Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Week's Videos: Garter, Stockinette, Meringue Cowl and the Easiest Cowl Ever!


Welcome to the new feature of the week...This Week's Videos!  Each week I will be sharing the week's video tutorials.  In case you missed them, here's another opportunity to learn something new or help you with a project.  Thanks for watching and if you have an idea or suggestion for a new video you haven't seen yet on Fiber Flux, be sure to comment below!  

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First up!  "How To Knit the Stockinette Stitch"  This easy stitch is one of the most basic fabrics of knitting.  Learn how to make those iconic little "v" stitches.


Next up is "How to Crochet the Meringue Cowl"...by popular reader request!  Learn how to crochet the Meringue Cowl stitch by stitch.



 "How To Knit the Garter Stitch"  If you're new to knitting, this is a great way to practice your knit stitches!



And last but not least, "How To Make the Easiest Cowl Ever"  All you need for this project is a pair of scissors and a t-shirt...grab your and I'll show you how.


That's all for this week!  Again, be sure to leave any suggestions you may have for new videos...happy stitching!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Happy Apple Applique!


This cheerful little apple will brighten anyone's day!  Perfect for back to school on a backpack or as a gift to a hardworking teacher.  Also lovely to add to your fall decor or a favorite market tote.  

Happy Apple Applique
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn (yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in "Cherry Red" "Spring Green" "Coffee" and "Black")
  • H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry/Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Sizing:

  • 3 inches across at widest points
  • 4 inches tall from top of stem to bottom of apple


Instructions For Main Part of Apple (Red Yarn):

Foundation: Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1:  Ch 4, then work 11 dc into the center of the ring, then join with a slip stitch to close circle and fasten off.
Round 2: Chain 2 and work a hdc in the first st.  Work 2 dc in the next st, 2 tr in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, 2 tr in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st.  Join with a sl st to close round and fasten off.

Apple Stem (worked in brown yarn):

Tie brown yarn to the topmost stitch of apple.  Chain 6.  Work a sc in the second ch from the hook, and in each ch across.  Work a slip stitch at the base of the stem, making sure to work it into the red part as well.  Fasten off.

Stemless Leaf (Make 1, worked in green yarn):

Follow this link for stemless leaf pattern, includes video tutorial too  
Note:  Leave tails intact for sewing to apple later.

Worm (Make 1, worked in green yarn):

Ch 6.  In the second ch from the hook, work a slip stitch.  Work a slip stitch in each chain across to the end of row.  Fasten off and leave tails intact for seaming to apple later.



Finishing & Assembly:

Weave in all ends from red apple and leaf.  Sew leaf to apple as shown using tails.  Weave in ends from leaf.  Sew worm onto apple as shown using tails.  Weave in ends from worm.  To make face, use black yarn to make two french knot eyes (link to tutorial below) and same yarn to make a backstitch smile (link to tutorial below).

How To Make A French Knot (Photo + Video Tutorial)
How To Embroider Backstitch (Photo + Video Tutorial)

Attach applique to fabric items with a needle and thread or to crocheted/knitted items with a yarn needle and matching yarn.  All finished!



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

US and UK Crochet Terms Chart


The other day when I was working on my Hita Hat, I realized I needed to translate my pattern from UK crochet terms to US crochet terms...not to worry, I looked it all up and made this handy chart.  I printed my chart and stuck a copy in my yarn basket for future reference.  To print yours, here are easy instructions...I made the chart in black and white to save on your color ink too!

To print the chart:

1. Click the green "print friendly" button found below:
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2. When the screen pops up, click on everything else to remove it.  If you hover over the area, it will say "click to remove"  Remove everything except the chart.

3. Now you can print!  To make the chart long lasting, you can laminate it too.  I have been using mine a lot lately.  Happy crocheting!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yarny Kids Project...Bubble Pendant Necklace!


Bubble pendant necklaces are simple and fun to make...take them on a picnic or to the park, for fabulous bubbles on the go!  For some reason we always seem to have these on hand leftover from past parties, here is a fun way to use them, also makes a great activity for a play date or party!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Party bubble favors (if you don't have them you can easily find them in the party aisle at most stores)
  • Yarn or scrap ribbon
  • Beads
  • Stickers, gems, sequins, buttons or any thing else you like
  • Scissors



Start by cutting the yarn to the length you want it...you don't want it to be too long, but not so short that it can't go over a head.  You also want it to be long enough for the child to be able to reach down and be able to use the bubbles.

