Adding some more wet sand patterns from Saunton Sands for the tide-out blanket ... at Saunton I saw these diagonal lines, they don’t seem to have a cause like a little stone or anything, they are just a regular pattern caused by either the sea or the wind? At Rhossili I found some little pebbles too, so the resulting square is a mixture of these two patterns with little pebbles, causing diagonal lines to form in the knitting.
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!
See blanket pattern for required needles & yarn.
(k = knit, p=purl)
Cast on 36 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2: p8, k2, p10, k2, p10, k2, p2
Row 3: k2, p2, k10, p2, k10, p2, k8
Rows 4-6: st stitch
Row 7: k8, p2, k10, p2, k10, p2, k2
Row 8: p2, k2, p10, k2, p10, k2, p8
Rows 9-11: st stitch
Repeat rows 2-11 3 times more, then rows 2-9 once more
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