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

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Darn Good Yarn of The Month...Unboxing and Giveaway!



Hi there yarnies!  I know so many of you love trying new and unique yarn, so I have a fun surprise for you today!  The folks at Darn Good Yarn and I have teamed up to introduce you to their monthly subscription box, the Darn Good Yarn of the Month.  The box is an amazing deal, for monthly subscribers it's just $10...wow!  In it, you get yarn, both a knit and crochet pattern, and a fun extra...neat!  Not sure if you want to commit to a monthly subscription?  No worries, they have a one time option of $20. too.


Darn Good Yarn: Online Yarn Store |  Subscription

Check out the Darn Good Yarn story here:


Close up of the yarn this month...how happy is that?

I received a Darn Good Yarn of the Month box 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.

Darn Good Yarn: Online Yarn Store |  Subscription

Darn Good Yarn is generously giving away THREE (!) boxes away to three lucky winners! Awesome!! 


Here's what comes in each box:
  • A Skein of Premium Yarn
  • Pattern (Knit and Crochet versions)
  • Mystery Gift



THREE winners will each receive one Darn Good Yarn of the month. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Open worldwide to entrants 18 and over. Giveaway ends March 29th. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below (sometimes it takes a moment to load) Now go, go, go, and enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Special thanks to Darn Good Yarn for sponsoring this giveaway! I was given a sample review box, all opinions are my own.

© 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!)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern...Celebration Cupcake!


Today marks the day I published my 400th video! Can you believe it? I've been wanting to crochet a cupcake for quite some time now, and I thought today would be the perfect occasion! The Celebration Cupcake is sweet, festive, and a breeze to stitch up. This project is perfect for a little birthday surprise, a gift topper, or even as play food for the kids. I loved picking the happy and fun colors too...great for using up those last little bits of yarn!

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

Let's connect!

Celebration Cupcake
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click the button below to add this project to your Ravelry queue:

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


Materials: 
  • 5.0 mm "H" crochet hook 
  • Worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Red Heart Super Saver in White, Spring Green, Shocking Pink, and Lavender) 
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Filling (fiber-fill, yarn scraps, etc)

Sizing: 
  • 3 inches tall 

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links: 

Instructions for Bottom of Cupcake:

Ch 4, join in ch furthest from hook to create ring.
Round 1: ch 3, the work 11 dc into the center of the ring, join with a sl st to close round.
Round 2: ch 3, then work a double crochet into the back loops of each stitch, join with a sl st to close round.
Round 3: ch 3, then work a fpdc into each st, join with a sl st to close round.
Fasten off and set aside.

Instructions for Top of Cupcake:

Ch 4, join in ch furthest from hook to create ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, work 7 dc into the center of the ring, join with a sl st to close round.
Round 2: Ch 3, work a dc into the first st, then work 2 dc in each stitch. Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 3: Ch 3, work 2 dc into the next st. *Work a sl st into the next, skip the next st, then work 3 dc into the next st. Repeat from * to the end of the round.
Add French knot "sprinkles" to top of cupcake. For help on the French knot, check out the video tutorial. You can also use beads or buttons instead.

Instructions for Rosette:

Ch 6
Row 1: Work 3 sc in the 3rd ch from the hook. Work 3 sc in each ch across. Fasten off.

Instructions for Leaf:

Ch 3
Row 1: In the 3rd ch from the hook work a (dc, sl st). Fasten off.

Cupcake Assembly:

Stitch rosette and leaf to the top of the cupcake. Seam bottom and top of cupcake together with a whip stitch, leaving a small hole for stuffing. Stuff the cupcake, then seam shut.
© 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!)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 Fiber Flux Spring CAL! Week 2: The Blanket Square


Welcome back for week 2 of the 2017 Fiber Flux Spring Crochet Along! Today we'll be learning how to make the granny squares for the Tropical Getaway Blanket, a classic granny square blanket using the join as you go (JAYGO) technique. The square for the Tropical Getaway Blanket is a classic granny square with a pretty blossom in the center.

Add this project to your Ravelry queue by clicking on the button below:

*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 a written pattern and those who prefer a video tutorial, below are both. Either way, be sure to check out the video for additional information about the number of squares, plus some helpful tips as you are working on the project.

Here's this week's CAL video:


Tropical Getaway Blanket Square Pattern:

Ch 4, join with a sl st in the furthest ch from hook to form ring.

Round 1: ch 3, then work 2 dc, then a sl st into the center of the ring. Work *(3 dc, sl st) five times for a total of 6 petals. Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 2: Tie on new color onto the back loops at the top of one of the petals. Insert your hook (same place at the top of petal) as if to work a back post stitch and ch 3 (working it this way will make the chain look more consistent with the other stitches). Ch 1, then in the next space (in between petals) work a tr into the center of the ring. Ch 1, then work a bpdc into the center most dc of the next petal. Continue in this manner around the circle, working a tr, ch 1 into the center of the ring (in between petals), then a bpdc, ch 1 in center dc of each petal. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 3: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work a dc, ch 1. Work 2 dc, ch 1 in each space around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 4: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work a 2 dc, ch 1. Work 3 dc, ch 1 in each space around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 5: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). In the next space, work 3 dc, ch 1 (this will create the first side of the square. In the next space, (work 3 dc, ch 1) to make the next side. In the next corner, work 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1). Continue in this manner, working corner, side, side, corner, side, side, etc. Join to close round with a sl st. 

Round 6: Repeat round 5, for this round there will be 3 side groups in between the corners on all four sides.

Round 7: Repeat round 5, for this round there will be 4 side groups in between the corners on all four sides

Round 8: Repeat round 5, for this round there will be 5 side groups in between the corners on all four sides

Note: just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives it the pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

If you are unable to make all or most of the squares, just make a few to get you started on the JAYGO technique. We will be working round 9 (the JAYGO joining round) in the white yarn next week. 

Here's a graphic (below) of how I will be laying the motifs out.  My particular blanket will be sized to fit on a twin bed.  Scroll down for a helpful chart on common blanket sizes.


Need a different size?  Here are some common blanket sizes.  While they don't have to be exactly made in these dimensions, you can use this as a general guideline.  Fo example, if you need more overhang around a bed, you might need to make your blanket a little bit bigger.  Because this is a JAYGO project, it makes sizing easy as pie!


*For even usage of all of the yarn colors, try mixing up the colors a bit. For example, I made some beginning with papaya, some beginning with lilac, some beginning with aqua, and some with blue Hawaii. Here are the color breakdowns I came up with, but please feel free to come up with you own too!




OK, let's take a quick peek at the schedule...last week we talked a little bit about the blanket and went over supplies needed:



  • Tuesday March 14: Introduction to the CAL, the project, sizing options, and supplies needed 
  • Tuesday March 21 (that's today!): How to make the basic square for the Tropical Getaway Blanket, review of the chart for motif placement, plus some helpful tips. 
  • Tuesday March 28: How to join squares with the join as you go technique (JAYGO), helpful tips for using the chart to plan your work. 
  • Tuesday April 4: How to add an edging to "frame" in your squares, finish work on the blanket. 
  • Tuesday April 11: Surprise! Today there will be a special surprise bonus pattern to go along with your blanket. 
  • Tuesday April 18: 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 places 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 so super excited to see all of your beautiful blankets in the next few weeks...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 three of the CAL!!

© 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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