Welcome to my ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’… a 35 week Crochet Along which I hosted here on my blog throughout 2018. The first original ‘Week 1’ blog post remains below and all the subsequent weeks with full instructions are here on my blog (go to the menu to access each week).
Update April 2020: I’m very happy to announce that the full pattern in both UK and US crochet terms is now available over in my Ravelry and Etsy Stores.
Here are the links…
Ravelry: www.ravelry.com – pattern
Etsy: www.etsy.shop – pattern
My original blanket was a true stash buster made using only yarns I had in my stash. The variety of stitch combinations and colours were inspired each week by the textures and colours of the seaside.
You can use whichever yarns you like but for the best results make sure they are all the same yarn weight and the same yarn type. You can use as many or as little colours as you like. My original blanket had a total of 16 colours in it (seen above).
My finished blanket using DK acrylic yarns measures approximately 110cm x 130cm (43 x 51in) but the finished size will depend on your tension and chosen yarn type.
Update January 2022:
I have also designed a new ‘Seaside Celebration’ colour way (shown below using 10 colours) to celebrate 4 years since the original blanket was launched. It’s slightly smaller than the original and you can read all about that here: Seaside Celebration Blanket
The pattern for this blanket is also available in my Ravelry and Etsy stores:
Do join the Facebook group Coastal Crochet where lots of photos are being shared and there’s so much help and inspiration! It’s a really friendly and welcoming group… 🙂
https://www.facebook.com/coastal crochet group
And now for where it all began…
ORIGINAL BLOG POST – January 2018:
I’m hosting my first ‘Crochet Along’ (CAL) – I’m calling it the ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’ and it would be fabulous if some of you will join me!
Here’s the story behind my idea…
Last week over on Instagram Mollie Makes Magazine hosted ‘Mollie Makers Week’ – each day there was a prompt to share a photo. I was a little late joining in but took part over the last three days where I shared photos of my ‘fave make’, ‘craft stash’ and finally ‘inspiration’.
This is the photo along with my explanation which I shared for ‘craft stash’…
Oh my! Today the prompt is ‘Craft Stash’ for #molliemakersweek – it would be far too embarrassing to show you all of my #craftstash which extends from under our bed, to a basket by the sofa, to a desk in the living room and a cupboard in the hall! It’s not even very well organised I’m afraid!! Having been a maker for all my adult life I’ve accumulated so many things and people who know me and my love of craft have generously given me lots over the years too, especially any unwanted yarn! So here’s just a little snapshot of yarn and fabrics that I brought out into the front garden this morning…
And it’s this photo that really got me thinking about all that yarn and I’ve come up with the fun idea of an unofficial and unplanned ‘Crochet Along’!
Seeing all that yarn under my bed made me really want to use it all to make another blanket but I really don’t want to start a big project like a blanket at the moment- I don’t really have enough time as I have other potential projects and commissions in the pipeline (as well as my day job and family life to keep up with!!!). But how about if I crocheted no more than 4 rows per week and write the pattern as I go? That would mean by about September time (this is going to be a slow CAL!) I’ll have a finished crocheted blanket with the pattern all written up and it wouldn’t have taken over in any way!! 😊
Well that’s what I’ve decided to do and it really would be lovely if you joined me!
I’ll do a blog post each week with the 4 rows worked, together with the written pattern. I’m literally going to make it up as we go along! There’s no pre-planning of colours or stitches… the only rule is that I will only use the DK yarns from my existing stash and do no more than 4 rows per week!
It will be a big blanket and I guess I’ll work about 140 rows meaning if I do 4 rows per week it will take 35 weeks (but I won’t be putting any pressure on myself to finish it by a certain date and I may give myself some weeks off!)
