Stones in the Road
The name for the Stones in the Road Blanket was inspired by my recent bike ride on the Katy Trail in Missouri. The flat, straight, crushed stone trail follows a former railroad track. You can read more about the pattern and its name on by blog.
The Stones in the Road Blanket is knit with super bulky weight yarn so it is quick to knit on big needles.
Knit flat, in one piece, back and forth on US size 13 circular knitting needles.
This pattern uses standard U.S. knitting terms. Written pattern with row by row instructions.
DIRECTIONS FOR FIVE SIZES:
Approximate sizes after blocking…
XL: 48.25” wide x 58” long
Large: 40.25” wide x 50.5” long
Medium: : 36.75” wide x 45.5” long
Small (Crib/Lap): 34” wide x 38” long
Baby: 28” wide x 28” long
Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding pattern repeats. Each pattern repeat adds about 2.5” to the length of the blanket. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make blankets longer.
SKILL LEVEL: Easy
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.
SUPER BULKY YARN:
XL: 1100 - 1200 yards
Large: 820 - 870 yards
Medium: 650 - 680 yards
Small (Crib/Lap): 520 - 550 yards
Baby: 320 - 340 yards
This pattern will work well with many super bulky weight yarns. I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (from Michael’s Craft Store) in ‘Mushroom’ for the tan blanket shown. I also like Lion Brand Thick & Quick Solids and Lion Brand Hometown USA (available at many US craft stores).
You may also experiment with knitting two strands of bulky or worsted weight yarn together…remember you will need about twice as much yardage!
Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your blanket.
The texture of the pattern will show up best with solid color yarns.
In order to accommodate the large number of stitches, long circular needles are highly recommended. I use US size 13 circular knitting needles 38” in length for larger blankets. For a crib or baby blanket, circular needles in a shorter length could be used.