Monday, May 13, 2019

Strawflowers In The Window 12" Square, Free Crochet Pattern + Video (Wedding Blanket CAL!)


The Strawflowers In The Window 12" Square is a fun to stitch up and fabulous blanket square that has lots of different stitches and techniques to make for a satisfying and engaging project.  

This lovely square is part of the Wedding Blanket CAL, a super fun crochet along with the Joy Creators!  As you may know I am part of the Red Heart Joy Creators, a special team of designers that work with Red Heart and their fabulous yarns.  We have partnered up to collectively create a gorgeous blanket, each of us making a square, to gift to the wonderful person that coordinates the Joy Creator program for her upcoming wedding!  So exciting!


Check out the finished blanket below!  Hop on over to Marly Bird's site to get links to all of the other squares in the CAL.  Check out the finished blanket below...so pretty!


Strawflowers In The Window 12" Blanket Square
By Jennifer Dickerson



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Materials:

  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • Chic Sheep Yarn from Red Heart ( I used "Linen" "Suede" and "VIP" This yarn is a medium/4 on the yarn weight scale. 
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape measure or ruler

Sizing:
  • 12 inches across and 12 inches wide.

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:
Instructions For Motifs:

Note: I used one color per round, but feel free to mix it up!


Ch 4, join with a sl st in the furthest ch from hook to form ring.

Round 1: ch 3, then work 2 dc, then a sl st into the center of the ring. Work *(3 dc, sl st) five times for a total of 6 petals. Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 2: Tie on new color onto the back loops at the top of one of the petals. Insert your hook (same place at the top of petal) as if to work a back post stitch and ch 3 (working it this way will make the chain look more consistent with the other stitches). Ch 1, then in the next space (in between petals) work a tr into the center of the ring. Ch 1, then work a bpdc into the center most dc of the next petal. Continue in this manner around the circle, working a tr, ch 1 into the center of the ring (in between petals), then a bpdc, ch 1 in center dc of each petal. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 3: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work a dc, ch 1. Work 2 dc, ch 1 in each space around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 4: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work a 2 dc, ch 1. Work 3 dc, ch 1 in each space around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 5: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). In the next space, work 3 dc, ch 1 (this will create the first side of the square. In the next space, (work 3 dc, ch 1) to make the next side. In the next corner, work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1). Continue in this manner, working corner, side, side, corner, side, side, etc. Join to close round with a sl st. 

Note: For the first motif, work rounds 1-5.  For the second, third, and 4th motifs, work rounds 1-4, then proceed to the JAYGO section below.


How To Join Motifs Together (JAYGO/Join As You Go):

Note: It really helps to keep everything flat as you work, I like to lay mine on a table or lap as I go. Also be sure the right side (side that faced up as you stitched up your squares) is facing upward.

Part 1: Joining the second square onto the first one

Grab a second square and tie on the round 5 color into any corner space of a square you've previously made and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc). In each side space work (3 dc, ch 1) for each side.  Repeat for each side space until you reach the next corner...this is where we'll make our first join. In the corner space work 3 dc. Instead of the ch 3, instead work a ch 1, then work a slip stitch into the other square' corner space, work a ch 1, then work 3 dc back into the square. As you continue down the side of the square, work a slip stitch into the other square instead of a ch 1, and 3 dc into the side spaces of the square. When you get to the next corner, work 3 dc, ch 1, slip stitch into the other square's corner space, ch 1, then 3 dc into the corner to finish the joining. Work the rest of the square the way you normally would (3 dc, ch 1) in each of the side spaces and 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in the corner). Join with a slip stitch to close round, fasten off yarn and you're ready to join another square!

Part 2: Joining subsequent squares

As you join the rest of your squares, you'll basically be repeating part 2 (see above), except the only difference being that sometimes there will be an area where you'll be joining into a corner that has two or three squares (instead of simply joining into another square). In this case make you slip stitch join in the spaces between the squares (not the corner space). Always go directly across in your join to avoid it being off center. To see this join inaction in greater detail, be sure to check out the video. In the video, I join two squares together, then three squares, then four squares, showing all possible joining scenarios that may arise as you work on your square. The rule of thumb is that when you are not joining, you work a ch 1. When you are at a spot that requires a join, simply replace the ch 1 with a slip stitch into the other square.

*Important: If you have never tried the JAYGO technique, I highly recommend the video.


Instructions for Border:

Round 1: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). *In the next space and in each space across, work (3 dc, ch 1). In the corner space work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc).  Repeat from *around the entire square.  Note: Also work (3 dc, ch 1) in the spaces in between squares where they are joined.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 2: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). *In the next space and in each space across, work (3 dc, ch 1). In the corner space work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc).  Repeat from *around the entire square.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 3: Repeat Round 2.

