Seaside Stash Busting Blanket – Week 32

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It’s Week 32… I can’t believe we are gradually approaching the end of our blankets and this wonderful shared experience! But not quite… we’re going to Week 35… there’s some information below about the edgings for our blankets as we do need to think ahead about these! 😊

We are safely back from our European travels (blog posts with crochet inspiration will be coming soon!) 😊

We start this week with our last two rows of shells and then end with the two rows (like sand) that straighten out those shells ready for next weeks rows. And as usual here’s another beautiful round-up from Instagram

So here goes…

At the end of Row 140 you should have joined with a new colour and made 4ch which counts as the first dtr (double treble) of this next row- remember it’s UK terminology…

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Row 141 3dtr into st at base of turning chain, *miss 3 sts, 1dc in next st, miss 3 sts, 7dtr in next st, repeat from * to end, miss 2 sts, 1dc in final st joining with a new colour at end of st, 4ch, turn (22 shells and 1 half shell)

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Row 142 2dtr into st at base of turning chain, *miss 3 sts, 1dc in next st, miss 3 sts, 7dtr in next st, repeat from * to end, miss 3 sts, 1dc in final st joining with a new colour at end of st, 4ch, turn (22 shells and 1 half shell)

In this next row we are crocheting into the BACK LOOP (BL) only of each stitch around the shell from Row 142 so the shell is more pronounced. We’re crocheting into the middle stitch between the shells as normal going under both loops.

Row 143 1tr in BL of next 2 sts, 1htr in BL of next st, 1dc in BL of next st, 1htr in BL of next st, 1tr in BL of next 2 sts, 1dtr in next st going through st as normal, continue with *(2tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1htr, 2tr) going in BL of sts and 1dtr in next st going through st as normal, repeat from * to end, the final st will be a htr, 3ch, turn (180 sts)

Row 144 1tr in each st to end, join with a new colour at end of final st, 1ch, (counts as first dc of next row), turn

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And here’s some information about an edging for our blankets…

Our blankets need an edging! And to help us plan ahead and have time to give it some thought (or get new yarn! πŸ˜†) before our final week 35, here’s some information…

Every blanket being made is unique – no two blankets around the world are the same which is so wonderful and I want to encourage you all to choose an edging that’s right for your blanket! You are all fantastic crocheters so go for it and be creative making an edging you’ll love!! 😊

Here I’ve crocheted 3 simple examples of edgings on a small section of my own blanket… 😊

This one is 4 rows in dc (US sc) using Stylecraft yarns Eskimo yarn. It’s a simple edging but the fluffy yarn gives it something extra and for me this edging represents sea spray – here’s an inspiration photo…

It also works well to cover uneven row ends – some of you have sides that are not completely straight. When crocheting a blanket with so many different stitch combinations and rows it will always be difficult to keep completely straight sides and some of you have used different yarn types too… For these blankets a fluffy edging like the one shown at the top will help to neaten those sides and disguise any wobbly bits! But it’s entirely up to you! I realise that a fluffy edging is not to everyone’s taste… 😁

This example is 3 rows of dc (US sc) using yarn that was used in the rest of my blanket. Very simple but effective.

And finally this example is a shell edging based on a shell stitch that is smaller than the ones we used in our blanket so easier to keep the stitches tight which is important for an edging. These shells are just 5tr (US dc) stitches to make up each shell but first I crocheted 2 rows of dc (US sc) as a base for these shells to be worked on. It’s a lovely edging to use if your sides are pretty straight. 🐚🐚🐚

You could also just choose your favourite rows that we’ve done from the blanket and use that as an edging… maybe the 2 coloured rows or a wave edging! 🌊🌊🌊

The possibilities are endless… πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

For my own blanket I’ve decided to go with the fluffy β€˜sea spray’ edging and I will use 2 balls of Stylecraft yarns Eskimo…

Hope that helps and gives you all something to think about… 😊

During our travels I was able to photograph my own blanket in some beautiful locations! I’ll share them in Blog posts about our travels soon but this photo was taken in Salzburg, Austria πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή whilst the sun was setting and it’s become my most liked photo over on Instagram ever!! 😊❀️

Happy Crocheting Everyone…😊❀️

17 comments

  1. I love that edging that you have shared. Although the fluffy one is not one I would usually go for I think it is fabulous here. Welcome home and I hope everything goes well for your family getting ready with returning to school xxxx

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  2. Thank you so much Eleonora for the forward thinking – especially after a holiday. I love seeing your blanket leaning nonchalantly on the bridge wall in Salzburg πŸ™‚ I think I may well run with two of the borders, I’ll be doing a little juggling with rock pools and such like too to fill in a couple of big dips I managed to create, and I rather like the idea of finishing with the shell edging. For the first time I may have to purchase some yarn – but my, the stash has been much decimated by this wonderful project!

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  3. Not only am I learning from and loving this project but its the comments and photos from so many women all over the world joined by their love of crochet that is so important – and the fluffy edging of course – brill idea. Thank you so much for doing this Eleonora xx
    PS Love the Salzburg picture – I want to go there now!

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    1. Awww, Angie… thank you so much! Yes I agree that the community aspect and shared experience of this blanket has been truly wonderful! And Salzburg was amazing! Highly recommend it… not only for the city itself but the surrounding areas are so beautiful too… πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸ’™

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  4. I’m just getting ready to start my blanket and was wondering if anybody can tell me how much wool I’m going to need ?

    Thanks in advance
    love love love all of your blankets β€οΈπŸ’šπŸ§‘πŸ’™

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