Beachcombing Blanket – Week 12

Welcome to the final instalment of my ‘Beachcombing Blanket’ crochet along – it’s Week 12! 🙂 💙☀️🌊

What another fabulous crochet along journey it’s been which I’ve adored sharing with so many people! Whether you’ve crocheted along or just followed from the sidelines, I’m so very happy that you chose to accompany me! 🙂

And here’s the final video! It’s been really lovely to record these each week and share my local coastline with you all, bringing a little extra something to the crochet along… thank you for the lovely feedback I’ve had on these. This week there’s something a little different to share… 🙂

Just like in my previous Cal’s, I‘m feeling pretty emotional as we approach the end. After so many months of both hard work as well as pure crochet joy and then seeing so many people join in and make such beautiful blankets, it’s all a little overwhelming and so very special indeed!

And just as I was struggling to put into words what it all means for me as we come to the end of our crochet along, I was contacted by one of you lovely followers with a thank you and a poem! And suddenly I didn’t need to think of the words anymore because Jane (also known as Jessie) had done it for me. In this weeks video I really enjoyed reading the poem out loud… but here it is in print too… 🙂

Life can be a beach
 
I’m still in total disbelief as I gaze down at my knee
And see this gorgeous blanket here that’s
being CROCHETED by ME?!

Three months ago I didn’t know what
C. A. L. could mean..
“Who even IS this Cal..?” I mused.. 
“He’s rarely ever seen!”

I hadn’t learned to hold a hook consistently back then
Or to wind the wool around my hand – I’d hold it like a pen

I only learned some basics last year, made a scarf or two
I’d start a row with 40 stitches…. end with 62

So this was quite the leap of faith and I
truly never dared
To hope I’d make it to Week 12.. I was green and slightly scared!

But through these crazy lockdown days I’ve watched my work unfold
And proved that dogs CAN learn new tricks despite them being old

Oh the joy of Friday mornings with
Eleonora on her beach,
This grounding mindful lady with a gift to
share and teach

Who has generously guided us each step
along the way
To create the complex works of art we’re
looking at today

She’s shown us all the treasures which
formed the base of her design
And what a fab result it is – I’m chuffed to bits with mine!

I’ve tackled shells and bobbles.. hold my
yarn now like a pro
And if I’ve had a query there’s always someone there who’ll know

The Facebook gang who patiently will
share their expertise
To get beginners back on track and make us feel at ease

Who praise our choice of colours and
encourage all the way
Those folks have made this such a joy –
and stopped me going grey!

Together we have tackled stitches
previously unknown
We’ve ‘raised our posts’ and raised our
game as square by square we’ve grown

Who knew I’d be referring to amphibians
and fruits
As ‘frogging puffy pineapples’ formed part of my pursuits?

(Though frankly life’s too short to crab
stitch – what’s all THAT about?
I simply couldn’t do it so I mainly missed it out!)

A true labour of love through Spring and a gift to always treasure
Each moment of this journey has been
sheer unrivalled pleasure

So THANK YOU lovely Eleonora – for your
talented idea
You’ve made a Yorkshire lady pretty proud and thrilled up here

Your weekly strolls with Salty have inspired a world art form
And Lockdown memories now for me are
blue and cream.. and warm!
 
Jane Smithson
June 2020

Thank you so much Jessie… that poem brought tears to my eyes! I have no more words except absolute gratitude for each and every one of you who has crocheted along.

As with my previous crochet alongs, it’s the community that builds up around the blanket that is so very special. When I really think about it, I’m in awe at how a blanket design that comes from within me has now been made all over the world in over 40 countries!

