Monday, January 20, 2020

Knitting the First Square of the Traveling Afghan Project and How to Block It

Last weekend I knit up the first square of the Traveling Afghan project!

This 10” x 10” square was really quick to knit and I love how it turned out!

Alexandra of Two of Wands released the pattern for this first square on her website earlier this month. She said this basket weave stitch pattern was inspired by designers from 7 different countries coming together to collaborate on this year-long project.

First square of the Traveling Knit Afghan project...before blocking.
As I knit this square, I reflected on how much I value the opportunity to connect with knitters close to home in Kansas City, throughout my country and around the world through our love of yarn and knitting. I was thinking of my in person knitting friends and the wonderful makers I have connected with on Instagram, Facebook and Ravelry

Keep reading below for tips on how to block the Traveling Afghan squares.

Click here to get the instructions for square #1 on the Two of Wands website.


WHAT IS THE TRAVELING AFGHAN PROJECT:

The Traveling Afghan is a collaborative project being created by designers around the world.  The project is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn (they are providing yarn and underwriting all shipping costs!) and is being coordinated by the lovely and super organized Alexandra of Two of Wands.

Approximately every two weeks the Traveling Afghan will be mailed to a designer who will add their 10"x 10" square to the blanket.

When the designer reveals their square they will provide the instructions on their website for free. Makers can follow along through the year, collect the pattern instructions from each designer’s website and create their own sampler style afghan.

You can participate by using worsted weight yarn from your stash, purchasing a kit from Lion Brand Yarn website [affiliate link], or purchasing your preferred worsted weight yarn.  (The project will require approximately 3,150 yards.  More yarn needed if using multiple colorways.)

I am thrilled to be one of 25 knitting designers participating in the Traveling Knit Afghan project! This year-long collaborative effort will feature stories from the designers about their paths as makers, and will give you the opportunity to learn new stitches.

Would you like to participate?  It’s not too late to join in the fun! Click here to read LOTS more about this project, including a list of all the designers participating in the project, on my Traveling Afghan blog page.  


HOW TO BLOCK A TRAVELING AFGHAN SQUARE:

For best appearance, I highly recommend blocking each of the squares for the Traveling Afghan.  Blocking works wonders to train your knitting to the desired dimensions and will improve the appearance of stitches.

If you have not blocked your knitting before this project is a great time to give it a try!

My plan is to block each square as I complete it so it won't be a huge project to block all 24 squares at the end of the year....that's the plan anyway!

NOTE: You may notice in the photos that I did not weave in the ends on my knitted square.  Normally...I recommend weaving in all of the ends on the knitting project before blocking.  For this project where many 10" square knitting pieces will be sewn together...I left very long ends and I will use those end pieces to sew the squares together as I join together the squares.

Here are the steps I used to block my first Traveling Afghan square....

1. Soak the finished square in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes.  Use your hand to push the knitting under the water so all parts of the knitting are submerged and wet.

Soak in a bowl of cold water.
2.  Transfer the knitting to a colander (a bowl with holes in the bottom for draining pasta, etc.) and let the knitting sit for 10 - 15 minutes and allow some excess water to drain off.

Use a colander to drain excess water.
3. Place the knitting on an old towel and allow it to sit for a few minutes.  This will help soak up a little more excess water.  Be sure to use a towel that is similar in color to your yarn...or one that will not transfer color to your yarn.  (In other words, don't use a red towel with white yarn or you could end up with a pink knitted square!)

Transfer to an old towel to soak up some excess water.
4.  Transfer the knitted square to a foam blocking mat, adjust the knitting to the desired size (for this project each square should be 10" x 10") and then pin the edges in place using rust resistant T-pins or sewing pins.  

Be careful with the pins...they can go through the mat and scratch the surface underneath!

First square of Traveling Afghan pinned on the blocking mat.
Take your time on this step.  Carefully adjust the knitting so that the stitches on the edges and center of knitting are straight and even.  Use the edges of the mat and a measuring tape or ruler as a guide to make the edges very straight and position the knitted square so it is 10" high x 10" wide.

Check the stitches in the center of the piece and adjust as necessary to make the rows straight and even.

About blocking mats....

I have two sets of POCO-DIVO "child play mats".   Each set includes nine 12" mats that fit together like puzzle pieces. (One piece shown in the photo above.)  I have two sets so I have enough pieces to make a mat large enough to block large blankets. There are other blocking mat products available...including this set with grid lines and included T-pins looks very nice.

Another idea I learned from one of my customers is to use yoga mats or exercise foam mats for blocking...what a great 'multipurpose' idea!

If you do not have blocking mats...it is definitely possible to have good results without them.  You can set your knitting up on old towels or a sheet...just make sure the surface underneath is water resistant.

5. Allow knitting to dry.  If desired, set up a small fan to expedite the drying process.  Or, place the knitting in front of a heating vent in the winter.

6. When the square is dry...store it in safe place and wait for the next Traveling Afghan square instructions to be revealed!

Square #1 of Traveling Knit Afghan - After Blocking

These small Traveling Afghan squares are a great opportunity to practice blocking!

If you are making a large blanket in one large piece, click here to read more blocking tips on this blog post.

There have been some questions about how to join the squares together.  I'm planning to do a future blog post on this topic!

I hope you enjoy participating in the Traveling Afghan project!

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the project....be sure to CLICK HERE to go to the information page here on my website.  There's lots of information and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you still have questions after reading...send me an email at: FiftyFourTenStudio@gmail.com.

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Scarf & Wrap Knitting Pattern - Room with a View

I'm so happy to announce my new scarf and wrap knitting pattern: Room with a View.

Room with a View knitting pattern is designed for worsted weight yarn.  The design features a 12-row repeat stitch pattern that creates a modern, geometric appearance that is reversible. It looks exactly the same on both sides.  This design will work well for women or men.

Room with a View knitting pattern has instructions for three scarf sizes...plus a cozy wrap or shawl.

Click here to purchase the Room with a View knitting pattern on Ravelry.

The pattern is also available on Etsy and on LoveKnitting.

Room with a View scarf knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

INSPIRATION FOR THE PATTERN NAME:

I live in the suburbs of Kansas City in the state of Kansas.  The view from our house is definitely not postcard worthy.  There are no mountains, wide vistas or lakes.

But, there are views to enjoy through the seasons: the flowering trees in the spring, the lovely green of the garden in the early summer (assuming we get rain!) and the explosion of fall color on the old trees in October.

My favorite view of all is on the occasional winter day when large snowflakes fall from the sky and make it feel like we're in the middle of a snow globe.  Snow storms are not frequent in our part of the world...somewhere between one and six a winter depending on the year.  So, snow days are often memorable.

When our college-age kids were younger they would hope for school to be canceled.  And, when it was we would go sledding, build a snowman, play board games and enjoy a welcome break from the regular routine.  Today, when I'm working from home and watch the snowflakes falling outside my home studio window...it brings back memories of fun snow days of years gone by.

On a snowy day a few weeks ago, my daughter helped me snap some photos of my Room with a View scarf out in our backyard.  I love this close up photo where she captured the detail of the snowflakes!

The falling snow on a winter day - a favorite view from my home studio.
REVERSIBLE!

Room with a View scarf and wrap knitting pattern design is reversible!  It looks exactly the same on both sides.

Room with a View scarf knitting pattern - it's reversible!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THREE SCARF SIZES + A WRAP:

Approximate sizes using worsted weight yarn, after blocking...

Narrow Scarf: 7.5” wide x 64” long 
Medium Scarf: 8.75” wide x 68.5” long 
Wide Scarf: 12” wide x 62” long 
Wrap / Shawl: 18.5” wide x 75” long  

There are instructions for several sizes to accommodate yardage you might have on hand, personal preference and size dimensions desired.  

Finished size may vary depending on yarn weight and gauge used.

Any of the sizes may be made longer by adding pattern repeats. Each pattern repeat adds about 2” to the length of the project. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make each size longer. 

I love the texture of this stitch pattern!
WORSTED WEIGHT YARN:

Narrow Scarf: 400 - 420 yards
Medium Scarf: 520 - 540 yards
Wide Scarf: 610 - 630 yards     
Wrap: 1200 - 1250 yards     

Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your project.

