My favourite beach pattern, so I hope I’ve done it justice in the square! Dawlish Warren is brilliant with such a variety in these patterns, sometimes seaweed and water accentuate the patterns. I could wander the beach for hours just looking down at my feet.
It took a while to get the right ratio of alternating stocking stitch, and a suitable waviness in the pattern. I settled in the end for something that had consistency with the original footprints square, 2 horizontal repeats and 3 rows per wave.
(I changed the pattern once I'd made the sea waves pattern, in order to line up the sea and sand waves.)
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.
This square, in particular, benefits from blocking to stop it scrunching up so much.
See blanket pattern for required needles & yarn.
(k = knit, p=purl)
Cast on 36 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2: k4, p10, k8, p10, k4
Row 3: p6, k6, p12, k6, p6
Row 4: knit
Row 5: k3, p12, k6, p12, k3
Row 6: p5, k8, p10, k8, p5
Repeat rows 1-6 7 times more, then knit row 1 once more
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