Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Superhero Pencil Toppers!



Superhero pencil toppers are fun and easy to make and will help conquer any homework assignment!  Crochet one to liven up an ordinary pencil using only small amounts of yarn and bits of fabric or felt.  You can also customize the cape color, plus the hair color and style too!

Superhero Pencil Toppers
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • Small amounts of worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in "Cherry Red" "Blue" "Bright Yellow" and "Coffee")
  • Fabric and/or felt scraps
  • H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hot Glue

Sizing:
  • Approximately 3 inches tall

Tutorial Links:


Instructions for cape and outfit:

(worked from bottom up)
Ch 6

Row 1: Work a sc in the second ch from the hook, then a sc in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  Work a sc in the first st and in each st across.

Repeat row 2 for approximately 1.5 inches and fasten off color (shown in blue in the photo above).  Tie on new color for the cape (shown in red in the photo above) and move on to row 3.

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn.  Work 2 sc in the first st.  Work a sc in each st in each st across until you reach the last st.  Work 2 sc in the last st.

Repeat row 3 until cape is about 2 inches long and fasten off.

Assembly & Finishing:
  1. Wrap the bottom part (shown in blue above) around the pencil and whip stitch it together.
  2. Weave in all ends, slip onto pencil and glue in place.
  3. To make hair as shown, Wrap yarn 12 times around all four of your fingers.  Tie a strand of yarn towards the top of the loop "bundle" 
  4. To make a shorter hairstyle, give the pony tail a trim or simply glue a pom pom to the top.
  5. Trim the bottom (longer side) to give it a little hair cut.
  6. Hook the shorter side with the loops around the pencil eraser and glue.
  7. Cut a long skinny rectangle of fabric/felt and glue to "waist" of superhero for a belt.  Glue a small square to the center for the belt buckle.
  8. Cut a small rectangle for the mask and trim corners to make a mask shape.
  9. Cut two tiny dots for the eyes (beads will work nicely too) and glue to mask for eyes.
  10. Let all glued items cool and dry thoroughly before using.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Yarn Review: Issac Mizrahi Craft Yarn, Carnegie Hill


With the Issac Mizrahi Carnegie Hill yarn giveaway happening on Fiber Flux right now, many of you have not had the opportunity yet to try the yarn.  To help answer some of your questions about this unique yarn, I made a short video reviewing this yarn....enjoy!



Looking for a pattern with this yarn?  Try this one skein project, the Platinum Cowl!
(Click here for free pattern, includes full video tutorial too)




Get the yarn here by clicking on the image:

    Carnegie Hill Yarn by Isaac Mizrahi Craft
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    Happy crocheting lovelies!

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    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Free Crochet Pattern...Candy Stripe Pencil Case!


    I simply love the idea of sending your little loves to school with something beautifully handmade to remind them throughout the day that someone cares for them.  Here is a pretty and cheerful crochet pencil case that is super easy and fun to work up.  Bright fun colors in vivid candy coated tones are finished off with a beaded tie closure.  This is a perfect project for using up scrap yarn too!

    Candy Stripe Pencil Case
    By Jennifer Dickerson

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    Materials Needed:
    • Worsted weight yarn in colors of your choice (yarn shown in the photos is Red Heart Super Saver in "Shocking Pink" "Spring Green" "Bright Yellow" "Blue" "Pumpkin")
    • Beads (I used plastic pony beads in neon colors)
    • H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
    • Scissors
    • Tapestry needle
    • Pencil or ruler to help determine height

    Tutorial Links:

    **Full project tutorial video below**


    Instructions:

    (Pencil case is worked from the bottom up)

    Ch 4, join with a sl st to form ring. 
    Round 1: Ch 4, then work 11 dc into the center of the ring, join to close round with a sl st.
    Round 2: Ch 3 and work a dc into the first st.  Work a dc in each stitch, then join with a sl st to close round.
    Round 3: Ch 3, then work a dc in the blo (back loops only) in each st, join with a sl st to close round.

    Repeat round 3 until pencil case is a little taller than a pencil, or to desired height.  Fasten off and weave in any ends.

