Monday, March 31, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Crochet Jelly Beans!


These yarny jelly beans use just a little bit of yarn and some basic stitches.  Crochet a bunch in a rainbow of colors for your springy festivities, scatter across a table, or tuck a few into a basket.  

Crochet Jelly Beans
By Jennifer Dickerson

Sizing:

  • 1.5 inches wide
  • 1 inch tall

Materials:

  • Scraps of worsted weight yarn in your favorite colors
  • H (5.0) mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors


Instructions:

Note: Jelly Beans are worked in the round.

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

Round 1 (work all stitches into the ring): dc, tr, dc, sc, sc, sc, dc, tr, dc, sl st.  Do not join to close, instead just fasten off.  (I found that when I joined, the indentation of the jelly bean wasn't as prominent).

Finishing:

Weave in the ends and you're all finished!

Click below to watch a video on how to crochet jelly beans stitch by stitch:


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© 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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Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Use a Needle Threader


Do you have trouble getting thread, embroidery floss, or yarn through the eye of a needle?  No worries!  There's a handy tool for that, a needle threader.  

Below I have two styles of needle threaders...one for lighter threads, and one for heavier floss or yarns.



Here's the lighter weight one below for lighter weight threads: 



To use it, simply insert the wire loop into the eye of your needle,



Next, run the thread through the wire loop,



Then, using the tab, pull everything through.



Needle is threaded...easy!



The heavier hook style threader is basically the same concept, here it is below:



Insert either hook into the eye of the needle,



Next, hook the yarn on,



And pull it through...needle is threaded!  I hope you find this tutorial helpful next time you need to thread a needle...happy stitching to you!



Click below to watch a video showing how to use the needle threader too:



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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Make a Loom Flower



I have recently discovered making yarny flowers with a loom! These loom blooms are pretty, easy and super fun to make.  This is an awesome project to make with kids and is perfect for stash busting too.  Be sure to scroll down for a full video tutorial too.

For this project, you'll need:

  • A Flower Loom (I found mine at the craft store for just a few dollars)
  • A Loom Hook (the one shown came with the loom)
  • A Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Yarn (yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver)


To make a loom flower, locate the peg on the side of the loom, this is called the "anchor peg" reserve about 4 inches or so and tie the yarn onto the peg,



Begin by wrapping the yarn around the peg directly across from the anchor peg as shown below,



then continue in a clockwise fashion, always moving to the peg on the right,


Continue all the way around as shown below:



We will make a total of three layers, so next you'll want to push this first layer down, using the hook tool if needed,



In the same manner, wrap the next layer,



push it down, then wrap the third and final layer.



Push this layer down as well, then cut the yarn so that is equal to the other yarn tail.



Flip the loom over and bring both tails (you'll have to pull one of them of of the anchor peg) to the back and tie off.  I made three knots in mine to get it nice and secure...



Select your flower's center color (same color or contrasting color) and thread the tapestry needle so that the ends are the same length.



Working from back to front, come up from the back in between two "petals" and go back in with the needle to the in between area directly across.



Do the same thing going the other way, this will make a "plus sign"



In the same manner, now make an "X" over top of the "plus"



Then continue until each in-between petal space has contrasting yarn in between it.



Flip the loom over once more and knot it securely.  If you want to tie the flower to something, leave the tails intact, otherwise you can trim the tails.



Depending on your loom, you can either take the pegs off to remove your flower, or use the hook tool to lift each petal up and over the pegs.



Do this all the way around...



And the flower is complete...



Make a whole garden of them with your new skill!


Click below to watch the full video tutorial:



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Monday, March 24, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Dotty Throw Pillow!


Last summer, a throw pillow I designed was published on the Stitch & Unwind Blog. I loved using the yarn and wrote a review on it as well, and now the pillow pattern in full is available here on Fiber Flux too!

The Dotty Throw Pillow has both modern and vintage appeal. Two granny squares make the body of the pillow, and polka dots in multiple sizes add a fun embellishment. Soft and comfortable cotton yarn make this pillow pretty and perfect to cuddle up to!


