Splish, splash! What you see here is a prairie girl dreaming of ocean animals in the middle of a long, white winter.
Advice from a sea turtle, “be well traveled, think long term, age gracefully, and spend time at the beach!”
My little boy LOVES ocean creatures and I did create a smaller sea turtle pattern for him a few months ago (see Baby Sea Turtle) but he just wasn’t wowed enough.
And I did interrupt my blanket process to come up with some sea turtle amigurumi which was a success in the kid’s eyes! You can make a scary looking fluffy turtle too! I wrote out my process/pattern here.
So here’s another attempt at wowing my little ones. And when I teasingly asked the kids who was going to sleep with it they all shrugged and said “aren’t you going to sell it?” Hmm… Object permanence may be a problem with all the moving around lately.
I changed my accent color for each third of the blanket (rows are marked in the written pattern). I did not manage to keep my tension very well and you can see I have varying amounts leftover. I suggest buying extra yarn if possible.
You don’t have to create a blue gradient, my color suggestions are not rules!
You can see my entire progression of photos on my Ravelry project page.
I used “Red Heart With Love” yarn for my blanket; each skein has 370 yards of 4-medium weight yarn.
Main Color: Peacock x 6 skeins
Accent Color / Contrasting Color (or you can just use one color that contrasts well with your main color): Bottom – Santorini x 2 skein; Middle – Wintergreen x 2 skeins; Top – Minty x 2 skeins
This is the interlocking crochet version, but of course this pattern comes with overlay mosaic crochet instructions as well. And both techniques have appropriate charts (the mosaic chart has X’s).
If you use the mosaic technique you’ll probably want to cover the sides with an envelope border (to hide the fringe that gets created from cutting at the end of each row). I always include my photo tutorial of a double crochet envelope border in each pattern but you can use the same concept for a single crochet envelope as well.
Also, the back of overlay mosaic projects is striped with a faint illusion from the front. The back of an interlocking/ locked filet mesh project is an almost- inverse of the front. Each stitch is opposite so it is not exactly like the front (horizontal lines become vertical, for example).
Important Pattern Details
- Chart is 217 x 285
- Finished measurements approximately 54” x 71” / 138cm x 181cm
- 4.5 mm hook (US7)
- Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4500 yards total)
- Main color (MC) – 2200 yards plus 100 for optional border
- Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards total
- Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4
Overlay Mosaic Crochet
- Chart is 217 x 285
- Finished measurements approximately 58” x 82” / 147cm x 207cm
- 5 mm hook (H-8)
- Worsted weight yarn (4530 – 5200 yards total)
- Main color (MC) – 2250 yards of Dark Blue
- Contrasting color (CC) – 2280 yards of Light Green
- Plus, optional envelope border – 670 yards
- Gauge: 14 sc x 15 rows = 4”
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