Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Take a Break When Arm Knitting


Several of you have asked a very important question about arm knitting...when you are working on a project, how do you take a break and set it down?  Not to worry!  I made a little video to help you out.

When you arm knit, your arms are the tools, so the project is connected to your arms and for the most part your arms are tied together.  But there's an easy fix, and you can come back to your project anytime you want.

Check out this video below, where I'll show you how:



If you like the project I was working on in the video, it's the Arm Knit Button Wrap, a free pattern:


If you have never arm knit before, the video below is a great place to begin.  In it we make a practice swatch to master the fun and easy craft of arm knitting:


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Birthday Candle Applique!


For all of your birthday festivities, here are some cute appliques that are festive and bright!  Use them for a birthday garland, or sew them to a t-shirt...one for each year in their favorite colors.  They use just a small amount of yarn and work up super fast!

Sizing: 
  • 1 inch wide
  • 4.5 inches tall

Materials:
  • H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Red Heart Super Saver Solids Yarn (Colors shown are: Cherry Red, Bright Yellow, Aruba Sea, Perfect Pink, Spring Green, Royal, Lavender, Paddy Green)
  • Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations (click link for a full tutorial):





Instructions for Flame:

Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Into the center of the ring, work 4 sc, a hdc, a dc, a tr, a dc, a hdc, and 4 sc.  Join to close with a slip stitch and fasten off.

Instructions for Candle Base:

Ch 12
Row 1: In the second ch from the hook, work a sc, then a sc in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  Work a sc into the first st and in each st across.  Fasten off.

Assembly & Finishing:  

Weave in all ends except one (either on the flame or candle base).  Because the appliques are small, you may have to shape everything up a little with your hands.  Thread a tapestry needle and use the last end to sew flame onto candle base as shown with the flame slightly overlapping a little over the candle base.  Weave in any ends that remain.

Note: If candles are curling bit, you can block them.  This will straighten everything out.  If using acrylic or cotton, you can quickly steam block them.  My friend Tamara over at the Moogly blog has a really helpful video tutorial on steam blocking with an iron.  If you're using natural fibers for your project, wet blocking will help too, check out this photo tutorial.


Click below for a video on how to crochet Birthday Candle Appliques stitch by stitch:


© Jennifer Dickerson 2014
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Fiber Flux!!


Fiber Flux is 3 today...hooray!  Thank you for your lovely comments, sharing your beautiful projects, and your fantastic support during this time...you are what makes this community so much fun!

Here are 10 fun and festive patterns that you easily work up to create a celebration of your own!  All of them are free and full of happy color!



1. Celebration Scarf



2. Party Cake Dishcloth



3. Cotton Candy Hat


4. Layered Ruffle Flower



5. Rock Candy Hat



6. Modern Circles Garland



7. Mango Salsa Scarf


8. Granny Rosette Garland



9. Fruit Punch Tablet Sleeve



10. Bahama Stripe Dishcloth

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Big Giveaway from Red Heart Yarns!



Around here at Fiber Flux, we have so much to celebrate right now! A brand new YouTube channel that has been a huge success with 7,000+ subscribers, seven million visitors to the blog, and tomorrow is Fiber Flux's third birthday! Red Heart Yarns is sponsoring an incredible giveaway to get the party started!

Most of all this giveaway celebrates all of you! Thank you lovelies for making the Fiber Flux community so awesome!

This giveaway includes:



  • 6 skeins of Red Heart With Love
  • 4 skeins of Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby
  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Magical
  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Reflective
  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Treasure
  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Sassy Fabric
  • 1 skein of Red Heart Sashay
  • Set of Susan Bates Knitting Needles
  • Set of Susan Bates Crochet Hooks
  • A Red Heart Tape Measure
  • And...A Red Heart Tote Bag to put it all in!

***Congratulations to Christine H!!!  I have sent you an email so you can get all of your goodies.  Thank you to everyone entered, it was a lot of fun!***

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Tulip Tree Scarf!



The Tulip Tree Scarf is a lacy scarf crocheted lengthwise in luxurious variegated yarn. Pretty fans are easy to work up using the double crochet stitch!

Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to crochet this scarf:



Click the button below to add this project to you Ravelry queue:


Materials:
  • 1 Skein Araucania Toconao Multy (139 yards) Note: If you would like to substitute yarn, select a yarn that recommends a J crochet hook.  It will also help to work up a little swatch to be sure you like the way it looks, especially when selecting variegated yarn.
  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Sizing As Shown:
  • 4.5 Inches Wide
  • 56 Inches Long
  • Note: If different dimensions are desired, see below for information about multiples and row repeats.


Instructions:

Click here for a helpful photo tutorial + video on how to work the double crochet stitch.

Ch 147 (If a different length is desired, use a multiple of 4+3)


Row 1: Work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in the 5th ch from the hook.  *Skip 3 ch, then work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in the next ch* Rpt from * to last 2 ch. Skip 1 ch, then dc in last ch.


Row 2: Chain 3 and turn. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in the center of each fan (ch 1 space from previous row, see photo below.  Work a dc in the t-ch (turning chain) space.



Repeat row to until scarf is desired width.  Scarf shown is a total of 7 rows (including row 1).



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


© Jennifer Dickerson 2014



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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...One Round Shamrock!


Here is a little shamrock that is worked up in just one round using small amounts of yarn.  Make a bunch for a garland, hair clip, applique, or just about anything else that needs a fun little shamrock on it!

One Round Shamrock
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click below to add this project to your Ravelry queue:



Click below to watch a full video tutorial:


Materials:

Note: you can use any yarn you like, just check the yarn label for the hook recommendation.

For the shamrocks as shown:

  • H (5.0 mm)  hook 
  • Green yarn (darker green is Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in "Kelly Green" and the lighter one is Red Heart Super Saver in "Spring Green"
  • Tapestry needle 

Sizing:

  • Shamrocks shown are 1.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall from top to bottom of stem.

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

Abbreviations: 
  • ch: Chain 
  • sl st: Slip Stitch 
  • dc: Double Crochet 

Instructions:

Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1 (all stitches worked into the center of the ring): work (4 dc, sl st) into the center of the ring.  

Repeat two more times for a total of three "leaves"

Chain 4, then in the second ch from the hook work one sc.  Work a sc in each of the next two chains, then work a sl st into the center of the ring to finish off the stem.

Join to close shamrock with a sl st and fasten off.

Finishing:

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


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Pewter Statement Crochet Bracelet


I got so excited making my Beach Glass Crochet Necklace that I decided to make a fun bracelet too.  This pretty bracelet is made using beads I recycled from a piece of jewelry I no longer wore, so I turned it into something new!  Multiple strands are crocheted using simple chains and tied together onto a toggle clasp.  If you have never added beads to your crochet projects, this is a great place to start.  Likewise, if you can crochet a chain, you can make this easy and pretty bracelet.

Pewter Statement Crochet Bracelet
By Jennifer Dickerson



Sizing:

  • Bracelet shown has a 8.5 inch circumference including the clasp.  However you can make your bracelet as long or as short as you like, just work chains until desired length is reached.

Materials Needed:

  • Beads (Each strand has about 10 beads for my 8.5 inch long necklace, and used a variety of beads I had on hand.  I made 5 strands total for the bracelet shown.  Craft stores carry tons of beads and you can find variety packs of them which include lots of different kinds of beads in coordinating colors to make it even easier).
  • 1 skein DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss (I used a steel gray to make it look kind of like metal)
  • C (2.75 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Clasp of your choice (toggle clasp shown)
  • Charm and jump ring (totally optional, I happened to have a little dove that matched my clasp)
  • Needle (yarn needle or embroidery needle depending on the hole opening of your bead)
  • Scissors


Instructions:

  1. Before you start, pass your needle through the hole of the bead to be sure it can move through easily and not get stuck.
  2. Thread your needle with floss.
  3. Add desired number of beads to floss using needle, I used about 10 beads per strand.
  4. Push beads back on the floss.
  5. Place a slip knot of your hook and work three chains. (Click here for a full photo/video tutorial on crocheting chains)
  6. On the fourth chain add a bead. Note: if you have never added beads to your projects, click here to see a full video tutorial on adding beads using the stranding method.
  7. Continue by working two to three chains, then add a bead to the next chain.
  8. When desired length is reached (or you run out of floss or beads), fasten off.
  9. Make multiple strands for your bracelet following steps 2-8.  Bracelet shown has 5 strands.
  10. Tie all finished strands together at one end.  Slip on one half of the clasp and tie securely.  Note: because embroidery floss has a satin texture, the knot can be somewhat slippery.  If you like, you can add a tiny drop of fabric glue to the knot to hold it in place.
  11. Repeat step 10 for the other end.
  12. Trim excess tails.
  13. If you'd like to add a little charm, attach a jump ring to the clasp and charm with pliers.