I announced this over on my Instagram on Monday asking if anyone would like to join me and ‘Wow’! – I have been so touched and overwhelmed by the response! I had no idea how many people would want to crochet along with me and I’m so happy that there’s now over 50 people and some are as far away as Australia and the USA! I’m so excited! It’s amazing that there are so many people who are going to join me in this slow and gentle ‘cal’ which will result in a gorgeous blanket, I promise! 😊 😊
(*EDIT* October 2018… many 1000’s of people joined in with this CAL between January and September from over 30 different countries around the world. It became a very special project indeed… ❤️❤️❤️ And many people are starting blankets even now! There’s a thriving Facebook group ‘Coastal Crochet’. All the instructions will remain on my blog in the weekly blog posts so I hope people will make this for many years to come! 😊)
So here goes, first four rows in UK terminology:
Abbreviations: ch: chain, rep: repeat, st(s): stitch(es), tr: treble
With 4.50mm hook (you may prefer using a smaller or larger hook depending on your tension and the yarn you’re using) make 182ch
Row 1 1tr in 4th ch from hook, (3 missed ch count as first tr), 1tr in each ch to end, 3ch (counts as first st of next row), turn (180 sts)
Row 2 Miss first st, 2tr in next st, continue with (miss 1 st, 2tr in next st) to end finishing with 1tr in final st of row and join with a new colour at end of final st, 3ch, turn (89 groups of 2tr with 1 tr at each side)
We are now working ‘V Stitch’ to create the ‘V’s’…
Row 3 Miss first st, continue with (2tr inbetween the sts from previous row) to end, 1tr in final st, join with a new colour at end of final st, 3ch, turn
Row 4 Rep Row 3
And that’s it… four rows started, put it away, get back to other crochet projects and we’ll do another four rows next week…
Coincidently, fellow crochet blogger Rosina from ‘Zeens and Roger’ has announced her first CAL this week too! A completely different kind of CAL which sounds fun so head on over to her blog to find out more about it…
Happy crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂
I am new to crochet and would love to make this. Where would you recommend on the internet to go to learn the stitches.
Hi Cheryl… I have done YouTube tutorials myself for the more complex rows… I provide links to these as we go through the weeks. For the simpler rows any basic crochet book or basic beginner crochet tutorials would be good as they are just simple stitches… so long as they are UK as I use Uk terminology which is a little different to US… good luck!
hi can you do a video of each row please
I’m afraid not Tracy…. I just don’t have the time at the moment. 😊
well started it and now have to rip it out tr in USA terms is a triple not a double so I did the first 4 rows in triple crochet. Oh well it will go faster in double crochet
This looks wonderful! I hope I’m not too late to join in- although I have a lot to catch up on! I also have a crazy wool stash in many different cupboards and bags- I love this idea to help me use it all. Thank you for sharing your knowledge ❤️
Never too late Victoria! Will be lovely to have you crocheting with us and as we’re going slow you may well catch up soon! 🙂 🙂
Hi I am a year late! Question is row 3 crocheted between the stitches?
Yay!! 😁💙 It’s a ‘V’ stitch so insert the hook right between the 2tr stitches themselves, not between the groups of 2tr… hope that makes sense… it’s so the treble stitches are pushed apart to create that V… good luck!
You made my day! Thanks a bunch for making me feel like enyoying my future retirement with crochet projects by the sea… Have just started a ripple blanket and catch up with this lovely project asap… Thanks again…
Hi Esra… how lovely to hear from you! Thanks for your kind words… so happy to have made your day! Enjoy the crochet… 🙂 xx
I’ve finally decided to start this blanket after following along from a distance when you originally did the CAL! I’d like to make it as a baby blanket size though, would it work to reduce the number of stitches to make it narrower? I wasn’t sure if it would need to be a certain multiple to fit the different stitches into each row as the blanket progresses!
Hi Ellen… lovely that you’re going to make a blanket after all this time!! 😊❤️ I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. As I designed it as we went, I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people have crocheted it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊❤️
just starting this blanket. love the idea of using up leftover wool from other projects.
Fantastic! Enjoy… 😊❤️
Hi just seen your stash busting blanket. I have lots of wool to use so think this is ideal to do. Will this be on your blog for a while? As got other things to do 1st.
I’m looking forward to starting this. Thanks for sharing
Hi Rachel… yes all these instructions will stay on my blog. I have no intention of removing them… good luck! 😊❤️
Thank you Eleonora. The oh will be happy that I’m using more of my wool that is in are bedroom.
I’m Michelle’s friend Leanne (mentioned above). Having never picked up a pair of knitting needles or a crotchet hook in my life, I think I’m both excited for the challenge and a little nervous!! Thanks for including us at this late stage – your work is stunning. Just a quick question though. What type of wool are you using? I have had to purchase my wool (no stash to bust here!!) and have bought 8ply wool or wool blend. I’m up to making the bobbles and my blanket just seems really chunky. I prefer the sleeker look of yours and the others I have seen online. I’m thinking I may have to return what I haven’t opened and start again. I would appreciate your advice.
