Thursday, April 30, 2015

Freshwater Pearls Bracelet


The Freshwater Pearls Bracelet is a beautiful artsy bracelet that is fun to make.  If you're saving some special beads, this is the perfect project to show them off!  I used gorgeous pink freshwater pearl beads, but you can choose glass, plastic, metal...the possibilities are endless!


Freshwater Pearls Bracelet
By Jennifer Dickerson
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Materials Needed:

  • Beads of your choice (I used about 18 of the large pearls, 6 for each of the three strands and 18 glass seed beads, 6 per strand too)
  • 1 skein DMC embroidery floss
  • C (2.75 mm) crochet hook
  • Clasp of your choice
  • Clear nail polish (optional, but helpful)
  • Embroidery and/or beading needle
  • Scissors


Instructions:

With embroidery needle (or beading needle if your bead holes are tiny), string beads onto floss and push back to allow yourself some space to work (for bracelet shown, there are roughly about 6 large pearl beads and 6 glass seed beads on each strand, 3 strands total. Be sure to always add more than you think you'll need when stringing them on).  Determine how far apart you'd like your beads to be.  For each strand I made them 3 chains apart.

With the hook, make a slip knot and make three chains.  Slide the first bead over and make a chain as usual, but also incorporating the bead.  Chain three more then add the next bead into the next chain.  Repeat (ch 3, ch with a bead and so on) until strand is about as long as you would like for it to be.  Make three more chains then fasten off, leaving a tail for tying onto clasp later.  Tip: when measuring for your bracelet, be sure to account for the clasp size as well, as it will add a bit of length to the bracelet.

Repeat twice more for a total of three strands (or how many you want for your bracelet).

Tie all three strands together at both ends.  Tie each side onto clasp parts with a secure knot.  Trim all tails and to ensure that the knot does not slip out you can dab a little clear nail polish right on the knot.  This will prevent the satiny floss from coming apart.  Let completely dry before wearing and you're finished!



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...April Showers Scarf!


The April Showers Scarf is a lightweight, airy, and soft... perfect if you need a little something around your neck.  Double treble crochet stitches give the scarf an open feel and interesting texture too!

April Showers Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson
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Sizing:
  • 6.5 inches across
  • 48 inches long

Materials:
  • 1.5 Skeins Knit Pick Brava Worsted ("Denim" colorway shown) or worsted weight yarn of your choice
  • I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors



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Instructions:

Ch 24
Row 1: In the 3rd ch from the hook, work a hdc (half double crochet).  Work a hdc in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 2 and turn.  Work a hdc in each st across.
Row 3: Repeat row 2
Row 4: Ch 5 and turn.  Work a dtr (double treble crochet) in each st across.

Repeat rows 2-4 until scarf is about 48 inches long (or desired length), ending the scarf on row 3.  Work row 2 one more time for a finished edge that looks similar to the other side.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Make a Granny Hexagon Butterfly!



These butterflies are so cute and easy to make!  They are a great way too to use up some of your scrap yarn and ribbon too...all you need is a finished hexagon (tutorial below), some ribbon and scissors.  Let's make a pretty butterfly, shall we?

Begin by making a hexagon.  You can make them as large or small as you like:


The blue-edged hexagon above was worked in 5 rounds and the yellow-edged hexagon was made in 4 rounds.  Click below for a full video tutorial on how to make a hexagon stitch by stitch:




When you're finished, weave in any ends and follow these simple steps:
  1. Fold hexagon as shown below.
  2. Cut a 12 inch piece of ribbon and wrap it around the hexagon as shown.
  3. Tie at the top.  Be sure to cinch it a little as you tie to make it look more like wings and less geometric.


Next, trim the each ribbon antenna at an angle with scissors,


All finished...lovely!




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Monday, April 27, 2015

How to Crochet the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch (fdc) (photo + video tutorial)


The Foundation Double Crochet Stitch (or fdc for short) is a very handy skill to have in your crochet tool box. It eliminates the need for a starting chain...you work both chains and double crochet stitches as you go!

