Already on week 7 of Last Dance on the Beach CAL, can you believe it? Our stack of squares is really growing and this week we are going to add another four to our stack. This week we are making a heart on our square; a lovely square beautiful in its simplicity. The square is designed by Maria from Fifty shades of 4-ply.
Maria’s square is a heart in the sand. Who of you have never drawn a heart in the sand on the beach? I’m sure most of us have; somehow a heart is a shape we often draw, that quick ❤ on a facebook message, but also the one on your scrapbook page. I think this square so fits our blanket that is all about having an open heart to let people in.
This week I had a small boo-boo with my color placement for my Merino Soft Dancing in the Sea kit, see my note below. For my Color Crafter Dancing in the Sea blanket I am using the colors specified in the pattern so no mishaps there.
An extra note on hook sizes this week. I used the same hook size as my, a 4.5mm hook for my Merino Soft squares and a 4.0mm for my Color Crafter squares, as such the same size as the gauge swatch, but be aware that this square has the tendency to shrink while you are working it. The reason is that the bobbles that make up the heart tend to pull your square inward. So don’t make the bobbles too tight, or opt to go up a hooksize if your square is much too small.
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||630 – Lautrec||–|
|2||616 – Klimt||626 – Kahlo|
|3||617 – Cezanne*||606 – Da Vinci|
|4||614 – Margritte||630 – Lautrec|
*If you look closely at this square you will see that there is something wrong with the background. I only noticed it when I was making the photographs, and to be honest I did not feel like frogging so I decided to just leave it. What happened here is that I started in Cezanne (617) and when I came to the end of one ball, I accidentally joined Soutine (615). These two colors are close, but not the same. I was totally not paying attention at the time! In my final blanket you will not notice this mistake, so I’m leaving it like this. If you happen to follow my color way, don’t make this mistake also.
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 7 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 8.
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