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    Finishing & Assembly:

    With any color yarn, make a chain 12 inches long and fasten off but don't weave in ends.  Using a tapestry needle if needed, weave in the drawstring between stitches (the spaces in between the stitch posts) a few rounds down from the top edge all the way around the case.  I threaded mine every three stitches or so.  String a few beads onto the yarn tails on both sides and tie a knot at the bottom to secure.  Trim and you're finished!

    If you'd like to add the heart applique shown in the picture, here's the free pattern for a one-round heart.  Just use one of the colors from your project and the same size hook.  Sew onto the pencil case with a tapestry needle.

    Click below for full video tutorial:


    Get supplies for this project here by clicking on the images:

    Super Saver Yarn, Solid by Red HeartSpecialty Pony Beads, 6x9 mm in Neon by Creatology

    Jumbo Tapestry Needle Set by CloverSoft Touch Crochet Hook, H/5.0 mm by Clover
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    Happy crocheting lovelies!

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    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Yarn Giveaway! Win 2 Skeins of Issac Mizrahi Craft Yarn!


    A couple of weeks ago, I designed a free pattern, the Platinum Cowl, made with Issac Mizrahi Craft, Carnegie Hill.  So many of you were asking about the yarn and loving it, so I have decided to give TWO skeins of it away!  The pattern only takes one skein, so you can make two cowls...one for you and one for a friend!  Made by Premiere Yarns, this yarn is artsy and fun to work with.  Each skein has approximately 99 yards and comes in seven lovely colors.


    I picked two absolutely fabulous colors... "Audubon" a soft silver with gold thread spun in, and "Merriweather" a deep pink with a pretty blue metallic spun in.

    Can't wait?  Want more colors?  Order yarn here (affiliate) by clicking on the image:

    Carnegie Hill Yarn by Isaac Mizrahi Craft

    Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway ends September 3rd and is open worldwide.  Now go, go, go and enter!

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    Happy stitching lovelies!

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    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Book Review: Edward's Menagerie + Meet the Author Event!

    Image courtesy of the author.


    Note: All opinions are my own. All imagery used with permission from the author. Read my full disclosure policy here.

    I was so excited to be able to preview Edward's Menagerie: Birds by Kerry Lord recently. This brand new book is exciting and endearing, with over 40 cleverly crocheted bird patterns, complete with full diagrams, assembly instructions, and detailed notes. I was already familiar and loved the first Edward's Menagerie book (over 40 animals in that book) that came out prior to this book, so I knew the bird collection would be as lovely as the animals.

    Each bird has their own personality...from colorful wings, adorable little feet, and creative color combinations too. The birds are not only creatively stitched, but perfectly huggable, a most important quality for a toy to possess. Below is a sampling of some of the patterns found in the book, I especially love the attention to detail...check out that parrot!


    Images courtesy of the author.


    The story behind both collections is heartwarming as well.  The author, Kerry Lord crafted the animals and birds for her son, Edward. You can read the full story here.

    Each bird in the collection has their own special name too, such as "Celine the Dove" and "Hazel the Hen."  The book is primarily a pattern book, but I also found it to be a pleasant read and learning all about each bird's personalities, their likes and dislikes, and so forth.  It is brilliant of the author to name each bird and give it a bit of personification...it really helps to bring the toy to life for a child, making each bird extra special.


    Images courtesy of the author.

    Here's where you can order the book!  
    Read on for a special event to meet the author, participate in free workshops, and take a tour of the alpaca farm!

    Toft Alpaca Farm, image courtesy of the author

    TOFT, a luxury British DIY knitwear and wool company, offers alpaca and wool knitting yarns and knitting and crochet sets is based in the Toft Alpaca Shop. They have a herd of 200 alpacas and hosts various craft workshops, plus a coffee shop...doesn't that sound like the most amazing place?!?


    The Toft Alpaca Shop and Coffee Shop, image courtesy of the author

    If you are going to be in the UK this Friday, August 28th, there will be a special event to meet the author of Edward's Menagerie, Kerry Lord, plus fun workshops and a tour of the alpaca farm too!  Click here to learn more about the event, directions, times of the different workshops and lots more. (free, RSVP required)




    Happy crocheting lovelies!

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    For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Google+FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!

    Gorgeous Tonal Merino Wool s at knitpicks.com
    (Affiliate links, enjoy these awesome products and thanks as always for your support!)
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