Friday 29 June 2012

"Sail Away" Crochet Pattern

Hello Lovelies,
I've  managed to find some time  this week to put my crochet hat back on to finally get this pattern /tutorial published for you . Several of you  have asked me about it since my previous disaster, when I lost my original draft due to blogger problems.

I'm sure you can appreciate the amount of time and concentration that goes into this sort of post's not a quick process.....this one was particularly time consuming , but you lovelies always make my day with your kind comments , you are worth all the effort.
Please do let me know  if you make this project. I would LOVE to see how it turned's the pattern.......ENJOY

This pattern is written in U.S. terms and the abbreviations are as follows:-

hdc = Half Double Crochet  ............U.K. half treble crochet
sc = Single Crochet..........................U.K. double crochet
ch = Chain........................................U.K. chain
sl = Slip Stitch...................................U.K. slip stitch
tc = Treble Crochet...........................U.K. double treble
sc dec = Single Crochet Decrease.....U.K. double crochet decrease

It's a relatively simple pattern but you do need to be confident with the above stitches. I would not class this  as a beginners project  but I've included lots of description and photos to try and make it as simple as possible.

I've used various Double Knitting Acrylic yarns for this project .You could use whatever you prefer working with.Cotton would be good.
N.B. throughout this pattern turning chains always count as 1 stitch

Lets start with the boats' hull, it's worked from the bottom up........
To begin  ch 10,
Row 1....... hdc in third chain from hook.......

hdc in each ch across. In last ch make 2 hdc ( 10 stitches ).....

Row 2 2 and turn , then make another hdc into the same stitch  (marked with needle ) it's important you get the correct space's right at the base of the two chains...can you see it ?

Work 1 hdc in each stitch across and finish with 2 hdc in final stitch of row 1( you should now have 12 stitches)

Repeat subsequent rows in this way.... increasing an the beginning and end of each row to form the shape of the hull.
row 3 = 14 stitches

row 4 = 16 stitches

Once you have made  4  rows stop but do not fasten off.
To neaten the edges of your work make sc around the sloping side,bottom and second sloping side (not the top).There are no specific spaces for these stitchs along the sloping sides , just make them close to the edge......

along the bottom make one sc in each stitch across........

Then work up the second side. Once you reach the top edge , fasten off and leave a long tail to attach sail.

Right , next the sail. This is worked from the top down , also in hdc stitches, increasing at the start and end of each row in the same way as the hull.
Begin with ch4
row1 ....insert hook into third chain from hook ( shown with needle )

and make 2 hdc stitches
 chain 2 turn.
row2......make 1 hdc in same stitch as turning..again shown with needle

hdc across and finish with 2 hdc in final hdc of row  ( 6 stitches ), chain 2 turn.

row 3 ...repeat pattern , increasing at the beginning and end of the row ( 8 stitches )

   repeat pattern over subsequent rows, increasing on both ends of rows to make a triangle shape.
row 4.....10 stitches
row 5     12 stitches
row 6 ....14 stitches
row 7 ....16 stitches
row 8.....18 stitches
row 9.....20 stitches

NB the yarn I used for my sail was a bit thinner than the hull yarn If your sail is ending up too big you could stop after 8 rows )
 When you have made   9  rows do not finish off but make sc stitches up to top of sail .....

At the top work 3 sc in the point and then go down the other side .Again there are no exact spaces to place stitches , just judge for yourself where best to put them. It's not necessary  to put them along the bottom of the sail as this is already neat.

Finish off and sew in ends.

Next the mast . This uses sc made through the centre of the sail and is made like this ........
Attach your yarn using a slip stitch , to the centre of the base of the sail. Insert hook through work as shown... 

Yarn around hook and pull  through  sail...2 loops on hook.....yarn over and pull through both loops. Repeat up the whole height of the mast and when you get to the top don't fasten off .

 Chain 4 to make the start of the flag, turn.
3 sc along ( one in each chain ) starting where shown with the needle..........

then sl into top of of the surface chain for added stability......

Chain 1 and turn
1 sc,1 sc dec,chain 1 turn
1 sc dec
ch 1 and finish off leaving a long tail  like this at the point of the flag.........

then weave the tail to the top of the flag with a darning needle,securing it at the top so it doesn't pull you flag out of shape.... you can use it to join the boats together later.

Right , hopefully you have a cute little sail and mast with a flag on the top.Next simply sew the two parts of the boat together with the hull slightly over lapping the sail and your boat is finished.Make a couple more in the same way if you want your decoration to look like mine...or you could just go with how many you like.