So here’s this weeks round-up of fabulous blankets being shared on Instagram and over in the Facebook ‘Coastal Crochet CAL‘ group this week…

It’s been absolutely wonderful to see such beautiful blankets being made, some in my original colours and some in amazing individual colour choices. Ruty from Israel sent me this beautiful photo of her blanket which I’d like to share too… 😍 Not everyone is on Facebook or Instagram so it’s nice to share photos sent direct to me… 🙂

I’m so happy that there are now Beachcombing Blankets all over the world and I hope that these blankets will be treasured for a very long time! Just like so many beachcombing finds can be treasured… that beautiful shell, that stunning piece of seaglass or that perfect smooth pebble!

And here is a special photo too… we were finally able to meet with some family members outdoors at the weekend and it meant I got to see the blankets that both my niece and sister-in-law are crocheting!! Here they are next to mine…

The timing of this crochet along has been something I could never have planned or imagined. That in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, so many people would be able to find joy, comfort, distraction and a connection with others through crocheting this blanket! That has made it extra special… and as many countries ease out of lockdown I hope that our shared journey of creating and togetherness will continue out into the world… our blankets really can help the world to be a better place… 💙

As usual, for those of you who have purchased the PDF pattern on Ravelry it has now been updated to include Week 12 in both UK and US terms…

Ravelry Pattern for Beachcombing Blanket

And we have just two final rounds to crochet to end our blankets and they are inspired by those man made beachcombing finds! 🙂

The first round is the colour of fishing nets…

And then our very final round is a ‘Pom Pom Bobble’ edging inspired by all those fishing buoys…

I think it’s the perfect finish for our blankets… 🙂

Before we crochet these final rounds, I just want to share some photos I’ve taken over the last few months of my finished blankets…

And then some which I was able to take yesterday… the hottest day of the year so far here on the south coast… ☀️☀️☀️

So let’s get crocheting with these very final rounds! 🙂

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

PATTERN IN UK CROCHET TERMINOLOGY.

Abbreviations

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

RS: right side

ss: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

tr: treble

tr4tog: treble 4 stitches together

Here’s a tutorial for the edging this week.

Week 12 – The Edging Part 2 – Fishing Nets and Buoys

The final two rounds of the edging and the blanket will be crocheted, inspired by those manmade beachcombing finds of fishing nets and buoys!

2 colours are used: Yarns E and G.

Pattern Notes

These rounds carry on from the rounds crocheted in Week 11. I recommend putting a stitch marker in each central corner stitch as you go round making it easier to identify the corner stitch on subsequent rounds. When crocheting the pompom bobbles it is really important to go under both the top (or the left sided strand if you’re looking at it upright) and the back strands from the chains to ensure the best possible shape for the pompom bobbles.

Pompom Bobble: 4ch, tr4tog in third ch from hook going under both top and back strands, 3ch, tr4tog in third ch from hook going under both top and back strands, ss to first ch of first 4 ch going under both top and back strands, 1ch.

Round 5 With RS facing join Yarn E to back loop only of any st, 3ch (counts as first tr), 1tr in back loop only of next and each st around working 3tr into back loop of each central corner st, ss to top of first 3 ch to join, fasten off. [195 sts across top and bottom sides, 241 sts across sides plus 1 extra st in each corner]

Round 6 With RS facing join Yarn G to outer right st on top or bottom (not the corner st), 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in same st, 1dc in each of next 9 sts, * 1 pompom bobble, (1dc in each of next 11 sts, 1 pompom bobble) 16 times, 1dc in each st to end of side, 1dc in corner st, 1 pompom bobble, (1dc in each of next 11 sts, 1 pompom bobble) 21 times, 1dc in each st to end of side, 1dc in corner st, 1 pompom bobble, ** 1dc in each of next 10 sts, repeat from * until end of final side at **, ss to first dc to join, fasten off and weave in all ends. [17 pompom bobbles along top and bottom, 21 pompom bobbles along sides plus 1 pompom bobble in each corner]

And here’s just one final photo of all my blankets together! 🙂

So what’s next? Well next week Hobbycraft are releasing a CAL for Granny Square Month and I’ve designed a square which is completely inspired by one of the squares in my Beachcombing Blanket… My square is being released next Friday so watch this space!

