Saturday, February 28, 2015

Craftsy's Inspiration In A Flash Sale!



Shop the Inspiration In A Flash sale and save big on beautiful yarn and supplies!  Hurry, offer expires at 11:59 PM MT on March 1, 2015.

Why is today the day to inspire your stash?
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Awesome Red Heart Yarn Giveaway on Fiber Flux!


Happy Birthday Fiber Flux!  Today we are celebrating 4 awesome years of bloggy adventures!  To help us celebrate, the good folks at Red Heart Yarns are giving away this incredible prize package to one very lucky winner!

The prize includes:
  • 4 skeins Red Heart With Love
  • 2 Skeins Red Heart Reflective
  • 2 Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric
  • 1 Skein Red Heart Sashay
  • 2 Skeins Red Heart Boutique Treasure
  • 2 Skeins Red Heart Boutique Magical
  • 1 Set Susan Bates Knitting Needles
  • 1 Logo Heart Shaped Tape Measure
AND a fabulous Red Heart logo tote to put it all in!

Awesome right??

Giveaway ends at midnight March 2 EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Enter below using the Rafflecopter below.  Prize package will be sent directly from giveaway sponsor, Red Heart.   A very special thank you to Red Heart for sponsoring the awesome prize.  Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE...now go, go, go and enter!!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Rainbow Blooms!


These happy little flowers are easy to make and work up in just two rounds!  Use them as an applique or make a whole meadow of them!

Rainbow Blooms
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn (yarn shown is Red Heart Super Saver in "Cherry Red" "Perfect Pink" "Spring Green" "Lavender" "Orchid" "Turquoise" "Bright Yellow" and "Pumpkin"
  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Note: Any yarn can be used for this pattern, check yarn label for recommended hook size for best results.


Sizing:
  • Made with worsted weight yarn and J hook, each flower measure approximately 2.5 inches across.  Sizing will vary with different hooks and yarn.


Instructions: 

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

Round 1: Ch 3 then work 11 dc into the center of the ring, Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 2: Chain 3 and in the first space, work (2 dc, then a sl st).  *Skip the next space.  In the next space work (3 dc, then a sl st) all in the same space.  Continue from * to end for a total of six petals.  Join to close round with a sl st.  Fasten off.


Finishing:
Weave in all ends and you're finished!  Use as an applique or layer for a colorful effect.  Check out this project where I used the flowers, plus some buttons to make fun headbands! 

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Click below to watch a video on how to crochet a Rainbow Bloom stitch by stitch:

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Videos This Week!


Welcome back to 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! There is also a link to each project for the written tutorial, if you'd like to have the written version too.

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First up are the Candy Coated Boot Cuffs!  These fun boot cuffs are fun to make and especially for kids!


Next up is the double treble crochet stitch, a fabulously tall stitch!


The Outline Ribbed Scarf is beautiful, minimal, and easy peasy!


Step outside the box and make a beautiful, sparkly finger crochet cowl!


Learn a super easy decrease with the single crochet two together or sc2tog!



Looking for a fun new way to crochet?  Set down you hook and try finger crocheting!


The Everyman Scarf is elegant and warm with a gorgeous stitch that is easy to do!


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

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tips for Sizing Your Scarf


Probably one of the most frequently asked questions on the Fiber Flux blog is "How long should I make my scarf?"

That is a great question! And...totally a personal preference too. However, there are a few tricks I like to use, either for myself or for gifting...let's take a look, shall we?

Measuring tapes work great, but if you don't have one handy, just use a scrap piece of yarn measured to the appropriate length and keep it with your project as you work. You can hold it up to the scarf as you work the rows.

Years ago my grandmother, who is completely amazing at sewing, showed me a notebook she kept of everyone in the family's sizing, updating it as needed. If you make things for others, this is a great idea.

One way you could measure is my "hip to hip" method. With measuring tape or scrap yarn, begin at the hip, go around the back (nape) of the neck and back down to the other hip. This is probably the method I use most, see photo below:

Get the Love Notes Scarf free pattern here!
A super easy way to measure when planning your scarf project is to wear the measuring tape as you would a scarf, wrapping it just how you like, then see how it measures.

Another way is by using your height as a general guideline. Did you know that your "wingspan" (arms straight out from finger tip to finger tip) is pretty much the same as your height? Hold measuring tape in one hand, stretch it across your open arms and grab it with your other hand to measure.

Also take into account how the scarf will be worn like this one shown here:

Get the Gelato Infinity Scarf free pattern here!
If you plan to wrap it up into an infinity scarf like image three, just be sure it will not be too tight around the neck, which could cause discomfort.  You can always knit or crochet a few rows, hold it up, work a few more rows, hold it up, etc.

And...one more tip, a super important one!  This has happened to me more than once, the dreaded moment when you run out of yarn and your scarf is way too short.  You could gift it to a child, who require shorter scarves anyway or simply seam the ends together and transform it into a lovely cowl like this green one here!

Don't know how to seam the ends? Helpful tutorial right this way...

Get the Cilantro Cowl free pattern here!
I hope these tips have helped you on your scarf making adventures, these are little tricks I use all the time, if you have one you like to do too, please be sure to share with us in the comments below...happy stitching lovelies!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Single Crochet Two Together or sc2tog (Photo + Video tutorial)



The single crochet two together stitch or sc2tog as it is abbreviated in crochet patterns is a very common and easy way to decrease from two stitches to one stitch.  Follow along step by step through the photo tutorial and be sure to check out the video tutorial below too.  Happy crocheting!

To sc2tog, begin by inserting your hook into the stitch,


And bring up a loop (2 loops will be on the hook),


Next insert the hook into the next stitch,


and bring up a loop (3 loops will be on the hook),


Wrap yarn around hook,


And bring the hook through all three loops on the hook, you will now have just one loop on the hook.


Finished!  You have now decreased from two stitches to one stitch.  Be sure to check out the video below too and crochet right along to learn:


Happy Crocheting!

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