Sunday, June 11, 2017

Graph Paper - New Chunky Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm so happy to announce my newest chunky blanket knitting pattern - Graph Paper.

This blanket is fun to knit with super bulky yarn.  The finished blanket is warm and cozy!

Graph Paper blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Graph Paper - Blanket Knitting Pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
I loved using Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky yarn for this design!  This yarn is so soft and luxurious!  It has a lovely texture with great stitch definition.  The yarn is easy care, machine-washable 100% superwash wool and is available exclusively at WEBS.  This gorgeous yarn is available in a beautiful selection of colors.

I selected 'Light Blue' yarn color for this design when I was in the early stages of test knitting ideas.

Testing blanket knitting pattern ideas with Valley Superwash Super Bulky.
If you have seen my Instagram feed, you know that blue is my favorite color!  I fell in love with this beautiful light blue yarn.

Valley Yarns - Valley Superwash Super Bulky in 'Light Blue'
When I finished knitting this blue blanket I had not decided on a name for this pattern. (Often I decide on a pattern name while I'm working on the blanket.) After making a list of pattern name ideas I realized I wasn't thrilled with any of the names so I took a break to work on other things.

A couple hours later I realized that this blue blanket reminded me of graph paper...both in it's classic square pattern design and the light blue color that is often used for the printed lines on graph paper.

This new blanket design reminded me of graph paper!
I have always liked graph paper...ever since I was the only girl in my middle school drafting class.  Years ago I was a real estate appraiser and used graph paper to sketch out the layout of each house I inspected for appraisal.  These days, I like using graph paper for working out knitting pattern designs, especially for Intarsia or duplicate stitch designs.

This repeating squares pattern reminds me of graph paper.
FIVE SIZES:
The pattern includes instructions for five (5) sizes.  Approximate sizes after blocking:

Baby/Infant: 30" wide x 35.25" long
Small/Crib/Lap Blanket: 37.5" wide x 39.5" long
Medium Throw: 41.5" wide by 43.75" long
Large Throw: 45" wide x 48" long
XL Afghan: 48.75" wide x 56.5" long

It is easy to make any of the blankets sizes longer.  Details are included in the pattern instructions, including estimates of how much additional yarn is required.

I made the the large throw and I love how it turned out!  This blanket is big, soft and so cozy!

Graph Paper - Blanket Knitting Pattern
SUPER BULKY YARN:

This blanket is very easy to knit with super bulky yarn (single strand).  Yardage required for each size:

Baby: 440 - 460 yards
Small: 615 - 640 yards
Medium: 745 - 775 yards
Large: 880 - 920 yards
XL: 1150 - 1200 yards

Graph Paper - chunky blanket knitting pattern.
CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES:
I use long circular knitting needles to accommodate the large number of stitches.  The blanket is worked flat, back and forth...basically the same as knitting with straight needles.  However, the two needles happen to be connected by a long cord.

I loved knitting with this beautiful yarn - Valley Superwash Super Bulky.
I used a couple of stitch markers to mark the transition to the garter stitch edge and the pattern changes for the squares in the main body of the design. It's an easy pattern but a few markers reduce the time needed to verify stitch counts.

I highly recommend blocking the finished blanket.  Blocking really helps straighten and even out the stitches. For best results, use blocking mats and blocking pins to secure the blanket in place while it dries.  Read more about blocking on this blog post or this blog post.

Graph Paper - this chunky blanket is so soft & cozy!
Graph Paper blanket knitting pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about my knitting patterns. I love knitting and designing and feel very fortunate to spend time doing something I love.  If you are interested, you can see all of my knitting patterns on Ravelry or on Craftsy.

Happy knitting! Have a fabulous day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio