Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL - Week 4: Finishing & Edging


Welcome back for week 4 of the 2016 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along! We are in the home stretch of our project...today we'll be learning how to make a very simple edging (using your yarn leftovers), weaving in ends, and adding finishing touches to your blanket too. These are the very last parts of the Merry Little Throw, a classic granny hexagon blanket using the join as you go (JAYGO) technique.

Just joining us? Scroll down to the schedule below where you'll find links for weeks one, two, and three!

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*This is a self-paced project, so definitely go at the speed you feel most comfortable. The instructional videos and posts will be up forever and you will always be able to go back and watch again and again!


Here's this week's CAL video:

Let's tackle that edging first, shall we?  My goal for the edging in this blanket was to use up every last bit of yarn.  So I had just enough green and cream to make the edging and just enough red to make some tassels (I also show how to make a pompom as an alternative in the video).  If you have an edging you love, please feel free to add them to your blanket (I would love to see them!)  We're going to be doing a very simple single crochet edge.  The top and bottom of the blanket are worked in green, and the sides are worked in cream.  The finishing touches (pompoms or tassels) are placed at the 4 areas of the blanket where the color joins meet.  I created an edging chart below:



I go through the edging stitch by stitch in the video, but basically join the green (or the color you'll be using) in the upper right corner (see chart above), then ch 1. Single crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch after that. Work a sc in the first space (in between those groups of 3 dc), then in each stitch. When you come to a corner, work 3 sc in the corner space. When you come to a space where 2 hexagons are joined, work a sc in the space in between the hexagons. Work the green all the way across the top according to the chart, switch to cream for the side of the blanket, then switch to green again for the bottom, the cream again to go up the last side. Join with a sl st where you began (green) and fasten off.

Weave in any ends that remain.


At each color join (where green meets cream) add a tassel or a pompom. If you have never made a pompom or tassel, check out the video to see both tutorials in full. I make both with just my hands and a pair of scissors (no fancy tools needed!) For the number of wraps around the hand, see below:

  • Each pompom is 50 wraps around the hand
  • Each tassel is 16 wraps around the hand



Hooray!  All done!  Now that we're done the tutorial part, we want to see YOUR blankets!

Here's what we've accomplished so far:

Note: the original said two optional edgings, but I meant 2 finishes (the tassel and pompom option)


*Tuesday November 22: Introduction to the CAL, the project, and supplies needed. (link to week 1 HERE)
*Tuesday November 29: How to make the basic granny hexagon, the chart for motif placement, some helpful tips. (Link to Week 2 HERE)
*Tuesday December 6 (that's today!): How to join hexagons with the join as you go technique (JAYGO), helpful tips for using the chart to plan your work. (Link to Week 3 HERE)
*Tuesday December 13 (That's today!): Optional edging, optional tassels/pompoms, weaving in ends and other finish work, conclusion of CAL!

Plus...


*Tuesday December 20 I will feature our Maker Gallery...so send me your work! This can be single motifs, work in progress, or finished pieces too! We want to see it all!


Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media outlets below:


Also, I have set up a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group" There is a special welcome area, so please hop on and introduce yourself. You can get info, ask questions, help each other, see what everyone is doing, and show off your work too!


I am LOVING all of your beautiful creations...please keep sharing those pictures and above enjoy, take some time to relax with your hook, and have fun! That's all for today lovelies, see you next Tuesday for our maker gallery!


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