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Sand Waves

Updated: Nov 19, 2022


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.


Written pattern:

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

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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