Onto the sun now........
Using yellow yarn ( mine was stylecraft Saffron ) ch 4 and join to form ring.
Round 1 ...chain 2 , make 11 hdc into ring and join by slip stitch into 2nd chain of initial 2 chain.
Round 2...chain 2 (counts as first hdc) and 1 hdc into same stitch as joining ,2 hdc in each stitch of round 1 ( 24 hdc) slip stitch into initial 2nd chin of initial 2 chain to join...that's the circular centre of the sun ,next onto the rays.....

These are a  little bit tricky but hopefully the pictures will help a lot
 first ray...chain 2 then make 1 tc in the next stitch........

Make a  picot ( chain 2 then slip stitch into first chain) in the photo you can see where to insert your hook for the slip stitch ).......
once your picot is made it's another slip stitch...this time into the top of your treble crochet...this is where to insert your hook this time......

then chain 2 and sc in the next stitch of round 2.
In the next stitch begin the second ray in the same way you made the first.
Repeat around.
When you have made 11 rays your sun should look like this.....

Make the final ray in the next stitch then slip stitch into the stitch where the first ray began ( no sc ) ... now have a sun and some boats :0)...I'm feeling seasidy already !
As you can see they are a bit wonky and would benefit from stiffening up a bit........

I use spray starch for this ..........

Place a towel over some foam ( like a seat pad or flat cushion ) and pin your motifs (right side down ) into the shape you want them to end up. I stretched out the suns rays so they were nice and pointy. Spray liberally till they are quite wet and leave till completely dry , you could put them somewhere warm to speed this up.....

Then the fun can add as much or as little as you like here , it's purely personal taste....I went with shirt buttons for portholes and a little felt heart on the sail........

then sew the boats together using the tail you left for this purpose ...I added beads between mine and buttons to the sun, but again , it's up to you .........

So that my sun didn't get pulled out of shape by the weight of the boats I used the tail from the top boat to hang my decoration up, catching it onto the back of the sun first........

Ooooops , nearly forgot the little fishy....... he is made like this. chain 4 and then make 6 dc in first ch. Make 1 treble crochet in the same chain ( that's his nose ) as you can see from my pictures the chain you are working in opens up a lot but that's o.k.


next make 6 more dc into the same stitch...........

then slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain to close, at this stage you also need to pull on the beginning tail of yarn to close up the fishes middle....

To make his tail...chain 2 then into the same stitch work all the following stitches.... 1 dc,ch 1, 1 sc ,ch 1 , 1 dc , ch 2 and slip stitch to finish off

you could add a little eye to your fish if you like.I simply wove in the ends and kept one long enough to thread on some beads and used it to attach my fish the the bottom boat .

Phew , I hope this is all well explained a clear for you lovelies.
Please let me know if you have any problems and I will try and help....using the reply button do check back here if you ask a question.
Jacquie x


  1. Very beautiful and great tutorial!

  2. Wow! You are just so clever! Thanks you so much. I really appreciate you sharing your patterns and helping beginners like me with such clear photos! These boats are so lovely, I will definately be making some! I just posted some pictures of the nesting bowls I made using your tutorial and linked back to you, thanks so much for sharing that pattern too! I can't wait to give these boats a try! Happy weekend! X

  3. Great tutorial, thank you Jacquie!
    Victoria xx

  4. Hello Jacquie
    This is so lovely and I do greatly appreciate how laborious it is to give out the pattern and make up a tutorial. The fact I find it so difficult to do tht as many things of my own creation I never write down just keep a sample of. Will have to sort myself out there.
    As it is this tutorial is super easy to follow with your step by step pictures too.

    Amanda :-)

  5. That is absolutely gorgeous! Think this will be on my to do RIGHT NOW list, thank you for sharing your tutorial, they can be very time consuming - well done!

  6. delicious these boats.
    I'll definitely some, the tutorial is clear,
    thank you, a kiss.

