Friday, March 31, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Tulip Patch Shawl!



The Tulip Patch Shawl is like a breath of fresh spring air! I'm always so excited to welcome spring after a long, cold winter. Some of the very first flowers that pop up in my garden are daffodils and tulips...and the tulips are my favorite of the early flowers! This shawl celebrates those cheerful springtime blossoms with fun stripes of solid and variegated yarn. This shawl is super easy with stunning results!

Need a little help? There's a full video tutorial below too!

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Tulip Patch Shawl
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to make this project:


Materials:
  • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
  • 2 Skeins of Naturally Nazareth by Kraemer Yarns in "Dawn" and "Twilight" (Note: If you need to substitute yarn, 400 yards of any worsted weight will work well)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors



Sizing:
  • 50 inches across the top edge
  • 36 inches along each side

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:



Instructions:

Note: I worked 4 rows of each color, and then two more rows of the variegated yarn. To see how to change colors, check out the video!

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

Row 1: Ch 3, then in the center of the ring work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. In the very first stitch (at the base of the chain 3) work 2 dc. Work a dc in each of the next 2 stitches, then in the corner space, work (2 dc, ch 2 , 2 dc). Work a dc in each of the next two stitches, then work 3 dc in the turning chain space.

*Note: for row 3 and each row after, you'll work it like row two, but adding side stitches to each row. This is how the triangle will grow wider and taller. The points of the triangle are always worked the same. In the video, I work the first 5 rows of the pattern stitch by stitch if you need the visual.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. In the very first stitch (at the base of the chain 3) work 2 dc. Work a dc in each of the side stitches of the triangle, then in the corner space, work (2 dc, ch 2 , 2 dc). Work a dc in each of the side stitches, then work 3 dc in the turning chain space.

Repeat row 3 until shawl is 36 inches down each side and 50 inches across the top edge or until desired length. Fasten off and weave in any ends that remain.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 Fiber Flux Spring CAL! Week 3: Join As You Go Assembly


Welcome back for week 3 of the 2017 Fiber Flux Spring Crochet Along! Today we'll be learning how to join all of our squares using the "join as you go" or JAYGO technique for the Tropical Getaway Blanket, a classic granny square blanket. 

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



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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!


Because there are those of you who prefer the written version and those who prefer a video tutorial, below are both. Either way, be sure to check out the video for some helpful tips as you are working on the project.  I highly recommend the video too if you need a very detailed demo and explanation of the JAYGO technique.

Here's this week's CAL video:


Last week we learned how to make the blanket square. This week, we'll be learning how to join them together using the join as you go technique (JAYGO). I have seen many different beautiful ways to join motifs as you go, this one is my go-to method...super simple and very quick to do.  I especially love how it stays perfectly flat and shows off the granny square in a simple, clean way.

Before you begin, you'll need a couple of squares...if you don't have them all completed, no worries! You'll only need a few squares to learn how to join them together. In the video I have a giant pile of them, but I only actively work on four of them to demonstrate the technique.  Remember, this is self-paced so relax and make as many as you are able to.

Note: It really helps to keep everything flat as you work, I like to lay mine on a table or lap as I go.


Last week we learned rounds 1-8 of the square, this week we'll be simultaneously adding round 9 (shown in white) while joining each as the final round is worked.  

*Some of you have asked about square sizing, rounds 1-8 measures about 8 inches (height and width), after adding round 9, it is about 10 inches tall and wide.

Part 1:  The Very First Square (worked independently, nothing is joined to this one yet)

Tie a new color (I used white as shown in the photos) into any corner space of a square you've previously made and ch 3.  In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc).  In each side space (there will be six of these if you are also working round 9 of the pattern.  If you made a different number of rounds, your side space counts will be different) work (3 dc, ch 1).  Repeat for each side space until you reach the next corner.  In the corner space work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc).  Continue around the square in this manner, working the side and corners the same way, then join with a slip stitch to close the round.  Fasten off yarn.

Part 2: Joining The Second Square

Grab a second square and tie on a new color (I used white as shown in the photos) into any corner space of a square you've previously made and ch 3.  In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc).  In each side space work (3 dc, ch 1) You'll have 6 side spaces if you made the same number of rounds as mine.  Repeat for each side space until you reach the next corner...this is where we'll make our first join.  In the corner space work 3 dc.  Instead of the ch 1, work a slip stitch into the other square' corner space, then work 3 dc back into the square.  As you continue down the side of the square, work a slip stitch into the other square instead of a ch 1, and 3 dc into the side spaces of the square.  When you get to the next corner, work 3 dc, slip stitch into the other square's corner space, then 3 dc into the corner to finish the joining.  Work the rest of the square the way you normally would (3 dc, ch 1in each of the side spaces and 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in the corner).  Join with a slip stitch to close round, fasten off yarn and you're ready to join another square!

Part 3: Joining Subsequent Squares

As you join the rest of your squares, you'll basically be repeating part 2 (see above), except the only difference being that sometimes there will be an area where you'll be joining into a corner that has two or three squares (instead of simply joining into another square).  In this case make you slip stitch join in the spaces between the squares (not the corner space).  Always go directly across in your join to avoid it being off center.  To see this join inaction in greater detail, be sure to check out the video.  In the video, I join two sqaures together, then three, then four squares, showing all possible joining scenarios that may arise as you work on your blanket.  The rule of thumb is that when you are no joining, you or a ch 1.  When you at a spot that requires a join, simply replace the ch 1 with a slip stitch into the other square.

*Important: If you have never tried the JAYGO technique, I highly recommend the video.



Below is the layout I'm using, however you can configure your squares any way you like!


When joining, you'll want to mix up your squares a bit for the biggest visual impact (unless you've chosen to do all the squares the same, and that looks lovely too!) Check out the color combinations I used in the photos below.



OK, let's take a quick peek at the schedule...so far we've gone over supplies, sizing, layout, and the blanket square:


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 part four of the CAL!!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Introducing CrochetCrate...Unboxing, Giveaway and Review!



Happy Friday Lovelies! So many fun giveaways this week! I am so excited to be among the first to share the first ever CrochetCrate! Crochet lovers rejoice...there's a crochet version of the very popular KnitCrate now and it launches this month!

The CrochetCrate is a monthly subscription box that arrives right to your door. Each month it includes a fun crochet pattern, enough luxury/premium yarn to make the pattern at least once, PLUS a fun bonus item too! This can be a fun tool, a sweet treat, or a soothing luxury item to pamper. Here is the March bonus below, a handmade bar of soap! 



Close up of the yarn this month...fabulous! 


Awesome! In addition there are promotional codes and you can earn points with every crate that you can collect to buy things in their online store too. 


I received a March CrochetCrate (first photo of this post) and filmed the unboxing of it here: 


Each month there is something different, a fun and totally awesome way to treat yourself or a yarny person in your life. 

KnitCrate, the makers of the CrochetCrate have generously offered Fiber Flux readers a special discount...save 20% off your first order using the code FLUX20 (just enter it at time of purchase on their site). 

We're also giving away a CrochetCrate to a lucky Fiber Flux reader too! Awesome!! 

Now is your chance to win a CrochetCrate! Here's what comes in it: 


One winner will receive one CrochetCrate. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Open worldwide to entrants 18 and over. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below (sometimes it takes a moment to load) Now go, go, go, and enter! 



Special thanks to KnitCrate for sponsoring this giveaway!  I received a CrochetCrate to review and share, all opinions are my own.

Let's connect!

© 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!

Gorgeous Tonal Merino Wool s at knitpicks.com (Affiliate links, enjoy these awesome products and thanks as always for your support!)
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