And then there are plenty of other crochet projects in the pipeline… my hooks are always busy! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading this far! I truly appreciate each and every person that takes a little interest in my crochet… 🙂

Enjoy your blankets and Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂

PATTERN IN US CROCHET TERMINOLOGY.

Abbreviations

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

dc4tog: double crochet 4 stitches together

RS: right side

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

Week 12 – The Edging Part 2 – Fishing Nets and Buoys

The final two rounds of the edging and the blanket will be crocheted, inspired by those manmade beachcombing finds of fishing nets and buoys!

2 colours are used: Yarns E and G.

Pattern Notes

These rounds carry on from the rounds crocheted in Week 11. I recommend putting a stitch marker in each central corner stitch as you go round making it easier to identify the corner stitch on subsequent rounds. When crocheting the pompom bobbles it is really important to go under both the top (or the left sided strand if you’re looking at it upright) and the back strands from the chains to ensure the best possible shape for the pompom bobbles.

Pompom Bobble: 4ch, dc4tog in third ch from hook going under both top and back strands, 3ch, dc4tog in third ch from hook going under both top and back strands, sl st to first ch of first 4 ch going under both top and back strands, 1ch.

Round 5 With RS facing join Yarn E to back loop only of any st, 3ch (counts as first dc), 1dc in back loop only of next and each st around working 3dc into back loop of each central corner st, sl st to top of first 3 ch to join, fasten off. [195 sts across top and bottom sides, 241 sts across sides plus 1 extra st in each corner]

Round 6 With RS facing join Yarn G to outer right st on top or bottom (not the corner st), 1ch (does not count as st), 1sc in same st, 1sc in each of next 9 sts, * 1 pompom bobble, (1sc in each of next 11 sts, 1 pompom bobble) 16 times, 1sc in each st to end of side, 1sc in corner st, 1 pompom bobble, (1sc in each of next 11 sts, 1 pompom bobble) 21 times, 1sc in each st to end of side, 1sc in corner st, 1 pompom bobble, ** 1sc in each of next 10 sts, repeat from * until end of final side at **, sl st to first sc to join, fasten off and weave in all ends. [17 pompom bobbles along top and bottom, 21 pompom bobbles along sides plus 1 pompom bobble in each corner]

48 comments

  1. Wonderful. I started the beavhcoming blankets a few weeks ago and finished all the squares so far. My stash blanket I crochet along in the evenings and also started the changing tides now, I love all 3 blankets. Thank you for your patterns and videos. It helped me a lot. Hopefully you are coming up with a new cal blanket soon. Lots of love

  2. Thank you for adding something extra special to lockdown. I’m still on week 7 but wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for your videos as at the start of lockdown I’d never succeeded to produce ANYTHING with a crochet hook. I have a friend who set me off with tuition and support via Facebook and when I saw the CAL I fell in love with it but didn’t think I could do that! You assured me that I could and I’m glad I took the plunge.

    What has made this even more special during these strange times are your weekly trips for us to the beach with the wonderful Salty. You’ve shared your sanctuary with us all and brightened our days. When I’ve dipped into a video tutorial the sounds of the seaside are there to enjoy each time so calming and wonderful.

    So from this not so novice, novice thank you so very very much. You’ve firmly given me a new addiction, given me a shared compulsion for yarn with my knitting mum, but most importantly brought so much sunshine and sanity into so many people’s lives. I’m still enjoying this one but also hoping this won’t be the last CAL you produce for us to enjoy. I wait now with anticipation 2021 ….

