Picnic on the Beach Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of our Picnic on the Beach blanket. 🙂 As always, it’s lovely to have you here… and oh what wonderful picnic weather we’ve been having here in the UK this past week!

This weeks rows are inspired by the relaxing side to a picnic… we have hearts, sun rays and soothing waves. After the food and all the fun activities, we can sit back, relax and chat to loved ones… and maybe, if you stay long enough, there could be a sea sunset to enjoy!

Here’s my introductory chat on the beach… enjoy! 🙂

And here’s the weekly round-up of just a few of your fabulous blankets being shared over on Instagram and in the Facebook Group… 🙂

I’ve included an extra grid this week of photos being shared by people either just starting out or still on Weeks 1 and 2. 😍 It’s never too late to join… and it’s definitely not a race. Enjoy crocheting along at your own pace! And do keep sharing… it’s an absolute pleasure to see all your fabulous blankets in progress and I adore the way so many of you are photographing them! 🙂

Before we get crocheting, here’s a little more about the inspiration behind this weeks rows… 🙂

We begin by crocheting little hearts… at a picnic it’s all about sharing time with people we love to be with… ❤️❤️❤️

And just like the little hearts we’re crocheting, you will have seen in my introductory video this week that we found a beautiful piece of heart shaped driftwood a few weeks ago. It really was amazing… and here it is!

And then of course there are the sea sunsets. I will never tire of them… they are always so beautiful… 🙂

A sunset would be a wonderful end to any picnic on the beach but if you can’t quite stay that late and you have to head home earlier, then you might be treated to some sun beams coming through the clouds…

We’ll be crocheting very tall crochet stitches to create these sun rays or sunbeams! I’m really excited for you to try a quintuple treble (quadruple treble in the US)… they’re not stitches you crochet very often are they?! 🙂 🙂

And we end this week with some waves, just like in week 2. For the perfect beach scene…

Little Salty will always seek out the softt spots and our blankets are just perfect! 🙂

I wish you all a wonderful weekend… its Easter! And whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you enjoy the days, and maybe you’ll be able to pack a little picnic! Take care… ❤️

So let’s get crocheting…

For those of you who have purchased the pattern on Ravelry it has now been updated to include Week 6:

www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/picnic-on-the-beach-blanket

Pattern in UK Crochet Terminology. US Terms are at the end of this blog post.

See Week 1 for all the abbreviations but here are some specifically for this weeks crochet…

RdtrF: Raised double treble Front: complete a double treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 2 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

RquadtrF: Raised quadruple treble Front: complete a quadruple treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 4 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

RquintrF: Raised quintuple treble Front: complete a quintuple treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 5 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

RtrtrF: Raised triple treble Front: complete a triple treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 3 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

Week 6 – Sunsets on the Beach

As the day goes by, we’re feeling relaxed and enjoying the company of our family, friends or four legged companions! Little hearts remind us of that love and sharing of time together and then, just maybe, there’ll be a sunset over the sea to enjoy at the end of the day…

All the colours are used this week.

Side Panels

With RS of blanket facing and held sideways ready to crochet along one of the sides, join Yarn C to third st in from the right corner ch-sp.

Here’s a video tutorial for Rows 1 – 3.

Row 1 (RS) 4ch (counts as first tr and 1 ch), 1tr in same st, * miss 2 sts, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr) in next st, repeat from * until final 2 sts of row, miss these 2 sts leaving them unworked, fasten off. [56 groups of 2 tr]

Do not turn work, go back to beginning of Row 1 and join Yarn E to the corner ch-sp before start of Row 1 in Round 2 from Week 5.

Row 2 (RS) 3ch (counts as first tr here and throughout), * 1tr in each of next 2 sts from Round 2 of Week 5, miss next st working 1dc in the 1-ch-sp in-between the 2 tr from Row 1, miss next st, repeat from * to final 1-ch-sp of row, 1tr in each of final 2 sts from Round 2 of Week 5, 1tr in corner ch-sp, turn. [172 sts]

Row 3 (WS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in each st to end, turn.

Here’s a video tutorial for Rows 4 – 8.

Row 4 (RS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in first st, (1dc in next st, miss 3 sts, 7dtr in next st, miss 3 sts) 21 times, 1dc in each of final 3 sts, fasten off. [21 shells]

Do not turn work, go back to beginning of Row 4 and join Yarn B to the first st made in Row 4.

