Friday, October 11, 2019

Holiday Spruce 12" Square, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Holiday Spruce 12 " Square is a gorgeously textured square that can be made in fun seasonal colors.  Incorporating such stitches as post stitches, puff stitches, basic stitches, and more, the result is an engaging project with tons of texture and interest.  If desired you can make a bunch of these and stitch them together to make a very special blanket!

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

Holiday Spruce 12" Square
By Jennifer Dickerson

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


Part 1 of the square (rounds 1-10)



Part 2 of the square (rounds 11-15)


***Coming this weekend!!***

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Materials:
  • J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Red Heart With Love (one of the squares I used the colors Berry Red, Aran, Tan, and Mallard and for the other square pictured I used Berry Red, Aran, Tan, and Sage) Note: I used less that 1/4 of each color from each skein for each square.
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 12 inches wide
  • 12 inches tall
Abbreviations and Tutorial Links (listed alphabetically):



Instructions:

Colors used in example are shown in the parenthesis of each round. “Green” refers to both the teal in the one square and the sage shown in the other square. Placement of both colors is the same.

Round 1 (red): Ch 4 Join

Round 2 (red): Ch 3 15 dc

Round 3 (buff): Tie new color into back loop of any stitch, Work a (bpdc, ch 1) in each st. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 4 (green): Tie new color into back loop of any stitch, Work a (fpdc, ch 1) in each st. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 5 (Aran): Tie new color into back loop of any stitch, Work a (bpdc, ch 1) in each st. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 6 (red): Tie new color into any ch 1 space and ch 3. Work (3 dc, ch 1) in the same space. *Work a sl st into the next space, then 4 dc in the next space. Repeat around and join to close round with a sl st.

Round 7 (buff): Tie new color into any ch 1 space from round 5 incorporating both spaces from round 5 and 6 and then ch 3. Work (5 dc, ch 2) in the same space. *Work (6 dc, ch 2) into ch 1 space. Repeat around and join to close round with a sl st.

Round 8 (green): Tie new color into any ch 2 space and ch 3. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same space. *Work a bpdc into next 6 stitches, then ch 2. Work a bpdc into next 6 stitches, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 2 space. Repeat from * to end of round. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

**The next round incorporates a puff stitch. To make a puff stitch, wrap yarn around hook, insert hook and bring up a loop (3 loops on the hook),wrap yarn around hook, insert hook and bring up a loop (5 loops on the hook), wrap yarn around hook, insert hook and bring up a loop (7 loops on

the hook), wrap yarn around hook one last time and bring it through all 7 loops.

Round 9 (aran): Tie new color into any ch 1 space (corner space) from previous round and ch 3. Work (2 dc, ch 1, ch 3). *Ch 1 then work a puff stitch (see note above for instructions for this stitch) in the first area after the corner stitches from the previous round. Skip two stitches then work a puff stitch in the area after. Skip two more stitches then work a puff stitch in the area after. Work a puff stitch in the ch 2 space. Skip two more stitches then work a puff stitch in the area after. Skip two more stitches then work a puff stitch in the area after. Skip two more stitches then work a puff stitch in the area after. Ch 1 then work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) Repeat from * to end of round. Join with a slip stitch to close round.


Note:  Here's a close up of those puff stitches, also be sure to check out the video if you need to see it step by step!


Round 10 (red): Tie new color into any corner space and ch 3. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the same space. *Ch 1 then work a sc into the top stitch of the first puff stitch. Work a dc/spike stitch in between the two double crochets from two rows prior. Repeat across to the next corner space, then ch 1. Work 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in the corner space (ch 1 space). Repeat from * around. Join with a slip stitch to close round.

Round 11 (buff): Tie new color into any corner space and ch 3. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the same space. *Work 2 tr in the ch 1 space (in between the corner stitches and the first side stitch). Work a tr in each stitch across and 2 tr in the ch 1 space right before you get to the corner. Work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the ch 1 space. Repeat from * around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 12 (green): Tie new color into any corner space and ch 3. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the same space. Ch 1, then work a bpdc in each st across. Work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the ch 1 space. Repeat from * around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 13 (Aran): Repeat round 12.

Round 14 (red): Tie new color into any corner space and ch 3. Work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the same space. *Work 2 dc in the ch 1 space (in between the corner stitches and the first side stitch). Work a tr in each stitch across and 2 tr in the ch 1 space right before you get to the corner. Work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the ch 1 space. Repeat from * around. Join to close round with a sl st. 


Round 15 (buff): Tie new color into any corner space and ch 1. Work 3 sc in the same space. *Work a sc in each stitch across, then 3 sc in the corner space.  Repeat from * around.  Join to close round with a sl st. 



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Quick Gift Cowl (12 Weeks of Gifting Series), Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Quick Gift Cowl, a beautiful v-stitch cowl in the round that can be done in a very short amount of time with enough yarn leftovers from the skeins to make another!  Cowls make great gifts because they fit just about everyone and are quick to stitch too!


This project is part of the 12 Weeks of Gifting Series!  Each week from NOW to the end of December, I'll be sharing a new pattern for something that is super easy and super quick to whip up.  We'll be using the same yarn and same hook size for every single project, just switching up the colors a bit.  Many of these projects can be made in just one sitting too!

With the holiday season fast approaching, sometimes it's hard to squeeze in the time needed to make handmade gifts for everyone on your list!  No worries, our 12 Weeks of Gifting Series to the rescue!  Click the link below for the full directory of projects:


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



Quick Gift Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson



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


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Materials:
  • L (8.0 mm) crochet hook 
  • 2 Skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Chunky (I used the "Light Gray" and "Flamingo" colorways)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 30 inch circumference
  • 10 inches tall

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Instructions:

The color sequence I used was in this order:

  • 2 Rounds Light Gray
  • 1 Round Flamingo
  • 6 Rounds Light Gray
  • 1 Round Flamingo
  • 2 Rounds Light Gray

Ch 75, then join in the furthest chain from the hook with a slip stitch, being careful not to twist.

 Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as a (dc, ch 1), then work a dc into the first chain. *Skip 2 chains, then work a (dc, ch 1, dc) into the next chain.  Repeat from * around, then join with a slip stitch into the third ch up on the starting chain at the beginning of the round.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as a (dc, ch 1), then work a dc into the first ch 1 space. *Work a (dc, ch 1, dc) into each ch 1 space from the previous round.  Repeat from * around, then join with a slip stitch into the third ch up on the starting chain at the beginning of the round.

Weave in any ends that remain and you're finished!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

12 Weeks of Gifting Series Kickoff!


Welcome to our 12 Weeks of Gifting Series kickoff!  With the holiday season fast approaching, sometimes it's hard to squeeze in the time needed to make handmade gifts for everyone on your list!  No worries, our 12 Weeks of Gifting Series to the rescue!  Let's make this fun, shall we?

Each week from NOW to the end of December, I'll be sharing a new pattern for something that is super easy and super quick to whip up. First project makes its debut TOMORROW! We'll be using the same yarn and same hook size for every single project, just switching up the colors a bit. Many of these projects can be made in just one sitting too!

Here's what you'll need for ALL of the projects (we're keeping it simple!):
  • Red Heart Super Saver Chunky yarn (or if you need to substitute, look for a "5" bulky on the yarn weight scale and a yarn that recommends a 8.0 mm "L" crochet hook) *Yarn amounts will vary from project to project and will be specified on each individual pattern.
  • 8.0 mm "L" crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/Tape Measure
  • Some of the projects will call for buttons, I will have more details on each of the patterns that require them.

Want to know what we'll be making each week?  We'll have one project debut per week, although which day of the week may vary.  Here's the schedule + as they go live, I'll update with a link too:

October
  • 10    Quick Gift Cowl (Debuts tomorrow!)
  • 18    Quick Gift Cup Cozy
  • 25    Quick Gift Ear Warmer
  • 30    Quick Gift Fringe Scarf

November
  • 7     Quick Gift Chunky Pom Hat 
  • 14   Quick Gift Mittens
  • 21   Quick Gift Button Cowl
  • 27   Quick Gift Scrappy Triangle Shawl (Use those leftovers!)

December
  • 6     Quick Gift Slouch Hat
  • 13   Quick Gift Button Scarf
  • 20   Quick Gift Wristlets
  • 23   Quick Gift Mug Cozy
So I hope you can join us! 

Also, be sure to use #fiberfluxcal to share all of those gorgeous photos on social media too!

Let the gifting begin!



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Fluffy Mitered Granny Square Blanket, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Fluffy Mitered Square Blanket is a wonderfully cozy throw to welcome cooler weather.  Fluffy, yet light weight yarn is worked up as a traditional granny square, then it transforms into a mitered square...fun and easy!  Yarn cakes make the color changes incredibly easy too.

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

Fluffy Mitered Granny Square Blanket
By Jennifer Dickerson



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


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Materials:
  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • 3 cakes of Fleece Hugs by Red Heart, each is 415 yards (I used the "Airplane" colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 60 inches wide
  • 60 inches tall
Wondering what size to make your blanket?  Here is a handy chart of blanket sizes to get you started!  Note: This blanket is square, and most of the sizes on this chart are rectangles, but it still will give you a good idea.


Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Instructions:


Instructions:


Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.

 Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 3, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space...first corner done!  Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 3, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1.  To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Rounds 4-5   Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

***This is the part where we transform the traditional square into the mitered square.  So far we've worked rounds, for the mitered part we'll work rows instead.

Row 6: Tie new yarn into any corner space and ch 3.  In the same corner space work (2 dc, ch 1).  Work (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 space until you reach the corner.  Work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in the corner, then work (3 dc , ch 1) down the next side.  At the end of the row, work a dc into the corner space.

Row 7: Tie new yarn into last stitch worked and ch 3.  Turn.  Work (2 dc, ch 1) into the first ch 1 space.  Work (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 space until you reach the corner.  Work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in the corner, then work (3 dc, ch 1) down the next side.  At the end of the row, work a dc in the top of the turning chain.

Repeat row 7 until blanket is as large as you like (finished blanket in photos is 60 inches by 60 inches).

Weave in any ends that remain and you're finished!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

300k Giveaway Celebration!


Happy Wednesday lovelies!  I have got a wonderful surprise for you today...a YARN + tote giveaway from Global Backyard!

This month the Fiber Flux channel hit an amazing milestone...300,000 subscribers!  So, let's have a giveaway shall we?  First though, thank you for your wonderful support over the years...your kind comments, likes, subscribes and more.  The Fiber Flux community truly is the BEST!

Because of your support, I am able to bring fresh, new, and exciting content to you every week and it has truly been an honor to join you on your crocheting adventures!

Here's to many more years of yarny goodness!!!  THANK YOU!


Alright, let's get on to the giveaway!  I have teamed up with Global Backyard, the good folks who brought us the tote, yarn, and pencil giveaways in the past.  They have so much lovely stuff on their site, be sure to check them out and say hello!


Today's giveaway is two gorgeous skeins of yarn, plus a super fun tote bag too!  The one skein is a lovely shade of heather gray, and the other is shades of grays, cream, and fun speckles too!  Love that tote too, it says "Probably Yarn" which is 100% true, am I right??

Check out my unboxing video here:


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below.  All you need is an email to enter and if you choose, you can enter more things to get extra entries if you like.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends September 26th, now go, go, go and enter!!!

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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