Öresund Sky Bathmat: free crochet pattern

Öresund Sky Bathmat was inspired by my latest trip to Sweden, where I tried to escape from my real life, to switch off, recharge by the sea and to feel happy again. I spent long hours at the beach in Malmö making this bathmat. It didn’t have any name even after being finished. I asked for help on my page on Facebook and was given so many nice and creative suggestions! One of them was to call it Evening Sky. And this name resonated with what I felt and saw in Malmö. So I decided to call my new design Öresund Sky Bathmat. Read the whole story behind this design HERE and check more pictures of a finished bathmat HERE.

Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet 
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Öresund is a strait between South of Sweden and Denmark. Famous bridge is connecting both lands with Malmö on one side and Copenhagen on the other. It only takes 30 minutes by train to go to Copenhagen city center. And when you travel over the sea you can see a wonderful view on not less famous Turning Torso building. It is situated in my favorite part of Malmö called Västra Hamnen. I came here every morning to have a cup of coffee and to enjoy crochet by the sea. And in the evening I saw my first Malmö sunset in 15 years. And it was fantastic… 

Sunset in Malmö


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You will need:

  • Yarn in 5 shades. I used Bloom by Scheepjes in shades 417 (3 skeins), 419 (3 skeins), 421 (3 skeins), 403 (2 skeins), 409 (2 skeins)
Please, read my review about this yarn HERE. You can choose and purchase your shades via Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*, Paradise Fibers* (US) or in your local Scheepjes stores.

Finished Measurements

The size of finished bathmat will depend on yarn and hook you choose, and also on your personal gauge. My mathmat is approx. 55cm x 75cm (21 ½” x 29 ½”).


18 sts x 20 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)


Intermediate (though I believe advanced beginners can handle this pattern as well).

Stitch guide and Abbreviations


US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern. But if you are used to other terms, please check this Crochet Translation Project which might be helpful in translation to your native language.

st(s) - stitch(es)
ss (slip stitch) – insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw yarn up and pull 2nd lp through the 1st lp on hook.
ch - chain
sc (single crochet) – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
FPtr (front post treble crochet) - yo twice, insert hook from front to back to front around he post of indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, *yo, pull through 2 lps* 3 times.
RS right side
WS wrong side  

Important Notes and Tips

  • Ch1 in the beginning of every row doesn’t count as sc. So 1st sc of every row is made in 1st sc of previous row.
  • FPtr's should be made to the height of working row. They must not be too loose or pull. 
  • Always skip 1st of previous row behind every FPtr just made.
  • You can easily adjust the size of  Öresund Sky Bathmat. To make it wider make any even number of ch in the beginning. To make it longer, just crochet more rows in each stripe.
  • To reduce the amount of yarn tails, don’t cut yarn while making colorful stripes. You will get floats of yarn on the sides but they will be hidden by the border. (So cut yarn before and after each colorful stripe always leaving 20 cm/8in tail).
  • Change colour on the last yarn-over of the last sc of the relevant row.  
Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


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Öresund Sky Bathmat consists of 7 colorful stripes divided by 6 narrow stripes in gray. Colorway for each colorful stripe is given below.

C1 – 417 (Blue), C2 – 419 (Light Turqiouse), C3 – 421 (Gray), C4 – 403 (Dark Purple), C5 – 409 (Pink)

Colorful stripe 1

Ch 86.
Row 1. 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in every ch to the end. Turn. (85sc – same stitch count is for the rest of the pattern)
Row 2-3. Ch1 (doesn’t count as sc here and throughout), 85sc. Turn.
Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Row 4. Ch1, *1sc, skip 1 st on row 1, 1FPtr around next st of row 1, skip 1st behind FPtr just made; repeat from * to the end leaving 1 st unworked, 1sc in last st. Turn.
Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Row 5. Ch1, 85sc. Turn.
Row 6. Ch1, 1sc in 2sts, *1FPtr around st from 3 rows below visible just after FPtr below, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st; repeat from * to the end leaving 1 st unworked, 1sc in last st. Turn.
Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Row 7. Ch1, 85sc. Turn.
Row 8. Ch1, *1sc, 1FPtr around 2nd st from 3 rows below, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st, *1FPtr around st from 3 rows below visible just after FPtr below, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st; repeat from * to the end. Turn.
Rows 9-12. Repeat rows 5-8
Row 13. As Row 5
Row 14. As Row 6
Row 15. As row 7

Gray stripe

Row 16-20. With C3. Ch1, 85 sc, turn.