  7. Thank You, a very good tutorial, I think I will make this for my nephew he really likes saillingboats so I think he will like this. It will be a nice birthday gift only we have to wait because his birthday is on december 31

  8. This is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! :o)

  9. Fantastic! Love the fish, hadn't noticed him before.

  10. I am SO THRILLED to see that you attacked the beast (blogger) again and had another go at publishing this. When I read of your frustration the first time, I sooooooo understood! I've lost a few long posts lately - finally found it to be an issue with the browser I was using. I've also thought about creating the bulk of my post, the verbiage, in Word and then copying and pasting's the words, when lost, that anger me the most! This is fabulous and I can't WAIT to make it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Hugs, Annette

  11. I love it! Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful tute :) I really hope I put off my procrastination boots long enough to make this...I hope those who do make it post links to their pics 'cause I can't wait to see everybody's :)
    Smiles, DianeM

  12. Ahhhh this is nice!
    Thanx for sharing this pattern with us. I love it!!!!!!!!

  13. Thank you so much for going to all that effort AGAIN!! Your tutorials are great, I'm currently making your large squared circles for a blanket & enjoying them immensely :) Seeing this has really brightened my morning, I was so sorry when you lost the post - technology frequently frustrates me and I don't think I could've faced all that hard work again so soon. I am definitely going to attempt one & will link back to you when it's done. Have a great day!

  14. Śliczne łódeczki!! Lovely boat!!! I greet. Beata

  15. muy bonito, gracias por el patrón,besos.

  16. people like you encouraging me to learn! this is great idea! Thank you and congratulations!

  17. Hello Jacquie, bom dia!!
    Maravilhoso teu trabalho.
    Obrigada por compartilhar você é muito amável.
    tina artesanato!!Brasil..

  18. That's such a precious design, and thanks for the tutorial.

  19. You are so talented Jacquie. Thanks for such a great tutorial.

  20. Hi Jacquie,
    What a wonderful crochet hanging. I have missed your posts for the last few months while travelling so I am going to have a lovely catch up this weekend as we are home now. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog while I was away. I have one more post to do about our last few days in Paris and then normal services will resume.
    Thanks for taking the time to post this fabulous tutorial for all the crochet enthusiasts in blog land. Much appreciated.
    Anne xx

  21. Thank you!!!!
    I'll be trying one this evening.....
    Lady Jane

  22. Oh I love this. I may have to make it. It is darling.

  23. Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this tutorial with all the pictures. Your directions are very clear; thank you.

  24. Bellissimo! Thank you so much! Silvia

  25. Oh my goodness, how incredibly kind of make this wonderful tutorial for all to share. Thank you very much, I will definitely be making one.

  26. I LoVe this! I saved a print of it!

  27. Super cute, thank you so much for the tutorial :)

  28. LOVE it! Going to share with my mother- she will like this one too!

  29. This is the cutest pattern ever!

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  30. The best part about this already awesome tutorial? The little fish! <3

  31. Oh my goodness that is cute!!! So perfect for Summer!! Thank you so much!!! :)

  32. Muito obrigada por ensinar a fazer este enfeite lindo.
    Parabéns, lindo.
    Um abraço.

  33. Such cute little boats and a wonderful tutorial, thankyou again for sharing.

  34. This is just amazing!! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. You explained it very well!!

  35. Such a fabulous and sweet tutorial! Love the sailboats!! Thanks for sharing! Have a beautiful weekend! xo Heather

  36. Thankyou for taking the time to write out this sweet pattern :)) I will be making it for my youngest grandson.. I can see it hanging in the window of the shack too... thanks again Have a blessed weekend :))

  37. So cute! I love the little fish. I'm going to have to make one this weekend for sure.

  38. I think the fish is my favourite part! I am sure I will be whipping up something like this sometime in the future, it is such a wonderful idea, a perfect little something for a bathroom I think! Thank you so much for sharing! :) x

  39. Flippin heck I love it, there are so many jobs I need to do today and I am soooooo tempted to have a go at this. Maybe I could sort the wool out for it first? Yes I have answered myself that is what I will do. Love your tutorials they help me so much. I'm a new blogger ( that means to me I have a new blog!) You are now on my fav blog lists. Have a lovely weekend Heather xxx

  40. Hello Jacquie,
    What a lovely surprise to come home to! Thank you so much for going to all that trouble of re-doing the "Sail Away" tutorial with wonderful photos to explain. I can really quite imagine all the work that it entails.
    Those little sailing boats are just lovely, the sunshine so cheerful and pointy and the little fish finishes it all off so perfectly.
    I shall look forward to doing this crochet project as soon as I get my colours together!
    With much appreciation! Sandra

  41. Your sailboats are just adorable! This looks like a fantastic tutorial, thanks for sharing!!

    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Kate :}

  42. This is very cool! Woudl make a lovely gift for someone with a seaside themed room as well!

    Thank you!

