Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2019 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL, Merry Little Advent Calendar, Part 3: Tree + Snow


Welcome back to the 2019 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along! Today marks part 3 of the CAL and we'll be making the tree and some snow to put on it for our special holiday themed project...the Merry Little Advent Calendar!  This project is a lovely seasonal project and makes a wonderful keepsake. We will be going over a few things today's part of the crochet along:

  • How to crochet the tree
  • How to crochet the snow
  • Where to connect with other makers


The CAL will be going on through out the month of November so that the calendar will be useable when December arrives, so keep checking back for more CAL updates!

*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 for the tutorial + more information:


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


How to crochet the tree:

Ch 20

Row 1:  In the third ch from the hook, work a hdc.  Work a hdc in each ch.

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn.  Work a hdc in the first stitch and in each stitch across.

Row 3: Ch 2 and turn.  Work a hdc decrease over the first two stitches.  Work a hdc in each stitch until there is one stitch remaining, the work a hdc decrease over the last stitch and into the top of the turning chain.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you run out of stitches to decrease.  You will have a tapered triangle shape for your tree.

How to crochet the snow:

Top (small) snow chain: ch 10, fasten off.
Middle (medium) snow chain:  ch 16, fasten off.
Bottom (large) snow chain: ch 20, fasten off.

Weave in ends of the tree and set aside all pieces until part 6 of the CAL--"Assembly & Finishing"


Schedule:  Because of the timing of our project (hang a shape up December 1-25) I will be sharing tutorials throughout November.  That way you'll be ready to roll for December!




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 amazing calendars...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 four!!



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!

Monday, November 18, 2019

2019 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL, Merry Little Advent Calendar, Part 2: Calendar Base


Welcome to the 2019 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along...yippee! Today marks part 2 of the CAL and we'll be working on the base for the special project we'll be making...the Merry Little Advent Calendar!  This project is a lovely seasonal project and makes a wonderful keepsake. We will be going over a few things today to begin:

  • The base of the calendar
  • Color changes (snow + sky)
  • Simple edging for your base
  • Where to connect with other makers


The CAL will be going on through out the month of November so that the calendar will be useable when December arrives, so keep checking back for more CAL updates!

*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 for the tutorial + more information:


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


In case you missed part 1, learn more about this project + supplies here!


Instructions for base:

With snow color yarn, ch 36

Row 1: In the third ch from the hook, work a hdc.  Work a hdc in each stitch across.

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn.  Work a hdc in each stitch across, then a hdc in the topmost turning chain.

Work row 2 for about 3.5 inches, then switch to sky color yarn and work the piece for a total of 13 inches.

Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

To make the edging.  Tie yarn (I used red) into any corner, then ch 1.  Work 3 sc into the corner, then work a sc in each stitch/sidespace along the edge.  When you come to a corner, work 3 sc.  Continue working around, then join with a slip stitch to close round.



Schedule:  Because of the timing of our project (hang a shape up each day through December 1-25) I will be sharing tutorials throughout November.  That way you'll be ready to use your calendar for December!

    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 amazing calendars...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

    For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!

    Sunday, November 17, 2019

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


    The Quick Gift Button Cowl is a beautiful neck wrap that features a lovely, yet super easy shell stitch.  A special button gives it a finishing touch.  Makes a great gift because there is no special sizing and can easily be paired with a hat or some mittens for a set 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 Button Cowl
    By Jennifer Dickerson

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


    Queue up on Ravelry by clicking the button below:



    Materials:
    • L (8.0 mm) crochet hook 
    • Red Heart Super Saver Chunky (Color shown is "Light Gray")
    • Tapestry Needle 
    • Scissors 
    • Tape Measure
    • 1 large button (about 1 inch wide)


    Sizing:
    • 20 inches long
    • 10 inches wide
    • Button is 1 inch wide

    Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


    Instructions:

    Ch 31 (multiple of 6+1)

    Round/Row 1: In the 4th ch from the hook, work 2 dc.  *Skip two ch then work a sc in the next ch.  skip 2 ch and in the next ch, work 4 dc.  Repeat from * until there are 3 ch left on the row.  Skip the next two ch, and in the very last ch, work a sc.

    Round/Row 2:  Ch 3 and turn.  Work 2 dc in the sc from the previous row.  *Work a sc in the center space of the fan from the previous row (area in between the posts right in the center).  Work 4 dc in the sc in between the next two fans.  Repeat from * to the end of the row.  Work a sc in the turning chain space to finish the row.

    Repeat row 2 until the piece is approximately 20 inches long or desired length.  To create the button loop, do not fasten off the yarn and ch 12.  Work a slip stitch at the base of the chain and fasten off yarn.  

    On the other end, sew button to the opposite corner on the bottom edge (where you began with the starting chain) using a matching piece of yarn.

    Weave in any ends that remain.


    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

    For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    2019 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL, Merry Little Advent Calendar, Part 1: Intro & Supplies


    Welcome to the 2019 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along...yippee! Today marks week one of the CAL and we'll be learning about the special project we'll be making...the Merry Little Advent Calendar!  This project is a lovely seasonal project and makes a wonderful keepsake. We will be going over a few things today to begin:

    • Introduction to the project
    • Supplies
    • Schedule of the CAL
    • 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!  Here's what you'll need:

    • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
    • Red Heart Super Saver-For the colors I used "Blue" "Gold" "Aran" "Cherry Red" and "Paddy Green"
    • Optional: Gold cording or ribbon for the gold star
    • Tapestry Needle
    • Scissors
    • Tape Measure/Ruler
    • 25 small buttons
    • Needle + thread for sewing buttons
    • Hot glue gun
    • Ribbon scraps for bag drawstring and extra embellishments if needed
    • Dowel Rod (you could use an old knitting needle too)

    Schedule:  Because of the timing of our project (hang a shape up December 1-25) I will be sharing tutorials throughout November.  That way you'll be ready to roll for December!

    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 amazing calendars...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

    For more fun projects and pretty patterns, be sure to follow Fiber Flux on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest for the latest updates!
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