This is exciting – I’m hosting a ‘Crochet Along’! (Week 1)

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Welcome to my ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’… a 35 week Crochet Along which I hosted here on my blog throughout 2018. The original blog post remains below and all the subsequent weeks with full instructions are here on my blog (go to the menu).

Update April 2020: But I’m very happy to announce that for the very first time I now have a TEXT ONLY PRINTER FRIENDLY PATTERN available in both UK and US crochet terminology over in my Ravelry Store.
Here’s the link…
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seaside-stash-busting-blanket-2

There is also now a yarn pack available from ‘The Knitting Network’ which comes with the full printed pattern included!

Click on the link below… they offer worldwide shipping too… 🙂

https://www.theknittingnetwork.co.uk/seaside-blanket-colour-pack

Seaside Colourway

And now for where it all began…

ORIGINAL BLOG POST:

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! 😊)

IMG_2947So 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

IMG_2911 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…

IMG_2910 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… 🙂 🙂

193 comments

  1. I am new to crochet and would love to make this. Where would you recommend on the internet to go to learn the stitches.

    1. 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!

    2. 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
      lol lol

      1. Hi Mary … they all in weekly blog posts here on my blog… go to the menu fir all the weeks. Alternatively if you join the Facebook group ‘Coastal Crochet Cal’ then some lovely ladies have uploaded the pattern in whole under the files section in both US and UK terms.

  2. 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 ❤️

      1. 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!

  3. 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…

    1. Hi Eleonora,
      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!

      1. 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! 😊❤️

  4. Hello Eleonora, I just discovered this today from a Facebook post and it looks wonderful! I’m wondering if anyone has ‘translated’ your pattern to US terminology? I’ve tried patterns with UK terminology before and end up with a problems along the way.

  5. 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

      1. Thank you Eleonora. The oh will be happy that I’m using more of my wool that is in are bedroom.

  6. Hi
    I’ve just found your coastal blanket and love it, and all the beautiful colour variations everyone is making.
    My friend and I here in Sydney would love to make the blanket! Should we follow it week by week or what do you suggest?thanks
    Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle… lovely to have you and your friend joining in! It’s up to you how you follow it… the weekly blog posts have lots of photos and extras but a couple of people have uploaded PDF’s of the pattern so far onto the Facebook group page ‘Coastal Crochet CAL’ – makes it easier to print out! Good luck.. 😊❤️

      1. How do i get the wk by wk pattern I only have your wk one and can’t seem to find the rest x

      2. Each week is listed under the menu section in weekly blog posts under ‘Seaside Stash Busting Blanket’… alternatively if you join the Facebook group ‘Coastal Crochet Cal’ then some lovely ladies have uploaded the pattern in whole under the files section in both US and UK terms.

  7. Hi Eleonora
    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.
    Thanks
    Leanne

    1. Hi Leanne,
      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! 😊❤️❤️

  8. 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?

    1. 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… 😊💙💙

  9. 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

    1. 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!

  10. 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.

    1. 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! 😊❤️

  11. Hi Eleonora
    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
    Clare
    (Stoke Newington, London)

  12. Hi, really love this, a bit late to the party (as usual) is there anywhere I can get the complete pattern?

    1. Hi Jennie… never too late! The pattern is in the weekly blog posts here on my blog. 😊 Bit if you join the Facebook group ‘Coastal Crochet Cal’ then some lovely ladies have uploaded the pattern in whole under the files section.

  13. Hello..
    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
    Thanks heaps…
    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.. 🙂

    1. 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! 😊

  14. Hey if I wanted to make this a different size what multiple and turning chain stitches would I need? Thanks for the lovely pattern.

    1. 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! 😊

  15. This blanket is BEAUTIFUL. I’ve never made a blanket before and found this one and got super excited. I love the fact that it changes stitches throughout, which will keep me from getting bored and giving up lol. I was just wondering. Do you have a full written pattern? My internet sometimes isnt the greatest, and would love to have all the rows without having to find each individual week. Thank you so much.

  16. 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!

  17. 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

    1. 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! 😊💙

    1. Hi Helen… if you join the Facebook group ‘Coastal Crochet Cal’ then some lovely ladies have uploaded the pattern in whole under the files section in both US and UK terms. The weekly blog posts with inspiration photos and links to YouTube are here on my blog…. just go to the menu… good luck! 💙😄

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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 …

  22. Hi Eleonora just wondering if this pattern comes in a PDF download like your changing tides blanket?
    I don’t mind buying it, I am just not that savvy with the blogging and trying to follow the pattern in that format.
    Cheers from Australia
    Kind regards
    Cyndi

    1. Hi Cyndi… I’m working on getting a pdf together at the moment… but in the meantime, if you join the Facebook group ‘Coastal Crochet Cal’ then some lovely ladies have uploaded the pattern in whole under the files section in both US and UK terms.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

    1. 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! 😊❤️

  25. 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!

    1. 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! 😊❤️

  26. 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.

    1. 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! 😊❤️

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