Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The BIG Crochet Along Reveal...Presenting the Nostalgic Granny Tree Skirt!


It's here! The BIG holiday crochet along reveal...Presenting the Nostalgic Granny Tree Skirt!

Just joining us? Scroll down for links to each week of the CAL, plus the video for each week too!


If you haven't joined us on our Ravelry group, click below to join the fun! There is a special welcome area, so please hop on and introduce yourself. You can get info, ask questions, help each other, see what everyone is doing, and show off your work too!



To make it easy for quick reference, I've put everything on one page, so here you go! So whether you're just joining us, halfway through, or putting the finishing touches on your tree skirt, help along each step of the way is below!







Some special notes to add:

  • I steam blocked mine and I found it helped everything lay nice and flat...tutorial here:  

  • My tree skirt was made to cover my tree base with just a bit around the edge of the floor...exactly the way I wanted it.  We have a train around our tree, so it had to be a perfect fit and not too big so the train tracks could sit right on the hard surface of the floor.  If you want yours to be bigger than this one, just make each triangle have more rounds...as big as you like!  The edging will still be worked the same, no special stitch count needed.  I did this on purpose because we all most likely need a different size for our tree.  Some of you shared cute little trees on a table top, some artificial in a narrower base, and some that were very, very big! 💖
  • Maker gallery coming January 5th!  This will give you a bit more time to work on your projects.  Love participating in crochet alongs?  Stay tuned...next up is the Spring CAL in a few months!  Announcements will be made with more details as we move into the spring season later on.



Let's connect!
© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL: Week 3, Edging & Finish Work


Welcome back for week 3 of the 2017 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along! This is the last week of tutorials, then you'll have a few weeks to work on your piece and enjoy it before the maker gallery rolls around!  Today we'll be how to add a lovely scallop edging, weaving in ends, and adding optional buttons!

Add this project to your Ravelry queue by clicking on the button below:



*This is a self-paced project, so definitely go at the speed you feel most comfortable. The instructional videos and posts will be up forever and you will always be able to go back and watch again and again!

Here's this week's CAL video:

Here's the written pattern for the edging:

Tie yarn for edging in the top corner space of the triangle to the left of the opening in the skirt.  See photo below:


Next, ch 3, then work 12 dc in the same space.  In the next space work a sl st.  *Work 12 dc in the next space, then a sl st in the next space.  Repeat from * to the last space.  For the last scallop, work (12 dc, sl st) in the same space to create a rounder, more finished edge.

*Note: where each triangle connects, you'll still work the same sequence (12 dc in a space, sl st in next space, etc), but work them into the corner space of the first triangle, then the space in between the triangles, then the corner space of the next triangle.  To see a visual of this, be sure to check out the video too.

Finishing:  Weave in any ends that remain.  With a piece of matching yarn, sew buttons down the edge of one of the triangles at the opening as shown in the above photos.  You can sew three like I did or more if you like.  Use the decorative holes in the granny triangle on the other side of the opening as button holes to button it closed.

Optional: You might want to steam block your tree skirt,  check out this helpful tutorial if using acrylic yarn:

  
If you're using natural fibers (wool, alpaca, cotton, etc) you can wet block your skirt, check out the tutorial below for this:


OK, let's take a quick peek at the schedule (click below for links to previous weeks of the CAL):


Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the Fiber Flux social media places below:

Let's connect!

Also we have a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group" There is a welcome area, so please hop on and introduce yourself. You can get info, ask questions, help each other, see what everyone is doing, and show off your work too!

I am so super excited to see all of your beautiful projects in the next few weeks...please share those pictures and above enjoy, take some time to relax with your hook, and have fun! That's all for today lovelies, see you tomorrow for the big reveal!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Year In Crochet Giveaway!


Have you heard about A Year in Crochet?  It is a crochet subscription like no other. 

A Year in Crochet comes to you from Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet- Where Beautiful is Easy. Lorene’s goal is to bring you beautiful crochet designs that are far from complicated.


When you join this membership you will not only get a new Cre8tion Crochet original design every month but you’ll also have direct access to Lorene herself, to help you along the way. 

There will also be a crochet-a-long to go with each design and monthly giveaways in the companion group on Facebook.

But wait, there’s more… you will also get 3 bonuses; a roomy project tote, a tape measure AND a new Streamline hook from Cre8tion Crochet.  


Lorene has designed for Red Heart Yarns, Crochet World and Furls Crochet and more.  She also publishes designs on her blog, Cre8tion Crochet.


