We are halfway with the squares for Last Dance on the Beach CAL were we are onto week 6. This week we are doing Corner to Corner (also called C2C) crochet; a fun technique that may be new to some of you but is definetally worth a try. The square for this week is designed by Carmen from Craftsy Queens and with her design she looks back on her walk with Wink and her design for Last Dance on the Beach.
Every week I am looking for a connection between the square and the sea theme of the CAL. This week as a bit harder than the weeks before, but I just stumbled on this image. The stripes in my C2C square really resemble these formations at an estuary in Thailand.
I am still playing with color placement in my Merino Soft Dancing in the Sea kit and for my Color Crafter Dancing in the Sea blanket I am using the colors specified in the pattern. I have made different stripes in the pattern to make all the squares unique; I decided that I don’t want two identical squares in my afghan. This week I used the same hook size as my gauge swatch, a 4.5mm hook for my Merino Soft squares and a 4.0mm for my Color Crafter squares.
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. The stripe pattern is indicated as, for example, 4-4-5-4-4 which means work 4 rows in color 1, then 4 rows in color 2, 5 rows in color 1, 4 rows in color 2, and 4 rows in color 1.
|square||color 1||color 2||stripe pattern|
|1||606 – Da Vinci||–||–|
|2||614 – Magritte||617 – Cezanne||3-3-3-3-3-3-3|
|3||616 – Klimt||617 – Cezanne||4-4-5-4-4|
|4||630 – Lautrec||614 – Magritte||2-2-2-2-2-1-2-2-2-2-2|
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 6 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 7.
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