Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017 Fiber Flux Fall CAL! Week 1: Intro & Supplies


Welcome to the 2017 Fiber Flux Fall Crochet Along...hooray! Today marks week one of the CAL and we'll be learning about the beautiful project we'll be making...the Forest Splendor Shawl!  This shawl is a lovely and lacy shawl that is easy to work up and lots of fun to wear!  We will be going over a few things to begin:
  • Introduction to the project
  • Supplies
  • Sizing
  • Schedule of the CAL
  • Where to connect with other makers


For this CAL (crochet along) we're going to switch gears a bit and make a shawl!  The past few CALs we've made blankets, so I thought it might be fun to shake things up a bit...I think many of you will agree, as the shawl has been a highly requested item in my last weekly update comments.  The CAL will be divided over the next few weeks, concluding with a fun showcase of blankets in our maker gallery! Scroll down for the schedule with actual dates and what we'll be doing on each day/week.


*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 is a quick video introduction to the CAL and more information about supplies too:


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First things first...the supplies!


Materials Needed:
  • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
  • Size 4 medium weight yarn of your choice, approximately 800-850 yards (I'll be using 1 ball of Super Saver in "Real Teal" 364 yards, 1 ball of Super Saver in "Gray Heather" 236 yards, and Red Heart Soft in "Guacamole" 256 yards. NOTE: Each ball of the Red Heart Super Saver comes in different yardages depending on whether you get solids, ombres, prints, etc.   Please note the Super Saver Prints, Flecks, Stripes, and Multis have a smaller yardage per ball, and the solids are a bit larger.
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure or Ruler (optional)


The finished shawl (if you make the exact one I'll be making in the pattern and video is approximately 18 inches wide and 80 inches long.  The shawl width can be adjusted using the starting chain multiples (more about that in week 2 of the CAL) and the length can be adjusted by simply working more or less rows of the pattern.  That way you can get a truly customized shawl!

*Note: if you want to make your shawl larger, more yarn might be needed.
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Here's our CAL schedule below for easy reference:




  • Tuesday October 17 (that's today!): Introduction to the CAL, the project, size of finished shawl, yarn, and supplies needed.
  • Wednesday October 18: Color palette inspiration on the blog!
  • Tuesday October 24: Pattern multiples and the stitch tutorial.
  • Tuesday October 31: Color changes, rejoining a new yarn ball, and the finish work.
  • Tuesday November 14: Today is Maker Gallery Day! Check it out to see all of the gorgeous blankets from the Fiber Flux community!
Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media outlets below:

Let's connect!


Also we have a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group" There is a 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!


Click HERE to visit and join the group!


I can't wait to see all of your gorgeous shawls...please share 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 part two!!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Winter Woods 12" Mitered Blanket Square


As the weather cools down, I'm in the mood for a blanket project!  Don't you love making projects that keep you warm while you're making them?  The Winter Woods Square is a 12 inch mitered blanket square that can either be made with more squares for an interesting geometric blanket or made into one large square for a truly unique statement.  Alternating colors are worked to show off those fun textured post stitches.  The square has a detailed appearance, but I promise it is super easy and once you get the first few rows down pat, you can make it as big as you like!

Ready to get going and need a little help?  Scroll down for a full video tutorial where I'll walk you through stitch by stitch!


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Winter Woods 12" Mitered Blanket Square
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
  • Worsted weight (size 4, medium weight) I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Dusty Green, Eggplant, Navy, and Taupe 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors





To see the square worked in a different color palette, check out the video tutorial too! 



Sizing:
  • 12 inches tall
  • 12 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:



Instructions:

Ch 4, join in the ch furthest from the hook to create a ring.

Note: I switched colors after each round.  Also, if you prefer to use the magic ring technique, please feel free to do this instead.  For multicolor squares such as this one, weaving in your ends as you go will give a nice neat look and save you a ton of time too!

Row 1: Ch 3, then work a dc, ch 2, 2 dc into the center of the ring.

Row 2:  Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next st, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next st, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 3 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 3 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 4: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 5 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 5 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 5: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 7 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 7 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 6: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 9 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 9 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 7: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 11 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 11 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 8: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 13 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 13 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 9: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 15 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 15 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 10: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 17 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 17 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 11: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 19 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 19 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 12: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 21 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 21 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 13: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 23 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 23 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 14: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 25 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 25 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 15: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc into the next 27 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a bpdc into the next 27 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Row 16: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc into the next 29 sts, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space (ch 2 space from the previous row).  Work a dc into the next 29 sts, then a dc into the top of the turning chain.

Note: Depending on your personal tension and yarn used, there may be variations in height and width of your square, if you need your square to be a little bigger, just repeat rounds 15 and 16 as needed (only change is that with each additional round there will be more side stitches to work as the square grows, corners are always worked the same way).

*To add a simple border to your square, simply work a sc all the way around the square, working a (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner.

Fasten off, weave in all ends, and block if needed.  I lightly steam blocked my square to get the corners nice and sharp.  Also, when working with post stitches as we did for the sides, they'll want to pull in a bit.  Lightly blocking your work will help with this.  If you're using acrylic yarn, try this technique:



For natural fibers, a heavier wet blocking works well:



© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Absolute Beginner Crochet Scarf!


Several of you who are learning to crochet this fall have requested easy crochet projects...presenting the Absolute Beginner Crochet Scarf!  Vibrant variegated yarn makes this scarf totally fun to stitch up, but with simple stitches to keep it easy for beginners (even if you've never crocheted before)!  For those of you who are seasoned crocheters, this is a fabulous gift scarf too!

There's a full video tutorial below too to walk you through stitch by stitch!

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Absolute Beginner Crochet Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
  • 2 balls of Hopscotch by Red Heart Yarns (I used the "Jump Rope" colorway)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
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Sizing:
  • 8 inches wide
  • 68 inches long (minus fringe, fringe will add a few more inches)


Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:



Instructions:

Ch 24

Note: There is no special stitch count for this scarf, if you need to make it wider or narrower just increase or decrease the number of chains when you begin and proceed with the rest of the pattern.

Row 1: In the third ch from the hook, work a dc.  Work a dc in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc in the first st and in each st across.

Repeat row 2 for 68 inches or until desired length.  Fasten off and weave in any ends that remain.

Looking for another beginner project?  Check out the Absolute Beginner Cowl below too!


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© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Google+FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!

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