'CAL-time' seems quicker than 'real-time' and the Last Dance on the Beach patterns are coming out faster than I can make them - we are almost half way through the motifs now, and I'm officially falling behind! However we are heading towards a bank holiday weekend and a school break, so I'm hoping for the opportunity to sit in the garden with the kids and some crochet. In the meantime let me tell you a little about today's instalment and the lovely designer behind it.
This week's motif is worked corner-to-corner or 'c2c' - another technique I haven't tried yet - and looks like it should be another fairly relaxing square. I'm really enjoying the chance to learn all these new things via the crochet-along, are you? (I am still working on Atty's waves from week 4 - they are taking me a long time despite being straight forwards, but are certainly worth the effort).
The design has been contributed by Carmen Jorissen of Crafty Queens blog. By the time I first met Carmen last summer, I already knew of her from her patterns and her Youth Award from Mollie Makes. In her early 20s and with a love of handcrafts (she knits, crochets and embroiders, amongst other things), she is certainly one to watch!
As well as being a talented maker and designer, Carmen is a recent linguistics graduate and speaks Chinese (like the animal designs she is well known for, she is also incredibly sweet and adorable). If you haven't already, you should check her work out - there are some lovely free patterns on her blog, and can also follow her current projects on Facebook and Instagram. Read the blog post about her inspiration for this design here.
- Download both English and Dutch versions of the PDF pattern here.
- Find videos in both languages and for right- and left-handed crocheters here.
- The official Facebook CAL groups are a great place to post pictures and any questions you may have - find them here: languages are English and Dutch.
- Tag your social media photos with #lastdanceonthebeach and #scheepjescal2016.
- Official CAL yarn packs, or individual balls of yarn - to make your own colourway - can be ordered from Wool Warehouse*, Deramores*, and other Scheepjes stockists.