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Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 8

Isn’t this CAL just flying by?

How did you go last week?  Did you just love the heart square?  I certainly did.  Although, I’ve only made one so far – I need a lot more hours in the day.  Having to work isn’t awesome, I could use those hours to crochet!

This week we meet Jellina from Jellina’s Creations.  I’m sure you’ve already seen (or made) Jellina’s work.  I especially love her Escher style projects; they are mind-bendingly good.  Jellina blogs mostly in Dutch, so google translate is your friend if you don’t know the language.

Jellina from Jellina-Creations

Jellina has designed a waffle stitch square for you.  It’s another technique that I have never tried, so I’m eager to get started!  Make sure you visit her post this week about her inspiration (which is seriously cool, btw) and what this project means to her.

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Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual,Estherhas created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 7

We’ve cracked the halfway point of the squares for the Scheepjes CAL 2016.  I could see from all the wonderful Instagram posts from last week how much you all enjoyed Carmen’s C2C.  I had never done it before and I LOVED it!

This week we meet Maria, the creative and wonderfully cheeky soul behind 50 Shades of 4ply.  Maria has an incredible eye for colour, I love her palette choices every single time she makes something.  Maria is a featured designer in the brand new Scheepjes bookazine, Yarn, which is just another reason for you to get a copy*.

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Maria has designed the square that if I am perfectly honest, I’ve been the most excited about.  It’s the heart square!Week_07_square_Maria

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Estherhas created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

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Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 6

6y week is over already, I can’t believe it zoomed by so quickly.  It was a wonderful week, with so many beautiful squares and such a positive response.  It has made me so proud and happy, thank you to all of you.

This week we meet Carmen.

Carmen is the wonderful designer behind Crafty Queens and probably one of the loveliest people I’ve met. She makes the cutest amigurumis, they’re so squishy and cuddly.  They usually have to be pried out of my hands, no kidding!  Be sure to check them out, I think you’ll love them too.

Carmen from Crafty Queens

This week Carmen has designed a corner to corner square, which is a stitch that I’ve never tried before, so I’m excited to learn!

Last Dance on the Beach CAL from Scheepjes, week 6, but Carmen from Crafty Queens

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Esther has created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.

To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Textured Chevron Cushion Crochet Tutorial

Here it is, finally!  It’s the tutorial for the Textured Chevron Cushion.  I’ve had the bones of the pattern written for a long time, but it needed some detail.

Unfortunately I won’t be providing my free patterns in a pdf format any more; I have had my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap stolen and being emailed to people rather than referring them to my blog.  It’s a bit of a shitty thing to do, especially for indie businesses.  We’re all in this together, or so I thought!

Anyway, enough moaning and on with the show!

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss

What You’ll Need

8 balls of Scheepjes Aquarel, one of each colour*.
4mm hook
50x50cm cushion insert

Stitches

Note: All stitches are in US terms.  There are a lot of them, so make sure you pay close attention to what needs to be used where.
CH – Chain Stitch
SS – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
2HDCTog – Decrease 2 Half Double Crochet into 1
2DCTog – Decrease 2 Double Crochet into 1
3DCTog – Decrease 3 Double Crochet into 1
3HDCTog – Decrease 3 Half Double Crochet into 1
HDC – Half Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
FP2DCTog – Decrease 2 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
FP3DCTog – Decrease 3 Front Post Double Crochet into 1
Tr – Treble Crochet
DTr – Double Treble Crochet
TrTr – Triple Treble Crochet
3TrTrTog – Decrease 3 Triple Treble Crochet into 1
extDC – Extended Double Crochet

Gauge

1 repeat = 7cm, two rows = 4cm

Notes

You can pick this gorgeous yarn up from Wool Warehouse* in the UK and internationally.  In the Benelux you can find the yarn at any Scheepjes retailer.

The front of the cushion is a 3D textured pattern; the stitches are made around the post of the previous row. The pattern is worked in a 14 stitch repeat, with 7 repeats, 7 rows of each colour and 7 colours changes.

The reverse side is flat, working normal half double crochet stitches.  To match the front, the back is not the same repeat, but instead it is 7 repeats of 12 stitches.

Colours throughout will be named colours 1-8.

When you see a text section between *…*, please repeat that stitch pattern the instructed amount of times.

Chevron Cushion

Front

  1. Using colour 1, CH 100.
  2. DC into the 3rd chain from the hook and the next 6 CH. DC, CH, DC into the next, DC into the next 5 CH, 3DCTog in the next. *DC in next 5 CH, DC, CH, DC, DC in the next, DC into the next 5 CH, 3DCTog in the next.* Repeat 5 times, but the very last stitch of the row will be 2DCTog instead of 3DCTog.  CH2, turn.
  3. CH2, FPDC around the next 6 stitches, FPDC, CH1, FPDC into the next, FPDC into the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next, *FPDC in the next 5 stitches, FPDC, CH1, FPDC in the next, FPDC in the next 5 stitches, 3FPDCTog in the next.* Repeat 5 times, except in the very last decrease, which will be 2FPDCTog instead of 3FPDCTog. CH2, turn.
  4. Repeat Row 3 5 times.
  5. Change to colour 2, repeat row 3 7 times.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for all 7 colours, tie off and weave in ends.

