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Crochet Blanket Pattern (Day at the Beach)

I enjoyed designing this crochet blanket pattern with it’s scene at the beach with beach huts, sand and sea.

It’s perfect for using in a variety of ways (baby blanket; summer themed conservatory; kept in beach hut for those windy days etc) and a fun way to practice stitches and (if you need to) gain confidence with your crocheting.

novelty crochet blanket showing a scene at the beach
beach huts, sand, surf and sea

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The different stitches I used to create the different elements: 

  • Double crochet  /  US single crochet
  • Treble crochet  /  US double crochet
  • Ripple stitch
  • Cable stitch
  • Wavy chevrons

The beach huts are crocheted using the two-directional flat tapestry crochet technique (crocheted in rows with turning at the end of the row).

different coloured crochet beach huts
tapestry beach huts

I have rated this pattern as intermediate although if you are a confident beginner you should have a go!  The stitches and technique are not difficult but you will need to concentrate.  Read the pattern notes and instructions carefully before beginning.

crochet blanket
different stitches

Design Inspiration

My friend’s little one LOVES the beach and he has set a goal of visiting 52 beaches this year (we’re fortunate to live on the south coast and have relatively easy access to Dorset’s coastline).  At the beginning of May he was up to beach number 8.

I wanted to create a beach scene where he could not only snuggle when reading or relaxing with his mum but also something he could use as a play mat.  Like most children he has a vivid imagination and for those days when he can’t get to the beach, I’m thinking the blanket will help him to create his own beach scene.

I have left the sand and the sea empty for this reason – you could easily crochet seaside motifs to make the beach unique to you!

crochet blanket draped over garden furniture
Plenty of space for embellishments

How the pattern is worked

The six beach huts are crocheted first in double crochet (US single crochet) using the tapestry crochet method.  The motif includes the beach hut and surrounding sand.

tapestry chart for a beach hut
Available to download as a free PDF

They are crocheted separately and then joined together. 

Two rows of double crochet (US single crochet) complete the sand on the boardwalk.

Where I live the sand around the beach huts is very fine (unless it’s blowing a hoolie and then the sand is in sand drifts).  I thought this stitch was a great representation!

The sand leading to the sea is crocheted in ripple stitch.  I thought this was great for the bumps and mounds.  I’ve used a lighter colour and then when the sand moves closer towards the sea, a darker colour for the wet sand.

close up of ripple crochet stitch
ripple stitch represents the mounds and bumps of the sand

The surf and tide are crocheted in cable stitch.  The cable reminds me of the push and pull of the tide and the surf.

a close up of cable crochet stitch
cable stitch represents the surf and tide

The sea is completed in rows of wavy chevrons with colour changes to represent the depth of the water.  The wavy chevrons are perfect for the ripples of the waves.

If you want to make a bigger blanket, increase the rows of wavy chevrons.

a close up of wavy chevron crochet stitch
Wavy chevrons represent the sea

A border in white completes the blanket pattern.

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Yarn

I have used DK yarn from my stash including:

You can substitute any DK yarn and colours for this blanket pattern.

Pattern Notes

  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Ch2 does count as a stitch.
  • Chain 3 does count as a stitch.
  • Instructions for the beach huts are written with MC = colour of the hut and CC = lighter colour of the sand for example, CC x 3, MC x 24, CC x 3
  • Colour changes take place on the last pull through of the stitch before the colour change takes place.
  • The unworked yarn is carried behind the active stitches being worked.
  • The tapestry chart is available as a free PDF download as well as the written instructions.
  • Cut yarn and weave in ends at the end of each block of stitches.

Level

Intermediate

Materials

Yarn:

BEACH HUTS

50g in following colours

  • Yarn A = Stylecraft Special DK – white
  • Yarn B = Deramores Studio DK – pale green
  • Yarn C =  Emu Classic DK – pumpkin
  • Yard D = Emu Classic DK – soft mint
  • Yarn E = Deramores Studio DK – yellow
  • Yarn F = Deramores Studio DK – blue

SAND

100g in following colours

  • Yarn G =  Deramores Studio DK – butterscotch
  • Yarn H =  Deramores Studio DK – oatmeal

SEA

100g in following colours

  • Yarn I = Emu Classic DK – lapis
  • Yarn J = Emu Classic DK – azure
  • Yarn K – Hayfield Spirit DK – melody
  • Yarn L = Emu Classic DK – fog
  • Yarn M = Emu Classic DK – peacock
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (for sewing in ends)

Stitches and Abbreviations

Ripple Stitch: *skip 2 stitches, [1 double crochet, 2 treble crochet] in next stitch *repeat  

