Monday, October 21, 2019

October KnitCrate + Coupon Code


I am super excited to share with you the October Knit Crate: "Journey To Peru" this month! This is one of several in their lineup and it is a fabulous and super affordable version that caters to all yarn lovers!

The Knit Crate is a monthly subscription box that arrives right to your door. Each month it includes BOTH a crochet and knitting pattern, PLUS enough of their in-house premium yarn to complete the project, and a fun little surprise extra...all for $24.99! This price includes shipping + handling, they'll ship it worldwide...awesome!

Here is a little sneak peek of one of patterns this month:


Photo courtesy of Knit Crate

Close up of the yarn this month, the theme is "Journey To Peru".  Check out the yarn that came in my box this time around, I received this lovely green shade:



Here's what you'll get in your crate:
  • 1 exclusive crochet pattern
  • 1 exclusive knitting pattern
  • In-house premium yarn to make the project (a note about hand dyed yarn)
  • 25% off all products in the Member Central Shop
  • Earn 25 "Stash Points" per month of membership that can be redeemed in their shop or towards any subscription.
  • And...a fun extra!  See below for this month's extra:

Affordable $24.99 price includes shipping + handling and ships worldwide.



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



Special thanks to the folks at KnitCrate for giving Fiber Flux readers a coupon code! I received a crate to review and share, all opinions are my own.






© Jennifer Dickerson 2019


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Friday, October 18, 2019

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


If you need a VERY fast gift, look no further!  The Quick Gift Coffee Cozy is one of those easy peasy, instant gratification projects, with just simple chains and half double crochet stitches.  Have a bunch of single buttons on hand?  This project is perfect not only for stashbusting yarn, but using up some of your buttons too!

You can make up a set of these for someone, or perhaps wrap it around a cup as shown and put some goodies inside...gift card, tea bags, chocolates, mints, the possibilities are endless!


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 Coffee Cozy
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 
  • Small amounts of Red Heart Super Saver Chunky (Colors shown are "Gray Heather" "Tea Leaf" and "Buff" colorways)
  • Decorative button (optional)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 11 inch circumference
  • 3.5 inches tall
  • Cozy as shown fits a 16 oz cup

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Instructions:

Ch 20, then join in the furthest chain from the hook with a slip stitch, being careful not to twist.

 Round 1: Work a hdc into the first chain and each ch around.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 2: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch and in each stitch all the way around.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Repeat round two until cozy is approximately 3.5 inches tall.

Finishing:

Weave in any ends that remain, then sew a decorative button onto the front as shown with a matching piece of yarn, and you're done!


Also we have two special communities for our CAL makers! Each has a welcome area/thread, 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!



Also, don't forget to use the hashtag, #fiberfluxcal to share your work on social media!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ganymede Cowl, Free Knitting Pattern + Video



The Ganymede Cowl is a lovely, beginner friendly project that is quick and easy to make!  Larger needles and chunky yarn make it extra cozy and quick as a wink to stitch up.  This cowl has a unique "V" shaped wrap construction too that is also very easy to do!

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

Ganymede Knit Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson


I am super excited that this project is part of Finishing Touches Blog Hop!  There are some wonderful knit designers sharing some fantastic knitting projects for the gift giving season.  Made something from this KAL?  Use the hashtag #KALCorner to share your work.  Also to get involved with the community of makers for this special event, check out their Facebook group too!  Special thanks to Lion Brand for supplying yarn for this project!


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



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Materials:
  • US 13 (9 mm) straight knitting needles 
  • 3 cakes of Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick, each cake is 87 yards (I used the "Thumbprint" colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure
Sizing:
  • Unseamed rectangle is 32 inches long and 14 inches wide
  • 22 inch circumference neck opening

Instructions:


CO 32 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all stitches.
Row 2: Purl all stitches.
Row 3: K1, *(yo, k2tog) across until 1 stitch remains, then K1.
Row 4: Knit all stitches.

Repeat rows 1-4, until piece is about 32 inches long (or desired length) from co edge, ending on row 2.




Finishing: Seam together using the whip stitch as shown in the photo diagram above.  Weave in any ends that remain and you're finished!



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

2019 Fiber Flux Fall CAL, Autumn Farmhouse Throw, Week 1: Intro & Supplies


Welcome to the 2019 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 Autumn Farmhouse Throw!  This project is perfect for the fall and winter seasons, as the chilly weather sets in!  We will be going over a few things today to begin:

  • Introduction to the project
  • Supplies
  • Schedule of the CAL
  • Blanket sizing overview
  • Where to connect with other makers


The CAL will be divided over the next few weeks, so we'll tackle each part bit by bit. 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:


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


First things first...the supplies!


Materials Needed:
  • 6.5 mm "K" crochet hook
  • 8 Skeins Red Heart With Love-I used 2 skeins of "Mallard" 2 skeins of "Aran" 2 skeins of "Sage" 2 skeins of "Tan"
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure


Let's move on to sizing...the blanket as pictured measures approximately 50 inches wide and 72 inches long, a great size for a personal throw blanket and a lovely addition to toss over a sofa to give it an autumnal touch.  However, check out the sizing chart below to get an idea of some standard blanket sizes if you wish to change the dimensions a bit.   Next week we'll talk about how to customize the size of your blanket!

Here's our CAL schedule below for easy reference:



  • Wednesday October 16 (that's today!): Introduction to the CAL, the project, approximate size of finished project, yarn, and supplies needed.
  • Tuesday October 22: Stitch pattern + changing colors
  • Tuesday October 29: Finish work 
  • Tuesday November 5: The big fall CAL reveal!

Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media platforms below, and don't forget to use the hashtag #fiberfluxcal


Also we have two special communities for our CAL makers! Each has a welcome area/thread, 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!




Also, don't forget to use the hashtag, #fiberfluxcal to share your work on social media!

I can't wait to see all of your gorgeous blankets...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 week for part two!!



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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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)



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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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