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!

Friday, November 8, 2019

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


The Quick Gift Pom Hat is a super easy, lightning fast project that has a fabulously fluffy pompom and fun stripe of color too!  Make it by itself or pair it up with a fun scarf for a pretty set!


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 Pom Hat
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 (Colors shown are "Gray Heather" and "Real Teal") Note: You will have leftovers from each skein.
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 9 inches tall
  • 20 inches circumference
  • Pompom is 4 inches tall

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:

Instructions:

Ch 34 (Note: to make you hat taller or shorter, you can add or subtract chains as needed.

Row 1: In the fourth ch from the hook, work a dc.  Work a dc in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a bpdc in each st across.  Work a dc in the top chain of the turning chain.


Row 3: Ch 3 and turn.  Work a dc in each st across.  Work a dc in the top chain of the turning chain.


Repeat rows 2 and 3 until hat rectangle is desired circumference.  You can try it on as you go if that helps you to get the perfect size!  I worked rows 2 and three for about 18-20 inches.  Also, if you like, you can work a few rows of a different color too (totally optional--I worked two rows of the teal color).

Assembly & Finishing:

Turn rectangle inside out (ribs facing inward) and sandwich the starting edge and ending edge together and whip stitch them together with a matching piece of yarn.  With hat still inside out, work a running stitch along the top edge of the hat, with a matching piece of yarn.  Draw tightly to close up the top of hat.  Weave in any ends that remain.  

To make a pompom, cut a piece of yarn about 12-18 inches long.  Wrap yarn about 200-250 times around your hand.  Tie tightly in the center of the "bundle" and cut all loops, keeping the two ends long (to attach to hat later).  Trim ends to give your pom pom a "hair cut" until the pompom is more compact and neat looking.  Tie onto top of hat and weave in all 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 6, 2019

Fluffy Granny C2C Blanket, Free Crochet Pattern + Video



The Fluffy Granny C2C Blanket is a fabulously lofty blanket for chilly days and nights.  Fluffy, yet light weight yarn is worked up corner to corner style in the timeless granny stitch...fun to stitch and super easy too!

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

Fluffy Granny C2C 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 
  • 4 cakes of Fleece Hugs by Red Heart, each is 415 yards (I used the "Lilies" colorway) *Note: I removed the green sections of each of my cakes.  If you use 4 entire cakes, your blanket might be a little larger than mine!
  • 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 For C2C Increase Portion:


Chain 6, then work a sl st into the furthest ch from the hook to create a ring.

Row 1: Ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), then work 3 dc into the ring.  Then ch 1, then work a dc into the center of the ring.

Row 2: Ch 4, then work (3 dc, ch 1) into the first ch 1 space of the row.  Work (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into the last ch 1 space of the row.

Row 3: Ch 4, then work (3 dc, ch 1) into the first ch 1 space of the row.  Work (3 dc, ch 1) into each ch 1 space across.  Then work (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into the last ch 1 space of the row.

Repeat row 3 until your blanket is roughly half the size you'd like it to be (or you've used half of your yarn), then continue onto the next section to begin the decrease part.

Important!  Be sure the number of rows for your increase is an EVEN number before you begin the decrease.  I worked a total of 52 rows before decreasing.

Instructions for C2C Decrease Portion:

Row 1: Ch 4, then skip the first ch 1 space.  Work (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 space across until just before the last space (turning chain space).  Instead of working into this space, work a dc into the top chain of the turning chain.

Repeat row 1 of the decrease until just a top point remains.  Fasten off and weave in ends that remain.  Note: if the top is challenging for you, be sure to check out the video for this part (or any other part) to see me walk through it step by step!

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


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Autumn Farmhouse Throw, Reveal + Recap!


It's here! The BIG fall crochet along reveal...Presenting the Autumn Farmhouse Throw!  This was such a fun project to work on together.  It was really an ideal fall project...cozy, gorgeous colors, and a pretty and easy stitch!

Just joining us? Scroll down for links to each week of the CAL, plus the video for each week too!


Also we have two special communities for our CAL makers! Each has a welcome area/thread, so please hop on and say hello!  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!


To make it easy for quick reference, I've put everything on one page, so here you go! So whether you're just joining us, halfway through, or putting the finishing touches on your fabulous throw, help along each step of the way is below!


Starting with Week 1: Introduction to the project, sizing, and supplies (Click HERE for post) or click on the video below):


On week 2, we learned how to work the shell stitch pattern (Click HERE for post) or click on the video below):


For week 3, we completed the finish work (Click HERE for post) or click on the video below):


Some special notes to add:
  • Share your pictures!  Use the #fiberfluxcal tag on social media.
Let's connect!


© 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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