Cable Stitch: skip a stitch, treble crochet in next 3 stitches, working over the 3 treble just made, yarn over and insert hook into the skipped stitch.  Pull up a loop to the height of the treble, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice

Wavy Chevrons: 2 trebles in next treble, 1 treble crochet in next stitch, [treble 2 together over next 2 stitches] twice, 1 treble in next stitch, 2 trebles in next stitch, repeat across

Treble 2 Together (tr2tog): Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull hook through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull hook through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull hook through last 3 loops

  • Ch = chain
  • Dc = double crochet   /   US single crochet
  • Tr = treble crochet   /   US double crochet
  • MC = main colour
  • CC = contrasting colour
  • Sl knot = slip knot
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • Sk = skip
  • Rep = repeat
  • Sp = space

Tension/Gauge

17 sts = 10cm/4”; 20 rows = 10cm/4” in double crochet using 4mm hook

Don’t worry too much about the tension though!

Measurements

110cm  / 43.5” (W)  X  129cm  /  50.75” (L)

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montage of four photos showing different aspects of a crocheted blanket

Day at the Beach Crochet Blanket Pattern Instructions

Click here to download the tapestry chart PDF

BEACH HUTS (make six using colours A, B, C, D, E, F)

With MC ch31

Row 1: dc 2nd ch from hook, dc across turn

Row 2: ch1, dc across, turn

Row 3 – 20: rep row 2

Sl st CC to start the next row

Row 21: ch1, dc in 1st st, MC x 28, CC x 1, turn

Row 22: ch1, CC x 2, MC x 26, CC x 2, turn

Row 23: ch1, CC x 3, MC x 24, CC x 3, turn

Row 24: ch1, CC x 4, MC x 22, CC x 4, turn

Row 25: ch1, CC x 5, MC x 20, CC x 5, turn

Row 26: ch1, CC x 6, MC x 18, CC x 6, turn

Row 27: ch1, CC x 7, MC x 16, CC x 7, turn

Row 28: ch1, CC x 8, MC x 14, CC x 8, turn

Row 29: ch1, CC x 9, MC x 12, CC x 9, turn

Row 30: ch1, CC x 10, MC x 10, CC x 10, turn

Row 31: ch1, CC x 11, MC x 8, CC x 11, turn

Row 32: ch1, CC x 12, MC x 6, CC x 12, turn

Row 33: ch1, CC x 13, MC x 4, CC x 13, turn

Row 34: ch1, CC x 14, MC x 2, CC x 14

Fasten off

Sew beach huts together making sure they are all the right way up.

SAND

Join Yarn G with a sl knot to the top of the beach hut tapestry.

Row 1: ch1, dc across, turn

Row 2: rep row 1

Ripple stitch begins

Row 3: ch2, 2 tr in same st, *sk 2 sts, [1dc, 2tr] in next st, *rep to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in last st, turn

Row 4 – 27: rep row 3

Change to Yarn H

Row 28 – 35 rep row 3

Change to Yarn K

Cable stitch begins

SURF AND TIDE

Row 36: ch1, dc in across, turn

Row 37 – ch3, *sk next st, tr in next 3 sts, tr over the sk st, *rep across to last tr, tr in last st, turn

Row 38 – 39: rep row 36 and 37

Row 40 – 41: rep row 36 and 37

Row 42 – 44: rep row 37

Row 45 – 46: rep row 36 and 37

Row 47 – 48: rep row 36 and 37

Row 49 – 50: rep row 36 and 37

Row 51: ch1, dc across, turn

Wavy chevrons begin

SEA

Row 52: ch3, tr in base of ch3, tr in next st, [tr2tog over next 2 sts] twice, 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next tr, *2tr in next tr, 1 tr in next st, [tr2tog over next 2 sts] twice, 1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, *rep across working last 2 tr in last st, turn

Row 53 and 54: rep row 52

Change to J

Row 55 – 66: rep row 52

Change to I

Row 66 – 80: rep row 52

Change to L

Row 81 – 83: rep row 52

Change to M

Row 84 – 97 rep row 52, turn

Change to A

BORDER

Round 1: ch1, *dc across to last st, [2dc, ch2, 2dc] in last st (this is now the corner sp of the blanket), carry on working a dc around the ends of the rows, picking up stitches evenly. * rep to ch1, join with a sl st

Round 2: ch1, dc around working [1dc, 2ch, 1dc] in each corner sp, join with a sl st

Round 3: ch1, sk 1st dc, *sk1, 3 tr in next dc, sk 1, 1 dc in next st, *rep around

Fasten off and sew in ends.

Happy crocheting!

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