Be sure to scroll down to see the full video tutorial too!
  • Step 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook.
  • Step 2: Chain 3
  • Step 3: Wrap yarn around hook, then insert hook into the furthest chain from the hook (first chain you made).



  • Step 4: Wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop (3 loops on the hook)
  • Step 5: Wrap yarn around hook and bring through first loop on the hook (3 loops on the hook)
  • Step 6: Wrap yarn around hook and bring through first two loops on the hook (2 loops on the hook)




  • Step 7: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through last two loops on the hook (1 loop left on the hook)

*This completes the first fdc.  Step 8 begins the second fdc on your row.

  • Step 8: Wrap yarn around hook
  • Step 9: At the bottom last stitch worked, turn work slightly to the side and locate the "v" at the bottom.  Insert hook into the "v" 




  • Step 10: Wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop ( 3 loops on the hook)
  • Step 11: Wrap Yarn around hook and bring it through the first loop on the hook (3 loops on the hook)
  • Step 12: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through next two loops on the hook (2 loops on the hook)




  • Step 13 (last step): Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through last two loops on the hook (one loop will be left on the hook.  This completes the second double crochet stitch. Repeat steps 8-13 for each fdc you need on your row.



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Sunday, April 26, 2015

New 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 is the Foundation Single Crochet, or "fsc" This is a super handy skill to have, eliminating the need for a starting chain!  Brought to you by popular request


Next up is the slip stitch.  This is an essential stitch to know when learning the basics of crochet!


Last but not least is the Rainbow Hook and Pencil Cup...this is a super fun project and makes a great addition to your desk or craft area!


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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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Yarn Review: Duo Comfort By Adriafil


The Adriafil Yarn Company sent me some of their beautiful Duo Comfort yarn to try out. Duo Comfort by Adriafil is 52% merino wool, 48% Egyptian Cotton. Each 50 gram ball comes in 21 pretty colors and I was given the "Light Old Rose" (90) colorway to try out.

Besides this lovely colorway, it also comes in a variety of colors:




60 Light blue
64 Deep yellow
66 Fuchsia
67 Navy
68 White
69 Lilac
72 Red
74 Khaki
75 Black
78 Pink baby
80 Grey
82 Jeans
84 Bordeaux
86 Turquoise blue
88 Powder
89 Light blue baby
90 Light old-rose
91 Mustard
92 Old-rose
93 Sage green
97 Bright green

The yarn is soft in color and feels lovely. A small bit of white is twisted in, giving it subtle dimension.



I worked up a little sample project and I love the softness and excellent stitch definition. This is a great lighter weight yarn, making it perfect for warmer weather or babies.



To learn more about Duo Comfort and Adriafil, please visit the Adriafil site here.

More information about the yarn here...

To inquire about purchasing, contact the company at: contact@adriafil.com

Happy stitching everyone!

Note: All opinions are my own. I was gifted this yarn, read my disclosure policy here.


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Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Crochet the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch (fsc) (photo + video tutorial)


The Foundation Single Crochet Stitch is a very handy skill to have in your crochet tool box.  It eliminates the need for a starting chain...you work both chains and single crochet stitches as you go!

Be sure to scroll down to see the full video tutorial too!
  • Step 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook.
  • Step 2: Chain 2
  • Step 3: Insert hook into the furthest chain from the hook (first chain you made), wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop (2 loops on the hook)

  • Step 4: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through the first loop on the hook (2 loops on the hook)
  • Step 5: Wrap yarn around hook and bring through both loops on the hook (one loop on the hook)This is the first single crochet stitch worked.
  • Step 6: Below the last two loops worked, turn work slightly to the side and locate the "v" Insert hook into the "v" 

  • Step 7: Wrap yarn around hook and bring up a loop (2 loops on the hook)
  • Step 8: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through the first loop on the hook (2 loops on the hook)
  • Step 9: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through both loops (1 loop left on the hook)


This completes the second single crochet stitch. Repeat steps 6-9 for each fsc you need on your row.


Click below for a full video tutorial too!  Happy stitching lovelies!


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