It’s so lovely to hear that you are crocheting along! My blanket and most others being crocheted have used DK yarn which is the 8ply equivalent in Australia… mine is the cheaper 100% acrylic. So I am unsure why yours feels so chunky… maybe you need to go down a hook size? Beginner crocheters are often looser in tension which will make a difference to the overall look and feel and going down to a 4mm hook may help?? Also, although 8ply is 8ply, there is a difference to how yarns look and feel depending on content. I love wool but it does of course feel different to acrylics… so maybe go back to have a look and feel… crochet a little swatch (10cm x 10cm) to see how the yarn crochet’s up…. it would be a shame to spend so long on a blanket that you’re then not happy with so getting it right now is important…. GOOD LUCK! 😊❤️❤️
Thank you I will take on board your ideas and see how I go.
Can’t wait to start! Wanting a new project for awhile but afraid to commit to a large one. I’m nervous about choosing colours… any tips?
Hi Karen… lovely that you’re going to crochet the blanket! As for colours, it’s so personal… I just line up the balls of yarn to plan which colour to use next… I just go for the one I like and don’t over think it! Good luck… 😊💙💙
Hi, I am up to row 8 on my blanket. I am having some problems with the stitch count in that I’m finding I have too few or too many. Can you tell me when you chain at the then of the row to start the stitch for the next row, when I turn so I crichetvinto the base of the chain or the next stitch? I think this may be where I’m going wrong. Thanks in advance Lisa
Hi Lisa… that’s exactly it- the turning chains count as a stitch throughout the whole pattern, even on the dc (us sc) rows! So you crochet into the next st, not the st at the base of the turning chains. It can be tricky to spot that ch1 on subsequent rows so it’s a good idea to use a stitch marker in the 1ch turning chains so you can identify it easily on the next row when crocheting back into it- good luck!
Hi Eleonora, I want to start this but I have so much fingering weight yarn in my stash. I will probably use it-should I cast on more chains to start and also what size crochet hook would you suggest? Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.
Hi Gwen… lovely that you’re going to start! It depends on your tension. For fingering or 4ply I would use a 3.5mm hook but you may need to go up or down a size … I suggest trying a little square of crochet first to see which you prefer… the blanket will be smaller but you could try more chains to start with…. I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. As I designed it as we went, I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people are doing it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊❤️
I’ve been stalking your Seaside Stashbuster for some time now whilst I finished off a list of knitting projects. But now the time is here! I’ve done very little crochet, so this is going to be a big learning curve. However, I’ve got to get going as, with this in mind, I’ve ‘inadvertently’ bought extra balls of yarn whilst making other things so now have even more stash to bust! By the way, as well as loving looking at your work, I really enjoy seeing your costal scenery and beautiful dog!
Here’s to 2019 – and the Seaside Stashbuster. Thank you for sharing it with all of us
(Stoke Newington, London)
Hello Clare…. thank you so much for leaving such a kind comment! I hope you enjoy crocheting the blanket…. so happy to hear you like my work and seeing little Salty too! 😊💙💙🐶
Love the pattern.. Have a chunky cotton yarn that I’d love to use.. Is there anyway to reduce the size a bit? If I use your 182 chain, it will be big enough for a king size bed!! lol
PS I’ve requested to join the FB page, but would love an answer soon, I’m at 82 chain & would love to finish my first 4 rows.. 🙂
Hi Cate…. lovely to hear you’re going to make the blanket… doing it in a chunky cotton will certainly make it a lot bigger! I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. As I designed it as we went, I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people are doing it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊
I am doing a throw with chunky yard and I used 120 stitches. Hope that helps.
Hey if I wanted to make this a different size what multiple and turning chain stitches would I need? Thanks for the lovely pattern.
Hi Serena… I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. As I designed it as we went, I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people are doing it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊
Hi I have just discovered your gorgeous website and cant wait to start this blanket looks gorgeous, just have to finish the 2 I have on the go at the moment then going to start yours. Its beautiful love all the different stitches!
Hi Carol! Thank you so much for the kind comment… I hope you enjoy making it! 😊💙💙
Hi lovely, I have just come across your blog and would love to have a go at this blanket, could you tell me if you have a list of the amounts of yarn used, I have so many odd single 100gr balls of Stylecraft,
Thanks for your time luv Les x
Hi Les… as this was a genuine stash busting pattern which I made up as we went along, I do not have a list of the exact yarns. But I’ve worked out that 10 x100g balls would be enough although I used about 15 different colours for mine. Good luck! 😊💙
Hi Eleonora, I’m so glad I found you!! I’m doing the changing tides CAL at the moment and I’m absolutely loving it (them as I’m making 2 😀)
I also love this one, the stashbusting CAL, I have way too much yarn 🧶. So once I’ve finished the changing tides I shall start with this one. Thank you so much for your well written patterns and the very easy to follow videos
Love from Down Under
Hello Petrie… I’m glad you found me too and are enjoying my patterns! Thank you so much… 😊💙💙
A new one.. est hurry and finish this one
I saw the blanket on another yarn shops page that the owner had just finished. Fell in love! I’m using the colours from the Persian Tiles Eastern Jewels pack so mainly Special DK, and using a 5mm hook. It’s beautiful. Been on it now for just 2 weeks and up to row 52, find it so addictive. I’m loving seeing all the different colourways on the FB Group. Already planning to do another in possibley Aran and just 3 colours. Thank you so much for sharing this
You’re very welcome Nici… lovely to hear your enjoying it! 😊💙💙
Hi Eleonora, I was looking for a pattern for a blanket and saw a picture of your seaside stash busting blanket on Pinterest. It looks awesome and I can’t wait to start it. I also live in a coastal town near Jervis Bay NSW Australia. I love your pictures of the beach and rocks they are so soothing. Your crochet items are lovely. What better combination crochet and the sea.
