Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Game Time - New Chunky Blanket & Scarf Knitting Pattern

I'm so excited to introduce my new easy to knit chunky blanket (& scarf!) knitting pattern...Game Time.

The Game Time knitting pattern has instructions for six blanket sizes...plus a cozy, chunky scarf!

This design features a four row repeat pattern that is easy to knit.  This is a great pattern for any level of knitter, including a confident beginner.

Game Time blanket & scarf knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

Game Time chunky blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

INSPIRATION FOR THE PATTERN NAME:

Game Time...is 8:00 a.m. on a crisp fall Saturday morning when parents and grandparents, bundled in coats, blankets and scarves, take their spot on the sidelines to cheer for the kids. 

Game Time...is a chilly afternoon in late November at the championship game where the bleachers are packed with fans...all huddled together for warmth...while the game is played in drizzle and snow.

Game Time...is relaxing at home on a Sunday afternoon...cuddled up under a warm blanket watching a favorite team on television.

Game Time...is pulling out an easy knitting project to enjoy making while watching the game.

The Game Time knitting pattern is very easy to knit while watching a game...or make a blanket or scarf to keep warm at the game!

Game Time chunky scarf knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCARF + SIX BLANKET SIZES:
The Game Time knitting pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes, plus a scarf.

Approximate sizes after blocking...

Scarf: 8.5" wide x 64" long
Baby Blanket: 30.5" wide x 33" long
Small (Crib/Lap) Blanket: 36" wide x 40" long
Medium Throw: 41" wide x 45" long
Large Throw: 44" wide x 49" long
XL Afghan: 47.5" wide x 54.5" long
XXL Afghan: 51.5" wide x 57" long

It is very easy to make any of the sizes longer by adding additional pattern repeats.  Each pattern repeat adds about 1" - 1.25" to the length of the project.

The pattern instructions include estimates of how much additional yarn is required to add length to size. 

Game Time blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
SUPER BULKY YARN:

This blanket pattern is designed for super bulky yarn.  

Amount of yarn needed for each size:

Scarf: 205 - 225 yards
Baby Blanket: 440 - 465 yards
Small Blanket: 630 - 660 yards
Medium Throw: 800 - 850 yards
Large Throw: 970 - 1020 yards
XL Afghan: 1200 - 1250 yards
XXL Afghan: 1350 - 1450 yards

Solid color yarn is recommended to show the stitch pattern best.


I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in 'Mustard' for the blanket and 'Pumpkin' for the scarf.  I loved using these fall inspired colors...they are beautiful!  I have used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for many chunky knitting pattern designs.  There's a reason why I return to this yarn again and again...great color choices, dependable quality and great stitch definition.  The yarn is an acrylic / wool blend that has a pleasing 'woolly' feel.  Some of my favorite colorways in the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick are 'Denim' (dusty dark blue), 'Glacier' (icy blue) and 'Fisherman' (classic ivory).

If you prefer a softer yarn without any wool content...this project would work great with Lion Brand Hometown USA.  If you prefer a more neutral colorway...I'm a big fan of 'Dallas Gray'...which I used for my Westport Blanket knitting pattern.  

REVERSIBLE!

The Game Time pattern design is reversible!  The stitch pattern does not appear exactly the same on both sides but it looks attractive on both sides.

Game Time knitting pattern - it looks great on both sides!
EASY KNITTING PATTERN:

The Game Time blanket and scarf is very easy to knit!  

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.  The two stitch techniques in this design are garter stitch and a K1, P1 repeat (like used for ribbing).

A couple of stitch markers (ring and clip-on style) are helpful for keeping track of the pattern.

WHERE TO PURCHASE THE PATTERN:


The pattern is also available on Etsy, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

Game Time chunky blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio

We're enjoying an absolutely beautiful fall here in Kansas City....gorgeous fall color and bright sunny days.  I've enjoyed knitting on the deck and taking walks everyday to soak up all the pretty fall colors.  

I loved knitting the Game Time blanket and scarf...inspired by the beauty of fall and the fun of going to a game. 

Have a wonderful day!  Happy knitting!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio

Monday, October 1, 2018

Window Seat - Blanket Knitting Pattern

I'm so happy to introduce my new blanket knitting pattern - Window Seat.

Window Seat blanket is easy to knit with worsted weight yarn.  The pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.

Window Seat blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy LoveKnitting and Etsy.