    As we say here in Wales Diolch yn Fawr x

    1. Awww… thank you Helen for such beautiful words… knowing you enjoyed sharing my beach visits with Salty is so lovely to hear! Now you’re crocheting this, you are certainly not a novice… you can crochet anything! 🥰🧶🧶🧶

  3. …and an enormous thank you Eleonora for this wonderful design the weekly videos and your tutorials this CAL is my favourite and is special. I will miss this so much but enjoy your summer and please come back with some more fabulous designs 😘

  4. Thank you so much Eleonora for your hard work and dedication to this project, and for sharing it with all of us! I’m already looking forward to your next CAL! 😀 Having this beautiful blanket to work on these past couple of months has made a difficult time a little easier to get through. May God bless you! <3

    1. Thank you so much Wendy! The timing was unbelievable but knowing it’s helped so many people is wonderful… we’re lucky to have our crafts and creativity and sharing it with others makes it extra special! 🥰🧶🧶

  5. Wow Elena while I only managed one you have really been a busy Bee. With so many finished. But it was such fun the crocheting and waiting for the next week. Thanks so much. I will really do one of your other blankets as well. Looking forward to something new and exiting from you. Love Annerose

  6. I’m feeling quite emotional at the end of this 12 weeks of crocheting-along! Sharing the pattern, along with advice and support with people from all around the world has made a difficult time so much better. And it has been a wonderful challenge at a time when we have had to be at home. I’m really going to miss the excitement of finding out the next instalment every Friday morning! The finished blanket will be a happy reminder of time well spent during lockdown. Thank you so much, Eleanore! I shall have to check your other patterns now, for my next challenge! 😘❤️😘

  7. Thank you Eleanora I have so enjoyed making this blanket, not quite finished but not far off , it really has been a joy and I have learned a lot. Love Suexxx

  8. Gorgeous blanket, gorgeous photography and a gorgeous CAL! Even though I haven’t joined in along the way, I have loved following the progress on social media over the last twelve weeks. I have saved all your posts and will one day make your very inspiring coastal blanket. Just brill! Thanks so much for the inspiration and all the hard work that must go into producing your CALs ~ Stef

  9. I agree with everyone about enjoying your videos from the beach so lovely to watch while I’m a long way from the sea in Leeds. I hope I see the sea this year. I was finishing another project when your CAL began but I now have only one square to complete before the surround. I used yarn I had which was a close match to your original colours and of course I’ve needed to buy some extras! Thank you Eleanora for sharing your knowledge and flair with us all. Xx

  10. Hi Eleonora
    Thank you so much. It has been a pleasure watching the videos of you and Salty on the beach. It is something I really enjoy and look forward to. I will email you a pic of my Seaside blanket when I finally get it blocked and the edging crocheted! I will get around to making each of your blankets eventually and also look forward to your next creation. Your videos and patterns are second to none and there are some very handy tips, Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer. Best wishes Marilyn

  11. Thank you again for twelve fabulous weeks, Eleonora.. I’m beyond touched that you’ve basically ‘immortalised’ my poem in the beautiful setting and context I’ve grown to know and love so much.
    Have a well-earned rest!
    Till next time…
    Very best
    Jane xx

  12. I have had so much enjoyment crocheting this beachcombing blanket. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pattern. We have a new beach house and this blanket is going to be the first thing I drape – somewhere! I intend to use the beautiful squares to make matching pillows. Now, I just have to wait for Deramores to get a shipment of Primrose, Sky Blue and Royal Orange 🙂 Thank you again – absolutely love your designs!!!

  13. Thank you so much, Eleonora, for the encouragement, distraction and peaceful videos during these last twelve months. I have enjoyed sharing your beautiful shore, looking for beach glass and shells, watching Salty prancing along beside you, and feeling like I’ve made a new friend by seeing your beautiful face describing your surroundings. I’m far from finished with my blanket, so it’s reassuring to hear that your posts will remain active in the future. Please take good care of yourself and thank you for this beautiful blanket that will be my reminder of the joy of your CAL!

