Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How To Make Crochet Tablecloth Weights



Keep that tablecloth from blowing around outside with these easy to crochet tablecloth weights!  Made from any yarn you already have on hand and simple items from the hardware store, you'll keep your tablecloth neat and in place for effortless outdoor dining.  Perfect for camping and parties too!

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

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Crochet Tablecloth Weights
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 5.0 mm "H" crochet hook
  • Yarn of your choice (I used Lily Sugar 'n Creme from Yarnspirations in "Psychedelic")
  • Large metal washers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Sizing:
(Depends on the size washer you have)
  • 2 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:
Instructions:
Tie a knot onto a washer.
Round 1: Ch 1, then work a series of single crochets into the center of the washer, sliding stitches over until no metal is exposed in between stitches. Continue around the entire washer until it is completely covered. See below for several ways to hang your weights.

4 ways to attach your weights to the tablecloth (both permanent and temporary):

  • Sew the washer to each corner edge or on the back of each corner (permanent)
  • Poke a small hole in the tablecloth then work a slip stitch into the tablecloth before fastening off (permanent)
  • Clip weights onto tablecloth with binder clips, chip clips, or curtain hook clips (temporary)
  • Hot glue weights onto each corner...use with caution on a vinyl tablecloth, may melt it! (permanent)

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Maui Blossom Scarf!


The Maui Blossom Scarf is like a fresh tropical breeze!  Gorgeous blossoms will cascade around your neck like a Hawaiian lei and a generous length can be styled in lots of ways.  This scarf is super easy to crochet too...flowers are worked in just two rounds using the join as you go method (JAYGO).

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

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Maui Blossom Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson




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


Materials:
  • 5.5 mm "I" crochet hook
  • 1 Cake of Sweet Roll by Premier Yarns in "Raspberry" (note: if you need to substitute yarn look for a medium/4 on the yarn weight scale and a yarn that recommends the 5.5 mm I crochet hook)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure (optional)

Sizing:
  • 3.5 inches wide
  • 120 inches long
  • Each flower is 3.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Part One-Instructions for first flower:
Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st to create a ring.
Round 1: ch 4, then work (dc, ch 1) 11 times into the center of the ring.
Round 2: Slip stitch into the first space to get to the right spot, then ch 3. In the space work (3 dc, ch 1). *Slip stitch in the next space, then work (4 dc, ch 1) in the next space. Repeat from * to end of round and join to close round with a slip stitch in the chain at the base of the first petal.

Part Two-Instructions for second flower and every flower thereafter:
Note: each flower after the first flower is joined onto the scarf on round 2 using the join as you go method.
Ch 4, join in the furthest ch from the hook with a sl st to create a ring.
Round 1: ch 4, then work (dc, ch 1) 11 times into the center of the ring.
Round 2: Slip stitch into the first space to get to the right spot, then ch 3. In the first space work (3 dc, ch 1). *Slip stitch in the next space, then work (4 dc, ch 1) in the next space. Repeat from * until just two spaces remain. In the next space work 2 dc, then you're ready to join your flower onto the previously made flower(s). Join into the previously made flower by working a slip stitch into the center of one the petals (in center of the 4 dc that make up each petal). Then work 2 more dc to complete the petal. Work a sl st into the last space, then join to close round with a slip stitch in the chain at the base of the first petal. If you've never done a project where you join as you go, I highly recommend checking out the video, where I do each part of the scarf step by step.

Repeat part two for the remaining flowers (see pictorial below) until the scarf is as long as you'd like for it to be (mine had a finished length of 120 inches). Weave in any ends that remain. If you like to block your scarf a little, proceed below for instructions/videos.


If your flowers are looking a little curly, you can block them to flatten/straighten them out a bit. Below are two videos to help you with blocking depending on the yarn you used for your scarf...

If you used acrylic yarn, you can gently steam block you flowers:


If you used natural fibers (wool, alpaca, bamboo, cotton, etc) you can steam block (see above) or wet block your pieces, bee below for the full tutorial on wet blocking:


Happy stitching lovelies!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

How To Steam Block Acrylic Yarn Projects


Blocking acrylic?  Is it possible?  Many of you have asked me if you could do it, and how to do it. I put together a quick video where I steam block an acrylic scarf (sneak peek of tomorrow's free pattern by the way!).  It is a quick, easy, and a gentle way to straighten things out a bit.  

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Check out the difference...as you can see the unblocked flower on the left has a bit of curl to it.  After steam blocking the flower has uncurled and is nice and flat.


To steam block your acrylic projects you'll need:
  • Your project made with acrylic yarn.
  • Pins (rust proof is best, check packaging)
  • Blocking mats or towel (I use playroom interlocking mats...cheap and easy to find!)
  • Iron with a steam setting or a garment steamer works really well too.


Check out the video below to learn how to steam block your acrylic projects.  It is super important that you never touch your iron to your project.  Not only will you melt the item, you'll ruin the iron too...yikes!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 Fiber Flux Spring CAL Maker Gallery!


It's here...so many beautiful blankets! Presenting the Fiber Flux Holiday Maker Gallery showcase! Thanks to everyone who participated and got involved! I loved seeing your color combinations and variations, and several of you made the matching pillow too! 

Special thanks for sharing your photos with me for the gallery! 

Visit the gallery by watching the video below:


Missed the CAL? Want to make another blanket?
Let's connect!


Stay tuned...Summer CAL coming June 2017!
© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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