After last week Esther from Happy in Red kicked off with her designed block for The Scheepjes 2016 CAL, it’s now my turn! I have designed the second square for the blanket. For those of you who are not familiar with the Last Dance on the Beach CAL: This is the 2016 CAL organized by Scheepjes. This CAL has been dedicated to Marinke (a.k.a Wink), a good friend of mine who lost her battle to depression last year. In the weeks before her passing, she made a start at the design of this CAL. After her death, we (Scheepjesbloggers and friends) carried on her designs, and finished the CAL for her. All our efforts resulted in this beautiful blanket.

Designing the square

While preparing this CAL, we were, of course, asked to keep our squares in line with the beach theme. I’ve tried many designs, but in the end, the square below was the winner. The (sea)stars obviously fit the theme but they also have a beautiful texture. And in the end, that’s what the design of this blanket is all about: texture and colour play. While I was working on this square I thought about how much fun it would have been to have a summer beach-meet with Wink and other crocheters. We never went to the beach, such a shame! We did attend a lot of crochet events together though, which were also fun!


In order to make this square there are a few tips I can give you:

  • Please raise the loops you are making while doing the Star stitch high enough. If you make tight loops, you will end up with cramped and small stars and possibly a gauge that is off.
  • Remember: the ch2 at the end of every htr-row also counts as stitch. so don’t forget that one!
  • Make sure your squares are, well, square. This goes for every square in this CAL: the sizing is less important than the squareness!

Pattern & Video

Ok, so there are quite a lot of links to share for this square. First, you can find the pattern here (NL) or here (EN). If you haven’t got a kit to make this, the kits are for sale at Woolwarehouse and Deramores, amongst others. And if you have trouble with the written instructions, There are video’s in both Dutch and English available.


Waaaaw, ook deze is heel mooi... de sterren passen perfect binnen het plaatje. Eerst nog wat boodschappen doen en dan ga ik eraan beginnen.
Groetjes Sofie April 27, 2016 13:06 - Reply
Wat mooi dat je dit gedaan hebt als herinnering aan Wink en om haar werk af te maken. Het is allemaal zo emotioneel, elke steek die ik doe voor deze cal doet me aan Marinke denken. Maar ik vergeet jullie ook niet. Het moet een behoorlijke opdracht geweest zijn om dit voor elkaar te krijgen met z'n allen onder die speciale omstandigheden. Bedankt voor je mooie werk en blijf doen wat je doet ! <3 April 27, 2016 14:34 - Reply
Such a lovely square, Kirsten. This is one of my favorite stitches, and I'm so glad you chose it for your square. Thank you, too, for the tips.
With shared love for Wink,
Judy April 27, 2016 14:42 - Reply
Cleary Kipe
Thank you for a beautiful square April 27, 2016 21:27 - Reply
Elsie Pop
Thanks for introducing me to star stitch! I'm in love! I've given you a link with a quick write up of your square on my latest post - a progress update of weeks 1-6 of the CAL. xx June 01, 2016 17:03 - Reply
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