Down by the Sea – Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of my ‘Down by the Sea’ Blanket crochet-along! πŸ˜„

This week is all about those seaside stripes – deck chairs and beach huts down by the sea giving us a definite coastal feel! πŸ’™

Before we get started here’s a little welcome chat from down by the sea which I recorded a couple of days ago… πŸ™‚

And here’s a little round-up of just some of your progress photos being shared in the Facebook Group and over on Instagram using the hashtag #downbytheseablanket …😍 I absolutely love seeing them all!

During a crochet along it’s always such an amazing thought to know that people from all over the world are crocheting this blanket together at the same time. The sense of a worldwide crochet community is simply wonderful! πŸ’™

Please do keep sharing…

Whilst a wild, untouched, natural beach is simply wonderful, those beaches in cities, towns and villages, where people have congregated and things have built up around them, are to be celebrated too.

Both Brighton Beach near to where I live and Bournemouth Beach can be oh so busy… beach bars, cafes and even museums line the promenade. Beach Huts and Deck Chairs add to that beachside vibe too…

Here are some deck chairs down on Brighton Beach. This photo was taken early morning, before it got too busy…

And here are just a couple of the many fabulous beach huts found down by the sea at Bournemouth…

For those of you who have purchased the pattern on Ravelry it has now been updated to include Week 2:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/down-by-the-sea-blanket

The free pattern with lots of step by step photos is below.

I adored creating these vertical stripes this week! I recommend going up half a hook size to what you’ve been using so far for the vertical stipes. The crochet fabric is a little denser so using a hook just half a size bigger helps counteract that…

So let’s get started… enjoy!

Pattern in UK Crochet Terminology. US Terms are at the end of this blog post. See Week 1 for all the abbreviations.

Week 2 – Seaside Stripes: Deckchairs and Beach Huts!

Here’s a YouTube tutorial for this part:

Stripes

Use the middle-sized hook for Rounds 13 – 23. This is because the technique we’re using to create the stripes produces a denser fabric. I used a 5mm.

In Rounds 13 – 23 do not cut the yarn. Bring the ball of yarn through the final loop of each round and leave attached. This avoids lots of ends because the yarn can be re-joined in subsequent rounds. These rounds are made with the RS facing at all times.

Round 13 (RS) Join Yarn D into any corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), 1tr in same corner ch-sp, *(4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times to end of side, 4ch, miss final 3 sts**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off but  do not cut yarn. [7 groups of 3 sts and 8 x 4-ch-sps on each side plus 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

In Rounds 14 – 24, crochet into the missed sts two rounds below β€“ pay attention to leave the 4-ch strand loose at the back and do not crochet around it. This helps to keep the colours solid at the front.

Round 14 (RS) Join Yarn E into corner ch-sp diagonally opposite from where Yarn D was joined, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, 2ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, miss 3 sts) 7 times, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 2ch, miss final st of side, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off but do not cut yarn. [8 groups of 3 sts and 7 x 4-ch-sps on each side plus extra sts in each corner ch-sp and 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 15 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), 1tr in same corner ch-sp, *2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 13, (4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in next missed st in Round 13, 2ch, miss final st of side**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 16 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, 2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 14, 2ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, miss 3 sts) 7 times, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 14, 2ch, miss 1 st, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off.

Round 17 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), 1tr in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 15) two times, (4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, miss 3 sts, (1tr in next missed st in Round 15, 2ch, miss 1 st) two times,**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 18 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, (2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 16) two times, 2ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, miss 3 sts) 7 times, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, (2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 16) two times, 2ch, miss 1 st, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off.

Round 19 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), 1tr in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 17) three times, (4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, miss 3 sts, (1tr in next missed st in Round 17, 2ch, miss 1 st) three times**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 20 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, (2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 18) three times, 2ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, miss 3 sts) 7 times, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, (2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 18) three times, 2ch, miss 1 st, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off.

Round 21 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), 1tr in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 19) four times, (4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, miss 3 sts, (1tr in next missed st in Round 19, 2ch, miss 1 st) four times**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 22 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, (2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 20) four times, 2ch, miss 1 st, (1tr in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, miss 3 sts) 7 times, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, (2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 20) four times, 2ch, miss 1 st, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off.

Round 23 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), 1tr in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, miss 1 st, 1tr in missed st in Round 21) five times, (4ch, miss 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, miss 3 sts, (1tr in next missed st in Round 21, 2ch, miss 1 st) five times**, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch.

