Friday, November 29, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf!


The Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf is lacy and luxurious with fabulous drape.  Worked up in soft yarn in a beautiful fan stitch, this scarf adds a bit of subtle luxury to any outfit.  Wear it in a long loop or wrap it doubled up for a buttery soft cowl.

Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials:

  • 1 Skein Lion Brand's Heartland yarn (Shenandoah colorway), 251 yards
  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle



Sizing:

  • 7 inches wide
  • 52 inches circumference


Instructions:

Ch 23

Row 1: In the fourth ch from the hook, (dc, ch 1) three times, then 1 dc all in the same ch.  *Skip 3 ch, then (dc, ch 1) three times, then 1 dc all in next ch, repeat from * to last three ch, skip two ch, and in the last ch, work 1 dc.  There should be 5 fans across.

Row 2: Chain 3 and turn.  In the center of each fan from the previous row, work (dc, ch 1) three times, then 1 dc all in the space in the center of the fan.  There should be 5 fans across when you complete the row.  Work a dc in the turning chain space.



Repeat row 2 until scarf is desired length.



Finishing:
Weave in all ends and seam the ends to make a long loop.  Alternatively, you could skip the seaming and make it a traditional scarf.

Here is a video to crochet the Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf stitch by stitch:



Need more help seaming your scarf?  Check out this video, "3 Ways to Seam an Infinity Scarf" with special help for seaming lace:


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© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanks Readers!


Thinking thankful thoughts today and wanted to take a moment to thank you, dear readers.  Thanks for your visits, for your comments and thoughts, and for making Fiber Flux the wonderful community of yarny fun it has become.

Have a lovely day everyone!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...One Round Snowflakes (3 Ways)!



These one round snowflakes are so easy and fun to make, you'll want to create a whole winter wonderland! Use them to decorate a gift, hang them in a window, or make a garland out of them too. Three variations make for an interesting variety.



One Round Snowflakes
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials:
  • Worsted weight white yarn (yarn shown here is Red Heart Super Saver in "White") 
  • J (6.0 mm) crochet hook 
  • Tapestry needle 
  • Scissors 
Sizing:
  • Approximately 2 inches across 


Circle Ended Snowflake:

Ch 4 and join to form a ring.

Round 1: *sc, ch 2. In the second ch from the hook, work 4 sc. Work a sl st into center of ring. Repeat from * five more times. There should be 6 total. Fasten off and weave in any ends. Because the snowflakes are so tiny, you may need to shape with your hands a bit.



Spoked Picot Snowflake:

Ch 4 and join to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 4. In the 2nd ch from the hook, work one sc. *(dc, ch 2, then a sc in the second ch from the hook). Repeat from * 6 more times. There should be 8 spokes total. Fasten off and weave in any ends. Because the snowflakes are so tiny, you may need to shape with your hands a bit.



Star Snowflake:

Ch 4 and join to form a ring.

Round 1: *(sc, ch 3, in third ch from hook, work one sc). Repeat from * 6 more times for a total of 7 points. Note: you can make more or less if you like. Fasten off and weave in any ends. Because the snowflakes are so tiny, you may need to shape with your hands a bit.



© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Make Bendy Scalloped Ornaments!


I love the idea of putting a little ornament on someone's gift.  It not only decorates the gift with a handmade touch, but the recipient can use it later too!  Here are some fast and pretty ornaments you can make in just about any shape with just some yarn scraps...hooray for using up yarn leftovers!

Bendy Scalloped Ornaments 
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click below to watch a full video tutorial too (photo tutorial below):



Here's what you'll need:

  • Yarn (I used some worsted weight acrylic)
  • Hook (I used a 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook)
  • A pipe cleaner
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • A small piece of ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by tying yarn right onto the pipe cleaner about an inch or so in.  Any length pipe cleaner will work for this project, the longer the pipe cleaner, the bigger the finished piece will be.  Sparkly ones are optional too!



Bring the yarn up and work a single crochet,


Next, work single crochets all the way across in multiples of three.  



Stop when there's about an inch or two of pipe cleaner left.  You can scrunch the stitches together, but I kind of like how the sparkles show through a bit.


Next, chain three, 


and turn.


Work three double crochet into the very first stitch.


Work a slip stitch in the next stitch, then skip the next stitch,


In the next stitch, work four double crochet.


After that, work a slip stitch in the next stitch, then skip the next stitch.  Keep going in this manner, four dc, sl st in the next st, skip the next st until you reach the end of the row.  When you finish that very last scallop, also work a sl st after the 4 dc to finish off the scallop at the end of the row.  Fasten off.