Hello Kathleen… thank you so much for your kind words! I’m really happy you’re going to start the blanket… enjoy it! An Australian coastal town sounds wonderful…. 😊💙💙💙
Hello from Italy … I’m a new follower on your YT videos and on your Insta profile, your works are amazing. So I took a look at your blog and I found so many wonderful pictures of your inspirational England that took me back to the time when I was there many years ago with school, so I like those beaches and cliffs so so much and the Isle of Wight I couldn’t visit at that time …This blanket is really gorgeous, so colorful and I believe it is within my reach, a long term project perfectly fits to me! I just have to find good yarn and start, one step at a time.The enthusiasm I read in your words and posts is really contagious! Thanks so much …
Hello Chiaretta, how lovely to hear from you- thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I’m so happy you discovered my blog and have enjoyed the photos. I hope you will enjoy making the blanket too… 😊💙
How can I get on the email list or get the PDF
The printed pattern comes with the yarn pack… otherwise all tbd weeks are here on my blog… go to the menu section and look under Seaside Stash Busting Blanket CAL… https://www.theknittingnetwork.co.uk/seaside-blanket-colour-pack
I just found your blog and I’m soooo excited – i’m going to crochet the ” seaside ” blanket . I’m 64 and this will be my first blanket . Going to check out the rest of your blog so have a Blessed week.
Hello Daisy… how lovely that you stumbled across my blog! Enjoy crocheting the blanket! 😊❤️
Hi!! I am so excited to try this blanket!! It’s so beautiful! I am fairly new to crocheting, so can you tell me if all the yarn used on this blanket should be a worsted (4 or 5) weight? Or can I mix in chunky with worsted? Thank you so much!
Hi there Missi… with so many different stitch combinations it’s going to be a challenge to keep the edges straight so you should definitely stick to the same weight yarn and not mix and match… hope that helps… enjoy it! 😊❤️
Hi! I really want to start with this CAL. Never too late, right? I want to make the blanket a bit wider (and longer). Can I just add stitches multiplied by 2? Like for example, start with 200+2 st of 200 ch? Thanks!
Hi there… I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. As I designed it as we went, I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people are doing it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊❤️
Hello, I’ve already finished this blanket. I want to try again. I’d like to reduce the size a little, how many chains should I reduce? I need your advice.
I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. As I designed it as we went, I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people are doing it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊❤️
I am making good progress on this blanket. I just began crochet in March with the need to stay home. I didn’t have much of a stash, I actually had to buy more yarn. I absolutely love this design! And I just ordered my yarn for the Beachcombing blanket. I live on the coast too, although far away on the west coast of the US. I love your designs with the coast in mind. Thank you for making this available to us.
You’re very welcome! Thank you for sharing your kind words… the west coast of the US must be so beautiful!! 🥰💙🌊🌊
So sad I can’t follow a written pattern I wish you have a drawing pattern it’s so beautiful that I would love to make myself
There are lots of step by step photos and some videos to help with some stitches too. But I’m afraid I don’t have charts for this pattern…. 💙💙
I see that your pattern is a UK version. Is there someone to view a USA version? I’m not familiar with the UK terminology for crocheting but from reading some of the previous comments it appears that abbreviations may be different. Thanks in advance.
Hi Betsy, this blanket was originally only in UK terms. I’ve since translated it into US and that’s available as a text only version in my Etsy or Ravelry stores. The links are at the start of this blog post… hope that helps… 🙂🙂
Where are the links to the other parts of this project??
