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Many Footprints

Updated: Mar 8


This was the first pattern I designed. It is nice sometimes to get lost in noticing small details, wandering the beach for hours just taking in the patterns made by nature and humans.

From a distance footprints in dry sand seem to create a repeating pattern, though closer up there is a bit more variation.

You can also see the desire lines in the direction of the footprints, mainly along the beach, but occasionally leading up the beach into the dune path.


***NOTE: Pattern changed on 08/03/2024 to match the book***.

An extra row was added (row 50) to make this square pattern more suitable for blankets which are knitted in one piece - so the square ends with a wrong side row. If you are making individual squares to seam together, you only need to work to row 49 before casting off.

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 50!) 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.


Written pattern:

See blanket pattern for required needles & yarn.

(k = knit, p=purl)

Cast on 36 stitches

Row 1: k5, p8, k10, p8, k5

Row 2: p4, k2, p6, k2, p8, k2, p6, k2, p4

Row 3: k3, p2, k8, p2, k6, p2, k8, p2, k3

Row 4: k4, p10, k8, p10, k4

Row 5: p3, k12, p6, k12, p3

Row 6: k4, p10, k8, p10, k4

Row 7: k3, p2, k8, p2, k6, p2, k8, p2, k3

Row 8: p4, k2, p6, k2, p8, k2, p6, k2, p4

Row 9: k5, p8, k10, p8, k5

Row 10: p6, k6, p12, k6, p6

Rows 11-50: Repeat rows 1-10 four times more (only rows 1-9 for last repeat if making individual squares)

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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Kitty Cornwell
Kitty Cornwell
Mar 10, 2023

Thank-you so much for this pattern! I am excited to make it for my godson's daughter, due to arrive in May. They are planning an ocean themed nursery in blues and grays...perfection! I will definitely be posting pictures and crediting you! I tend to knit tightly, would you suggest a smaller needle or is there enough flexibility in the transitions to not stress about gauge too much?

Mar 13, 2023
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Hi! I'm glad you like the pattern and I look forward to seeing the result! I'm not sure which pattern you're going to make though as you've commented on a single square pattern here. If you are making one of the blankets with a gradient yarn, and you knit tightly, then I'd advise using a bigger needle to make sure the tension is appropriate. Thanks! Anne

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