It is time for the final square for Last Dance on the Beach CAL and completely fitting the beach theme the last square has lots of waves. The square for week 12 is designed by Tammy from Canadutch Crafts and is made using mostly slip stitches. Because of all those slip stitches, gauge is very important for this week.
I combined a lot of leftovers this week to make the squares, all those half-balls that I know will otherwise be left unused. And because I can never seem to throw yarn away it will go back into my yarn stash and most likely stay there for a long time. So, to prevent beautiful yarn from not being used, I am using small bits this week. All of the colors are from my Merino Soft Dancing in the Sea, my Color Crafter Dancing in the Sea squares are still working solo-colored.
Regarding hook sizes for this week, I used my ‘standard’ hook size this week. So I used the same hook as for my gauge swatch, which is a 4.5mm hook for my Merino Soft squares and a 4.0mm for my Color Crafter squares. But be ware; it can be hard to keep your stitches loose enough with all those slip stitches, so if you have a tendency to work a bit tight, you might want to go up a hook size.
I also worked the waves in different color combinations. The square on the left is changing colors every two rows, the square next to it every four rows, the next squares has a combination of 3 rows in color A and 1 row in color B, and the final square has 2 rows in color A and then 1 row in a random color to use up smaller bits of yarn.
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.
|square||color A||color B|
|1||626 – Kahlo||625 – Kandinsky|
|2||610 – Turner||616 – Klimt|
|3||616 – Klimt||615 – Soutine|
|4||610 – Turner||615 – Soutine
628 – Botticelli
626 – Kahlo
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 12 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 13 when we are joining all of our 48 squares to make one blanket.
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