Now you can make your own Turtle Beach blanket! The Turtle Beach instructions, together with my Ribbed Ripple stitch pattern and lots of bonus content, are now available as a printable Donationware pattern. The basic information is available for free, below, but if you like them please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:
Send me a donation and receive the easy-to-print PDF version of these instructions and the Ribbed Ripple stitch pattern, and lots of bonuses (edging instructions, a complete Turtle Beach blanket pattern, and ‘swimming turtle’ modifications) as a thank you!
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The complete pattern for the Turtle Beach square and general instructions for a Turtle Beach blanket are available below, regardless of whether or not you choose to pay for them 🙂
Please note: To complete a Turtle Beach blanket, you’ll also need some turtles! The Baby Sea Turtle Collection pattern is for sale separately, from my shop.
This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/turtlebeach
Here’s a 10″/25.5cm square sample pattern – of course, you can use the same technique to make a larger blanket too, with a longer starting chain and more rows in your blanket.
You can use any hook and yarn combination for this pattern; using a thicker yarn and larger hook will make your blanket grow more quickly! The only requirement for gauge is that you like the look and feel of the fabric you form. The crochet hook size recommended on the ball band of your yarn will give you a good starting point. If your fabric is too firm, try using a hook one size larger.
For my Turtle Beach 10″/25.5cm sample square, my gauge was 1 wave repeat = 3.3″/8.5cm; 7 rows in 4″/10cm.
Note: If you don’t match my gauge, your piece will have a different finished size to mine. If you don’t mind this, you don’t need to worry about matching my gauge!
With dark blue yarn, ch 39.
Follow the Ribbed Ripple stitch pattern (with N=2), changing colour as follows:
Rows 1-6: dark blue yarn
Rows 7-10: light blue yarn
Rows 11-12: white yarn
Rows 13-17: yellow yarn
This photo shows the scale of the square compared with a Baby Sea Turtle, when made with the same yarn (Red Heart Soft). The square was worked with an H US/5m hook and the turtle with an E US/3.5mm hook.
Some general instructions for any size of square or blanket…
Here are some examples:
As a rule of thumb, you’ll probably want about a third of the blanket to be yellow, a thin band of white, and the rest in various shades of blue.
The blanket will flow nicely if the lighter blue(s) have fewer rows than the darker blue(s).
These guidelines are just a starting point if you’re not sure how to structure the colours. Feel free to break these ‘rules’ if you have a different idea – there’s no right and wrong here!
Make turtles from my Baby Sea Turtle Collection pattern (sold separately).
You can use the finished blanket as a playmat, so a child can play with the turtles, or make it a permanent arrangement by stitching the turtles down to the blanket.
If you’re going to stitch turtles directly to the blanket, you can add as many turtles as you have the patience to make! Try a test arrangement of all your turtles before you start to stitch them down, following the tips below and spacing them out across the bottom section of the blanket.
Tip: Snap a photo of your arrangement before you begin stitching so you don’t forget how you laid them out!
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation.
(If you do, you’ll receive the easy-to-print PDF version of these instructions and the Ribbed Ripple stitch pattern, and lots of bonus content: edging instructions, a complete Turtle Beach blanket pattern, and ‘swimming turtle’ modifications for the Baby Sea Turtle.)