Colorful Stripe 2

Row 1. Ch1, 85sc, turn.
Row 2-15. As for colorful stripe 1.
Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Continue with the pattern alternating colorful and grey stripes (repeating rows 1-20) for 135 rows in total. You should get 7 colorful stripes and 6 gray stripes between them.

Colorway for stripes:

Stripes 1 and 5:

Rows 1-6 with C1.
Rows 7-10 with C2.
Rows 11-12 with C1
Rows 13-15 with C2

Stripes 2 and 6:

Rows 1-6 with C4
Rows 7-10 with C5
Rows 11-12 with C4
Rows 13-15 with C5

Stripes 3 and 7
Rows 1-6 with C2
Rows 7-10 with C1
Rows 11-12 with C2
Rows 13-15 with C1

Stripe 4
Rows 1-6 with C5
Rows 7-10 with C4
Rows 11-12 with C5
Rows 13-15 with C4


After row 135 change to C3, turn and start working the border around the bathmat. The border is made in back and forth, so in the eand of each row  join with slip stitch in 1st sc and turn.

TIP: to hide floats of yarn – crochet 1st round of the border over them.

Round 1. In this rnd mark 2nd sc of 3 in each corner.

(RS) Ch1, 3sc in 1st st, 83 sc, 3sc in last sc, turn quarter, 108 sc along next side (make 12sc evenly in each colorful stripe and 4 sc in each grey stripe), turn quarter, 3sc in 1st ch, 83sc, 3sc in last ch, turn quarter, 108sc along next side (as previous); join with ss in 1st sc of this rnd. Turn. (83 sts on each short side, 108 sts on long side, 3sc in each corner = 394sc in total)

Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Round 2. In this rnd mark 2nd sc of 3 in each corner.
(WS) Ch1, 1sc in 1st sc. Continue crocheting with sc around the blanket making 3 sc in each marked st, join with ss in 1st sc. Turn.
Öresund Sky Bathmat - Free crochet pattern by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Round 3-5. As Round 2. Fasten off. Weave in all yarn tails.

Congratulations!! Your Öresund Sky Bathmat is now finished!

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p.s. This bathmat is quite slippery. If you want to use for a bathroom you shoould add some anti-slip material underneath. I have 2 ideas about how it prevent it from being slippery. And I will share my thoughts with you next week! UPDATE: my review about 3 ways to make a crochet rug non slip is HERE.

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  1. I'm sorry, this may be a stupid question, but you use the term 'blanket', once under the Border section before round 1 and again at round 2. Is this a separate item, or just misworded? I thought this was a bathmat (kind of rug). Or have I lost my mind completely and this IS a blanket?

    1. Hi Gir! This is an error! No blankets here :) It'a a rug. I have corrected it. Thank you for letting me know :)

  2. Perfect - I love Bloom :) I am glad your holiday in Malmo restored you. I love the sea - the more wild and windy the better. Some time you MUST come to England and go to the beaches on the Norfolk coast - the beach at Holkham is so unspoiled. The sea goes right out at low tide and you can tip toe through loads of little pools left behind. I spent many happy hours there as a child - my Aunt was a cook at Holkham hall and the beach was private then. I am glad you are back designing - your designs are so pretty and so interesting to do. I wish you many many more happy crochet times.

    1. Hi Maggie! I have never been to England. Your description of this place sounds so magic. I hope one day I come and see it on my own. thank you very much for your lovely words.

  3. Just letting you know it's called Öresund, not Örresund ;)
    Otherwise it's a lovely rug =)

    1. Oh my! I don't know why I spelled it like this :) I was too busy to double check instructions, so I dind't pay attention to this. thank you very much!! I have corrected the name. I hope - everywhere :)

  4. Gracias por hacerme soñar con el.crochet

  5. Hi Tatsiana~

    The close-ups of your rug bring out the astounding texture and detail of your creation that I didn't notice before. What a beautiful rug! And your colorway selections are awesome!

    I love the Malmo sunset that you captured in your picture. I am so thankful that your trip to Malmo restored your soul. The seaside has such a restorative effect for a lot of people, myself included. I would like to be able to visit Sweden, Norway and Denmark someday as my great-grandparents hail from Sweden on my mom's side of the family and from Denmark and Norway on my dad's side of the family.


  6. I made this pattern & absolutely love the pattern & the finished bathmat. Thank you so much! In hindsight, I wish that I had woven in all my ends as I went instead of waiting to cover them with the border. Thank you for a well written pattern & a very beautiful concept.


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