Textured Chevron crochet pattern in Scheepjes Aquarel

Back

  1. Using colour 1, CH 86.
  2. HDC in the next 4 CH, HDC, CH1, HDC in the next, HDC in the next 4, 3HDCTog in the next. *HDC in the next 4 CH, HDC, CH1, HDC in the next, HDC into the next 4, 3HDCTog in the next.* Repeat 5 times, but in the very last decrease, 2HDCTog instead of 3HDCTog. CH2, turn.
  3. *HDC into the next 4, HDC, CH1, HDC into the next, HDC into the next 4, 3HDCTog into the next.* Repeat 6 times, but in the very last decrease, 2HDCTog instead of 3HDCTog. CH2 turn.
  4. Repeat row 3 5 times.
  5. Change to colour 2 and repeat row 3.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for 7 all colours, tie off and weave in ends.

Edging and Join

 Front

  1. Starting at the top and crocheting around the post of the stitches, corner, using colour 8 CH5, TrTr in the next, DTr, Tr, extDC, DC, HDC, then SC into the CH space.  Repeat in reverse: HDC, DC, extDC, Tr, DTr, TrTr decrease in the next three (3TrTrTog). *DTr, Tr, extDC, DC, HDC, SC in the CH space, HDC, DC, extDC, Tr, DTr, 3TrTrTog.*  Repeat 5 times, but the last 3TrTrTog will only be a 2TrTrTog.  Tie off and weave in ends.
  2. Now the top: At the corner, we repeat the above, but we start at the top of the point of the first stitch of the top row.

Back

  1. This time crochet as normal into the top of the stitches. Join at the corner of the bottom row, CH1, *HDC in the next, DC, extDC, Tr, DTr, TrTr, Dtr, Tr, extDC, DC, HDC, SC.* Repeat 6 times.
  2. Repeat the above instructions for the other end, but instead start with CH5, DTr, Tr, extDC, HDC, SC. Continue as above.

 

Join

Slip stitch loosely down each side of both pieces to create a straight edge to join the pieces.  If you need it, a Felted Button has created a wonderful tutorial.

Starting at any corner, hold the wrong sides of both pieces together and HDC crochet through all four loops of each stitch, all the way round, with 3 HDC stitches in each corner. Crochet through all four loops of the slip stitches down the sides.

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When on the final side, stuff the cushion filler in and then close it up and you’re done!

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss

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It’s my Week! Last Dance on The Beach CAL – Week 5

That’s right, it’s my week!

I basically grew up at the beach in country South Australia and I’ve always loved following footprints in the wet ripples at low tide.

When I look at this image I’m transported back there – the smell of the ocean, the birds calling, the waves crashing, the children splashing.  Then I think of the fish and chips, the sunscreen, the joy.

Footprints in the Sand, image by Katharina Schuetz sourced from http://www.dreamstime.com/

When someone says to me, what is your happy place I’m there.  Sitting on the sand, the sun on my face, the warm sand between my toes, free.

And so, my inspiration led to this square, which you can download the instructions for here.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 5 by MissNeriss at missneriss.com

I call it Footprints in the Sand; I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve kept it pretty light hearted throughout this CAL so far, and I haven’t really touched on how much this project has impacted my life.

Last year, after months of pain and the overwhelming feeling that I was going to die, I was diagnosed with burnout.  I was exhausted, sick and miserable, but hadn’t realised until my GP told me that all my intense physical symptoms were caused by stress.

Needless to say, I collapsed.  Just fell in a heap and couldn’t deal with anything.  It was all I could do to carry out basic functions, and the only solace I could find was in crochet.  I spent days, weeks really, hiding from the world crocheting.

And then Wink died.

Her death hit me harder than I ever could have imagined.  She was one of my crochet heroes and my friend. The weeks and months that followed were very difficult for me; trying to recover, terrified of the slippery slope.  It took a long time, but as we emerged from winter, I could feel the light warming my face and my heart again.  Being given the opportunity to contribute to this tribute is truly an honour and I’m so proud to be able to participate.

To help you make this square this week I have a few tips that will ensure you enjoy the design.

Below is a short photo tutorial of the Seagull Stitch itself, and Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell has created a fantastic video in English, Dutch and for left-handers like me.

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When creating the Seagull Stitch, do make sure you pull your loops all the way up to be level with the working row, otherwise your square will shrink in height.

If you do find that your gauge is off height-wise, no problem, just add or remove two rows to add or take away a footprint.

I used a 4mm hook for this square, and if I compare this to the other squares that I’ve made so far (still on week three), I’ve used either a 4 or a 5mm hook.  So, you can probably use the same hook you used on Esther’s square in week one.

This is also a bit of a “rest week.” After the challenging designs of the last few weeks, this one will give you a bit of a break so you can just sit, count and crochet.

I hope you have fun, I’ll be popping in and out of the Facebook groups over the next week to see how you are all going and to answer questions.  For the Dutch language group, click here and for the global, English speaking group go here.

To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

As always, do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or#lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.  Don’t forget to tag me – @miss__neriss.

Good luck, and enjoy!

 

Crochet Chevron Cushion – Reveal

I was supposed to share this with you last week, but I had family visiting from Australia so I didn’t have the time (or inclination to be honest) to be writing blog posts.  When you only see family every 18 months or so, you make the most of it, right?

Here’s my chevron cushion, finished!

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss

Chevron Cushion in Scheepjes Aquarel, design by MissNeriss

For the design I used Scheepjes Aquarel.  The design uses almost one ball of each colour (8 balls including the border) and the front is textured, while the back is flat.

In the next week or so I’ll release the pattern for you, and in the meantime if you’d like to get the yarn to be ready to go, head to Wool Warehouse* internationally or Caro’s Atelier in the Netherlands and grab yourself a ball each of your favourite colour combo.

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Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 4

Surely it’s not week four already?  Didn’t week three just start yesterday?!

This week it’s Atty’s turn, with her waves square.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 4 by Atty

Atty’s designs are fabulous.  I love watching her create, it’s like her hands have minds of their own – the motifs grow and change and suddenly they’re there, and beautiful.

Atty of Atty's

Click here to download the pattern from the Scheepjes website.  As usual, Esther has created a fantastic series of videos in English, Dutch and for us lefties.

To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

Happy Hooking!

Last Dance on the Beach CAL – Week 3

We’re already into week three, the CAL is flying by!

This week it’s Tatsiana’s turn with her beautiful sunsets in the waves square.

Last Dance on the Beach CAL - week 3 by Tatsiana

Tatsiana is the seriously talented designer of Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World, of which I’m sure you’re very familiar.  Her intricate overlay mandalas are beautiful, and so are the light knitted garments she creates.

Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn's Crochet World

You can download this week’s instructions here.

Again, Amazing Esther of It’s all in a Nutshell has produced English, Dutch and lefthanded videos for this square:

Now, this square has been scaring people a bit.  It looks and sounds complicated, but I promise, the effort is worth it for the result.  Tatsiana has added some very important and useful tips to her blog post this week, so you should definitely visit that before you start.

Don’t forget to work with your gauge swatch again, you may have to go up a hook size for this one if your cabling is tight. Do try to keep your hands relaxed and you’ll be fine!  And remember, there are thousands of crocheters in the FB groups to help you out if you need it.

To help you with your gauge and tension, visit the Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

I’ll be back in a couple of days with info on next week’s square, by Atty!

WIP -Textured Chevron Crochet

Textured Chevron crochet pattern in Scheepjes Aquarel

Last week I showed you the yarn that I’m using for my next project series, and this week I’m showing you the progress.

I love the texture of this stitch.  It’s a 3D crochet stitch that I’ve adapted and looks absolutely wonderful.  The Scheepjes Aquarel is perfect for the stitch pattern, the colours really come to life.

Textured Chevron crochet pattern in Scheepjes Aquarel

This project will become a cushion, and I love how it’s coming together.

The front of the cushion will have the 3D textured stitch, and the back will be flat.

Textured Chevron crochet pattern in Scheepjes Aquarel

You can pick this gorgeous yarn up from Wool Warehouse in the UK and internationally.  In the Benelux you can find the yarn at any Scheepjes retailer.

Next week: the reveal!

Last Dance on the Beach – Kick Off!

Here we are!  Finally, after what feels like years of waiting, we get to start the Scheepjes CAL 2016, Last Dance on the Beach!

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Week one kicks off with the square by Esther from Happy in Red.

 

Esther from Happy in Red

Photo credit: Dedri Uys.

 

Isn’t this a beautiful square?!  If you click on Esther’s pic above you can visit her blog and read about her inspiration for this design.

Last Dance on the Beach Scheepjes CAL 2016 week one - square by Esther from Happy in Red

You can download the instructions here.

Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell has also made comprehensive left and right handed videos for each week, and you can see this week’s here:

The Dutch and left handed versions can be found by visiting Esther’s channel here: It’s All in a Nutshell . Esther will be your best friend for the next 14 weeks, believe me!

If you haven’t done so already, you absolutely must make a gauge swatch for this CAL.  As each square is created by a different designer, the gauge is different every week.  You may find in week one you need a 4mm hook, but in week two you need a 5mm (or vice versa).  The hook size may vary anywhere between a 3mm and a 6mm hook, depending on your own tension.  So by making the gauge swatch first, you’ll be able to compare your squares each week to that, to see how you are progressing and if you need to go up or down a hook size.

To help you with this, there is a Tips and Tricks document at the CAL home page, plus a great video, again by Esther here.

Do make sure you share your squares on social media so we can all see and comment on them.  Use hashtag #scheepjesCAL2016 or #lastdanceonthebeach all over the internet and I’ll be sure to find them on Insta or Twitter or Facebook.

All right.  I’d best be off, I have squares to crochet and post on Instagram!