The pattern may also be used with slightly lighter or heavier weight yarns. Select the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension. Finished size and amount of yarn needed may vary depending on yarn choice and gauge….so buy extra yarn just in case!

I made the Wide Scarf size using three skeins of Malabrigo Rios worsted weight yarn in the 'Reflecting Pool' colorway.  

This pattern will work well with solid color or hand-dyed yarns with gentle color variations.

GAUGE:

Pattern stitch with US size 8 needles: approximately 18 stitches & 24 rows = 4”

The pattern instructions include directions for testing gauge using the stitch pattern.

Though exact gauge is not essential, this stitch pattern will look best with fairly tight stitches.  Significantly different gauge may require more yarn.

NEEDLES:

I used US size 8 knitting needles…but choose the needle size that gives the best appearance with your yarn and your knitting tension.

Room with a View - scarf and wrap knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

EASY KNITTING PATTERN:

This pattern is easy to knit for a confident knitter.  

You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern, bind off stitches and weave in ends.

Blocking of finished knitting is recommended.  Click here to see my blog post with tips on blocking.


WHERE TO GET THE PATTERN:




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A LOOK BACK:

Two years ago this month I published one of my favorite knitting patterns - this chunky, cable bed runner.  I'm thrilled that my 'River of Dreams' bed runner knitting pattern has become a customer favorite!  The single giant cable adds a layer of coziness to the room. It’s really fun to knit with super bulky yarn.  (Basic cable knitting experience is recommended.)  

River of Dreams bed runner blanket knitting pattern for super bulky yarn.
'River of Dreams' bed runner knitting pattern includes instructions for twin, full, queen and king size bed runner accent blankets. Each size is about 23” wide and is designed to drape about 14” over each side of the bed. (Note - this is an accent blanket for the end of the bed.  It is not designed to cover the entire bed.)  



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Thanks so much for reading!  I appreciate your interest in my knitting patterns and look forward to sharing new designs in the coming months.

Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Scarf & Wrap Knitting Pattern - These Days

I'm so excited to introduce my new scarf and wrap knitting pattern: These Days.

These Days Scarf knitting pattern is easy to knit with Aran or heavy worsted weight yarn. The design features a six-row repeat stitch pattern that creates a modern ‘triangle-in-a-square’ texture that is reversible! The scarf looks exactly the same on both sides.

These Days Scarf knitting pattern has instructions for two scarf sizes...plus a cozy wrap or shawl.

Click here to purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

Click here to purchase the pattern on Etsy.  Or, here to purchase on LoveKnitting.

These Days Scarf - reversible knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio.

INSPIRATION FOR THE PATTERN NAME:

Every year I purchase the same month-at-a-glance printed calendar.  Of course, I use it to keep track of things such as birthdays, appointments and holidays.  I also use my paper calendar as a brief journal.  A two-inch square space allows enough room to write a bit of detail about the day:

who joined us for Thanksgiving dinner
what we did on each day of our trip
home improvement projects completed
meeting a friend to go for a walk on a beautiful day
life changing events...both happy and sad
knitting accomplishments (finished project!) 
and weather events...snow storms are recorded!

In my desk drawer, I have over 20 years of my personal calendars. I don't pull them out often, but I value having them as a record and journal of many happy days, as well as some very sad days.

As I look back at calendars from the past few years, some dates are packed with notes and some are left blank. Recently, I have made an effort to write at least one thing for each day.  Making notes about each day reminds me to focus on enjoying these days…especially delightfully ordinary days.

The stitch design for my These Days Scarf pattern reminds me of the boxes on my paper calendar with little notes about each day.

These Days Scarf is easy to knit with Aran or heavy worsted yarn.
REVERSIBLE!

These Days Scarf knitting pattern design is reversible!  It looks exactly the same on both sides.

These Days Scarf is reversible!  The stitch pattern looks exactly the same on both sides.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TWO SCARF SIZES + A WRAP:

Approximate sizes using Aran weight yarn, after blocking...

Scarf: 8.5” wide x 64” long
Wide Scarf: 11” wide x 70” long
Wrap / Shawl: 17” wide x 60” long

Finished size may vary depending on yarn weight and gauge used.

