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Large Breaking Waves

Updated: Jan 7, 2023


Unlike the other patterns so far, there is a bit more randomness to the wave patterns - they don’t break in the same kind of pattern each time. However, when they are beautifully clean waves (lower middle photo via Emilie) they make me think of a mathematical tanh function (!). I had a very rainy cycle one day to catch some wilder, less clean waves, it was only the surfers and seagulls on the beach.

Initially I tried a pattern to be consistent with the previous squares and be a 2 x horizontal repeat (lower left photo). However, this didn’t look very much like the photos I’d taken of the waves. So, I broke with the previous patterns and went for a 1 x horizontal repeat with an offset in the waves to match the photos better.


I made the patterns in a spreadsheet before knitting up a test swatch. The bottom left photo in the collage above shows the trial patterns I went through before deciding which I liked.

General principles for square patterns:

  • Repeat pattern horizontally and vertically & simple to knit pattern.

  • 36 stitches x 48 rows (ish, this one is 49!) for main pattern as these are very divisible numbers.

  • An 'x' means purl on a knit row, and knit on a purl row to create the texture.


This lower chart is the format I found to be most useful to me:

  • White = knit row (right side), grey = purl row (wrong side).

  • An 'x' = purl on a knit row, and knit on a purl row

  • The numbers are just a handy guide to the number of stitches in each knit or purl block.

*Note* this one is not symmetrical - purl rows read from the left!


Written pattern:

See blanket pattern for required needles & yarn.

(k = knit, p=purl)

Cast on 36 stitches

Rows 1-3: st stitch

Row 4: p11, k14, p11

Row 5:k9, p18, k9

Row 6: p7, k22, p7

Row 7: k6, p24, k6

Row 8: p5, k26, p5

Row 9: k4, p2, k24, p2, k4

Row 10: k5, p26, k5

Rows 11-15: st stitch

Row 16: p20, k14, p2

Row 17: p18, k18

Row 18: k2, p14, k20

Row 19:p21, k12, p3

Row 20: k4, p10, k22

Row 21: k21, p2, k8, p2, k3

Row 22: p4, k10, p22

Row 23-27: st stitch

Row 28: p2, k14, p20

Row 29: k18, p18

Row 30: k20, p14, k2

Row 31: p3, k12, p21

Row 32: k22, p10, k4

Row 33: k3, p2, k8, p2, k21

Row 34: p22, k10, p4

Rows 35-39: st stitch

Row 40: k7, p22, k7

Row 41: p9, k18, p9

Row 42: k11, p14, k11

Row 43: p12, k12, p12

Row 44: k13, p10, k13

Row 45: k12, p2, k8, p2, k12

Row 46: p13, k10, p13

Rows 47-49: st stitch

Cast off


I have made these patterns available for free but they are ©Blanketscapes, the patterns are not to be copied or resold. I'm happy for you to make and sell finished blankets using these patterns for charitable, non-commercial, purposes only. Please credit @blanketscapes on Instagram or Facebook for your final creations, I'd love to see what you make.


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