Day 8 – large white beach hut
Beach huts are an intrinsic part of the British seaside. All along our coast, on sandy beaches and concrete promenades you can find collections of these brightly coloured ‘sheds’. It’s thought there are about 20,000 of them here in the UK.
They began to be used in the early 20th century. Before then, men and women bathed on separate beaches, using bathing machines to change and protect their modesty in, before using them to be towed out to sea. In the years following the First World War, enterprising people removed the wheels of abandoned bathing machines and turned them into huts for changing and before long, local authorities woke up to their revenue potential and started to build and lease beach huts.
Until recent years, beach huts were considered a bit quaint and the domain of old people! Their popularity had waned with the arrival of package holidays in the 70s and 80s. But they have now become very fashionable and sought over, with beach huts in some areas selling for more money than houses cost in other areas. A beach hut in Mudeford Spit in Dorset, for example, recently sold for £280,000!
Anyway, enough TALK of beach huts, let’s CROCHET some beach huts!
For this pattern, we’re working in the back loops (like we did with the wavy sea section). If you look at the top of your row of double crochet, you’ll see how the stitches are formed of little Vs. The V loop that’s furthest away is the back loop:
Working this way, gives a ridged texture to the piece that resembles a boarded beach hut. Look – they’re just the same!
From row 9, I see the shape of the beach hut roof forming as decreases are worked into the first and last stitch of each row.
I finish off the hut by joining the WHITE yarn to the bottom right hand corner, RIGHT side facing (if you’re looking at your work and the yarn tail end is on your left at the bottom then you are looking at the RIGHT Side. If you are looking at your work and the yarn tail end is on your right at the bottom, you’ll be looking at the WRONG side):
Working a dc into the end of each row around the hut as per the pattern (work 2dc into the stitches where the roof begins to slope on both sides and 3dc into that top stitch at the roof point) gives a lovely defined finish to the beach hut shape:
The RED crochet strip for the roof is super simple. Working that (3dc, ch3, sl st into 1st ch) into the middle stitch gives my beach hut roof a lovely little peak:
And the door is even easier – just a perfect wee rectangle, finished off with slip stitches all the way around for a sharper, neater edge.
I used red yarn to attach the roof to the beach hut section. I decided to start at the point of the roof so that everything would line up properly and used mattress stitch (as I did when joining the cover sections), lining up the edges and weaving in and out as if lacing up your trainers! Then I attached the other side.
I chose to glue on my hut door as its quicker than sewing and – ta da! – one finished little hut!
Tomorrow we’re hanging out in the red stripy hut. See you then! xxx