Monday, September 30, 2013

How To Crochet the Pavement Infinity Scarf (stitch by stitch)



The Pavement Infinity Scarf is a v-stitch infinity scarf crocheted with bulky yarn.

Remember this scarf?


Several of you have had different questions since I first shared it a while back, so I thought a stitch by stitch tutorial might be fun!



The original Pavement was worked up in Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick, but any super bulky yarn will do.  For this tutorial I chose Lion Brand's Hometown USA yarn in the "Tampa Spice" colorway, another one of my favorites...so super soft and isn't that color fabulous?


So, begin with super bulky yarn and an N (9.0 mm) crochet hook,




Begin with a slip knot and chain 19.



In the fourth chain from the hook, work a double crochet.



Next, chain one and work another double crochet all in the same chain.  This is the first "V" in our v-stitch sequence.



Now skip two chains.  In the next chain, work a double crochet, chain one, double crochet...all in that same chain...second "V" complete!



Keep going across in this manner making "Vs" Skip two chains, double crochet, chain one, double crochet in the same chain...



Until you reach the end of the row.  You'll have 6 "V"s.



Let's move on to row 2.  Chain three as shown below:



Turn your work,



In the middle of the first "V" from the previous row (the chain 1 space), create a "V" the same way by working a double crochet, chain one, double crochet...all in that same space.



Continue in each "V" all the way across until you get to the turning chain (chain 3) from the previous row...six "V"s across.



In the turning chain space, work just one double crochet to finish off the row.


Continue making your scarf as long as you'd like it to be by repeating row 2.



You can make your scarf as long as you'd like for it to be, long or short.  When you are finished, you can make it a traditional scarf or seam it together to make it an infinity scarf.  Happy crocheting everyone!



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Friday, September 27, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Violet Tones Infinity Scarf


The Violet Tones Infinity Scarf is super soft with lots of drape.  It is truly a sampler-type project because it uses lots of different basic stitches.  This makes for a fun and engaging project that is perfect for both newer crocheters to learn and practice and for seasoned crocheters who are after something simple and engaging.




The Violet Tones Infinity Scarf, with its sampling of stitches, was inspired by our summer CAL, the Crochet Class Cowl pattern.




Violet Tones Infinity Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials:

  • 1 Skein Caron Simply Soft or Caron Simply Soft Eco (Color A shown: Heather Mist)
  • 1 Skein Caron Simply Soft or Caron Simply Soft Eco (Color B shown: Mulberry Mist)
  • I (5.50 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Note: The Caron Simply Soft Eco contains white "flecks" that are actually recycled plastic bottles (pretty neat!).  You can kind of see them in the photo above...they have a slight tweed-like effect.  If you're into a more solid color appearance, try the regular Caron Simply Soft.

Sizing:

  • 9 inches wide and 36 inch circumference (if you'd like your scarf to be longer, simply work more repeats of the pattern)

Abbreviations Used:

  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • tr: treble crochet


Note:

This infinity scarf uses several different stitches, all of which can be found by clicking the links below for a full photo tutorial.  These will help if you need to learn or may need a refresher:

How to Crochet A Chain
How to Single Crochet
How to Half Double Crochet
How to Double Crochet
How to Treble Crochet


How to make a "spike" in the row: The elongated stitch, or "spike" in the row is created by working a single crochet as you normally would, but when working the stitch, insert the hook a few rows down.  Work the stitch as usual and proceed to the next stitch.  This photo tutorial will show you how:
How to Work the Blanket Stitch


Instructions:

Ch 30.
Foundation Row: In second ch from hook, work a sc.  Work a sc in each ch to end of row.
Row 1: Ch 4 and turn.  Work a tr in first st and in each st to end of row.
Row 2: Repeat row 1.
Row 3: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc in first st and in each st to end of row.
Row 4: Repeat row 3.
Row 5: Ch 2 and turn. Work a hdc in first st and in each st to end of row.
Row 6: Repeat row 5.
Row 7: Ch 1 and turn.  Work a sc in first st and in each st to end of row.
Row 8: Repeat row 7.
Row 9 (Change colors before beginning this row): Ch 1 and turn.  In the first st, work a sc.  In the next st, work a sc.  In the next st, work a "spike" by inserting the hook a few rows down and then work a sc stitch as you normally would.  Keep following this sequence (sc, sc, spike) until you reach the end of the row.
Repeat rows 1-9 until desired length is reached, ending on row 8.



