When a very good friend asked me to crochet her something for her beach house on Isle of White we looked at lots of things I could make that would fit with her theme and that I could design and share. We settled on beach huts as epitome of an English summer at the beach. I went on the hunt for a pattern and I had been looking for a while but hadn’t come across anything suitable. You will know if you are a regular reader that I don’t like to pay for patterns unless they are very special. Then Coastal Crochet, a very clever lady and fellow crochet blogger, designed a coastal wall hanging for the Hobby Craft blog. You can find the Hobby Craft blog post here, its a very cute wall hanging. One of the motifs was a beach hut perfect to help me work out my own pattern for my friends beach house. The beach huts I’ve made are intended to hang on her stairs which are open to the living room so I had some exact sizing to work to, to make sure they fitted in their final location.
My inspiration for the colours of the beach huts came from the Isle of White. My friend took lots of pictures of all the beach houses she saw as she explored the different beaches on the island.
Here are some of the pictures :-
There is only one beach hut on the garland that doesn’t exist on the Isle of White, the Neapolitan beach hut featured at the beginning of this post. Neapolitan ice cream is a favourite for my family, it always reminds me of summer and eating neapolitan ice cream sandwiches on hot day. The chocolate, vanilla and strawberry sweetness, sticky sweet hands and the delicious vanilla and strawberry ice cream aromas mingled with chocolate.
Here are the finished beach huts on the beach on The Isle of White with the inspiration for the project in the background.
Pattern Notes & Tips
I have set out the pattern below. At the end of the pattern I’ve given you some options for embellishing a beach hut, an ice cream, a garland and a star. On my crochet journey I haven’t found many simple stitch diagrams. The big diagrams seem confusing and a bit scary if your trying to read them for the first time. You can overcome your fear and have a go with the simple ones I’ve included for the embellishments.
The garland string for the whole garland (not the embellishment) is made from garden twine crocheted into a chain, attaching a beach hut at intervals so that the string hangs in between each hut. You should choose your interval to suit your chosen place to hang your garland so I haven’t included it in the pattern.
I think the beach huts work brilliantly as a garland. Here they are hanging on my staircase waiting to be delivered to The Isle of White. It looked quite bare when they were gone, I guess I’ll have to make something to go in their place.
Here are a few close ups so you can see the colour combinations I used and so you can see the garland embellishments.
Beach Huts Pattern
Stylecraft Classique cotton double knit various colours. As a guide one 100g ball will make five beach huts.
3.5 mm crochet hook or hook to achieve the size
Scissors and a yarn needle to finish
Steam block using spray starch to stiffen for shaping and hanging
Special Stitches and Instructions
Two Treble Crochet Together – 2trc2tog
YO insert the hook into the next stitch YO, pull through two loops, YO, insert the hook into the next stitch, YO pull through 2 loops, YO, all three loops on the hook. When stitching the rows that require 2trc2tog work as loosely as you can to keep your rows even.
Ch 3 at the beginning of each row does NOT count as a treble crochet (trc), this will give you more even and straight edges with no gaps in the starting stitches.
Main body of the Beach Hut
This pattern is for a plain beach hut. If you want a stripey beach hut change colour at the end of each row when adding the starting ch 3. Use the edging colour of your choice at row 14.
Ch 23 to start
Row 1: 1 trc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 trc in each st to the end of the row (20 trc 1 ch3) turn.
Row 2: Ch3, 1 trc in the first trc, 1 trc in each stitch to the end., (20 trc, 1 ch3)
Row 3-9: repeat row 2.
Row 10: Ch 2 2trc2tog, 2trc2tog, 1 trc in the next 12 sts, 2trc2tog,2trc2tog, turn.
Row 11: Ch 2, 2trc2tog, 2trc2tog, trc in the next 8 sts, 2trc2tog,2trc2tog, turn.
Row 12: Ch 2, 2trc2tog,2trc2tog, trc in the next 4 sts, 2trc2tog,2trc2tog, turn.
Row 13: 2trc2tog four times, turn.
Row 14 – edging : ch1, dc in the next 4 sts, ch 1, dc in the same st to form a corner. 9 dc in the side of the trc to form the side of the roof, ch1, dc to form the corner of the roof. 19 dc in the side of the trc, ch1, 1dc in the same stitch for form a corner. 20 dc in the back of each of the ch sts in the starting row, Ch1, 1dc to form a corner. 19 dc in the side of the trcs, ch1, 1 dc to form a corner a the base of the roof, 9dc in the side of the trc to the top, ch1, dc in the same st, sl st in the ch 1 starting stitch to join. The main part of the hut is now complete.
Ch 33, 1trc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1trc in the next 14 sts, 2 trc in the same st (3trc in total in the same st) 1 trc in each st to the end. Cast of leaving a long tail to attach the roof to the main body of the hut.
Row 1: 1 trc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 trc in each st to the end turn.
Row 2: Ch3 (does not count as a trc) 1trc in the same st, 1 trc in each st to the end turn.
Row 3 – 8: repeat Row 2
Row 9 (border): ch 1, 1dc in the next 7 sts. ch 1, 1dc in the same st to form a corner. 17 dc down the side of the door spacing evenly along the side of the trcs, 1dc, ch1, 1dc in the same st to form the corner, 1 dc in the back of each of the starting chs to the end 1dc, ch1, 1 dc to form the corner,7 dc down the side of the door spacing evenly along the side of the trcs, 1dc, ch1, 1dc in the same st to form the corner. Sl st in to the starting ch to finish. Cast off leaving a long tail to attach the door to the main body of the hut.
To make up your beach hut stitch your door from the centre bottom of the main body of the beach hut. Stitch the roof along the edge of the top of the beach hut, you will have a little bit of roof overhanging the roof edge on the main body of the beach hut. Make certain that the centre of the roof is in the centre top so the beach hut hangs centrally on your garland.
These three parts stitched together form a basic Hut.
Ice cream cone
The pattern starts with the cone so use your cone colour first.
Ch 7 to start,
Row 1: 1 trc in the 4th ch from the hook, 3 ch counts as first trc, 1htc, 1dc, 1slst, turn 3 sl sts into the back of the starting ch, sl st to change colour to the colour of ice cream you want to use.
Row 2: Turn your so the ch 3 starting sts of the cone are upper most. Ch1, miss one st 1 st, 3 trc in the same st, sl st into the last st, cast off.
Row 1: Ch 4, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, dc, trc, cast off (one triangle created) repeat twice more, three triangles in total. Weave in the ends before you make up the bunting with row 2.
Row 2: Ch 4, attach your first triangle with 4 dc, ch2, attach the next triangle with 4 dc, ch 2, attach the next triangle with 4 dc, ch 4 cast off. Weave in the ends.
Row 1: Start with a magic loop, ch 3 (counts as first trc), 9 trc in magic loop. Pull to tighten, sl st to join (10 trc in total).
Row 2: Ch 1, dc in same space, (trc, dtrc, ch 1, dtrc, trc) all in next st, *dc in next st, (trc, dtrc, ch 1, dtrc, trc) in next stitch, repeat from * 3 times, sl st to starting dc. Finish off, weave in ends (5 dc, 5 star points).
I would love to see your finished beach huts, please post them on my facebook page, you can find me @amandajonescrochet or click the facebook logo on this page.
If you find any pattern errors please, please message me via the contact page and I will correct the errors. A download of this pattern will be available very soon via etsy.