Window Seat blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
INSPIRATION FOR THE NAME OF THE PATTERN:

The window seat at my grandmother's house stretched across the entire width of the living room.  The built in bench...with well loved, upholstered cushions...was the perfect spot for reading a book or playing cards.  In my memories, my sweet grandmother is there sitting next to me and we're each sketching the view of the lake.  In the evening, we watched the sunset and the view evolved from a bright glow of orange to a varying rainbow of colors.  It was always a different scene from one evening to the next...the colors changing with the clouds.  Each night, as the sky grew darker, the old windows over the window seat were transformed to a wall of glistening, inky dark blue...and we played cards late into the night.

Window Seat blanket knitting pattern by Fifty Four Ten Studio
SIX BLANKET SIZES:
The Window Seat blanket knitting pattern includes instructions for six blanket sizes.

Approximate sizes after blocking:

Baby Blanket: 28" wide x 32.25" long
Small Crib/Lap Blanket: 31.25" wide x 36" long
Medium Throw: 34.5" wide x 37.25" long
Large Throw: 37.75" wide x 41" long
XL Throw: 41" wide x 43.5" long
XXL Afghan: 44.25" wide x 48.5" long

It's very easy to make any of the blanket sizes longer by adding additional pattern repeats.  Each pattern repeat adds approximately 1.25" to the length of the blanket.  The pattern includes estimates of how much additional yarn is needed to make each size longer.

Window Seat blanket knitting pattern - easy to knit with worsted weight yarn.

WORSTED WEIGHT YARN:

This pattern is designed for worsted weight yarn.  It would also work well with slightly heavier or lighter weight yarn such as Aran or DK weight yarn.

I used Malabrigo Rios Pure Merino Superwash in the 'Azul Profundo' colorway.  This yarn is gorgeous!  It's very soft and machine washable...and the selection of beautiful colorways is outstanding.

Amount of yarn needed for each blanket size:

Baby: 750 - 770 yards
Small: 920 - 950 yards
Medium: 1020 - 1060 yards
Large: 1250 - 1300 yards
XL: 1420 - 1470 yards
XXL: 1750 - 1850 yards

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

Window Seat blanket - easy to knit with worsted weight yarn.

KNITTING NEEDLES:

I used US size 9 circular knitting needles with Malabrigo Rios yarn.  I used some older metal circular knitting needles that I've had for years.

The blanket is knit flat, in one piece so circular knitting needles are essential for holding a large number of stitches.

My favorite metal tipped circular knitting needles that I've purchase recently for other projects are Knitter's Pride Nova Plantina circular needles.  The cord does not curl or twist!

Pick the needle size that works best for your yarn and knitting tension.  The only way to confirm which needle size will be the best for your project is to do a little test knitting.  Test knit by casting on about 25 stitches and working in garter stitch for a couple inches.  The yarn label should have a suggested needle size...that's always a good place to start.  If you think your stitches are too loose, change to one needle size smaller.  If you think your stitches are too tight, move to one needle size larger.

For this blanket pattern, exact gauge is not essential.  Focus on the appearance of your knitting with your yarn.  Pick the needle size that works best for you.

SKILL LEVEL:

This is a very easy knitting pattern.  It's a great pattern for any level of knitter from a confident beginner to an experienced knitter who enjoys a relaxing project.

You will need to know how to cast on stitches (I use long tail cast-on method but another method can work also), knit and purl confidently, change back and forth from knit to purl in the middle of a row, read a row by row knitting pattern, transition to a new ball of yarn, cast off stitches and weave in ends.

Even though it is an easy pattern, some ring style stitch markers are very helpful to keep track of the pattern!  You will save a lot of time counting stitches if you place some ring style markers where the pattern indicates to change from knit to purl.  I used Clover stitch markers.

Blocking of the finished blanket is suggested but not essential.  See my blog post for blocking tips.

Ring style stitch markers are helpful to keep track of the pattern.
WHERE TO GET THE PATTERN:

Window Seat blanket knitting pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting and Etsy.

Window Seat - easy to knit blanket pattern for worsted weight yarn.

I'm soaking up some beautiful fall days...I love the cool temperatures, crunching leaves on morning walks, yellow mums planted by the front porch, pumpkin spice tea, the smell of apple crisp baking in the oven...all the scents and feels are so lovely!

Have a wonderful day!

Mary Lee
Fifty Four Ten Studio