Take a Sunrise by Fifty Four Ten Studio

Take a Sunrise

April 2020
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
620 - 2300 yards (567 - 2103 m)
6 Sizes: Baby, Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL (see dimensions below)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Take a Sunrise blanket is easy to knit with worsted or Aran weight yarn. The pattern includes instructions for six (6) blanket sizes.

When I planned this blanket design in early February 2020, the name Take a Sunrise was inspired by a line from a song in a favorite childhood movie: “who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew”. I started knitting this blanket in early March, thankful for a project to keep me busy as news in the world became more and more unsettling. Within a few days, staying at home was the new normal. Now, there are days that I wake up well before dawn and like so many I worry and wonder when things will get better. One morning, I worked on knitting this orange blanket and watched the sun come up… like it always does… and the name for this blanket design took on new meaning. In the spirit of hope for brighter days to come, this pattern will always be free to download. May you find comfort and peace in your knitting. Mary Lee

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Approximate sizes after blocking…

Baby Blanket: 27.5” wide x 32.5” long
Small Blanket: 30” wide x 36.5” long
Medium Blanket: 32.5” wide x 40.5” long
Large Throw: 37” wide x 44.5” long
XL Afghan: 44.5” wide x 53” long
XXL Afghan: 49.5” wide x 61” 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 4” to the length of the blanket. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make each size longer.


Baby: 620 - 640 yards
Small: 770 - 800 yards
Medium: 930 - 960 yards
Large: 1180 - 1230 yards
XL: 1660 - 1760 yards
XXL: 2200 - 2300 yards

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

For best appearance of stitch pattern texture, solid color yarn or hand dyed yarns with subtle color variations recommended.

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. Finished size and amount of yarn needed may vary depending on yarn choice and gauge….so buy extra yarn just in case!


Stockinette stitch with US size 8 needles: approximately 16 stitches & 23 rows = 4”

Though exact gauge is not essential, this stitch pattern will look best with fairly tight stitches. Select needle size that gives the best appearance for your choice of yarn and your knitting tension.

A significantly different gauge may require more (or less) yarn.


Blanket knit flat, in one piece, back and forth on circular knitting needles in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.


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.

For best appearance, blocking of finished knitting is highly recommended. Click here to see my blog post for tips on blocking your finished blanket.

This pattern uses standard U.S. knitting terms.

Written pattern with row by row instructions.