Round 4: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 1.  *Work 3 sc into the corner space, then work a sc into each stitch and space across.  Repeat from star along each side all the way around.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends.

Did you make this square?  Use the #weddingblanketCAL to share!  Happy crocheting lovelies!!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

How To Make A Yarn Bouquet


Looking for a perfect and lovely presentation for a yarn lover in your life?  A yarn bouquet makes a gorgeous and thoughtful gesture to give the gift of yarn!  

Perfect for birthdays, Mother's Day, holidays, Valentine's Day or no reason at all!!



Here's what you'll need:


  • Yarn balls or skeins ( I used Red Heart Smoothie in Bright Pink, Lemony, Bright Orange, and Aqua)
  • Tissue paper
  • Cellophane wrapping (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sticks to create stems (can be dowel rods, knitting needles, chop sticks, shawl sticks, crochet hooks, etc)
  • Decorate items to embellish the outside such as stitch markers, pins, pom poms, tassels, etc.


Click below to learn how to assemble a yarn bouquet in my easy video!



Happy stitching lovelies!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

8 Eco Friendly Tips For Crocheters!


Looking for ways to green up your crochet?  Check out these 8 great tips to help repurpose, reduce, reuse and recycle!  Have anything that we didn't mention that you do?  Add it in the comments below!

The tips are below and also check out my video where I give a little more info and ideas for each of the tips:


1. Use reusable dishcloths!  This will reduce the amount of disposable wipes, paper towels, etc.


2. Save you yarn clippings to use for stuffing in pillows, amigurumi, etc.  Check out my cute pillow from the video!


3. Use longer yarn scraps for striping in your work, embroiders, or other small details such as pom poms and tassels!  Have lots of yarn scraps?  Check out our Stashdown Challenge going on now!


4. Repurpose items by making your own yarn!  T-shirt yarn, plastic yarn ("plarn"), ribbon, bakers twine, and fabric are great choices!  Check out my t-shirt yarn tutorial!


5. Repurpose some old projects and swatches by pulling them apart and making them into something new.
6. Donate your yarn!  Instead of letting yarn sit around, send it forth to places that can utilize it too!  Places like senior centers, preschools, libraries, maker spaces, and other organizations.
7. Instead of plastic single-use bags, try stitching up a reusable tote!  Tuck them away in your purse, car, etc so you always have one on hand!


8. Crochet for a great eco-friendly cause!  You can make items, sell them, and send those dollars to a favorite organization.  Likewise, there are public art projects that you can send things to that help to raise awareness about a cause.

Happy stitching lovelies!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Boho Beachy Head Scarf, Free Crochet Pattern + Video



The Beachy Boho Head Scarf is a lovely lightweight crochet accessory that is versatile too!  It can be worn wrapped around the head for an elegant statement or around the neck to bring a little sparkle to an outfit.  Crocheted in delicate sparkly thread and finished off with long, fabulous beaded fringe, this will be at the top of your warm weather projects list!

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

Boho Beachy Head Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson



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

Materials:

  • F (3.75 mm) crochet hook 
  • 1 ball of Croquette by Red Heart Yarns in the "Tidepool" colorway (note: I did not use the full ball)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Beads



Sizing:
  • 21 inches long
  • Fringe adds 10 inches to either side

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:

Instructions:


Ch 18

Row 1: In the 4th ch from the hook, work a dc.  Work a dc in the next ch.  In the next ch, work *(1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc).  Skip the next ch, work a dc in each of the next two ch.  Repeat from * across, then 1 dc in the last ch.

Row 2: Ch 5 and turn.  Work *(3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the ch 3 space from the previous row.  Repeat from * across.  Work 3 dc in the top ch of the turning chain.

Repeat row 2 until piece is  inches long or desired length.  

Finishing:

Add fringe to either end of the piece and add beads if you like.  I made my fringe about 10 inches long.  If you've never made fringe before, check out the video where I walk it through stitch by stitch!

Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle and you're finished!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Flowering Herbs Shawl, Spring CAL Reveal & Recap!


It's here! The BIG spring crochet along reveal...Presenting the Flowering Herbs Shawl!  This was such a fun project to work on together.  It had everything I LOVE in a project: easy stitches, bright colors, and gorgeous yarn!

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



If you haven't joined us on our Ravelry group, click below to join the fun! There is a special welcome area, 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!



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 shawl, 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 v-stitch rows and & change colors for a "leaf/stem" effect (Click HERE for post or click on the video below):


For week 3, we learned how to add puff stitch flowers to the shawl (Click HERE for post or click on the video below):


For week 4, we added tassels & completed the finish work (Click HERE for post or click on the video below):


Some special notes to add:
  • Share your pictures!  Show them off in the Ravelry Fiber Flux group and/or 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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