Lorene is giving away one membership to A Year in Crochet to a lucky Fiber Flux fan.  Now go, go, go!  Enter below:


No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited.  Open to US residents only (if you enter from outside the US you are eligible for a digital version only). Contest ends Saturday, December 16, 2017 @11:59pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, December 17, 2017 and notified by email.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL: Week 2, The Granny Triangle & JAYGO Technique


Welcome back for week 2 of the 2017 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along! Today we'll be learning how to make the granny triangles and then join them all together!

Add this project to your Ravelry queue by clicking on the button below:


*This is a self-paced project, so definitely go at the speed you feel most comfortable. The instructional videos and posts will be up forever and you will always be able to go back and watch again and again!


Because there are those of you who prefer a written pattern and those who prefer a video tutorial, below are both. Either way, be sure to check out the video for additional information, plus helpful tips too!

Here's this week's CAL video:


Instructions:

Note: It really helps to keep everything flat as you work, I like to lay mine on a table or lap as I go.

Ch 4 and join in the chain furthest from the hook with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 6 then work 3 dc into the ring, then ch 3. Work 3 dc, ch 3 once more then work 2 dc into the center of the ring (where the ch 6 was made at the beginning of the round). Join to close round with a slip stitch in the third chain of the beginning chain of the round. Note: The 6 chains at the beginning of the round--3 count as a dc, the other 3 count as the ch-3 space.

Note: if you want to change colors, simply fasten off and tie a new color on into any corner space. To keep the same color, slip stitch over to the first corner space you come to.

Round 2: Chain 6 then in the first corner space, work 3 double crochet, then chain 1. In the next corner space, work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc). Then ch 1 and work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in the next corner space, then ch 1. In the last corner space (same space where you began) work 2 dc, then join with a slip stitch to close round.

Round 3: Chain 6 then in the first corner space, work 3 double crochet, then chain 1. Next, (3 dc, ch 1) to work the side. In the next corner space, work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), then ch 1. In the next space (side) work (3 dc, ch 1). In the next corner space work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) then ch 1. Next, (3 dc, ch 1) to work the side. In the last corner space (same space where you began) work 2 dc, then join with a slip stitch to close round.

Round 4: Chain 6 then in the first corner space, work 3 double crochet, then chain 1. Next, (3 dc, ch 1) in the next space, then (3 dc, ch 1) to work the side. In the next corner space, work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1). Next, (3 dc, ch 1) in the next space, then (3 dc, ch 1) to work the side. In the next corner space work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1). Next, (3 dc, ch 1) in the next space, then (3 dc, ch 1) to work the side. In the last corner space (same space where you began) work 2 dc, then join with a slip stitch to close round.

Repeat round 4 until triangle measures about 16 inches from bottom to top point, then proceed below for JAYGO (join as you go).


Part 1:  The Very First Triangle (worked independently, nothing is joined to this one yet)

Make a complete triangle (see above).  I made mine in three rounds of each color, for a total of 9 rounds per triangle.  Mine measured about 16 inches from bottom to top.

Part 2: Joining The Second Triangle

Make the second triangle and when you get to the very last round, work the first side as you normally would.  When you get to the corner space, work 3 dc into the corner space as normal, then work a slip stitch into the other triangle you are joining this one onto.  Then work 3 more dc into the same corner space.  Work the side of the triangle by working 3 dc into each side space and instead of the ch 1 (as was done in previous rounds) instead work a sl st into the corner spaces to join the two triangles together.  At the next corner space, work the first three dc, then sl st join onto the other triangle, then 3 dc into the corner space.  Continue around the rest of the triangle as normal (see above pattern).

Part 3: Joining Subsequent Squares

Repeat step 2 for the rest of the triangles, leaving an opening on the very last triangle (so that tree skirt can go around the tree trunk).  I made and joined a total of 6 triangles for my tree skirt (see above diagram).

*Important: If you have never tried the JAYGO technique, I highly recommend the video. 


OK, let's take a quick peek at the schedule...last week we talked a little bit about the project and went over supplies needed:

(Click the links below to see past weeks)



Also I have set up a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group" There is a special welcome area, so please hop on and introduce yourself. You can get info, ask questions, help each other, see what everyone is doing, and show off your work too!






I am so super excited to see all of your beautiful projects in the next few weeks...please share those pictures and above enjoy, take some time to relax with your hook, and have fun! That's all for today lovelies, see you next Tuesday for part three of the CAL!!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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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