crocheted beach blanket

August 13th, 2014

linen beach blanket with crochet edging on elsie marley

Four years ago, I crocheted some edging on a few yards of linen and made myself a beach blanket. I have loved that thing ever since. It’s just the right mix of utilitarian and fancy for me (and for the beach). It has held up suprisingly well. The crochet bit has gotten skrunchy and soft from all the washings. The photos below are from when I made it and today.

crocheted beach blanket on elsie marley


My best friend also is quite taken with it. When her birthday rolled around this year, I wanted to make her one. I knew I had some of the same blue and white linen I had used for mine in my stash. Then during KCW I absent-mindedly cut into to make pants for my daughter (“Where did this great fabric come from?!” duh).

The fabric store did not have any more, but they did have this sand-colored linen blend with sparkly silver stripes. Even better! I hemmed the ends like I did to mine. Then I hemmed and hawed about what pattern to use. Like for waaaay too long. I do love procrastinating, especially when it’s the pursuing patterns kind of procrastinating.

linen beach blanket with crochet edging on elsie marley


Two weeks before her birthday I had to decide. So I picked this Japanese pattern I found on Pinterest. I wasn’t sure what the scale would be, but went for it anyway. I had to start over a couple times because it had been so long since I crocheted that I FORGOT HOW!  But after a few stumbles, it worked up super quick!

crochet beach blanket by elsie marley

I’m happy to say she loved it. And there are even a few more precious weeks of summer for her to enjoy it.


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12 Responses to crocheted beach blanket

  1. Jennifer says:

    You are such a generous friend! This is gorgeous! I had to laugh about you using up the fabric on some pants. For me, remembering how I meant to use it would come right as I made the last cut. Hee-hee!

  2. jess says:

    Love this! How beautiful.

  3. Melissa says:

    I’ve been watching this one on IG – love the way it turned out! I kind of want to do a linen dress with edging like this now…

  4. Jane says:

    This is so so beautiful!!! It turned out so lovely! Now I really really wish I knew how to crochet!

  5. Marlena says:

    Amazing! A beach blanket and cakes? Awesome.

  6. kristin says:

    you are an awesome friend. this blanket is gorgeous! now i want to learn crochet too!

  7. Wow, that’s simply beautiful! So simple, yet so gorgeous. Something to treasure. What a lucky friend!

  8. Carla says:

    Ummm can I be your best friend too? Amazing! I think you’ve finally convinced me to learn how to crochet!

  9. Brienne says:

    It is gorgeous! An heirloom piece. Now I have to learn to crochet.

  10. mrs robinson says:

    So beautiful! Your friend is a lucky duck…

  11. Lucinda says:

    what an awesome gift that is! You are quite the sweet friend:)

  12. Anni says:

    Love this. I was doing a general search for linen and popped into your blog. Especially helpful was your post on different linens with mouse-click connections to their sources. Thanks. Anni