  14. Elenora, thank you so much for sharing your zest for crochet. I have not been able to join you this time as I am in the midst of creating a covering for a 5 foot door window. I think the most difficult thing about crochet is obtaining enough yarn in the colors needed. Several craft stores in the USA have closed. Everything online is sold out or priced beyond my means. Sigh. I have been reading along with your patterns. They are like a familiar book and evoke feelings of warmth and safety. I taught myself to crochet in the ’70’s. It was a bright happy time. Bless you for taking me away from social distancing and and the unrest in my country. You have released a lot of love into the world and that is what we all need.
    Hopefully I will be able to join in your next CAL.
    Bonnie

  15. Stunning. I’ve never seen your blog n cal before… Will definitely look it up on Raverly n purchase…… Need the borders to open first so I can go buy wool..

  16. Thank you so much
    You have excelled with this blanket.
    You are so encouraging and generous
    Your patterns are brilliant and when we amateurs falter a little your videos get us there
    I have looked forward to every Friday morning even though times have been really weird
    Look forward to the next one and anything you might give us in between
    My neighbour saw the almost finished blanket and wants to have a go. She has ordered her yarn and myself and my daughter have said we will help her. She will be a new follower now she knows about you.
    What you do is a real therapy
    Thanks
    Cherrie

    1. Hi Cherrie… thank you for sharing such kind words… I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed crocheting along…. the timing amongst the pandemic really helped so many people (including myself!) to have a little focus and distraction. Thank you! 😊💙

  17. Hi Eleonora,
    I cannot wait to start this lovely blanket! I had to make a decision as to the yarn I wanted to use. I love Catona, but because of covid I’ll have to wait until everything is back to “normal” and plains can fly to SA again and that is such a big uncertainty so I got onto the internet and ordered from a local business the colours that would be good substitutes.

    Your blanket is absolutely gorgeous and I love the colours!

    Suzette

  18. more than 12 weeks ago i took a leap of faith and ordered the yarn and pattern for your Beachcombing Blanket. what a wonderful experience this started. with your precise instructions, helpful hints and multitude of photos i have learned stitches I didn’t know existed. At times I have had to rip out and repeat and I confess I am still on week 6 but am amazed that I am going to complete this beautiful blanket . Thank you so so much for the joy you have provided.
    Kath Storey, Derry, Northern Ireland

  19. Eleonora, you are such a talented lady. I am in awe of you. You manage a job, professional video takes by the lovely beach with a lovely doggie and you managed to produce some outstanding crochet designs. I have just completed my third blanket, plus one of your other designs. I have loved very minute and so looked forward to Fridays. I’m now looking at your patterns to find something to finish up all my wool. I so enjoy your blogs and your videos, Thank you so much. I really don’t know how you fit it all in! You certainly motivate me. Many thanks.

    1. Awww…. thank you so much for such kind words Christine! Life is certainly busy… I’m happy to bring a little motivation your way… I’m not super woman and I’m sure there are things that get missed or neglected!! But we can only do our best…. and I just love crochet so it comes naturally… so happy you’re enjoying my designs! 😊💙

  20. that looks amazing! i absolutely live the concept! such a wonderful design👍🏽 wishing you the best of luck, have a great day☺️

    follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested☺️It would mean a lot to me!🥺🤍

  21. I am finishing up this CAL and have to say I’ve never been prouder of my work than I am with this blanket. I am giving this blanket away to my nephew’s fiance for her Bridal Shower and am planning on making one for me. I fell a bit behind because I have also been making the Seaside Stash Busting and Changing Tides blankets at the same time. I am so happy I found your site and will keep looking to see what patterns you may share in the future.

    Eleonora, I feel like you are a friend of mine and yet we live so far away from each other (Pennsylvania – USA) and never had a conversation. Your posts are so kind and uplifting and you shared so much about yourself. Salty always made me smile. You definitely made the quarantine so much easier to handle. Be well and thank you again!

    1. Awww… thank you so much Lisa! It’s so lovely for me to know that you’re enjoying crocheting my designs… and I too love how we can connect with each other across the world through this technology and our shared love of creativity! That’s so very special… 😊💙

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