Demelza Blanket – video tutorials, colorway and yarn amounts

The time has once again come when a beautiful project we have been working on for quite some time has reached its completion. With happy feelings I look back om making my Demelza blanket using Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn.

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The Demelza blanket is designed by Catherine Bligh and is accompanied by a photo tutorial in English and Dutch. There is also an update available with UK terms. The design is inspired by the character Demelza from Poldark, a series of novels written by Winston Graham in the 20th century and adapted for television by the BBC.

Resources


Video tutorials

You can find all the videos for making each of the squares, the join and the border for the Demelza series on my dedicated page here on my blog or on my YouTube channel.

demelza crochet blanket completed


Colorway and Yarn amounts

I used 13 colors of Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn with a 3.5mm hook to make my Demelza blanket. All details for when I used which color for the squares as well as the join and border are given in my color chart.

I used 28 balls of Stone Washed in the following colors: 3 x Moonstone (801), 3 x Boulder Opal (804), 2 x Canada Jade (806), 2 x Red Jasper (807), 2 x Corundum Ruby (808), 2 x Deep Amethyst (811), 1 x Lemon Quartz (812), 3 x Amazonite (813), 2 x Green Agate (815), 2 x Coral (816), 2 x Citrine (817), 2 x Lilac Quartz (818), and 2 x New Jade (819).

You can buy Scheepjes Stone Washed from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Deramores (UK), Paradise Fibers (US/CA), Bol.com (NL), or your local Scheepjes Stockist.

Demelza crochet blanket completed


My Demelza

If you would like to look back on the road we have traveled to make Demelza; we started with 16 small corner squares, flowed by 8 flat flower squares in first one and then a second design, after which we then made 4 3D flower corner squares, the rectangular panels and finally the center square. Joining all the pieces was a lot of work and the cherry on the cake was the border.

Demelza crochet blanket

This brings us to the end of another beautiful project. For the short term I have no new CAL’s planned, but I am working on several projects for the new year. When the time is right I will tell more.

With love,

Esther

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Joining Last Dance on the Beach squares

We have all been working hard over the past few weeks to make 48 beautiful squares designed by 12 talented designers, all in loving memory of Wink. Each week a new part of our blanket has been taking shape and this week is the moment you have all been waiting for; we are joining all those lovely squares.

How it all started….

Last Dance on the Beach is a special project for many people for many reasons. Some see the blanket as a tribute to someone they have lost, others see it as a recognition for those struggling with mental health difficulties. Personally, I look at Last Dance on the Beach as coming full circle; I would not have started making crochet videos if it were not for Wink.

Almost two years ago I impulsively joined my very first CAL. I had only been crocheting for a few months and I saw lovely autumn colored Scheepjes ROMA yarn to accompany the Scheepjes CAL 2014. I bought it because I fell in love with the warm colors; I had never used Scheepjes yarn before so I had no idea that it would be such a delight to work with. With great excitement I looked forward to the release of a new square each week. I enjoyed making every square and I posted my completed squares in the Facebook group weekly. I noticed that there were women who were struggling with the squares and some were even giving up. Some blamed themselves for not being competent enough, others blamed Marinke for writing bad patterns. I thought to myself: “If only they could see how to do it, where to put the stitches, what to watch out for…”. The idea grew in my head to make video tutorials that would show how to actually make the squares and because the idea did not want to go away, I decided to act on it!

Scheepjes CAL 2014 worked with ROMA in autumn colors

I contacted Marinke and asked her permission to make videos that would support her designs and illustrate how to make them. To my amazement she said “yes”. Remember, at this point I was a total stranger to her, I had nothing on my crochet-CV and I had no references whatsoever. She trusted me with her designs and let me create my very first set of videos. And the rest as they say, is history. Looking back, Marinke started me on my journey of video tutorials. If she had said “no” I would not be here writing this to you now, not be a Scheepjes Blogger and I would not have made the videos for Sophie’s Universe, Flight of Fancy or Last Dance on the Beach.

I met Marinke only once, during a meet-and-greet of the CAL she designed for Scheepjes in 2014. Here are some photos from Marinke’s blog at the meet-and-greet sessions. If you look very closely, you will find me in one of them.

Photo: A Creative Being

Photos: Marinke Slump – A Creative Being

Joining your squares

You will be using my favorite method to join your squares, the so-called zipper join or flat joining method. The great thing about this join is that it is totally flat which gives a very professional and aesthetically pleasing finish. The main thing you need to pay attention to is making sure that all your stitches are of the same size.

All the details for joining the squares are to be found on the dedicated Dutch and English video pages on my blog or my YouTube Channel. The two most important things for this week are consistency and tension. Make sure your stitches are all the same size because this will make your blanket look its best and check carefully that your tension is loose enough so that your squares do not pull inward. If you are struggling with tension, go up an extra hook size if needed. I worked my Color Crafter join with a 4.5mm hook and my Merino Soft join with a 5.0mm hook. For the rest, joining an afghan is always a lot of work. So take it slow, two squares and one join at a time.

Almost finished…

I am really happy with how my two blankets are turning out but I want to keep the final result a secret. Be sure to come back next week for the full reveal of both of my Last Dance blankets.

With love,

Esther

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Circles of the Sun completed

completed circles of the sunIt is Friday again and today is the last day of the Circles of the Sun Overlay crochet along. It is a happy day to finish our design and a sad day because our project is finished. I really hope you enjoyed working on it as much as I did.

In the final video I show you how to join the grannies we have been making over the past nine weeks. You can find all the videos on the Circles of the Sun video page. I also have a color chart available for all the color choices I made using Scheepjes Cotton 8.

I have not completed my cushion just yet, time is an issue, but to give you an idea what the final cushion will look like I placed it on the back of a cushion on my couch. Looks nice doesn’t it 😀

circles of the sun (almost) completed

circles of the sun

I have bought myself a floral fabric for making the back of the cushion. If you would like a felt fabric for your cushion, Minerva Crafts has 50% off all new new patterned felt fabrics from September 1st running for the entire month. (Use the coupon code FELT30). Here is my fabric, I really love the simplicity of the design which means that if I want a little less color, I can just turn my cushion around.

fabric with blue flowers

I hope you enjoyed doing overlay crochet and that you learned something new during this CAL. I also hope to see you again for a new project.

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