Sizing:

  • Pillow shown is a 12 inch square.  However, you can make your pillow as large or as small if you like by simply working more or less rounds of the granny square.

Materials:

  •     1 Ball Bernat Cotton-ish By Vickie Howell in “Cotton Gin”
  •     1 Ball Bernat Cotton-ish By Vickie Howell in “Jade Jersey”
  •     1 Ball Bernat Cotton-ish By Vickie Howell in “Coffee Filter”
  •      G (4.25 mm) Crochet Hook
  •     Tapestry Needle for seaming and weaving in ends
  •     Plain pillow form (can be found at the craft or fabric store)


Instructions:

Granny Square (Make 2 in the “Coffee Filter” colorway):

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

Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring. Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 4, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space. Chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 4, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1. To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round.
Repeat round 3 until your square measures 12 inches across or 24 inches across depending on what size you prefer.

A note about beginning a new round:

  • To begin a new round in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch1 at the corner and begin the new round.
  • To begin a new round in a new/different color, cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten it with a slip stitch. Join the new yarn at one of the corners as shown and tie securely. Continue to the next round.

Instructions for a small dot:
Ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Work 12 dc in the center of the ring.
Fasten off and weave in any ends.

Instructions for large dot:
Ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Work 12 dc in the center of the ring.
Ch 3 and work a dc in the first space.
In the next space, work 2 dc. Continue around the circle by working 2 dc in each space all the way around. Join to close circle with a sl st.

Fasten off and weave in any ends.



Finishing & Assembly:

Attach dots to granny squares by seaming them on with a tapestry needle and a length of same colored yarn. Or if you prefer, you can attach the dots to the pillow with some fabric glue instead.
Weave in all ends of the squares. Stack the two granny squares with right sides facing out. Fasten the same colored yarn in the corner of both squares. Seam together by working a single crochet in both loops of both squares on three sides of the squares. Place pillow form inside and continue to join the squares together to close the top of the pillow up. Fasten off and weave in ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2014

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Honolulu Button Scarflette!


This fun scarflette is a great transitional piece for the new season.  Work one up in wool for chilly days and one in cool cotton when the sunshine is out!  An easy eyelet repeat is fun to stitch and doubles up as button holes for versatile wearing choices.  Three pretty buttons of your choice finish it off.

Honolulu Button Scarflette
By Jennifer Dickerson



Materials Needed:

  • 220 yards of yarn (Suggested yarns for this project include: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, Spinrite Peaches 'N Creme, Cascade 220, Red Heart Super Saver, or any yarn of similar weight) If you are unsure of your particular yarn, try working up a swatch to give you a little "preview" of what it will look like.
  • H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • 3 Buttons (If you like the fabric buttons shown, I made them using this photo/video tutorial)

Sizing:
  • 50 inches long
  • 5 inches wide
  • Button are 3/4 inch wide, but check yours first to make sure they can pass through the eyelet holes before sewing them to the scarflette.




Instructions:

Ch 25

Foundation row:  In the 5th ch from the hook, work a dc.  *(skip one ch, dc in next ch)  Repeat from * to last two chains.  Skip the second to last chain, and in the last ch, work a dc.

Row 1: Ch 2 and turn.  Work a (sc, ch 1) in the first space (ch 1 space from the previous row) and in each space to the end of the row.  Work a sc in the turning chain space.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a (dc, ch 1) in the first space (ch 1 space from the previous row) and in each space to the end of the row.  Work a dc in the turning chain space.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until scarflette measures 50 inches long, or to desired length.  Note: if you work until you run out of yarn, be sure to reserve just a bit to sew the buttons on.



Finishing & Assembly:

Weave in all ends that remain.  Using matching yarn, sew buttons along bottom edge of one of the scarf edges.

To make easy fabric covered buttons like the ones shown, check out this photo/video tutorial.

Click below to watch how to make the Honolulu Button Scarflette stitch by stitch:


© 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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