Beachcombing Blanket – Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of my ‘Beachcombing Blanket’ crochet along. This week it’s all about waves! 😊🌊🌊🌊

I’ve recorded this video which I’ve called ‘A Week of Waves‘ in celebration of those waves that roll up onto our shores… enjoy!

There are different ways that waves can be created in crochet… 🌊

Using stitches of differing heights across a row to create the waves is one way and I have used this in my previous designs. Here it is in my Seaside Stash Busting Blanket

A chart can also be used to create a picture of waves as in my Waves Cushion which I designed for Simply Crochet magazine…

But this time, for our ‘Beachcombing Blanket‘, by crocheting stitches together and then pushing stitches apart with chain spaces in-between, and alternating this across the row, waves are created… and these are ‘Puff Stitch Waves‘! 🌊

A beachcombing blanket just wouldn’t be complete without some waves in there somewhere! And these Puff Stitch Waves give so much fabulous texture. They are a joy to crochet. Once you get into the stitch pattern, it’s the kind of repetitive crochet that is so soothing and relaxing…Β  πŸ™‚ 🌊

Here’s this weeks round-up from photos shared over on Instagram and in the Facebook Group. Beautiful photos are being shared as ever… thank you! So many of you are at different stages and there were some wonderful photographs featuring our furry friends! :)🐾

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For those of you who have purchased the PDF pattern on Ravelry it has now been updated to include Week 8 in both UK and US terms…

Ravelry Pattern for Beachcombing Blanket

And before we get to the pattern, here are photos of my ‘Week of Waves‘! Each day this week I’ve taken a photo of the waves in action… 🌊

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday (I’ve just been out this morning at sunrise to get this photo before publishing this blog post!)

It’s been such warm, dry and sunny summer weather all week! Looking back at these photos I can see there’s only been blue skies with no rain in sight. It can get pretty hot on the beach with no shade for Salty. Here she is on my blanket in progress… luckily she has the water to cool off in! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸŒŠ

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So let’s crochet these waves! 🌊

The full written pattern with lots of photos and link to the YouTube tutorial is below inΒ UK crochet terms. At the very end of this blog post I’ve provided the pattern inΒ US termsΒ too.

PATTERN IN UK CROCHET TERMINOLOGY.

Abbreviations

ch: chain

ch-sp(s): chain space(s)

dc: double crochet

htr: half treble

htr3tog: half treble 3 stitches together (puff stitch – see below)

mm: millimetres

RS: right side

ss: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

tr: treble

tr2tog: treble 2 stitches together

WS: wrong side

yoh: yarn over hook

Puff stitch: this is the same as htr3tog: (yoh, insert hook into st, yoh, pull up a loop) 3 times, yoh, pull through all the loops on the hook.

Week 8 – Puff Stitch Waves

Puff Stitch Waves

These are Puff Stitch Waves and are inspired of course by all those waves which roll into shore!

3 colours are used: Yarns D, B and E.

Pattern Notes

The top and bottom panels will continue to be crocheted. Row 5 continues on from the end of Row 4 from Week 7 when we joined with Yarn D at the end of the final st. When joining a new colour do so at the final yoh of the final st of the row as indicated. Fasten off the previous colour used and continue onto next row with new colour. Htr3tog is the same as a puff stitch – see abbreviations.

Here’s a tutorial for the Puff Stitch Waves.

Row 5 (RS) 3ch (counts as first tr), 1tr in next st, (tr2tog over next 2 sts) two times, * (1ch, htr3tog in next st) five times, 1ch, (tr2tog over next 2 sts) six times, repeat from * nine times, (1ch, htr3tog in next st) five times, 1ch, (tr2tog over next 2 sts) three times, turn.

Row 6 (WS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in first st and each of next 2 sts, * (1dc in next 1-ch-sp, 1dc in top of next puff st) five times, 1dc in next 1-ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 6 sts, repeat from * nine times, (1dc in next 1-ch-sp, 1dc in top of next puff st) five times, 1dc in next 1-ch-sp, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, join with Yarn B at end of third st, miss final st (do not crochet into the top of the 3 ch), turn. [187 sts]

Rows 7 – 8 Repeat Rows 5 and 6 joining with Yarn E at end of Row 8

Rows 9 – 10 Repeat Rows 5 and 6 joining with Yarn I at end of Row 10

Repeat all rows on opposite end of blanket.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy the waves and Happy Crocheting Everyone… πŸ™‚

PATTERN IN US CROCHET TERMINOLOGY.