Any of the sizes may be made longer by adding pattern repeats. Each pattern repeat adds about 1” to the length of the project. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make each size longer. 

These Days Scarf knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio.
ARAN or HEAVY WORSTED WEIGHT YARN:

Scarf: 420 - 435 yards
Wide Scarf: 630 - 650 yards
Wrap: 840 - 870 yards

Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your project.

The pattern may also be used with slightly lighter weight yarns. Select the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension. Finished size and amount of yarn needed may vary depending on yarn choice and gauge….so buy extra yarn just in case!

To make the scarf shown in the photos, I used two skeins of Blue Sky Fibers ‘Extra’ Aran weight yarn in the ‘Mist’ colorway that I purchased at Yarn Social...a lovely little yarn shop in Kansas City, Missouri.

Knitting with Blue Sky Fibers 'Extra' Aran weight yarn in the 'Mist' colorway.
GAUGE:

Pattern stitch with US size 8 needles: approximately 17 stitches & 25 rows = 4”

The pattern instructions include directions for testing gauge using the stitch pattern.

Though exact gauge is not essential, this stitch pattern will look best with fairly tight stitches.

Significantly different gauge may require more yarn.

This stitch pattern will look best with fairly tight stitches.
NEEDLES:

I used US size 8 knitting needles…but choose the needle size that gives the best appearance with your yarn and your knitting tension.

Circular knitting needles recommended for making a wrap or wide scarf in order to comfortably accommodate the number of stitches.

Straight knitting needles may be used for making a scarf.

EASY KNITTING PATTERN:

This pattern is easy to knit for a confident knitter.  

You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern, bind off stitches and weave in ends.

Blocking of finished knitting is recommended.  Click here to see my blog post with tips on blocking.

These Days Scarf knitting pattern is easy to knit!

LOVEKNITTING: Click here to purchase on LoveKnitting.

HOLIDAY DECORATING:

After a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration...we spent the following day decorating for Christmas!  I loved spending the afternoon decorating the Christmas tree with our kids who were home from college.  Many of our ornaments bring back memories of people we love and days gone by. We reminisced, laughed and remembered special times as we decorated the tree.

These are just a few of our many handmade ornaments that I have made over many, many years. 

My collection of homemade Christmas ornaments!
My knitting patterns for The Little House, Mini Sweater Ornament, and Felt Appliqué Mitten Ornament are available on Ravelry and Etsy.  



Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New Blanket Knitting Pattern - Together Again

I'm so happy to introduce my new blanket knitting pattern - Together Again.

Together Again blanket knitting pattern is fun to knit with bulky weight yarn.   And, this blanket design is reversible!  A 24-row stitch pattern reveals an interesting geometric design that looks the same on both sides of the blanket.

The pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.  Read all the details below!

Click here to purchase the Together Again pattern on Ravelry.  

Click here to purchase on Etsy. Or...here to purchase on LoveKnitting.

Together Again - blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

INSPIRATION FOR THE PATTERN NAME:

The name for this design was inspired by special times spent together again...

with family gathered for a holiday dinner
with an old friend who visits from far away
with friends meeting up for the big city experience 
with in-laws hiking to a scenic vista
with childhood friends on a summer day
with college kids when they are home for school break

It’s the times spent together again that I cherish.

Together Again blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIX BLANKET SIZES:

The pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.  Approximate sizes after blocking:

Baby Blanket: 29.5” wide x 33.5” long
Small Blanket: 33” wide x 39” long
Medium Throw: 36.5” wide x 44.5” long
Large Throw: 40” wide x 50” long
XL Afghan: 47” wide x 55.5” long
XXL Afghan: 50.5” wide x 61” long

It's easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding additional pattern repeats.  Each pattern repeat adds about 5.5" to the length.  The pattern instructions include estimates of how much additional yarn is needed to make each blanket size longer.

I made the large blanket size which is about 40" wide x 50" long...after blocking.  I'm thrilled with how this cozy blanket turned out!

Together Again blanket knitting pattern - it's reversible!

BULKY WEIGHT YARN:

Baby Blanket: 610 - 640 yards
Small Blanket: 800 - 840 yards
Medium Throw: 1000 - 1040 yards
Large Throw: 1185 - 1235 yards
XL Afghan: 1650 - 1720 yards
XXL Afghan: 1950 - 2050 yards

Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your project.  Estimates for additional yardage needed to make each size longer are noted in the pattern.

