Having enjoyed making the girls’ blankets during last Autumn and Winter – and after a few months’ rest from big projects – I thought that perhaps Mr T. and I should have our own for camping holidays and winter evenings.
We’re planning a couple of weeks away this summer in our tent, the first at the Keswick Convention (a big gathering of Christians in the English Lakes) and the second by the sea in Northumberland. English summers are notoriously unpredictable so we go prepared for all weathers!
I saw this beautiful pattern from Froufrou et Capucine, named ‘Bercé par les vagues’ (‘Rocked by the waves’) some months ago favourite on Ravelry, then it caught my eye again. Choosing not to take part in a crochetalong (CAL) with Jane Crowfoot and Stylecraft led me to repurposing the yarn pack for another pattern, and the two seem to fit well together. (NB I love Jane’s pattern and the idea of the CAL; it just wasn’t the right project at the right time for me). The yarn I’m using here is Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic, 100g/295m); the original is worked in the designer’s own Graine de laine Physalis. This blanket is still a work in progress and I haven’t decided the final colour sequence but will write it up when I have.
With permission from the designer, Laurence Mériat, here is an English translation of the pattern. Please excuse the hand drawn chart, for I have not yet ventured into the world of software for crochet diagrams.
UK terms used throughout.
YOH: yarn over hook
dc: double crochet (US sc/ single crochet): insert hook into stitch, YOH, draw through stitch, YOH and draw through both loops on hook.
tr: treble (US dc/ double crochet): YOH, insert hook into stitch (or ring or space), YOH and draw through stitch; YOH and draw through two loops on hook, YOH and draw through remaining two loops
Foundation: chain a multiple of ten stitches, and add 3 (as the pattern is a repeat of 10, with a further 3 trebles at the end).
Row 1 : Ch3 (= 1st treble), treble in 4th ch from hook and in next ch, * skip 3 chains, 8 trebles in the next stitch, skip 3 chains, 3 trebles *, repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
Row 2 : 1 chain (= 1 double crochet), dc in the next two stitches, * chain 3, dc in the 4th treble, ch2, dc in the 5th treble, chain 3, dc in the next 3 stitches*, repeat from * to * to the end of the row
Row 3 : chain 3 (= 1st treble), tr in the next two dc, * 8 trebles in the 2ch space of the previous row, tr in each of the 3dc *; repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 in the same colour, then change colour and repeat rows 2 and 3 twice, continuing this with the colour sequence of your choice (4 rows in each colour:2,3,2,3).
Complete the blanket with 2 rounds of dc on the four sides, in the colour of your choice, being aware that one of the edges will be wavy whereas the other three will be straight.