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Fluttery Hearts Chandelier!


Happy Hearts Day!  Here is a whimsical little chandelier you can make to spread some Valentine's cheer.

For more Valentine goodness, be sure to hop on over to the "Valentine Central" (click the link here or visit the tab at the top of this page)



Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 inch embroidery hoop (I found a pretty pink plastic one, but any will do)
  • Red, white, and pink yarn (yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, White, and Perfect Pink)
  • H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Thread or fishing line
  • Scissors
Here's how to make it:
  • Work up a bunch of hearts using this one round heart pattern. I made several of each color, set aside.
  • Separate the two rings of the embroidery hoop.  You'll crochet the decorative scallop around the outside hoop and tie the hearts to the inside hoop.

  • Tie any color yarn (I used the pink) to the hoop on the left side of where it tightens.  Begin working single crochets all around the hoop, until hoop is covered.  You can do any amount, as long as it is in multiples of five to accommodate the scallop stitches.



  • Next, Chain 3 (counts as first dc) and flip it over to begin working the scallop.  
  • In the first stitch, work 4 dc.  (the first is just 4 because of the turning chain, all other scallops are 5 dc each).  Skip a stitch and work a slip stitch in the stitch after that.  Skip two stitches and work 5 dc in the next stitch, then skip a stitch, then work a sl st in the next st, then skip two sts.
  • Continue in this sequence (5 dc in next stitch, skip next, sl st in next, skip two sts) around the perimeter of the hoop. 
  • Note: the scallop is fairly forgiving, if for some reason you have an extra stitch, just skip an extra if you need to.  Sometimes no matter how many times I count, it happens...no worries!


  • Next, using the thread/fishing line tie on the hearts to the inner hoop.  They'll slide around, but once you put the two hoops back together, it will "lock" everything in place.
  • Before you put the hoops back together, you may have to slide things around a little (or a lot!) to make sure it will hang level.  Tie more thread/fishing line for hanging...I used two pieces and crossed them over to make an "x"
  • When everything is together, snip any tails or short pieces that remain...all finished!



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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Free Knitting Pattern...Arm Knit Button Wrap!

Wear the wrap with the button on your shoulder like this... (scroll down for more options)






































The Arm Knit Button Wrap is a versatile wrap that is easy to make in very little time. The wrap is worked with three strands of your favorite bulky yarn, plus a large button to close and keep it in place. Check out the photos to see the many ways to wear it! Be sure to also scroll down to watch the two videos below if you have never arm knit before.


The Arm Knit Button Wrap
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials:

  • 3 Skeins of your favorite super bulky weight yarn.  Yarn shown in project is Lion Brand's Homespun in "Baroque" and "Barrington" and Wool Ease Thick & Quick in "Denim" (I used about 1/2 of each skein)
  • 1 large button (button shown is two inches wide)
  • Large tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Your arms!

Note:  You can use any bulky/super bulky yarns for this project, if you are unsure about your yarn and/or the colors you have chosen, you can do a test swatch to see how everything will come together.


You can also spin the button around to the back to wear it like this...
Sizing:

  • Approximately 10 inches tall
  • Approximately 40 inches wide
Note: Measurements were taken with garment laying flat on a table and not stretched out.


To wear it a a long cowl/infinity scarf, wear it with the button at the nape of the neck and let the front hang down low.
Instructions for Button Wrap:

Cast on 24 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all stitches.
Repeat row 1 for a total of 4 rows.
Bind off all stitches.



Finishing & Assembly:

With wrong side (purl ridges) facing, fold sides inward and determine button placement.  Sew button to upper corner of piece with a matching piece of yarn.  Weave in any ends that remain.



Click here for a video to make the Arm Knit Button Wrap stitch by stitch (full tutorial):



Click here for a video to learn the basics of arm knitting:



© Jennifer Dickerson 2014
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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