I used Lion Brand Yarn 'Color Made Easy' bulky weight yarn in the colorway 'Basalt'.  This 'Color Made Easy' yarn is a great choice for blanket knitting projects.  There is a reason I have used it for four blanket design projects:  the stitch definition is fantastic so the design really 'pops', it's easy care 100% acrylic and it's affordably priced. And, this yarn is available in more than 20 pretty colorways.  This 'Basalt' colorway is one of my favorites...a fabulous medium gray that is truly neutral.  Click here to shop all the pretty colorways on the Lion Brand website. [affiliate link]


UPDATE: KIT AVAILABLE FROM LION BRAND WEBSITE:

My ‘Together Again’ blanket design is now available as a kit on the Lion Brand Yarn website.  The kit includes the printed pattern instructions for the large blanket (40” wide x 50” long) and 5 skeins of Color Made Easy bulky yarn (enough to make the large blanket).

And...you may pick from one of six beautiful colorways: Basalt (medium gray I used), Avocado, Birch, Coal, Kombucha or Shade.

Click here to purchase the Together Again blanket kit on the Lion Brand website. [affiliate link]

NOTE: The pattern included with the KIT only includes instructions for *one blanket size* - the large blanket.


NEEDLES:

The project is worked flat, in one piece, back and forth on long circular knitting needles.  Circular knitting needles are necessary in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.

I used US size 10.5 knitting needles.

Be sure to do some test knitting with your yarn and knitting needles and check your gauge.  A different gauge may require more (or less) yarn than listed.  Pick the needle size that give you the closest match on gauge.

GAUGE:

Stockinette stitch with US 10.5 needles:  12 sts & 16 - 17 rows = 4”

Check gauge by casting on 20 stitches and working in stockinette stitch for 4”.  If gauge measures more than 3 stitches per inch the project may require more yarn than listed in the pattern.

SKILLS NEEDED:

This pattern is suitable for a confident knitter.  No fancy stitches involved...all knit and purl stitches.  This pattern requires a bit of attention to detail to stay on track but it's worth it!

It's important to keeping track of exactly which row you are working in this 24 repeat pattern.  I like to check off each row on the printed pattern after I complete it.

You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, change back and forth from knit to purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern, bind off stitches and weave in ends.

Ring style and clip on stitch markers are highly recommended to keep track of the pattern repeats. Ring style stitch markers are very helpful to keep track of the stitch pattern repeat across the row. Clip on markers used to identify the right side (front) of project and track progress.

Using stitch markers to keep track of the stitch pattern.

BLOCKING FINISHED BLANKET:

Blocking of the finished blanket is highly recommended.  Click here to see my blog post for tips and information about blocking a blanket.

Before blocking - the stitch pattern creates some bunching in the center.

Careful blocking makes a big difference in the finished results.  Click to see tips on my blog post.

WHERE TO GET THE PATTERN:

Together Again blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.

Together Again blanket pattern is also available in my Etsy shop and on LoveKnitting.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.  Have a wonderful day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Together Again blanket knitting pattern for bulky weight yarn.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Little Moments - New Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm so happy to introduce my new blanket knitting pattern - Little Moments.

Little Moments blanket knitting pattern is easy to knit with bulky weight yarn.  And, this blanket design is reversible!  An easy to remember six-row stitch pattern creates an interesting texture that looks the same on both sides of the blanket.

The pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.  Read all the details below!

Click here to purchase the Little Moments pattern on Ravelry.

The pattern is also available on Etsy and LoveKnitting.

Little Moments blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
INSPIRATION FOR THE PATTERN NAME:

My new blanket design is inspired by many cherished memories of little moments...

reading a book to a child at bedtime
singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to a loved one
chatting in the car on the way to school
baking the same cookies every year
gathering for a holiday dinner
listening to life stories of older relatives
building a snowman on a winter day
going to an orchard to pick apples 
meeting friends for lunch in the park

It’s the little moments in life that make wonderful memories.

