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Small Breaking Waves

Updated: Jan 7, 2023


This pattern follows on from the original breaking waves pattern, but the waves are just at an earlier stage of breaking - so they are a bit smaller... I knitted this square first on South Beach in Tenby.


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: p15, k6, p15

Row 5: k13, p10, k13

Row 6: p11, k14, p11

Row 7: k10, p16, k10

Row 8: p9, k18, p9

Row 9: k8, p2, k16, p2, k8

Row 10: k9, p18, k9

Rows 11-15: st stitch

Row 16: p24, k6, p6

Row 17: k4, p10, k22

Row 18: p20, k14, p2

Row 19: k1, p16, k19

Row 20: p18, k18

Row 21: p1, k16, p2, k16, p1

Row 22: k18, p18

Row 23-27: st stitch

Row 28: p6, k6, p24

Row 29: k22, p10, k4

Row 30: p2, k14, p20

Row 31: k19, p16, k1

Row 32: k18, p18

Row 33: p1, k16, p2, k16, p1

Row 34: p18, k18

Rows 35-39: st stitch

Row 40: k3, p30, k3

Row 41: p5, k26, p5

Row 42: k7, p22, k7

Row 43: p8, k20, p8

Row 44: k9, p18, k9

Row 45: k8, p2, k16, p2, k8

Row 46: p9, k18, p9

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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