Abbreviations

ch: chain

ch-sp(s): chain space(s)

dc: double crochet

dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together

hdc: half double crochet

hdc3tog: half double crochet 3 stitches together (puff stitch – see below)

mm: millimetres

RS: right side

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side

yoh: yarn over hook

Puff stitch: this is the same as hdc3tog: (yoh, insert hook into st, yoh, pull up a loop) 3 times, yoh, pull through all the loops on the hook.

Week 8 – Puff Stitch Waves

Puff Stitch Waves

These are Puff Stitch Waves and are inspired of course by all those waves which roll into shore!

3 colours are used: Yarns D, B and E.

Pattern Notes

The top and bottom panels will continue to be crocheted. Row 5 continues on from the end of Row 4 from Week 7 when we joined with Yarn D at the end of the final st. When joining a new colour do so at the final yoh of the final st of the row as indicated. Fasten off the previous colour used and continue onto next row with new colour. Hdc3tog is the same as a puff stitch – see abbreviations.

Row 5 (RS) 3ch (counts as first dc), 1dc in next st, (dc2tog over next 2 sts) two times, * (1ch, hdc3tog in next st) five times, 1ch, (dc2tog over next 2 sts) six times, repeat from * nine times, (1ch, hdc3tog in next st) five times, 1ch, (dc2tog over next 2 sts) three times, turn.

Row 6 (WS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1sc in first st and each of next 2 sts, * (1sc in next 1-ch-sp, 1sc in top of next puff st) five times, 1sc in next 1-ch-sp, 1sc in each of next 6 sts, repeat from * nine times, (1sc in next 1-ch-sp, 1sc in top of next puff st) five times, 1sc in next 1-ch-sp, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, join with Yarn B at end of third st, skip final st (do not crochet into the top of the 3 ch), turn. [187 sts]

Rows 7 – 8 Repeat Rows 5 and 6 joining with Yarn E at end of Row 8

Rows 9 – 10 Repeat Rows 5 and 6 joining with Yarn I at end of Row 10

Repeat all rows on opposite end of blanket.

Weave in all ends.

10 comments

  1. Eleonora, I am so enjoying this CAL, and get really excited to read your blog every friday and see what comes next in the pattern and which new and exciting stitches I will learn -even with all my years experience of crochet. My favourite part of Friday is watching your next video on the beach. You have found a new way each week to show us how the beach has inspired the Beachcombers blanket. It’s been great today to watch how the waves changed each day and I admire your dedication to get up early for us. I hope adding the extra detail to the video and then the blog was not too bothersome – my computer would have chosen that moment to do an urgent update and reconfigure itself- all with a 7am deadline looming. Thank you again for bringing me so much pleasure and rejuvinating my crochet skills. Jeanette

  2. Thank you for the lovely week of waves photos , I too am loving this cal , even tho I set off with such great intentions I have fallen behind , but I will complete it eventually , I look forward every week to your videos and watch them over and over again , we managed to get to the beach one day last week and I spent ages looking for seaglass but with no success , I did have an enjoyable time tho , I’m beginning to wish this cal will go for ever a bit like lockdown seems to be doing , Thankyou so so much

    1. Thank you so much Joan… so glad you enjoy the videos too. Don’t worry about falling behind… everyone goes at different paces and it will all be here for you for as long as you need… enjoy it! πŸ₯°πŸ’™πŸŒŠπŸŒŠπŸŒŠ

  3. Thanks so much, Eleonora, for taking the time and effort to provide us with the inspiration for your beautiful blanket. I look forward to your Friday chats, and find myself wanting to be there with you to soak up the sun and pet little Salty. Your efforts, and your skills have made this my favorite CAL ever!

  4. Great video and beautiful photos. I love the ‘Salty’ moments. They made me smile. Keep up the good work!

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