Little Moments blanket knitting pattern - celebrating memories of little life moments

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIX BLANKET SIZES:

The pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.  Approximate sizes after blocking:

Baby Blanket: 28.5" wide x 35” long
Small Blanket: 33” wide x 40” long
Medium Throw: 36.5” wide x 46” long
Large Throw: 41” wide x 52” long
XL Afghan: 44” wide x 55.5” long
XXL Afghan: 50.5” wide x 60” long

It's very easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding additional pattern repeats.

The pattern includes estimates of how much additional yarn is needed to make each blanket size longer.

I made the large blanket size which is about 41" wide x 52" long.  I love how it turned out!

Little Moments blanket - easy to knit & reversible!
BULKY WEIGHT YARN:

Baby: 700 - 720 yards
Small: 910 - 940 yards
Medium: 1160 - 1200 yards
Large: 1400 - 1480 yards
XL: 1680 - 1730 yards
XXL: 2100 - 2200 yards

Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your project.  Estimates for additional yardage needed to make each size longer are noted in the pattern.

I used Lion Brand Yarn 'Color Made Easy' bulky weight yarn in the colorway 'Millennial'.  This bulky weight yarn has a lovely, lightweight feel.  The stitch definition is fantastic!  This is my third blanket design with this yarn and I'm thrilled with the results.  'Color Made Easy' yarn is 100% acrylic, easy care and affordably priced. And, it's available in more than 20 pretty colorways.

LITTLE MOMENTS BLANKET KIT: 
Lion Brand Yarn offers a kit to make the Little Moments blanket!  The kit includes pattern instructions for the Large size blanket (about 41" wide x 52" long) and six skeins of Color Made Easy bulky weight yarn in your choice of one of five pretty colorways. (Note that the kit includes instructions for one blanket size.)  Click here to get more information about the Little Moments Blanket kit on the Lion Brand website.

Little Moments blanket - easy to knit with bulky weight yarn.
This pattern may be used with slightly lighter weight yarns.  Select the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension.  To adapt for worsted or Aran weight yarn, follow the instructions for 2 or 3 sizes larger than you want the blanket to turn out.

NEEDLES:

The project is worked flat, in one piece, back and forth on circular knitting needles.  Circular knitting needles are necessary in order to accommodate the large number of stitches for a blanket.

I used US size 10.5 knitting needles for my Little Moments blanket.  Pick the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn and knitting tension.  The goal is to find the knitting needle that gives the best stitch appearance, without being too tight...or too loose.

Knitting my 'Little Moments' blanket with Color Made Easy yarn.
SKILLS NEEDED:

This is an easy knitting project that requires a bit of attention to stay on track with the six-row repeat pattern.

You will need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, change back and forth from knit to purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern, bind off stitches and weave in ends.

Blocking of the finished blanket is suggested, but not essential for this pattern.  Click here to see my blog post for tips and information about blocking a blanket.

WHERE TO GET THE PATTERN:

Ravelry: Click here to purchase the Little Moments blanket knitting pattern on Ravelry.

Etsy: Click here to purchase the pattern on Etsy.

LoveKnitting: Click here to purchase the pattern on LoveKnitting.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.  Have a wonderful day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Little Moments blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thanks to Yarn Bar in Billings, Montana for Hosting a Fifty Four Ten Studio Trunk Show!

Recently, I shipped five of my favorite blanket samples off across the country for a trunk show at Yarn Bar...a yarn shop in Billings, Montana.  After the box arrived safely, Sue and Linda, the owners of Yarn Bar, sent this lovely photo of the trunk show set-up.  The blankets will be on display through Saturday, October 5, 2019.

I'm so appreciative of their thoughtful, attractive display of my blanket samples!

Fifty Four Ten Studio trunk show at Yarn Bar in Montana
It's feeling very appropriate that my first 'out-of-town' trunk show is in Montana.  A few months ago, my aunt mentioned that she enjoyed reading my January blog post that mentioned the Yarn Bar store.  She reminded me that her father (my grandfather) worked for a while in Billings, Montana when he was a young man.  He was a traveling salesman - selling candy, playing cards and other small items wholesale to grocery stores - around the Montana and northern Wyoming region.  It was the mid-1930's - early 1940's.  Times were tough.  Jobs were hard to come by.  He didn't talk about this time in his life very often....but he did just enough for us to know that he had persevered through some hard times.

