texture of the knitting shows up best.   However, sometimes multi color yarn can have fun results...one Ravelry knitter used two strands of Aran weight multicolored yarn knit together and it looks so cute!

If you are a beginning knitter...I would suggest sticking with solid color yarn....and you might want to avoid a really dark color as it can be challenging to see your stitches.

I used US size 13 knitting needles for this blanket.  You could also try US size 15 knitting needles.  Exact gauge is not important.  However, this pattern looks best with fairly tight knitting.  The vertical stripe effect will not show up as distinctly with loose knitting.

When knitting blankets, I recommend using long circular knitting needles to accommodate all of the stitches easily. Work back and forth just as you would with straight needles...at the end of the row simply turn the knitting and start knitting the next row.

Binding off the last stitch on The Boulevard Blanket
The name for this blanket is inspired by my hometown...Kansas City.  The subtle stripes made me think of all the beautiful streets we have in Kansas City.  An old promotional slogan for the city said "More boulevards than Paris, more fountains than Rome."  I can't confirm if either of these claims are true but we do have many attractive tree lined boulevards in my hometown....thus The Boulevard Blanket.

The Boulevard Blanket - named for the boulevards in Kansas City
The Boulevard Blanket is easy to knit and is a great pattern for a confident beginner.  If you know how to knit and purl...and switch back and forth between knit and purl...you can knit this blanket!

MORE BLANKET KNITTING PATTERNS...

If you like this pattern you might also like my other easy to knit blanket patterns.

These blanket patterns were also named for neighborhoods and streets in Kansas City. Click to read more about these blanket patterns here on my blog...

Third Street Blanket
Westport Blanket
Belleview Blanket
Brookside Blanket
State Line Blanket
North of the River Blanket (chunky cable blanket)

See all of my blanket knitting patterns on Ravelry.

NEW DESIGN IN THE WORKS...

I have a couple of new designs in the works right now. I love testing out new ideas and planning out a pattern...designing is a bit of trial and error.  Sometimes ideas start from a sketch on paper and sometimes they come together by trying ideas with the yarn and needles.

Testing out new design ideas with Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky.
I loved using Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky (from WEBS Yarn Store) in 'Light Blue' (above) for a new blanket pattern that is coming soon! (Update: Read about my Graph Paper blanket knitting pattern here on my blog.)

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and my Ravelry Group for updates.  You can also subscribe to my email list...there's a spot to fill in your contact info on the right side of my blog.

The Boulevard Blanket knitting pattern is always free and available on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and Craftsy.

Thanks so much for reading and for your interest in my knitting patterns!

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

18 comments:

  1. Hi, I love your blanket patterns they look beautiful but I live in the UK. What size needles would I need to use here? Thank you, Gemma x

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  2. Thanks for your interest in my patterns! My knitting gauge tool says a US 13 knitting needle is the same as 9 mm. I'm not an expert on UK knitting needle sizes but I just found a handy chart on another website. Looks like a good reference for comparing needle sizes...
    http://www.katyafrankel.com/p/a-handy-conversion-chart-of-knitting.html
    Hope this helps!

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  3. I stumbled upon your website and am so glad I did. Your designs are beautiful.
    Thank you, Carolina

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  4. I'm not a fan of circular needles. Is it possible to use straight needles for this pattern?

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    1. You might be able to use straight needles to make a baby size blanket. However, for any of the larger blankets you really need the circular needles to have the long cord to hold all the stitches. You really won't be able to fit 75 - 100+ stitches with super bulky yarn on traditional straight needles. Use the circular needles just like you would straight needles...turning the work at the end of the row. For a big blanket...circular knitting needles are the way to go! I know it feels different than knitting with straight needles!
      Mary Lee

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iE72CyC3DQ here is a video that helped me visualize the concept of blanket knitting on circular needles!

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    3. Thanks for sharing!! I'm so glad you found a video that helped you get on track with knitting your blanket with circular knitting needles....knitting back and forth as though they are straight needles.
      Mary Lee

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  5. Hi Mary Lee,
    Love this pattern! I was thinking of a change in selvedge. Could I slip the first stitch purlwise
    and knit the last stitch of every row? Any thoughts?
    Thank you, Lynne

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    1. Hi Lynne,
      I have not tried slipping the first stitch purlwise. Maybe try a little test knitting to see if you like the appearance? To test knit this pattern...cast this number of stitches...3 multiplied by any odd number. For example...3 x 7 = 21. This will keep the pattern. Another idea...consider adding 1 extra stitch to each edge of the pattern...to account for slipping the first stitch on each row. I have not tried this so I'm not sure how it would work but it might be worth a try! Happy knitting!
      Mary Lee

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  6. This blanket is so pretty! When you add new yarn, do you knit all the way across and then continue with the pattern, or add in the new yarn in the knit/purl pattern?
    Thank you, Sara

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    1. I keep working the K3, P3 pattern all of the time...even when I change from one ball of yarn to the next. I like to change skeins of yarn in the middle of the row so I don't have woven in ends on the edges. Also...if you are a beginning knitter...it can help to tie a piece of contrasting color yarn to the side of the blanket you decide will be the "wrong side" or back of the blanket...so that you weave in all of the ends on the back. I hope this helps answer your question! :)
      Mary Lee

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  7. So if we end the stitching with a k3 do we turn and start the project with a p3 or a k3?

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    1. Basically...every row is exactly the same. Start every row with K3...and end every row with K3. (This works if your number of stitches is 3 multiplied by any odd number.)

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  8. Oh ok. Even though I tried knitting tight it isn't coming out the way it supposed to look and it looks too lose. I was working with a 69 stitch, size 13 needle, super bulky 6 yarn.

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    1. I'm so sorry...I just noticed your comment!! The best way to reach me is to send an email to the address shown in the pattern. If you are still working on The Boulevard Blanket...send me a photo of your knitting and I'm happy to help with suggestions. It's hard to say without seeing a photo. Again...so sorry for the delay in responding to your comment!

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  9. Can you tell me please how many balls of wool are needed for the large size. In Australian, the balls of wool don't state yardage. Hope you can help. Thank you and love the pattern.

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    1. Do you have a certain yarn in mind? Every brand of yarn is different so it's impossible to say how many 'balls of wool' you would need....since there can be a different quantity of yarn provided from one brand to another.

      You should be able to look up the yardage of most yarns on Ravelry or possibly the website for the yarn company. Use this link to get to the page on Ravelry where you can look up yarns and usually get the yardage: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#sort=best&query=

      Also...my email address is in the pattern. Email me if you would like help tracking down the yardage and figuring out how much yarn you would need for the large size blanket. :)

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