Row 5 (RS) 4ch (counts as first dtr), * miss next st working 1dtr directly below it into the same st it is worked into in Row 3, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in next st, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 20 times to final shell of row, miss next st working 1dtr directly below it into the same st it is worked into in Row 3, 1dtr in each of next 2 sts, turn. [172 sts]

Row 6 (WS) 3ch, 1tr in each st to end, join with Yarn E at end of final st, turn. [172sts]

Row 7 (RS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in each of next 12 sts, * miss next st working 1RquintrF around first st of third shell in from right, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, miss next st working 1RquadtrF around second st of same shell, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, miss next st working 1RtrtrF around third st of same shell, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, miss next st working 1RdtrF around fourth st of same shell, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, miss next st working 1RtrtrF around fifth st of same shell, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, miss next st working 1RquadtrF around sixth st of same shell, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, miss next st working 1RquintrF around seventh st of same shell, 1dc in each of next 13 sts, repeat from * 4 times going around stitches in fourth shell along from last shell (there should be 3 shells left in-between the shells worked around), turn. [5 sets of raised sts around 5 shells]

Row 8 (WS) 2ch (counts as first htr), 1htr in each of next 12 sts, * miss next st (the raised st) working 1htr directly below it in missed st from Row 6 ensuring hook goes to the left of the raised st, (1htr in each of next 2 sts, miss next raised st and instead work 1htr into the missed st below it from Row 6) 6 times**, 1htr in each of next 13 sts, repeat from * 4 times ending final repeat at **, 1htr in each of next 12 sts, join with Yarn D at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 9 (RS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in first st,  * 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 4 sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 16 times, 1dc in final st, turn.

Row 10 (WS) Repeat Row 9, join with Yarn F at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 11 (RS) 3ch (counts as first tr), *1tr in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, 1htr in back loop only of next st, 1dc in back loop only of each of next 4 sts, 1htr in back loop only of next st, 1tr in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 16 times, 1tr in back loop only of final st, turn.

Row 12 Repeat Row 11 but crochet into sts as normal and not into the back loops, join with Yarn G at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 13 1ch (does not count as stitch), 1dc in back loop only of first st, * 1dc in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, 1htr in back loop only of next st, 1tr in back loop only of each of next 4 sts, 1htr in back loop only of next st, 1dc in back loop only each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 16 times, 1dc in final st (the very final st of the row is worked into the top of the 3 ch going under 2 strands as normal), turn. 

Row 14 Repeat Row 13 but crochet into sts as normal and not into the back loops, join with Yarn A at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 15 (RS) Repeat Row 11

Row 16 3ch, 1tr in each st to end, fasten off.

Repeat Rows 1 – 16 on opposite side of blanket.

And there you go… another week of wonderful picnic inspired stitches! Enjoy them and Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂

Pattern in US Crochet Terminology

See Week 1 for all the abbreviations but here are some specifically for this weeks crochet…

FPdtr:Front Post double treble: complete a double treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 3 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again

FPquadtr: Front Post quadruple treble: complete a quadruple treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 5 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

FPtr: Front Post treble: complete a treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 2 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

FPtrtr: Front Post triple treble: complete a triple treble st as normal (the stitch starts by wrapping yarn around hook 4 times) but insert hook around the stem of the st inserting hook from right to left going from the front to the back and then round to the front again.

Side Panels

With RS of blanket facing and held sideways ready to crochet along one of the sides, join Yarn C to third st in from the right corner ch-sp.

Row 1 (RS) 4ch (counts as first dc and 1 ch), 1dc in same st, * skip 2 sts, (1dc, 1ch, 1dc) in next st, repeat from * until final 2 sts of row, skip these 2 sts leaving them unworked, fasten off. [56 groups of 2 dc]

Do not turn work, go back to beginning of Row 1 and join Yarn E to the corner ch-sp before start of Row 1 in Round 2 from Week 5.

Row 2 (RS) 3ch (counts as first dc here and throughout), * 1dc in each of next 2 sts in Round 2 of Week 5, skip next st, 1sc in 1-ch-sp in-between the 2 dc from Row 1, skip next st, repeat from * to final 1-ch-sp of row, skip next st, 1dc in each of final 2 sts in Round 2 of Week 5, 1dc in corner ch-sp, turn. [172 sts]

Row 3 (WS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1sc in each st to end, turn.

