Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Thread Christmas Ornaments, Book Review & Giveaway!

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I have a super festive book review for you today crocheters!  I was recently able to check out Thread Christmas Ornaments (ISBN: 978-1-4647-7090-6, Leisure Arts).

Thread Christmas Ornaments - 14 Easy Mini Decorations

Thread Christmas Ornaments is a fabulous collection of classic Christmas decorations for your tree or gift giving all made in lace weight thread!

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One thing I love about the book is the perfect mix of elegance and whimsy, and all of the fun little details each ornaments has.  How adorable is this fun snowman?

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Every project in the book has clear instructions and a full image of each ornament.  Each one also includes a full shopping list and a special stitch guide too.


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Each pattern also contains gauge information, plus a full section of terminology and a yarn weight chart.  Need help finding a particular thread?  Be sure to check out the "Thread Information" section on the last page that includes specific brands and what colors were used for each one...so helpful!


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Need a little extra help?  Be sure to check out the stitch illustrations throughout the book for additional tutorials such as edgings, decreases, increases, fringe, and more!


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Now is you chance to win a copy of your own! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below (sometimes it takes a moment to load). Giveaway ends December 17th and is open worldwide. *Please note:  Paperback copy available in the continental US only.  Winners outside of that area (where allowable by law) will be fulfilled via eBook.  Now go, go, go, and enter!!!

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Special thanks to Leisure Arts for sponsoring this giveaway. I received a review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.


Thread Christmas Ornaments - 14 Easy Mini Decorations

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Deep Comfort Shawlette Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Deep Comfort Scarf is the ultimate cozy wearable. Super soft, fluffy yarn and simple stitches makes this project the perfect feel good project!  I named it a "shawlette scarf" because of its generous sizing that makes it a nice wide scarf, but also makes a lovely little wrap too!  You can also whip it up in no time flat thanks to a super simple mesh stitch that pairs nicely with the textured faux fur yarn.

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

Deep Comfort Scarf
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:



This scarf is part of the 24 Days of Quickies with Marly Bird, a blog hop featuring 24 free crochet and knitting patterns for last minute gifts. Click here to see the full lineup!



Materials:
  • 6.5 mm "K" crochet hook
  • 2 balls of Red Heart Hygge Fur (I used the "Dusty Lilac" colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 14 inches wide
  • 70 inches long


Instructions:


Ch 41 (to change the width, any odd multiple will work)

Row 1:  In the third ch from the hook, work a (dc, ch 1)  *Skip a ch, then work a (dc, ch 1) in the next ch.  Repeat from * across, then work a dc into the last chain.

Row 2:  Ch 3 and turn.  *Work a (dc, ch 1) in the ch 1 space from the previous row.  Repeat from * across, the work a dc into the topmost chain of the turning chain.

Repeat row 2 until shawlette scarf measures about 70 inches or desired length.

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




© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Friday, December 6, 2019

5 Point Granny Star, Free Crochet Pattern + Video



The 5 Point Granny Star is a fast little project that is fun and versatile to make.  Use them for create a garland, a gift topper, ornament, and lots more!  You can make yours one color, two colors, or even three colors too!

Check out my 6 point Granny Star tutorial too! (coming soon!)

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

Click below to watch the full video tutorial:


Tutorial Links:

Materials:
  • Small amounts of yarn of your choice (I used Red Heart Super Saver in "Paddy Green" "Cherry Red" and "White"
  • K (6.5 mm) crochet hook (or if using a different yarn, look for the recommended hook size on the yarn label. 
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors


Sizing:
  • About 6 Inches Tall
  • About 6 Inches Wide

5 Point Granny Star
By Jennifer Dickerson




Instructions:

Ch 4, the join with a skip stitch in the furthest ch from the hook to create a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, then work 2 dc into the center of the ring. *ch 1, then work 3 dc into the center of the ring.  Repeat from * around 3 more times.  Join with a slip stitch in the top chain where you started the round.

Note: If changing colors, cut the yarn and tie new color into any ch 1 space.  If not changing colors, slip stitch over to the next ch 1 space.

Round 2: Ch 3, then work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into the ch 1 space.  *Work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next ch 1 space.  Repeat from * around three more times. Join with a slip stitch in the top chain where you started the round.

Note: If changing colors, cut the yarn and tie new color into any of the points of your pentagon shape (not a star shape yet at this point).  If not changing colors, slip stitch over to the nearest pentagon point.

Round 3: Ch 3, then (work 3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) *Work a slip stitch into the next (side) space, then work (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) into the next (point) space.  Repeat from * around until your star has 5 points.  Join with a slip stitch in the top chain where you started the round.

Fasten off and weave in and ends that remain.


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© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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


The Quick Gift Triangle Shawl is a fun to make shawl using all of those leftovers you may have been collecting over this year.  This is the perfect project to wrap up the year and use up some yarn!  This shawl is cozy and makes a lovely and thoughtful gift.  I love this pattern too for charity shawl projects as well!


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 Triangle Shawl
By Jennifer Dickerson

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



Materials:
  • L (8.0 mm) crochet hook 
  • About 4 skeins Red Heart Super Saver Chunky (Colors shown is "Flamingo" "Dark Orchid" "Gray Heather" and "Light Gray")
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 85 inches across top edge
  • 52 inches long up each side of the triangle
  • 35 inches tall from bottom point straight up.

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Instructions:

Ch 5

Row 1: In the 5th ch from the hook, work 3 dc.  Ch 1, then work a dc (all in the same chain).

Row 2: Ch 4 and turn.  Then work (3 dc, ch 1) in the first space (the ch 1 space from the previous row).  Then work (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into the turning ch space.

Row 3: Ch 4 and turn.  Then work (3 dc, ch 1) in the first space (the ch 1 space from the previous row).  Work (3 dc, ch 1) into each ch 1 space across (note: there will be one to work the first time, but then as your wrap grows, you do more and more (3 dc, ch 1) across).  Then work (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into the turning ch space.

Repeat row 3 until piece is 35 inches tall or desired height.


Be sure to check out our 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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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Merry Little Advent Calendar, Reveal & Recap!


It's here! The BIG holiday crochet along reveal...Presenting the Merry Little Advent Calendar!  This was such a fun project to work on together.  It is such a special project, one I know that will will hang up year after year in my home.

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 project, help along each step of the way is below!



Starting with part 1 was the introduction to the project and supplies (Click HERE for post) and click on the video below):



For part 2, we learned how to create the calendar base and edging (Click HERE for post) and click on the video below):




For part 3, we made the tree and snow (Click HERE for post) and click on the video below):


For part 4, we made all of the little shapes for the calendar (Click HERE for post) and click on the video below):


For part 5, we worked on the drawstring bag (Click HERE for post) and click on the video below):


For part 6, we assembled everything together (Click HERE for post) and click on the video below):


Some special notes to add:
  • Share your pictures!  Use the #fiberfluxcal tag on social media.
  • Love participating in crochet alongs?  Stay tuned...next up is the 2020 Temperature CAL, 2020 Stashdown CAL, and 2020 Charity CAL, which will all be launched in January!
  • Plus, all year in 2019 we are still working on a Temperature BlanketStashdown Challenge, and a Charity CAL too!  (Click any of the links to learn more and join in the fun!!)
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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