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Help me welcome Moonstone Beach Crochet Throw!
If you ever get to travel to the Central Coast of California, you must visit Moonstone Beach. The gorgeous coastline, blue water, seagulls, even seals. It’s one of my family’s favorite places to visit. So peaceful and relaxing, it’s located in the small town of Cambria where it’s 75F pretty much year-round.
Naturally, our favorite thing to do there is to go to the beach. There are pines that grow all along the coast and when they fall into the water, after time, their petrified white trunks wash onto the beach. They make great natural benches to sit on and watch the sunset.
In the evening the fog often rolls in and it’s always a great idea to bring a warm squishy blanket along. It’s great for everything. To put on the top of the rough surface of the petrified wood to sit on, to throw on the sand to lay and read a book, or to wrap yourself into one when the inevitable evening chill sneaks up on you.
I wanted to make a blanket inspired by the Moonstone beach forever! I bring my yarn and hook every time I go there, so it was only fitting to name a blanket after it.
My choice of yarn for this thick throw was of course my favorite from Lion Brand, their Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Oatmeal. They could’ve might as well named it Sand because that’s what it reminds me of.
The sand on the Moonstone Beach is actually not sand, it’s a bunch of tiny pebbles, that are so small they look like sand. It’s all beiges with brown and black speckles, and of course, small white pieces that came from broken shells polished by the ocean.
Once I decided on the yarn and the color, my choice for the hook was a no-brainer. I love to use an oversized hook for this weight of yarn. The recommended hook for this yarn is a 9mm, but I use a 15mm hook to make the crocheted fabric very drapey and fluffy and soft.
I decided to go with a combination of two basic stitches, DC Double Crochet and SLST Slip Stitch (I love to keep the patterns accessible to even beginner crocheters), but I did a little twist on one of them to keep things interesting and give nice detail to the blanket.
Because of the stitches the blanket has very classy, streamlined look. The right and the wrong side of the blanket look slightly different but still nice, so it’s totally reversible.
It looks good no matter where you use it. You can layer it on the top of the bed, or hang it off the arm of a big armchair, or stack it together with other thick afghans you have. You can never have too much squish!
Another great thing about the basic stitches that are used in the crocheted throw is that they are totally mindlessly relaxing to make. They repeat in a comfy way and after a while you will find yourself totally zoning out, your mind drifting to the memories of the beach, summer and soothing sound of the waves.
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