Change back to 4.5mm hook to continue.

Round 24 (RS) 3ch (counts as first tr), *(1tr, 2ch, 1tr) in corner ch-sp, (1tr in next st, 1dtr in next st in Round 22) five times, 1tr in next st, (1dtr in each of next 3 sts in Round 22, 1tr in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 1dtr in each of next 3 sts in Round 22, (1tr in next st, 1dtr in next st in Round 22) five times**, 1tr in next st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to top of first 3 ch, fasten off. [69 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Waves

Here’s a YouTube tutorial for the waves we will now crochet around our stripes!

Round 25 (RS) Join Yarn E into any corner ch-sp, 4ch (counts as first dtr), (1dtr, 2ch, 2dtr) in same corner ch-sp, *1dtr in next st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2htr, 2tr, 3dtr, 2tr, 2htr, 3dc) four times, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1dtr in next st**, (2dtr, 2ch, 2dtr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to top of first 4 ch, do not fasten off, turn. [73 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 26 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1dc in first st, *1dc in each st to end of side, 3dc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, 1dc in final st, ss to first dc, fasten off, turn. [73 sts on each side with 3dc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

Round 27 (RS) Join Yarn F to central dc on any corner, 3ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same st, *1dc in each of next 4 sts, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1dtr in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2tr, 2htr, 3dc, 2htr, 2tr, 3dtr) four times, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 4 sts**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in central corner st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to first ch of beginning 3 ch, do not fasten off turn. [77 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 28 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1dc in first st, *1dc in each st to end of side, 3dc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off, turn. [77 sts on each side with 3dc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

Round 29 (RS) Join Yarn E into central dc on any corner, 4ch (counts as 1 htr and 2 ch), 1htr in same st, *1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1dtr in each of next 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2htr, 2tr, 3dtr, 2tr, 2htr, 3dc) four times, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1dtr in each of next 3 sts, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in next st**, (1htr, 2ch, 1htr) in central corner st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to 2nd ch of beginning 4 ch, do not fasten off, turn. [81 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 30 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1dc in first st, *1dc in each st to end of side (pay attention to crochet into the final st which is a htr and not as clear to see), 3dc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, ss to first dc, fasten off, turn. [81 sts on each side with 3dc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

Round 31 (RS) Join Yarn F to central dc on any corner, 3ch (counts as first tr), (1tr, 2ch, 2tr) in same st,  *1tr in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2htr, 3dc, 2htr, 2tr, 3dtr, 2tr) five times, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts**, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in central corner st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, ss to top of first 3 ch, do not fasten off turn. [87 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 32 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1dc in first st, *1dc in each st to end of side, 3dc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, 1dc in final st, ss to first dc, fasten off, turn. [87 sts on each side with 3dc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

There you go… enjoy these seaside stripes! And till next week… πŸ˜„

Happy Crocheting Everyone…πŸ’™πŸ˜„

Pattern in US Terms

Stripes

Use the middle-sized hook for Rounds 13 – 23. This is because the technique we’re using to create the stripes produces a denser fabric. I used a 5mm.

In Rounds 13 – 23 do not cut the yarn. Bring the ball of yarn through the final loop of each round and leave attached. This avoids lots of ends because the yarn can be re-joined in subsequent rounds. These rounds are made with the RS facing at all times.

Round 13 (RS) Join Yarn D into any corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same corner ch-sp, *(4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times to end of side, 4ch, skip final 3 sts**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off but do not cut yarn. [7 groups of 3 sts and 8 x 4-ch-sps on each side plus 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

In Rounds 14 – 24, crochet into the missed sts two rounds below β€“ pay attention to leave the 4-ch strand loose at the back and do not crochet around it. This helps to keep the colours solid at the front.