Finishing:
Weave in any ends and seam the ends of the scarf together.  You can sew it with a tapestry needle and some matching yarn or slip stitch it together.

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I had to add this photo, I photographed this outside...
look at those violet tones sing!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.
If you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Cool Tool: Random Stripe Generator!

Click here for the Rock Candy Hat pattern (knitting)

OK, perhaps you may know about this already, but I came across the neatest tool recently...a little online tool that makes random stripes!  All you do is select the colors, the row width you'd like each stripe to be, the number of rows needed and...voila!  A pretty little diagram of your random stripes!

This is so perfect for making an afghan (or anything else for that matter), you can see everything before you even make the first stitch.  It's at the Biscuits & Jam blog and under the "random stripe generator tab" To play with the tool, follow the direct link below:


Random Stripe Generator Tool


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Monday, September 23, 2013

How To Change Colors on A New Row


Several dear Fiber Flux readers have asked how to change colors when starting a new row.  While there are different ways of going about it, this is the way I prefer and do time and time again.  It's fast, easy and you can weave in all of those pesky ends as you go...super important when making something striped!

Note:  This skill can also be used when you finish a ball of yarn and you want to tie on a new one to finish your project.

To start a new row in a different color, finish the end of your current row,



Next, snip the yarn...I like a tail that is neither too long or too short.  If it is too long it becomes cumbersome and way too much to weave in, if too short, it gets a little fiddly trying to work with a teeny little tail.


Pull the end through the remaining loop and securely fasten.


Now you're ready for the new color...draw the new yarn through as shown below:


Tie it together and fasten,


Next, lay your yarn horizontally like I did below, kind of laying on the top edge of the row.  Work your turning chain without the tails at this point, just keep them laying on top as shown below.

(For this particular swatch, I did a turning chain of 3 and made rows of double crochet stitches)


Turn your work and work your first stitch.  Be sure when inserting the hook, you are also incorporating the two tails when you make your stitch...this is how you'll weave in as you work.


Keep working stitches across the row, always incorporating the tails when you insert the hook into the work.



After working the row some, you can trim as you go too,


I like to flip it over and make my snip,


Now flip the work back over and give it a super gentle tug...the tails will disappear into your work!


That's it!  When you reach the end of row again, just keep repeating these steps for a clean-looking, well-crafted project.  Happy crocheting!


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Lemon Balm Button Cowl


The Lemon Balm Button Cowl is a pretty and easy to crochet neck wrap.  Its simple construction of double crochet stitches is finished off with a scalloped edge.  A special single button is all you need to keep it together.



The cowl's construction was inspired by my Ocean Air Scarf pattern.  If you love to button your cowl or scarf up, be sure to try these patterns too by clicking on the link: 

Butternut Squash NeckwarmerFlower Patch Button WrapFiona Button Scarf



Lemon Balm Button Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click below to watch a full video tutorial:


Materials:

  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky (note: cowl uses entire skein)
  • K (6.50 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • 1 Statement Button (be sure to test out button before sewing it to cowl by passing it through hole)

Sizing:

  • 38 inches long and 8 inches wide


Instructions:

Ch 20.
Foundation Row: In second ch from hook, work a sc, then one sc in each ch across to end of row.
Row 1: Ch 3 and turn.  Work 1 dc in the first st, then in each st across to end of row.
Repeat row 1 until piece measure approximately 37 inches (length prior to adding scallop edge), do not fasten off.

Scallop edge:
Ch 3 and turn.  Work 4 dc in the first st, sl st into the next st, skip the next st.  *In the next st, work 5 dc, next st work a sl st, skip the next st.  Continue in this manner from * to end of row, last st being 5 dc.  In the last st (same st as 5 dc were worked in, work a sl st to finish off the scallop and the row.



Finishing:
Weave in any ends and attach button as shown below:



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© Jennifer Dickerson 2013

Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.

If you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog.

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