Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Color Inspiration: Turquoise


If you're looking for a little color inspiration, you've come to the right place!  This month we'll be exploring turquoise, a super trendy color right now that is a lovely blue-green shade.  Included are some fabulous free patterns and yarn (of course!), but I've also included some things found on Etsy, and incorporating turquoise into the home.  Enjoy!

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Above are two free patterns, one knitting and one crochet.  The crochet top on the left, the Lace Topper from Red Heart is airy, lacy and makes a fabulous statement.  The pretty cabled (knit) scarf from Red Heart, called Cable Your Scarf is a great way to practice knitting cables.


I just couldn't leave out iconic turquoise jewelry...there are so many beautiful handmade offerings on Etsy, here are two of them.  Above and on the left are "Natural Turquoise Earrings" from Splurge on Etsy, and I'm loving this collection of silver and turquoise bangle bracelets from BaubleVine on Etsy, check out that feather!


I came across this adorable Llamarama zip bag from Knit Picks...how cute is that?!?  Perfect for hooks, needles, scissors, and more!


This Turquoise Mandala Doily By Kim Guzman adds in a few more colors for a mesmerizing effect...so pretty!


The Lattice Windflower Shawl (Knit) from by Alice Humbracht for Knit Picks (paid pattern) creates an ombre turquoise effect...stunning!


Something a little different to see on the Fiber Flux Blog, but above are two interiors that inspire...adding turquoise to your home creates a fresh & soothing environment.  Try adding a hand stitched pillow or afghan for a pop of color!


Of course we couldn't forget the YARN!  I found two fabulous choices the skein on the left is called Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn from Knit Picks in the "Frozen" colorway.  The pretty ball of yarn on the right is a deeper shade, called Palette from Knit Picks in the "Calypso Heather" colorway.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern...Hexagon Scrubbies!


Hexagon Scrubbies are a fun way to make your kitchen sparkle!  An easy to crochet granny hexagon makes a fast and fun project perfect for a housewarming or a hostess gift too!

Extra special thanks to Red Heart for providing yarn for this project!

Hexagon Scrubbies
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Click below for a full video tutorial:
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Materials: 

  • 1 ball of Red Heart Scrubby (note: I used 2 colors for the Scrubby, but this is not necessary.  Colors used for this project: "Grape" and "Jelly")
  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Learn more about this yarn here!

Sizing:

  • 6 inches wide
  • 8 inches tall (including hanging loop)

Tutorial Links & Abbreviations:




Chain 4 and join into a ring with a slip stitch.

Round 1: 
Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note: If you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going.  If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.

Round 2: 
Chain 4 and work a dc in the same space.  Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space.  Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 3: 
Chain 4, then work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1.  In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1.  Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space.  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Round 4: 
(circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  This creates the first hexagon corner.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Note: just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc clusters as you work each round. That is what gives it the pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

Hanging Loop (optional):
Slip stitch over to the next corner space (ch 1 space) then chain 10.  Work a slip stitch in the same space and fasten off.

Finishing:
Weave in any ends and you're finished!


Happy crocheting lovelies!

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

 © Jennifer Dickerson 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Yarn 101: Scrubby from Red Heart


Welcome to Yarn 101! In this series, I will be sharing more information about the many different and wonderful types of yarn out in the marketplace. I often get questions from the fabulous Fiber Flux readers about yarn. I hope you will find this information helpful and be sure to check below for a link to a free pattern with this yarn too!

Extra special thanks to Red Heart for providing yarn for this Yarn 101!


 


This Yarn 101 will feature Scrubby By Red Heart. This yarn is super unique, made for items for the bath and kitchen.  It has a unique texture perfect for things like scrubbing heavy duty items in the kitchen, or as even part of a lovely spa gift set!

It comes in lots of fun and bright colors too...solid and variegated:


Below is a quick little video detailing all of the important information including weight, recommended hook and needle sizes, care instructions:




Have you used this yarn? Be sure to comment below with your thoughts. Would you like to see another yarn featured in this series? Please share, I love requests!


Like this yarn?  Get it here by clicking on any of the images! 


 
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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!)

 © Jennifer Dickerson 2016
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