Round 14 (RS) Join Yarn E into opposite corner ch-sp from where Yarn D was joined, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in corner ch-sp, 2ch, skip 1 st, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, skip 3 sts) 7 times, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2ch, skip final st of side, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off but do not cut yarn. [8 groups of 3 sts and 7 x 4-ch-sps on each side plus extra sts in each corner ch-sp and 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 15 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same corner ch-sp, *2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 13, (4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in next missed st in Round 13, 2ch, skip final st of side**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 16 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in corner ch-sp, 2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 14, 2ch, skip 1 st, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, skip 3 sts) 7 times, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 14, 2ch, skip 1 st, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Round 17 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 15) two times, (4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, skip 3 sts, (1dc in next missed st in Round 15, 2ch, skip 1 st) two times,**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 18 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in corner ch-sp, (2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 16) two times, 2ch, skip 1 st, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, skip 3 sts) 7 times, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 16) two times, 2ch, skip 1 st, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Round 19 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 17) three times, (4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, skip 3 sts, (1dc in next missed st in Round 17, 2ch, skip 1 st) three times**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 20 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in corner ch-sp, (2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 18) three times, 2ch, skip 1 st, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, skip 3 sts) 7 times, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 18) three times, 2ch, skip 1 st, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Round 21 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 19) four times, (4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, skip 3 sts, (1dc in next missed st in Round 19, 2ch, skip 1 st) four times**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch, fasten off.

Round 22 (RS) Re-join Yarn E into corner ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), *(1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in corner ch-sp, (2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 20) four times, 2ch, skip 1 st, (1dc in each of next 3 sts, 4ch, skip 3 sts) 7 times, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, (2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 20) four times, 2ch, skip 1 st, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Round 23 (RS) Re-join Yarn D into corner ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), 1dc in same corner ch-sp, *(2ch, skip 1 st, 1dc in missed st in Round 21) five times, (4ch, skip 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 4ch, skip 3 sts, (1dc in next missed st in Round 21, 2ch, skip 1 st) five times**, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning 5 ch.

Change back to 4.5mm hook to continue.

Round 24 (RS) 3ch (counts as first dc), *(1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in corner ch-sp, (1dc in next st, 1tr in next st in Round 22) five times, 1dc in next st, (1tr in each of next 3 sts in Round 22, 1dc in each of next 3 sts) 7 times, 1tr in each of next 3 sts in Round 22, (1dc in next st, 1tr in next st in Round 22) five times**, 1dc in next st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to top of first 3 ch, fasten off. [69 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Waves

Round 25 (RS) Join Yarn E into any corner ch-sp, 4ch (counts as first tr), (1tr, 2ch, 2tr) in same corner ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2hdc, 2dc, 3tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 3sc) four times, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in next st**, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to top of first 4 ch, do not fasten off, turn. [73 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 26 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1sc in first st, *1sc in each st to end of side, 3sc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, 1sc in final st, sl st to first sc, fasten off, turn. [73 sts on each side with 3dc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

Round 27 (RS) Join Yarn F to central sc on any corner, 3ch (counts as 1 sc and 2 ch), 1sc in same st, *1sc in each of next 4 sts, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2dc, 2hdc, 3sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 3tr) four times, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1sc in each of next 4 sts**, (1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in central corner st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to first ch of beginning 3 ch, do notfasten off turn. [77 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 28 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1sc in first st, *1sc in each st to end of side, 3sc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off, turn. [77 sts on each side with 3dc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

Round 29 (RS) Join Yarn E into central sc on any corner, 4ch (counts as 1 hdc and 2 ch), 1hdc in same st, *1hdc in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2hdc, 2dc, 3tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 3sc) four times, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, 1hdc in next st**, (1hdc, 2ch, 1hdc) in central corner st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to 2nd ch of beginning 4 ch, do not fasten off, turn. [81 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 30 (WS) 1ch (does not counts as st), 1sc in first st, *1sc in each st to end of side (pay attention to crochet into the final st which is a hdc and not as clear to see), 3sc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off, turn. [81 sts on each side with 3sc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

Round 31 (RS) Join Yarn F to central sc on any corner, 3ch (counts as first dc), (1dc, 2ch, 2dc) in same st,  *1dc in each of next 3 sts, continue with (2hdc, 3sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 3tr, 2dc) five times, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, 1hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts**, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in central corner st, repeat from * three times ending final repeat at **, sl st to top of first 3 ch, do not fasten off, turn. [87 sts on each side with 4 x corner 2-ch-sps]

Round 32 (WS)Β 1ch (does not counts as st), 1sc in first st, *1sc in each st to end of side, 3sc in corner ch-sp, repeat from * three times, 1sc in final st, sl st to first sc, fasten off, turn. [87 stsΒ on each side with 3sc in each corner 2-ch-sp]

3 comments

  1. Just curious about the beach huts…are they owned or rented? Are they changing rooms or for storage? American here 😊

    1. Hi Lisa… some are rented, some are owned… and yes, they’re little huts for storage and changing. People gather around them and of course they look lovely! Quite a tradition here… πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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