Last Dance on the Beach completed with all video tutorials & color list

The music is fading into the sunset as our Last Dance on the Beach comes to an end. It has been 14 beautiful weeks and the time has come to be proud of what we have made. It is with joy that I show you my two blankets; Last Dance in the Sea in Color Crafter (left) and Last Dance in the Sea in Merino Soft (right).

Resources

Yarn kits

We are at the end of this project, but maybe you are still at the beginning. If you have fallen in love with this blanket 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. Kits are available from Paradise Fibers (USA/CA), Wool Warehouse (UK/International), Deramores (UK/International), or your local Scheepjes stockist.


Looking back on 14 beautiful weeks

We started this special project by making 12 squares designed by 12 talented designers in loving memory of Wink; a young designer who could not find the light she was looking for and decided to leave this world for a better place.

Esther from Happy in Red started week 1 with a kelp square, Kirsten from Haak maar Raak continued in week 2 with a star stitch design, week 3 was designed by Tatsiana from Lilla Bjorn Crochet and had the sun setting in the waves, after which Atty from Atty’s Blog made even higher waves in week 4. Nerissa from Miss Neriss had the cutest seagull walking over our squares in week 5 and in week 6 we learned C2C from Carmen from Crafty Queens. Week 7 was all about drawing big hearts in the sand with Maria from 50 shades of 4-ply and week 8 we broke the water with big boulders designed by Jellina from Jellina’s Creations. We had more animals walking over our squares with Dedri from Look at What I Made as she had crabs walking in the sand in week 9 who we happily walking through the ripples from the faux knit stitch in week 10 designed by Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch. The end was coming near with the squares from week 11 as Annelies from Vicarno designed stones stacked up high on the beach and week 12 designed by Tammy from CanaDutch were the waves washed up against the shore. We joined the squares in week 13 and in this final part we are making a border around our blanket.

Each week I collected images that reminded me of the squares. Looking at my mood board for Last Dance I see the sea in every aspect of this blanket. We will never look at the ocean in the same way again.

One more time, how it all began….

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

Video tutorials

Each week I made 4 video tutorials to show you how to work the squares, join them and make the border. The videos are available in English and Dutch and left and right handed. All videos are to be found on the dedicated Dutch and English video pages on my blog or my YouTube Channel.

Color list

I have made two blankets; a Dance in the Sea in Color Crafter and a Dance in the Sea in Merino Soft. Each week I played with color in my Merino Soft afghan, resulting in a lovely mix of 48 unique squares; no two squares are the same. Also my border I made using two colors for that finishing touch. All information regarding my colorway for each square as well as the hook size I used is given in my color distribution.

merino soft last dance on the beach sea kit

With my Dance in the Sea in Color Crafter blanket I followed the colors listed in the pattern. Also this blanket is just beautiful.

Finished but not the end

We have come to the end of this project, but I sincerely hope that this will not be the last project that we do together. I hope to see you again for a new project soon. And in the mean time, dance like no one is watching!

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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Video tutorials Last Dance on the Beach week 12

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.

Colors used

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

Video tutorials

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.


Yarn kits

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.

last-dance-on-the-beach-week-12-3

I hope to see you next week for part 13 when we are joining all of our 48 squares to make one blanket.

With love,

Esther

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Video tutorials Last Dance on the Beach week 11

Only two more squares to go…… We are nearing the end of the squares for Last Dance on the Beach CAL, but don’t despair, we still have two beautiful squares to go! Week 11 is designed by Annelies form Vicarno and she has gone for a design that is open structured and airy. Like a warm summer’s day at the beach.

Annelies’s square reminds me of a stack of stones. Have you ever been to a pebble-beach and stacked stones? I know I have! My youngest son just LOVES pebbles so he puts them in his pockets and lets me discover them AFTER I have washed his clothes.

Colors used

This week I am all back with color as I am working several squares of my Merino Soft Dancing in the Sea kit using two colors again. My Color Crafter Dancing in the Sea squares I am 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.

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 color
1 625 – Kandinsky 614 – Magritte
2 626 – Kahlo 616 – Klimt
3  606 – Da Vinci 610 – Turner
4 616 – Klimt

A small note from me on the squares for week 11. I noticed that my bobbles actually tended to pop to the reverse side of my squares. I just gave up popping them to the right side, so I decided to swap my right and wrong side. So technically my squares have their have the back side facing.

Video tutorials

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 11 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.


Yarn kits

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 12 when we will be making the very last square.

With love,

Esther

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