    Kate xxx

  43. Thank you so much for your great tutorial! I fell in love with these sailboats the first time I saw them in your blog. I was so excited to see the tutorial today as I am having a lazy saturday because I have to work overnight tonight. So it's a great day to stay in and crochet. I will show you pictures when I finish. Thank you again you are very clever!!!

  44. Thank you so much for your great tutorial! I fell in love with these sailboats the first time I saw them in your blog. I was so excited to see the tutorial today as I am having a lazy saturday because I have to work overnight tonight. So it's a great day to stay in and crochet. I will show you pictures when I finish. Thank you again you are very clever!!!

  45. Thank you so much for the tutorial - what a quick and easy make! I've made one this weekend. We're looking to buy a caravan and the Sail Away decoration will be hung up in it. Just got to find some spray starch now, the man at Tesco looked at me like I'd gone out of my mind when I asked if they sold it lol.

  46. It´s a good idea! Thanks!

  47. Thank you sooo much for re-doing this Jacquie. The amount of time and effort you have put into this is truly appreciated. It's such a fun, lovely piece of work. I'm already half way through, couldn't wait to get started. Now I'm a happy bunny!! :-D XX

  48. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. I am excited to be welcoming a great nephew or niece in November, and I know this will do the trick! We live on Lake Erie, so the boating theme will be welcome.

  49. thank you very much, i'm grabbing my hook and cotton now! thanks again for this and all your other work and inspiration, I love it all! x

  50. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I love this pattern and hope to find time to make it. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this out - twice! for us.

  51. Wow what fun.......I have to make this and have been thinking about a sunflower hanging that the sun would be a perfect basis for!

  52. You are a crochet genius! OMG, that little fish totally floats my boat. 'Scuse the pun!

  53. Thank you for the tutorial - I am itching to get started to make this for my lovely caravan. lily. xxx

  54. Hi
    I have just discovered your blog and I really love it!!! You use colourful yarns and those are my favourites.
    You are a great teacher, I'm a begginer in crochet and I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot with your great tutorials.

    I love your countryside, everything is so green and full of colour, I live in Mallorca it's a very beautiful island but now,in summer everything is so dry...

    Congratulations for this tutorial.

  55. Hello I am new to your blog but love it, i love the bright colours you use. I love your boats wall hanging, its so nice to see something orientated more towards boys. I would to re-create it to sell on my page and was wondering if you had any objections, obviously if you would rather I didnt I completely understand and would not do so but I think my customers would love it xx

  56. Hi, I have only recently discovered your blog but I love it. This boat wall hanging is gorgeous and its lovely to see something more boy orientated as there is so much around for girls. I have a page on facebook where i see crocheted good that i have made and would love with your permission to re-create this and sell it on my page. My customers would love it. I completely understand if you'd rather that I didnt.

    Best wishes


    1. Hi Louise , that's fine are welcome to sell items made from this pattern...thanks for asking :0)
      Jacquie x

  57. I wish I could do this. I can only do simple things. Oh well!

  58. I am having so much fun making the sail boats lol I haven't even gotten to the sun or fishy. There are 4 crochet blogs i love to go to and check on every day. Yours and 3 others. I started or opened up a blog last year but just recently became involved. Thank you for your patterns.they are so much fun visually and interactivly

  59. Hello, I used your fab pattern to brighten up my bathroom! I shamelessly copied all your details. If you would like to see, I blogged about it here:

  60. Hi there!!!! I love your blog, and when I saw this pattern, I knew I just had to make it! Here is the link to my mine. Thanks so much for making this!

  61. I just discovered your blog....awesome work! I have a sister-in-law that is big into nautical decorations...this will be perfect for her! Thanks for sharing your hard work with us!

  62. Bellissimo grazie Giuliana Italy

  63. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. I really appreciate you taking the time to share & in such great detail! I saw someone asked for permission to sell on there page & you agreed to that, that's great too. I too have a fb page & an Etsy page where I sell my crafty creations & would love to do something like this. I too appreciate that it is something that works for boys as I have a 2 y.o. boy & sometimes have problems finding things for him. We are getting ready to move him into a "big boy room" & are doing a pirate theme, so I think these ships will make a lovely addition. Can't wait to get started on them. Thanks again for sharing.

  64. I commented on this more thoroughly the other day, but I'm looking at it again (debating if I have enough energy to start this now or not) & I see that there's no mention of the amount of yarn used or the size hook. Though I can see what size hook you used in one of the pics, but a rough estimate of the amount of yarn required would be helpful. Thanks.