Tie a knot around the neck of the bottle,


Now for the most fun part...decorating!  String beads onto the yarn...you can fill the whole thing up or just a few like we did.


Tie a knot (a double knot is a good idea).  Snip off any excess,


You can also embellish the bottle with any stickers, gems, sequins, buttons...for the sparkly stickers, we cut up an extra foam letter sticker.


Now you're ready for bubble fun!  Refill as needed and make one for a friend too! 


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Hita Hat By Adriafil Review


Hooray!  I recently received a beautiful box of yarn all the way from Italy!  Is it my birthday?  Nope.  A box of Italian yarn?  From Italy?  Yippee!



Photos in this group courtesy of Adriafil.  Used with permission.
The good folks at the Adriafil Yarn company, a yarn maker I have recently discovered, asked me to check out some of their gorgeous yarn, and of course I said Yes...yes please!

I will be sharing with you all of its contents over the coming weeks, one skein at a time, but first allow me show you this amazing kit...the Hita Hat!

The pretty and colorful box slides open, it was just like opening a present...and here's what is inside:




A whole entire kit to make a hat!  It includes the yarn needed to make one hat, a pattern booklet, a hook and even a tag for your hat.


There are several styles of hats to pick from, my kit is for their "backflip" hat, an easy beanie style with a cute pom pom.

They have lots of different styles of a hats including beanies and the always popular slouch styles, plus you can choose between the "Classic" and "Junior" which is for the cold season in a wool/alpaca blend.  Or the "Fresh" which is a chunky cotton, suitable for all seasons.


As I mentioned the kit comes with a hook, and upon further inspection, I discovered that there was a cute tag to add to the hat when you finish!



Of course I couldn't wait to get started on mine, here are the beginnings:




I'll update when complete!


Also tucked in to the box was more yarn!  Here's a sneak peek...more about these pretties soon.




If you'd like to get your own, you can order your very own kit here:


Hita Hat Site

Or, if you would like your hat to be made for you, you can order their "Done & Delivered" version too!

Order a finished Hita Hat here

My bloggy pal Tamara at Moogly is giving one away too, if you'd like to enter to win one:

Hita Hat Giveaway on Moogly (Update: This giveaway has ended)

Note: All opinions are my own.  Thank you to the Adriafil Yarn Company for providing the Hita Hat kit.  All Adriafil Yarn Company photos used with permission. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern...Violet Clouds Throw!


The Violet Clouds Throw is super cuddly, soft, and light as a cloud. It is fast to work up in a simple hexagon shape and make a great accent blanket in any room. I made mine in a smaller "lap-ghan" size, but you can make yours as large as you like by simply working more rounds.

Violet Clouds Throw
By Jennifer Dickerson

Sizing:

  • 60 inches across from widest points

Materials:
  • P (10.0 mm) crochet hook
  • 4 Skeins Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick (I used two skeins of the "Pearls" colorway and two skeins of the "Barrington" colorway)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Instructions:

This throw is a granny hexagon in a stripe sequence.  You can make your throw solid or striped, here is the sequence I used: 



  • Rounds 1 & 2: Purple
  • Each row after: alternating rounds of cream and purple.

Here is a photo tutorial that may help you when making your granny hexagon:
How to crochet a granny hexagon stitch by stitch...

And a video tutorial:



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

Round 1: Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times.  Join to close with a slip stitch.


Note: If you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going.  If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.


Round 2: Chain 4 and work a dc in the same space.  Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space.  Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1.  Join to close with a slip stitch.


Round 3: Chain 4, then work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1.  In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1.  Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space.  Join with a slip stitch to close.


Round 4 (circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  This creates the first hexagon corner.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.


Round 5: round 5 is similar to round 4, but with a sequence of a corner, then a side, then another side.  Begin with a chain 4, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. In the next space, chain 1, then work 3 dc.  Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" then a side of 1 cluster, then a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.


Repeat round 5 until the throw is a large as you want it to be.



Finishing:

Weave in any ends and you're finished!


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Click below to watch a video tutorial on how to crochet the Violet Clouds Throw stitch by stitch:


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