Go to the menu section of my blog (this website) and all the weeks are listed under Seaside Stash Busting Blanket 🥰💙
I’m a tad delayed but so excited to start 🙂
Yay! Never too late… enjoy! 😊💙
I’m following your crochet along for this costal blanket and I’m trying to copy the colours as above. I have all the yarn in the colours you’ve said. I’m on week 17 now and struggling now to see the colours. Can you post a picture of the full blanket? 😊
There’s more photos of that version here…. 🙂💙 https://coastalcrochet.com/2019/09/19/seaside-blanket/
hi there. i really wanna make this, but do you have this in US version? I have dyslexia and the UK stitches are making me rip and repeat over and over. Can you please post a US version?
Hi Christa, there is a US version available to purchase in my Etsy… 😃💙 https://etsy.me/3iXTOpq
Finally started the SSSB. So excited. If this has been answered sorry. The chain starts with 182 and then you start next with the fourth chain from the hook. That would give you 179 stitches not 180. Are you counting the chain on the hook? I was taught never to count the chain on the hook. Thanks for your help.
Hi Sissy, the missed 3 chains count as your first st so yes, that will then give you 180 sts… the turning chains count as a stitch throughout this blanket. Enjoy it! 😃💙
Thanks. I was just logged back in to say. Sorry. Math was off. Probably shouldn’t have tried to start that at 10:30 last night. TY. Have a great day.
Hi – I’m just about to try and start this project. Think it is just beautiful. I am new to crochet. Can you tell me what size your blanket ends up if you use the 182 stitches. Thank you.
Hello Judy…. Mine is approximately 110cm x 130cm (43 x 51in) but I tend to crochet tighter than many so depending on your tension it might come out a little bigger… enjoy! 🥰💙
Thx so much for this. Cheers from Australia
Thanks Judy, was scrolling down to get the answer to exactly this question – I crochet for a charity that asks for a specific size, so will need to make this a bit a narrower and longer!!
Hi Eleonora. I have finally plucked up courage to start the Seaside Stashbusting blanket and am loving it! At the start of the week 2 tutorial you’ve said to make sure we have 89 groups of 2tr with 1tr at each end, but somehow I have ended up with 90 pairs of treble. Is this going to be a problem or can I just carry on?
Hello Vivienne… I see you posts in the Facebook Group too and have had lots of helpful suggestions! Hope you’re back on track… 💙💙
Hi I’ve just discovered your amazing pattern (thanks to the power of Facebook!!) I’d like to make it as a king size blanket. Can you tell me how I’d adjust the stitch count/ what the multiple is please? Can’t wait to get started!!!
Hi Clair… lovely that you’ve discovered me! I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. Because I designed it as we went (it was a 35 week crochet along), I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people have done it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work… good luck! 😊
Very Best Wishes,
Thank you for your prompt reply! Can’t wait to get started! X
Hello Eleonora, I have just finished my Seaside Stash Buster CAL and I just love it. Thank you for you wonderful design. Lorraine wine from Morisset NSW Australia
You’re very welcome! 🥰💙
I love all the different versions in these gorgeous colours! 🌸😍
I’ve just purchased the pattern on Etsy and have bought some lovely new wool to do this, (which rather defeats the point of a stash buster!!).
Looking at the pattern from Etsy, row 3 states “miss 2 stitches, 2tr in space between next pair of tr” surely if I miss 2 stitches I won’t end up with the correct stitch count.
I also noticed that the instructions on your blog don’t mention missing 2 stitches.
Confused from West Sussex…
Hi Claire, lovely to hear you’re making this blanket. In Row 3 you’re working 2 treble inbetween the 2 trebles of Row 2 to push them apart and create the ‘V’. This is the original blog post – the Etsy pattern has been updated in response to feedback to make this row even clearer. You’re doing the same thing but in the Etsy pattern I say to miss 2 stitches as that will bring you to the correct place to work the next 2 trebles. Hope that helps… trust the pattern and read it slowly… if you’re starting with the right amount of stitches you will end up with the correct number too… good luck!! 🥰🥰
Hi Eleonora, this pattern looks amazing! Can I just ask how many stitches to add if I want to make it bigger (I’ve got wool that require a 4mm or 3.5mm hook)? Was thinking 240 +2, would that work? Many thanks in advance! And sorry if this has been asked before, there are so many comments (great enthusiasm from the fans!) Cheers x
Hi Natalie… I haven’t based this pattern on a stitch multiple. Because I designed it as we went (it was a 35 week crochet along), I adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 sts. But many people have done it smaller or bigger…. so long as you keep consistent with your chosen stitch count and adjust the turning chains accordingly (as you may start and end with a different stitch to me) it will work but needs a little figuring out! Good luck! 😊
Very Best Wishes,