  65. Thanks for the tutorial, that's so very generous of you... It's well written and easy to follow. I made one for my little nephew, but I used two strings of yarn throughout the project to make it all larger, and in the end it turned out huge (80cm tall)! Looks pretty good though, I've uploaded a photo of it here:

  66. Great tutorial, thank you!!!

  67. That is so, so cute! What a lovely idea, I would never have thought of something like this but it's a brilliant use of crochet. I'm normally very lazy about home decoration but this is so sweet I'm really tempted to make it.
    Thank you for taking such trouble over the instructions too, they're very thorough.

  68. SO cute! My cousin is due in a month, and the nursery theme is sailboats! Perfect project to match the theme!

    Thank you for taking the time to share this pattern. I understand the time and effort it takes just to write it down, not to mention pictures to boot!

  69. Thank you for the tutorial
    very...very beautifull!!!

    sonia from Brasil

  70. This is so cute and adorable ! Thanks for sharing!!

  71. Yesterday at my crochet session at Hobbycraft a fellow crocheter came up to me and said she was crocheting a sail ... I knew whose pattern it was straight away!! So we both sat for a little while and made sails! it looks like now I am making my very own Sail Away!! xxx

  72. I can't wait to try this for my son's room. So adorable. Thank you for sharing!!

  73. What a lovely pattern! Thank you for sharing. I am a new crochet-er and your pattern was easy to understand. Have a look at my one if you want...although it is no where near as good as yours! I have put it in my son's new play shed for a bit of boy pretty-ness! Thanks again, Naomi x

  74. Thank you for sharing this realy nice pattern!!! I realy like! Yesterday I tried the pattern, but I'm not completely. I do exactly what it says. But at the end of the row I miss one stitch. I do not know what I'm doing wrong. I try it today just one more time!

    Best wishes, Vera (

  75. Thankyou for this! I've been looking for crochet applique patterns for a beanbag for my boys room and this is perfect :)#

  76. Yess i am a new follower, just because i love everything i see on your blog! Thanks for sharing so many lovely tutorials! Love and big hugs from Bianca

  77. Thank you for the nice pattern and the clear instructions. I made one boat and put some fish and a sun with it. You can see it here:

  78. I love your crochet work and your photos. This pattern is so great. I have a great nephew in Maui Hawaii and I am making it for his room. Thanks for the pattern.

  79. merci beaucoup super blog, le mien s'appelle "", il faut que je donne de meilleures explications,merci pour les modèles

  80. eep LOVE this! Sharing on

  81. Hi Bunny Mummy. I am doing a wonderful round up of crochet motifs and embellishments. I would love to include your 'Sail Away crochet pattern'. I would need one photo, and I would use the direct link to this pattern, as well as a link to your sites homepage. I am scedualled to post the round up on Monday, Aug 4. Please let me know if this is okay :)

    1. Hi Jennifer, that's great. I'm happy for you to use an image from here as long as it has a link back to this post.
      Jacquie x

  82. Спасибо,спасибо,спасибо )))

  83. Wow, this is so lovely! I still have my table runner to finish, then a pouffe to attempt but will definitely have a go at this afterwards. Thanks for sharing.

  84. Hi, I think this is SO sweet, I have just finished making one, I make and sell items online and donate 30% of all I sell to a charity, I have seen a post asking you if it is ok to sell items made from your pattern so I am hoping this is still ok with you?
    Warm regards

  85. Hi Kathy, yes that's no problem....good luck with the selling.
    Jacquie x

  86. This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing :) I love the clear instructions and the photos really helped! I appreciate you taking the time to share! I am posting this with a link back to your blog on my Facebook page and will also be selling.
    Thanks again for the wonderful pattern!

  87. This is so lovely, thank you so much for sharing!
    It is my first visit here and I love your "place", will return!
    Warm regards from the Netherlands,

  88. Hi Jackie ,just come across this cute little pattern for the sailboat and it's adorable ,i have now posted it on to my fb crochet group page which hasover 29000+ members with a link back to your blog so you may get a lot more visitors shortly ,thank you for sharing ,here's the link to the group if you want to pop over and join us

  89. It is just awesome and very creative i never know it before thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea, i was searching for Boat Cruise Dubai i found your awesome blog i should try it at my home thanks for sharing such a nice post.

  90. Thank you for sharing this project! Greetings grom A fifty and something grandmother!

  91. grazie per la condivisione !!! è super!!! adoro il pesciolino, così grazioso :-) e le perline e tutto il resto.

  92. WOW! I just found this and I love it! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. So simple to follow :)


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