National Park Centennial Celebration Blanket by Smart Knits

National Park Centennial Celebration Blanket

January 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 5 rows = 1 inch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
2400 - 3000 yards (2195 - 2743 m)
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This pattern is available for $20.00 USD buy it now

Pattern Inspiration:

This year, 2016, is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Smart Knits - a knitting group out of Logan, Utah - thought that a great way to celebrate the National Park Service and the sublime lands that it protects was to design a National Parks blanket. The blanket is made up of 60 blanket squares - one to celebrate each of the 59 National Parks and one square to celebrate the National Park Service itself. Each square blocks to 6 inches by 6 inches. Learn more about the project at this blog post.

Pattern Subscription:

If you purchase this pattern, you will be signing up for a pattern subscription. Each month during 2016, five National Park blanket squares (each 6 inches x 6 inches) will be released and emailed to you. By the end of December 2016, you will have received patterns for all 60 squares. The patterns will be released in the order which the National Parks were established.

If you do not want a subscription, each square will also be available to purchase separately on the Smart Knits page as they are released. With individual pattern purchases you can make a smaller blanket made up of your favorite parks or individual blanket square coasters!

Yarn Needed:

Two skeins of each of these colors of Knit Picks Swish DK: Coal, White, Marble Heather, Twilight, Dusk, Forest Heather, Allspice, Garnet Heather, Honey, and Bark. Additionally, you may use scrap yarn that is a DK weight as accent colors for some of the squares (these are noted in the pattern).

Blanket Backing:

We will be designing a National Parks-themed fabric backing for the blanket to be posted on Spoonflower this summer. So folks who knit the blanket (and want to hide all of the intarsia on the back) will have an option to buy the fabric from Spoonflower. Subscribers will also be provided detailed instructions on how to sew the backing to the blanket.

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated to the National Park Foundation in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

Smart Knits acknowledges that much of the U.S. National Park System, like many protected area systems around the globe, was created by forcibly removing Indigenous peoples from their lands. We encourage individuals who purchase these patterns to learn more about this often untold story of the National Parks and learn whose land they are recreating on the next time they visit a National Park or protected area.

Update as of November 2020: Although we are past the NPS Centennial. All proceeds from these patterns continue to be donated to the National Park Foundation. To date, we’ve donated just over $3,000.

Direct questions or comments about the pattern to this forum post in the Smart Knits group.