In 1942, he took a chance on a job offer in Kansas City.  One of the biggest challenges was finding a place to live - it was war time and housing options were very limited.  He was able to rent a one- bedroom apartment on the 7th floor of a 'hotel'.  Soon, his wife and two very young daughters joined him in Kansas City.  It was a tight living situation that he thought would be short term.  The four of them lived in the one-bedroom apartment for eight years...far longer than he planned.

After looking for a long time (housing was scarce during the war years) - they purchased their first home.  The house number was 5410....the number that inspired the name Fifty Four Ten Studio.  Here's a favorite winter photo of the house....

My grandparent's house - 5410.
My frugal, hard-working grandfather would be quite pleased that I've made this connection with a yarn shop in Billings.  He died in 1998...so it would be hard for him to comprehend that I connected with Sue and Linda through the internet and social media!  He was of the paper, pencil and land-line telephone era.

Here's a closer look at the blankets that I sent to Yarn Bar for the trunk show...

Fifty Four Ten Studio - blankets for knitting trunk show!
The patterns shown in the photo above - clockwise starting from the top:

Click links to learn more about the patterns here on my blog...

Green: Prairie Fields blanket
Blue: On the Map blanket
Stone: Stay on the Ridge blanket
Turquoise: Dance on the Breeze blanket
Light Stone / Tan: Northern Trail blanket

Sue and Linda added their store sample of my 'On the Porch' blanket knitting pattern to the trunk show.  They have had this beautiful yellow blanket on display in their store for quite a while.  They used Cestari Sheep Mount Vernon worsted weight yarn in the colorway 'Daffodil'.  (Sue and Linda rave about this yarn - it's on my list to try!)  This blanket is so full of sunshine!

On the Porch blanket - store sample by Yarn Bar in Billings, Montana
One of these days I'm going to make it out to Montana to meet Sue and Linda in person!  I can't thank them enough for all their kindness and support.

In other news....I'm working on a couple of new knitting projects (more on those soon!), reading a good book (Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson), watching the Country Music series by Ken Burns on PBS, and patiently waiting for some nice, cool fall days to arrive here in Kansas City!

Have a great day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Projects made using Fifty Four Ten Studio patterns: Volume #3

It's so fun to see how knitters use my knitting patterns to make special items for their home, family and friends.  I've been keeping a list of projects that caught my eye for several months and now have them compiled here to share the third installment of: "How Knitters Use Fifty Four Ten Studio Patterns".

Click the links on each pattern name or photo to read more about each pattern on my blog.

All photos shared with the permission of each knitter.

Arielle Elizabeth's Lovely 'Happy Endings' blanket:

Arielle Elizabeth shared these beautiful photos of the Happy Endings blanket she made for her new home.  I love her rainy day work-in-progress photo...so cozy!

Cozy knitting!  Happy Endings blanket project. 
In her Instagram post Arielle Elizabeth wrote: "I absolutely love this pattern and the yarn is oOo so soft and washable too.  This pattern is available by the talented @fiftyfourtenstudio who made this project beyond easy to create and my dream of a large couch afghan come true!"  Thanks so much for the kind words!

Arielle Elizabeth used Lion Brand Color Made Easy for this project.  (It looks like it's the 'Wheat' colorway.)

Happy Endings blanket made by Arielle Elizabeth.
Happy Endings blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Etsy and LoveKnitting.


Derek's Fabulous 'All These Places' Blanket:

Last week, I discovered Derek's fabulous gray 'All These Places' project on Ravelry.  Derek used 'Oxford Grey' Lion Brand Pound of Love...knitting two strands together on US 11 knitting needles.  Knitting two strands of worsted weight yarn together is a great way to substitute for bulky weight yarn.  I love this close up photo of his project....beautiful stitches!

Derek's 'All These Places' blanket project looks fantastic!
Derek made the XXL size and added additional pattern repeats to make the blanket longer to be suitable for a tall friend.  Finished size is 51.5" wide x 72" long.  It looks fabulous!