Row 4 (RS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1sc in first st, (1sc in next st, skip 3 sts, 7tr in next st, skip 3 sts) 21 times, 1sc in each of final 3 sts, fasten off. [21 shells]

Do not turn work, go back to beginning of Row 4 and join Yarn B to the first st made in Row 4.

Row 5 (RS) 4ch (counts as first tr), * skip next st working 1tr directly below it into the same st it is worked into in Row 3, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 20 times to final shell of row, skip next st working 1tr directly below it into the same st it is worked into in Row 3, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, turn. [172 sts]

Row 6 (WS) 3ch, 1dc in each st to end, join with Yarn E at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 7 (RS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1sc in each of next 12 sts, * skip next st working 1FPquadtr around first st of third shell in from right, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st working 1FPtrtr around second st of same shell, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st working 1FPdtr around third st of same shell, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st working 1FPtr around fourth st of same shell, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st working 1FPdtr around fifth st of same shell, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st working 1FPtrtr around sixth st of same shell, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st working 1FPquadtr around seventh st of same shell, 1sc in each of next 13 sts, repeat from * 4 times going around stitches in fourth shell along from last shell (there should be 3 shells left in-between the shells worked around), turn. [5 sets of raised sts around 5 shells]

Row 8 (WS) 2ch (counts as first hdc), 1hdc in each of next 12 sts, * skip next st (the raised st) working 1hdc directly below it in skipped st from Row 6 ensuring hook goes to the left of the raised st, (1hdc in each of next 2 sts, skip next raised st and instead work 1hdc into the skipped st below it from Row 6) 6 times**, 1hdc in each of next 13 sts, repeat from * 4 times ending final repeat at **, 1hdc in each of next 12 sts, join with Yarn D at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 9 (RS) 1ch (does not count as st), 1sc in first st, * 1sc in each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in each of next 4 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 16 times, 1sc in final st, turn.

Row 10 (WS) Repeat Row 9, join with Yarn F at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 11 (RS) 3ch (counts as first dc), *1dc in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in back loop onlyof next st, 1sc in back loop only of each of next 4 sts, 1hdc in back loop only of next st, 1dc in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 16 times, 1dc in back loop only of final st, turn.

Row 12 Repeat Row 11 but crochet into sts as normal and not into the back loops, join with Yarn G at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 13 1ch (does not count as stitch), 1sc in back loop only of first st, * 1sc in back loop only of each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in back loop only of next st, 1dc in back loop only of each of next 4 sts, 1hdc in back loop only of next st, 1sc in back loop only each of next 2 sts, repeat from * 16 times, 1sc in final st (the very final st of the row is worked into the top of the 3 ch going under 2 strands as normal), turn. 

Row 14 Repeat Row 13 but crochet into sts as normal and not into the back loops, join with Yarn A at end of final st, turn. [172 sts]

Row 15 (RS) Repeat Row 11.

Row 16 3ch, 1dc in each st to end, fasten off.

Repeat Rows 1 – 16 on opposite side of blanket.

9 comments

  1. Happy Friday, Eleonora, thanks again for a glorious video. It is our 44th anniversary today so what better way to start it than by visiting the beach with you. The little hearts seemed very appropriate!! The blanket is looking wonderful and we really enjoyed seeing all the flowers and of course Salty and the beach. You are a star!

      1. Thank you so much! Having a lovely day. The weather was warmer and sunnier in 1977 though 🙂.

  2. Hi Eleonora. Thanks again for the enjoyment of joining you on the beach, listening to the music, admiring your lovely photos and watching the videos. I am looking forward to this week’s panels. From the preview pic, It looks like two more panels to match, top and bottom and then the edging. I know you have another blanket to reveal and I am wondering if it is a CAL with Simply Crochet 🙂

    1. Hi Marilyn… Thank you! And yes… you’re right about the final two weeks… one more panel each end and then the edging! Amazing how quickly it’s flown by…. the other CAL is not with Simply Crochet… hoping to be able to share more soon! 🥰💙

  3. Another beautiful video , which I will watch over and again this next week, I’m off work all week so hoping to catch up on my blanket , salty is so cute and how much she loves laying on your blankets , can I also mention your lovely top that you are wearing , it really suits you and looks so warm , happy Easter

  4. I’m loving the colours and teaching me new skills in crochet too. It’s firs5 time I’m done Tunisia crochet and loving the cake on it too plus the hearts.

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