The name for the Flint Hills Blanket is inspired by the Flint Hills area in the east central portion of Kansas…my home state. Yes… contrary to popular belief…there are hills in Kansas! The Flint Hills 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… Baby Blanket: 30" wide x 32" long Small Crib/Toddler/Lap Blanket: 35" wide x 37" long Medium Throw: 37.5" wide x 47" long Large Throw: 40" wide x 49.5" long XL Afghan: 47.5" wide x 54.5" 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: Baby: 380 - 410 yards Small: 520 - 560 yards Medium: 690 - 740 yards Large: 820 - 900 yards XL: 1150 - 1250 yards This pattern will work well with many super bulky weight yarns. I like Lion Brand Thick & Quick Solids and Lion Brand Hometown USA. 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. NEEDLES: In order to accommodate the large number of stitches, long circular needles are highly recommended. I used US size 13 circular knitting needles 38” in length.