Derek's finished blanket is 72" long!
All These Places blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Etsy and LoveKnitting.


Katie's Splendid 'Summer Sidewalk' Baby Blanket:

Katie knit this little baby blanket for her newborn son...and finished it just a couple weeks before he was born.  It's beautiful!  She used my 'Summer Sidewalk' blanket knitting pattern and Plymouth Encore Tweed worsted weight yarn in the 'Gray' colorway.

Katie's hand knit baby blanket using the 'Summer Sidewalk' pattern.
Summer Sidewalk blanket knitting pattern is available on RaverlyLoveKnitting and Etsy.


Liz's Cozy 'Westport Blanket':

Liz used Rowan Big Wool in the gorgeous 'Mallard' colorway for her Westport Blanket project.  Her blanket looks lovely and cozy...especially with this inviting breakfast tray!  It was so fun to discover Liz's project on LoveKnitting!

Liz's Westport Blanket looks super cozy!
My Westport Blanket knitting pattern is available on RavelryEtsy and LoveKnitting.


Jennifer's Comforting 'All These Places' Blanket:

Jennifer finished her first blanket project!  She made this lovely gray blanket using my 'All These Places' knitting pattern.  She used Cascade 'Swaddle' yarn in colorway #208 and US 10 knitting needles.  Jennifer shared on Instagram that she made two of these blankets while a family member was battling illness.  It's heartwarming to know that knitting brought her some comfort as she reflected on happy memories when they traveled to many interesting places. 

Jennifer's All These Places blanket project looks lovely!

All These Places blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Etsy and LoveKnitting.


Dana's Gorgeous Shawl Inspired by the 'Meadow Lane Blanket' Pattern:

Dana has adapted my Meadow Lane blanket pattern to make this gorgeous shawl.  She is using Uneek Fingering weight yarn in colorway #3002.  She purchased the yarn at Knit-o-Matic and adapted the pattern to work with the thinner yarn.  She told me she cast on 100 stitches with 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles.  The results are lovely!  See more of her work-in-progress photos on Instagram at @danaraeknits.

Dana's shawl inspired by the Meadow Lane blanket pattern.
Click here to download the Meadow Lane blanket pattern *free* everyday on Ravelry.


Claire's Pretty 'Making Plans' Blanket:

Claire shared her first hand knit blanket project on her @Alchemilla72 Instagram page.  She used my 'Making Plans' blanket knitting pattern along with Lion Brand Heartland worsted weight yarn in the 'Yellowstone' colorway.  Her blanket looks fantastic! 

Making Plans blanket knit by Claire with Lion Brand Yarn.
Making Plans blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry.  The pattern is also available on Etsy and LoveKnitting.


Marcia's Marvelous  'On the Porch' Blanket:

Marcia knit this lovely baby blanket to give as a gift for her new great-nephew.  She used my 'On the Porch' blanket knitting pattern that is simple and easy to knit.  Her project looks fantastic!  She used Lion Brand Color Made Easy bulky weight yarn in the 'Kingfisher' colorway.  

Marcia's 'On the Porch' blanket looks beautiful in blue!
The 'On the Porch' blanket pattern is designed for worsted or heavy worsted yarn.  It's very easy to adapt the pattern for a heavier weight yarn...such as bulky weight...by following the directions for one or two sizes smaller than you would like the blanket to turn out.

On the Porch blanket knitting pattern is available on RavelryLoveKnitting and Etsy.

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Thank you so much to Arielle Elizabeth, Derek, Katie, Liz, Jennifer, Dana, Claire and Marcia for sharing their Fifty Four Ten Studio project photos....and for allowing me to share their beautiful photos with you here on my blog. 

Fifty Four Ten Studio blanket projects - Sept 2019
Click here to shop all of my patterns on Ravelry.  Most of my patterns are also available on Etsy and LoveKnitting.

Click here to see the first post about customer projects from March 2019.

Click here to see the second post about customer projects from May 2019.

Click here to see lots of other Fifty Four Ten Studio projects that knitters have shared on Ravelry.

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Ravelry Projects: It's so fun to see all the Fifty Four Ten Studio projects that have been shared on Ravelry.

Email: My email address is in every pattern.  I love hearing from knitters!

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Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio