Beach combing CAL part 6 and 7

I am still enjoying the beach combing Blanket. It such a lovely design and the colors are so brilliant. My blanket is coming to life although the colors are much softer than the original blanket from designer Tully. The colors of mine blanket look more blueish, because the blues overpower the other colors

joining of the squares

In part 6 of the Beach combing Cal the squares are joined together and one of the side panels is made.

after the second side panel

In part 7 the other side panel is made and a beginning of the top and bottom panels.

The joining I did with the zipper method. I joined each side of a square to an other separately. Square 1 is joined with blue colored yarn, the other squares with spearmint or light green/blue colored yarn,

part 7

The side panels have crocheted shells in three colors surrounded with green/blue colored yarn. I crocheted this time in the back loops of the shells, which is not in the pattern.

In the description of the side panel pattern is not regularly mentioned whenever to fasten off a yarn color. But the blue main color keeps waiting on the side, while making the shells and doesn’t have to fasten off till the end of the panel. The shells yarns could be clipped after the second row.

The rows for the top and bottom gave no problems. My blanket is a bit bumpy now, i hope it will turn out for the good. Alice

Fruit & Garden CAL 2

The Fruit & Garden CAL is a slow CAL, the pattern pieces come only once in a fortnight. Also the pieces cost not so many time to make. You can make the pieces is a few hours whenever experienced or a few days whenever a starter in crochet. Also the difficulty builds up. So the first pieces are easy to go.

Part 2 resembles part 1, the main fabric of the squares is the same. Only the flowers differ a bit, but still are much comparable. The flower is this time a columbine.

Columbine with double flowers

The outer petals of the columbine flower are more difficult to crochet. Because I use Colour Crafter Yarn from Scheepjes, a bit irregular yarn, I choose to do this part with a hook 3,5 mm. Normally I use 4.0 mm. Switching hooks turned out for the best.

part 1 and 2 joined with stitch-markers

In part 2 the squares from part 1 and 2 have to be joined. But I don’t like that. I rather join the squares whenever they all are made. So I stopped after making the 4 columbine flowers and the background square.

I have also made some of the acanthus motifs. First with my silver background color and hook 4.0. But these flowers are white, so I changed the silver color with my cream colored yarn. Also I have made the petals with a smaller hook, 3,5 mm. They look better now.

Acanthus flower

There are a lot of people making this blanket. And a lot that want to make it. But a lot of shops run out on yarn packets, therefore I will publish my chosen Scheepjes Colour Crafter colored yarn list. This acrylic Yarn is a bit irregular but very soft and it has a lot of colors. A good replacement for the yarn used in this blanket

  • Parchment — st. Niklaas — silver
  • Caramel — Bergen — caramel bruin
  • Cream — Barneveld — natural white
  • Blue Haze — Oostende — dark blue
  • Cranberry — Spa — dark red purple
  • Denim — Alpen — medium blue
  • Fern — Delfzijl — green
  • Rose — Lelystad — salmon pink
  • Coral — Vlissingen — red
  • Graphite — Rotterdam — grey black
  • Heather — Heerlen — lilac
  • Mint — Almelo — green/ blue
  • Rose — Venlo — Pink

I hope part 3 is soon available, For it will be a beautiful blanket when finished. Alice

Beach combing CAL part 4 and 5

Part 4 is all about driftwood and other wooden findings on the beach. The yellow protruding stitches resemble the driftwood. And they are organized for a fire. It is again a colorful square in which the orange excels and get your attention. The squares spatters from your screen.

It is not difficult to make this square. Read the instructions carefully. Because you have to work some rounds on the wrong side of the work. Furthermore there are a lot of raised stitches to make.

After 7 squares it was obvious that my squares were of different sizes. I hope it will not give any problem by assembling the pieces.

part 5

Part 5 is all about sea glass. Little pieces of glass that are polished by the sea water and sand. They come in a range of colors, but mostly the sea glass is green. In these last squares, the sea glass is symbolized by a lot of bobble and pineapple stitches in a lot of colors. I like the protruding bobbles most. You have to make 2 squares this time. After finishing there are 9 squares.

My squares were softer in color. It is difficult to take an proper photograph, with these soft colors. Because of all the bobbly stitches these squares need more time to make.

If you have troubles making a proper bobble or pineapple stitch, give it a try with a smaller hook. Also turning your hook and wiggle it a bit, will help, whenever there are a lot of loops on your hook. Furthermore do not work so tight, loosen up a bit.

Next is assembling the squares. I will continue writing in an other blog if I am ready with this part. still four seams to go. Alice

Beach combing CAL part 2 and 3

two pieces of part 2

This blog is about part 2 and 3 of the Beach combing CAL. The blanket is adorable, and part 1 was astonishing nice and very attractive. Part 2 is a bit different. This part is all about shells and fossils. If you look at the panel it resembles a sandy beach with colorful shells and a nice ammoniet in a plash of seawater. The color scheme is totally different from the first piece.

Mine Part 2 turned out to be of more softer colors than the original. Maybe the cause is that my colors are a bit paler. In the description you have to crochet for the ammoniet in the back loop (s) of a hdc round. Because I always crochet from the pattern and watch no video , I misunderstand these directions, Now the two panels have each an different ammoniet. One panel is crocheted in two back loops and the other in one.

Part 3 looked very nice, with the orange elements and the blue and green nets. The part is about man findings on the coast, like nets and buoys and life savers.

Mine orange bobbles are rather small. The green net is a bit blueish on the foto for the yarn is a very soft green. In the making of this piece I have also studied the instruction foto’s in the blogs on the coastal website. Although I am a bit unfamiliar with the English terms, the foto’s give a lot of information and makes the crochet better readable.

Part 3 turned out also to be bigger than part 2, but the stitch count is the same. Maybe the cause is the difference in rounds. I hope it will turn out for the best by assembling the pieces.

In both parts, two squares must be made. The squares are so big, I think you can make also a cushion with two panels.

My tip: count the stitches in every round on every side of the square, make sure you missed no stitch. Alice

part 3 finished

Beach combing CAL 1

While making the SunStar CAL, I came upon an other lovely blanket CAL to make. This is the Beachcombing CAL from Eleonara Tully. Her website is named https://coastalcrochet.com/

The center figure

The Beachcombing CAL is based upon the coastal adventures Tully makes. All her findings on the beach are assimilated in the blanket. Furthermore it is an joyful adventure to make this blanket. Such lovely colors and variation in textures.

I was at once tempted to do the CAL myself and with enough time on my hand in this Corona era, it was fast done. The used yarn is Scheepjes Colour Crafter, but in my stash boxes, I had not the right colors of this yarn and the yarn was reserved for an other project. So I looked into my Stylecraft special DK stash box and found at least a few skeins with basic colors that could be used. The remaining skeins I ordered. Because it took some time for my yarn to arrive, I also started with an other lovely project, the Fruit & Garden CAL. By ordering I could also try a new color; clementine :).

Here is a list of all mine picked colors;
A. lemon – light yellow 
B. mushroom or lavender- grey lilac 
C. cream – white 
D. turquoise – blue 
E. aspen – green blue 
F. spring green- green 
G.clementine – orange 
H. spearmint – light green blue 
I, aster – blue purple
J. cloud blue – light blue

After arriving of my order, I started with part 1 of the CAL. I think the figure in the center looks like a jellyfish. In my country they wash often ashore and you can find them whenever visiting a sandy beach. Maybe they also wash ashore on the stony beaches of England. But in the video and blog they refer to the stones, lime and chalk of her stony beach.

The crochet is not very difficult, but for a newby in crochet, I recommend watching the video’s or foto’s about the making of the squares and rounds. The blog and pattern is beautiful illustrated. Watching these pictures gives you also the feeling of a stony English beach.

The Cal is in English and U.S terms, although the foto’s and video’s are in English terms, The blogs about the parts come every week, and they are very long and nice illustrated with many examples.

In this first panel there are also popcorn stitches, front- and backpost stitches and edges with crab stitches. All ten colors are used. Counting your stitches is also very important.

Sometimes in projects the large dc rounds are going to bobble, therefore I work mostly these rounds with a smaller hook. like I did with the last cream colored rounds of the part 1 panel. Your fabric comes more tight.

This first part promised a nice, colorful and interesting blanket. I hope you enjoyed my blog and also gives this lovely blanket a try, Alice

Part 1 finished

Choices to make

How many blankets can a woman or household have. I like to crochet them, but they are pilling up. Last year I stopped making blankets, but now, in lock down time, I am making 4 already, one finished, one hibernated and two on my hook. It is even a problem to blog about them, because I have so much to do and crochet, that I am always behind with my blogs.

Also many unfinished projects on my hook or knitting needles and this gives some stress, What will I do first, what will be tucked away, till I have time to make or finish it. And there is also my old sewing machine. I have to make curtains and face masks. What will I do first.

I hope some solution comes forward. In the mean time the blankets are safely stored away.

Do you have also this kind of problem? Alice

Corona (Sunstar) Blanket part 6 and 7

Starting a few weeks ago with the Sunstar blanket of Jo Smith, I had in mind to transform the blanket to a Corona blanket. First of all I choose this pattern because it was an easy ready-to-go crochet. No difficult stitches, no special stitches only a bit of color work in some rounds. Perfect in the early Corona days. Second the pattern contained a round with circles around the central part, that easily could become transformed to corona particles.

In part 6 the transformation took place. The squares with circles that formed a round around the central part, were turned into virus pictures. Therefor I worked the last circulair round of each square in a two color round. They are the spikes onto the virus body. Because the color work is explained earlier in the pattern you only have to repeat it in these rounds.

I crocheted in the last fourth round: Join with color A (Red), * 2 dc in 1 st in color A, switch to yarn B (Cream), 2 dc in the following 2 stitches in color B, switch to Yarn A* , repeat till end of round. Color B is also the color for the last round in which the circle becomes a square. Color A resembles the spikes on the virus body.

After making the 32 squares in 4 different color schemes. Each color schem represents a corona virus, like Covid-19, Sars, Mers and the normal cold corona virus. The making was a lot of work to do. The squares are assembled like the former squares in part 3 of the pattern.

The last part, part 7 of the Sunstar Blanket is a couple of rounds (7) to finish the blanket. They are also easy to go and I have made them a bit my own by transforming the patterns a bit. A couple of hundred dc stitches to make is very boring.

Now the blanket is finished. Only there were hundreds of threads left to weave in, that took me days. I hope this blanket get more attention, it is an nice blanket for a newby in crochet. Alice