Bend the form into any shape you'd like: star, heart, tree, even a letter!  Give the ends a twist and form a little hanging loop as shown below.  There will be a small gap where the scallop ends came together (where the hanging loop is)  With remaining tail, place a stitch or two to join top most scallops together.  Weave in any ends that remain.


You can tie a ribbon as shown to attach it to a gift or a tree, etc.

Monday, November 25, 2013

8 Ways to Add Crochet Love to the Kitchen


With the big feast preparations coming up, here are a few crocheted lovelies to add some stitchy goodness to your kitchen.  As most of these are dishcloth patterns, they can also double up as trivets or coasters too.  If you are visiting someone's house this season, be sure make a few for the perfect hostess gift!



Bahama Stripe Dishcloth



Kitchen Lovelies



Strawberry Shortcake Dishcloth



Super Squishy Trivets



Party Cake Dishcloths



Rainbow Sherbet Dishcloth



Granny Berry Dishcloths



Fabulous Fish Dishcloth

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...One Round Bows!


These little bows are super cute and completed in just one round!  Make a few to embellish a gift, hair clip, garment, or anything else in need of a bow.

One Round Bow
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials:

  • H (5.0 mm)  hook 
  • Cheerful yarn in color(s) of your choice (I used worsted weight) 
  • Tapestry needle 

Sizing:

  • Bows shown are 1.5 inches wide and 2.25 inches tall from top to tails.

Note: Experiment with different hooks and/or yarn for a variety of different sizes.



Abbreviations: 

  • ch: Chain 
  • sl st: Slip Stitch 
  • sc: Single Crochet 
  • dc: Double Crochet 
  • tr: Treble Crochet 


Instructions:

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: sc, dc, tr, dc, sc, sl st, sc, dc, tr, dc, sc, sl st, ch 6 and in the second ch from hook work a sc, then a sc in each chain across, work a sl st in center of ring, then ch 6 again and in the second ch from hook work a sc, then a sc in each chain, work a sl st in center of ring.  Join to close heart and fasten off.

(Because it is so many stitches written across, here is the bow written in column format so that it is a bit easier to see and helps to not lose your place; I like to use a ruler to mark my spot :)

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: 
sc, 
dc, 
tr, 
dc, 
sc, 
sl st, 
sc, 
dc, 
tr, 
dc, 
sc, 
sl st, 
ch 6 and in the second ch from hook work a sc, then a sc in each chain across, work a sl st in center of ring to finish first "tail" 
ch 6 again and in the second ch from hook work a sc, then a sc in each chain, work a sl st in center of ring to finish second "tail"
Join to close heart and fasten off.



Finishing:
Weave in the ends and you're all finished!  Because they are so small, you may need to shape with your hands a bit.

Here's a video to crochet a bow stitch by stitch:



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© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Ginger Snap Infinity Scarf!


The Ginger Snap Infinity Scarf is warm and toasty like a wonderful ginger snap cookie.  Worked in alternating rows of puff stitches and double crochet stitches, this scarf makes for an interesting texture and visually appealing stitch sequence.


Ginger Snap Infinity Scarf

By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials:



  • 2 Skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky ("Masala" colorway), each skein is 137 yards
  • K (6.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle



Sizing:



  • 5.5 inches wide
  • 36 inches long



Instructions:


Note: Stitch sequence is a multiple of 2 + 4.  To make a puff stitch, wrap yarn around hook and draw up a loop (3 loops on your hook), wrap yarn around hook and draw up another loop (5 loops on your hook), wrap yarn around hook and draw up a loop (7 loops on your hook). Wrap yarn around hook one more time and bring it through all 7 loops on your hook. (Scroll down for a more detailed photo tutorial)


Click here to see a photo tutorial of the puff stitch...


Ch 20


Foundation Row: In the fourth ch from the hook, work a (puff stitch, ch 1).  *Skip 1 ch and in the next ch, work a (puff stitch, ch 1).  Repeat from * until you have two chains left.  Skip the second to last ch and in the last ch, work 1 dc.  There should be 8 "puffs" on this row.


Row 1: Chain 3 and turn.  Work a (dc, ch 1) in the top stitch of each puff from previous row, for a total of 8.  Work a dc in the top stitch of the turning ch.


Row 2: Chain 3 and turn.  Work a (puff stitch, ch 1) into each dc from previous row, for a total of 8 puff stitches across.  Work a dc in the top stitch of the turning ch.


Repeat rows 1 & 2 until scarf is desired length.


Here is a video to crochet the Ginger Snap Infinity Scarf stitch by stitch:



Finishing:
Weave in all ends and seam the ends to make a long loop. 



Alternatively, you could skip the seaming and make it a traditional scarf.



For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!
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