Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Fiber Flux Spring CAL! Springy Stripes C2C Blanket, Week 3: The C2C Decrease


Welcome to week 3 of the 2018 Fiber Flux Spring Crochet Along!  Today marks week three (already...can you believe it?!?) of the CAL and we'll tackling the decrease portion of the Springy Stripes C2C Blanket!  This is a fun to stitch up blanket that allows the maker to play around with color.  Today we'll learn how to decrease, where you stop increasing about midway and begin to bring it back in to finish off the square.  


Also, a very special thanks to Red Heart for sponsoring this CAL with their amazing yarn!  

Today we are going to be covering:
  • The c2c decrease (written steps + full video tutorial)
  • Review of sizing your blanket
  • A quick tip for switching colors (see video for this in action!)
  • Review of the CAL schedule
  • Where to connect with other makers

For this CAL (crochet along) we are making the "Springy Stripes Blanket," a beautiful striped c2c blanket!  This has been a highly requested item in the Fiber Flux community, so I am so super excited to making this together!  The CAL will be divided over the next few weeks, concluding with a fun showcase of blankets in our maker gallery! 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 full video tutorial for week 3 of the CAL:


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OK, are you ready?  Let's jump in with the tutorial!  I've divided it into easy steps that go along with the video to make it simple to follow along.  If you're new to c2c, definitely check out the video too where I'll walk you through stitch by stitch!

Step 1: When finished working the row, turn your work.
Step 2: Work a slip stitch in each of the next three dc.  (see tip below for changing colors on a new row)
Step 3: Work a slip stitch into the turning chain space.  
Step 4: Ch 3
Step 5: Work 3 dc into the turning chain space.
Step 6: Slip stitch into the 3rd dc stitch to join the two blocks together OR some people prefer to slip stitch into the turning chain or turning chain space to join.  It really is a preference, do what you like best...each way of joining will look very similar.  Just be sure as you're doing all of this the tail (from where you began) is facing downward.  You might have to turn it a bit to get it in the right spot.
Step 7: Ch 3
Step 8: Work 3 dc into the turning chain space.

Repeat steps 4 through 8 to complete the remainder of your row.  When you begin a new row, begin at step one again.  As you decrease, you will eliminate a block from each row.  

*Quick color change tip!  To keep stripes of color neat looking, change your yarn color AFTER step 2 of each row.  See video to see this tip in action!

You can work your stripes how you like...I did mine in this sequence:
  • 6 rows "Happy" (pink)
  • 2 rows "White"
  • 6 rows "Sky" (aqua blue)
  • 2 rows "White"
  • 6 rows "Lilac" (purple)
  • 2 rows "White"
Then just repeat!

The finished blanket (if you make the exact one I'll be making in the pattern and video) is approximately 50 inches tall and 50 inches wide.  I'm making mine a large baby blanket/kid sized throw.  The blanket height and width can be adjusted by simply working more or less rows of the pattern.  The first half of the blanket we'll increase the square and the second half we'll decrease, using roughly half of the yarn for the first half of the square and the rest for the decrease part.

*Note: if you want to make your blanket larger, more yarn might be needed.  Check out the chart below for common blanket sizes:



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Here's our CAL schedule below for easy reference:


Missed a week?  See links below:


Let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media outlets below, be sure to use the tag #fiberfluxcal for your photos.


Also, we have a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group" There is a 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!

That's all for today lovelies!  See you next week for the finishing touches...happy crocheting!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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

Gorgeous Tonal Merino Wool s at knitpicks.com (Affiliate links, enjoy these awesome products and thanks as always for your support!)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spring CAL Color Palette Inspiration!


Happy Wednesday crocheters!  If you're still looking for a little CAL color inspiration, you've come to the right place!  

Lots of you have been sharing your color choices and others have been asking about additional colors to be used...I though it would be lots of fun to put some additional palettes together.  This time around I chose some three, four, and five color combinations.  To really frame your stripes out, try adding a "central" color in between each stripe (I'm anchoring my colorful stripes with white).  Below are some new colors, but I drew upon past CALs too!  Which one is your favorite?
The yarn shown below is Red Heart With Love and Baby Hugs Medium, for those of you who can't get this yarn in your country, Both types of yarn is a "4" medium weight yarn that recommends a 6.5 mm "K" crochet hook.  Stick with those guidelines and you'll be fine!  Please be aware not all colors are available everywhere.

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Check out my color ideas below!  There are 3, 4, and 5 color color combinations.  Which is your favorite?  Can't decide?  Make two!

Here are some color combinations using Baby Hugs Medium:

"Peppermint Hugs"
sprout, happy, pinkie

"Ombre Hugs"
orangie, peachie, pinkie

"Summer Hugs"
bluie, jellybean, sunny

"Beach Hugs"
sky, hopscotch, happy

"Spring Hugs"
2018 Fiber Flux CAL colors as shown in photos and tutorials
lilac, happy, frosting (I'm using With Love in "White"), sky

"Neutral Hugs"
frosting, shell, dolphin, teddy

Because we're also using With Love from Red Heart, here are some colors from this yarn too!  Some are new combos, some are from past CAL inspirations as well!

"Rich Berries"
lilac, plum jam, hot pink, iris

"Summer Garden Palette"
hot pink, fruit punch, lettuce, iced aqua

"Baby Love Palette"
white, bubblegum, aqua, daffodil, lettuce

"Autumn Tones Palette"
merlot, cornsilk, autumn, mango, lettuce

"Bright Pastels Palette"
lettuce, blue hawaii, bubblegum, daffodil, white

"Calm Blues Palette"
bluebell, aqua, pewter, white, true blue

"Cool Tones Palette"
true blue, aubergine, parade, lilac, jadeite

"Countryside Palette"
bluebell, cornsilk, beachy, white, lettuce

"Desert Landscape Palette"
white, mango, delightful, pewter, cameo

"Early Fall Palette"
mango, white, lettuce, bluebell, cornsilk

"Elegant Garden Palette"
lettuce, mallard, lilac, pewter, aubergine

"Foliage Palette"
lettuce, jadeite, white, pewter, mallard

"Fruity Fun Palette"
hot pink, aqua, fruit punch, lettuce, mango

"Garden Palette"
white, hot pink, iris, cornsilk, jadeite

"Hot Tones Palette"
hot pink, iris, plum jam, lilac, holly berry

"Jewel Tones Palette"
aubergine, mallard, hot pink, true blue, jadeite

"Lavender Ivy Palette"
white, true blue, lavender ivy, lilac, lettuce

"Modern Palette"
minty, white, mallard, papaya, pewter

"Precious Metals Palette"
cornsilk, white, pewter, mango, black

"Purple Lovers Only Palette"
white, iris, lilac, pewter, aubergine

"Rich Primary Colors Palette"
pewter, white, cornsilk, merlot, true blue

"Tropical 1 Palette"
lettuce, white, blue hawaii, lilac, papaya

"Tropical 2 Palette"
aqua, white, blue hawaii, lilac, papaya

"Tropical Fruit"
papaya, minty, cornsilk, lettuce, bubblegum

"Waterlily Palette"
cornsilk, aqua, waterlily, lilac, lettuce

© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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

Gorgeous Tonal Merino Wool s at knitpicks.com (Affiliate links, enjoy these awesome products and thanks as always for your support!)
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