Week 3 of Last Dance on the Beach CAL is designed by Tatsiana from Lilla Bjorn Crocet, a great overlay crochet designer. If you have never done overlay crochet before this weeks square might seem daunting at first sight, but once you get the hang of it it’s not that difficult. Just take in one step at a time and you’ll be fine.
With her design Tatsiana looks back on her walk with Wink and her design for Last Dance on the Beach. The patterns on this square remind me of a rugged shore line with rocks and cliffs where the water can come and go with impressive force.
As you most probably know by now I have two yarn kits, the Merino Soft Dancing in the Sea and the Color Crafter Dancing in the Sea. My Color Crafter blanket I am making using the colors specified in the pattern, but with the Merino Soft kit I am still playing with color.
I have used a different color from the background to make the overlay more pronounced, actually overlay crochet is a technique that uses color to the fullest. On the other hand, making a square with just one or two colors really defines the texture of the design. This week I used a 4.5mm hook for my Merino Soft squares and a 4.0mm hook for my Color Crafter squares. This is the same hook I used for week 1 and my gauge swatch.
These are the colors that I used from my Merino Soft Dancing in the Sea kit and arranged according to the photograph above from left to right.
|1||628 – Botticello||616 – Klimt|
|2||617 – Cezanne||628 – Botticello|
|3||610 – Turner||617 – Cezanne|
|4||617 – Cezanne||–|
All videos for Last Dance on the Beach are available through my YouTube channel and on my blog grouped on two this dedicated video pages, English and Dutch. These pages will be updates as new tutorials become available.
I have a video available in English and Dutch. Please note that I use UK crochet terms in the English video. If you are more familiar with US terms, this conversion chart will help you with the most common terms.
For those of you that are left handed I have the video for week 3 available in English and Dutch. There are also available on the English and Dutch video pages. Again, please note that the English videos use UK crochet terminology.
If you still want to join the CAL, there are kits available in two yarns and in three color ways. You can choose a base kit with Color Crafter yarn or a luxury kit with Merino Soft yarn. The three color ways are Dance in the Sea, Dance in the Rain and Dancing under the stars. Both kits have yarn and a special edition label to add to your afghan. If you choose for the luxury kit you will also get lots of other goodies. And maybe the best part of this project is that 2 euro of each kit sold goes to a charity aimed at helping people with mental health difficulties. Kits are available from Paradise Fibers (USA/CA), Wool Warehouse (UK/International), Deramores (UK/International), or your local Scheepjes stockist.
Participating in the CAL
To join the CAL, please join the International (English speaking) or Dutch (Nederlands) Facebook groups. You can post all your photo’s of your squares here and there are lots of people to help you if you get stuck somewhere. The patterns will be posted each week in the Facebook groups and on the Scheepjes website.
I hope to see you next week for part 4.
Follow me on