Monday, March 25, 2019

Sewing A Button With Yarn (When The Opening Is Too Small!)


Have you ever picked the most perfect and amazing button for your project, only to find that the button hole opening was so microscopically tiny it was impossible?  I love using matching yarn for my button sewing, so it can be super tricky!  Of course you can always use traditional needle and thread, but it you want to use a pretty matching piece of yarn, not to worry, I have a super easy trick for you!  

Here's what you'll need:
  • Buttons of your choice
  • Yarn of your choice (thinner yarn is easier, if your yarn is very thick, you can using a matching color)
  • Your project that the button(s) will be added to
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • A fine piece of wire (I jewelry wire and keep a bit in my tool bag, but the wire from a twist tie works nicely too, just remove the plastic/paper from the outside of it first)

Ready to sew?  Check out my video tutorial where I walk you through step by step:


*Note: You can also use a tool called a bead reamer (a pointy file that opens up beads, but can be a little tricky for buttons because of the multiple openings, which can weaken or damage the button.  Use with caution!



Happy crocheting lovelies!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Faux Fur Crochet Scrunchies, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


Crochet scrunchies are fun and fast little projects and faux fur yarn is super popular right now!  Here is a fast little crochet pattern that combines the two to make a cute hair accessory that is fun to make and fun to wear too!

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

Faux Fur Scrunchie
By Jennifer Dickerson


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Materials:


  • 8.0 mm "L" crochet hook 
  • 1/2 Ball of Fur by Red Heart (I made one in the "Azalea" and "Polar")
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Hair Elastic
  • Scissors 

Love Red Heart Fur Yarn?  Check out my Fluffy Heart Wreath!


Sizing:
  • 4 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:

Instructions:

Tie yarn to hair elastic and chain 1.  Work single crochet all the way around until entire hair elastic is covered.  For maximum coverage, push stitches over as you work.  Join with a slip stitch to close round and weave in ends.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March Knit Crate...Unboxing & Coupon Code!



I am super excited to share with you the March Knit Crate: "Whisper" 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...all for $24.99! This price includes shipping + handling, they'll ship it worldwide...awesome!

Close up of the yarn this month, the theme is "Whisper". Check out the yarn this time around, the "Titmouse" colorway:



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.
  • This month only! Fun extra...a super cute zip top project bag!

Check out that bag:


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

Learn more about all of the different crates here!

I received the March Knit Crate and filmed the unboxing of it here:



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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Monday, March 18, 2019

Easy Beginner Ribbed Pom Hat, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Easy Beginner Ribbed Pom Hat is a fabulous crochet ribbed hat, finished off with a large pom pom.  Worked flat, then cleverly seamed, this hat can be work as a trendy slouch hat or with a turned up brim for a classic ski hat look too!

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



Easy Beginner Ribbed Pom Hat
by Jennifer Dickerson

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This project is part of the Learn To Crochet With Fiber Flux Series!  See below to see more projects in this series:


In case you missed it:

Materials:
  • K (6.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • 1/2 Ball of Dreamy yarn by Red Heart (one ball is 466 yards, I used the "Gray" colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 

Check out these two beginner patterns too!  Absolute Beginner Cowl & Crochet Class Cowl:



Sizing:
  • 20 inch circumference (has some give and stretch to it too)
  • 11 inches tall
  • Pom pom is about 3 inches across


Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:

Instructions:

Ch 34 (if you want to make the circumference narrower or wider, simply add or subtract chains as needed).

Row 1: work a dc in the 4th ch from the hook, then a dc in each ch across.

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

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

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 18 inches from beginning.

Finishing:

Weave in all ends.  With a matching piece of yarn seam starting edge to ending edge together to create a tube.  With matching piece of yarn work a loose running stitch around top of tube.  Pull tight to create crown and knot tightly.

To make a pom pom, cut a piece of yarn approximately 12 inches long.  Wrap yarn around 4 fingers about 150 times and slide yarn bundle carefully off of your fingers.  Tie yarn around bundle tightly.  Note: to prevent pom from coming apart later, try running a stripe of how glue along yarn before tying it around the bundle, then tie tightly.  Cut all loops and trim yarn ends of pom pom until it looks nice and even. Tie to top of hat and weave in ends.



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Loop Yarn Mini Wreath, Yarn Craft + Video



The Loop Yarn Mini Wreath is a fun and fabulous project that you can create in as little as five minutes with just one ball of loop yarn!  Simply wrap fluffy loop yarn around a wreath form and voila!  Instant super cute wreath!

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

Click below to watch the full video tutorial:


Materials:

  • Metal wire wreath form (I used a 12 inch form)
  • 1 ball of Loop-It yarn from Red Heart Yarns (I used the "Turq's and Caicos" colorway, 1 ball is 7.6 yards/7 meters)
  • Short piece of twine/scrap yarn/ribbon for the hanging loop
  •  Scissors


Sizing:
  • 12 inches across
  • *Size may vary according to the wreath form you choose.  Also note that if you go up a wreath form size, you will need more yarn.


Instructions:


Note: Check out the video to watch how I make the wreath step by step!

  • Tie a small piece of scrap yarn or scrap ribbon to make a hanging loop.
  • Tie end of yarn around the wreath with a secure knot to get started.
  • Begin by neatly wrapping yarn around the wreath form, until entire wreath has been covered. 
  • After the wreath has been wrapped completely in yarn, knot the yarn to secure.
  • If needed, fluff up the loops.  All finished and ready for hanging!
Love making wreaths?  Check out my other DIY yarn wreath projects too:

© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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