Friday, January 17, 2020

2020 Fiber Flux Stashdown Challenge!

With 2019 behind us, it's time for a stashdown in 2020!  Even though we had a big stashdown last year, I find myself with tons of extra yarn does this keep happening!?!

Do you want to join me on a de-stash adventure?  This year we're going to make an awesome square blanket again, as large or as small as you want, using yarn on hand as we go!  This year my personal goal is simplification, so we're going to make an easy and beautiful granny square.  You can just keep adding rounds until it is as big as you!

Here are some tips to get started! (written instructions for the square are further down):

  • Grab a bin or basket and use it to collect your yarn odds and ends from your collection.
  • I'll be using a K crochet hook, but you can use any size hook that suits your yarn best.  
  • Try choosing a color palette you like and look for yarn in that color (This year I'm going neutral with taupes, creams, grays, and browns)
  • Any weight you have on hand is fine!  To get the chunky strand we're after, you may have to hold two or more strands together.
  • Last thing, if you plan on machine washing your blanket when it is finished, make sure all of your yarn is machine washable too!

The written instructions are further down in this post, but be sure to check out the video below for the intro to the project + full blanket tutorial:


  • Yarn odds and ends in a similar weight
  • K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors


This blanket is a classic granny square.  You can make it as big as you want by simply working more rounds.  Change colors/yarn each time you run out of yarn as you work through your stash!

Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.

 Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 3, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space...first corner done!
Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 3, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1.  To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space, then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

Repeat round 3 as many times as you want to achieve the desired size.

A note about making solid vs. multicolored rounds:
  • To begin a new round in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 at the corner and keep going.  
  • To begin a new round in a new/different color, cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten it with a slip stitch. Join the new yarn at one of the corners as shown and tie securely.
  • Did your yarn run out in the middle of your round?  Simply tie on the new yarn and keep going (weave in the ends into the corresponding color--blue tail into blue section of stitches for example). 


Weave in any ends.

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!

*I will give updates each throughout the year to show the progress of my blanket.  Please share yours too on social media  and in our Fiber Flux CAL groups (see above!).  Happy de-stashing lovelies!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

First Snow Capelet Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern + Video

The First Snow Capelet Cowl is a gorgeous winter wrap that is incredibly warm and having you own personal wearable blanket!  Simple crochet stitches and extra thick yarn make this a quick project to stitch up and a special oversized button keeps it perfectly adjustable too!  

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

First Snow Capelet Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson

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

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  • 10.0 mm crochet hook
  • 6 balls of Red Heart Collage (I used the "Ragg" colorway)
  • 1 Button (The one I used is about 2 inches wide)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

  • 25 inches tall
  • 38 inch circumference


Ch 38 (Multiple of 4 + 2)

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, *(1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in next ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch, repeat from * 1 dc in the last ch.

Row 2: Ch 5 and turn. Work *(3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the ch 3 sp, repeat from * then 3 dc in 3rd ch of t-ch. 

Row 3: Ch 5 and turn. Work *(3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the ch 3 sp, repeat from * then 3 dc in 5th ch of t-ch. Repeat rows 3 until 30 inches long.


Fold the wrap inward as if you are wearing it.  Sew the button the button to the upper corner of the rectangle on the starting chain edge with a piece of matching yarn and large tapestry needle.  

Fasten off and weave in and ends that remain.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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Monday, January 13, 2020

12 Self Care Tips for Crafters

Happy 2020!  Well, we've survived the holiday marathon season...hooray!  From Halloween to New Year's the parties, shopping, cooking, baking, making, family get togethers, gifting and on and on may have you feeling a little depleted by the time January rolls around, am I right? 

Here are 12 tips that include ways to care for yourself physically, but also to care for your mental health as well.  From clearing the clutter, to creating coziness in your life, to learning new things, even just one will help with your self care in 2020. Let's get started, shall we?

12 Self Care Tips for Crafters
by Jennifer Dickerson

Note: the following are fun tips are are not intended to treat/cure/prevent any illness.  

1. Don't be afraid to take a break.  What no crochet?  No knitting?  No yarn?!?!?  Sometimes we need a moment to pause and catch our breath a little.  Maybe it's for the evening, or perhaps you need a little longer.  Do what feels best for you.  It is perfectly ok to do nothing sometimes!  When you hop back to it, you'll feel refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to get those creative juices flowing again!

2.  Make something just for you.  And only you!  After the gift giving season and frantically trying to get every last present done, it's time to give a gift to yourself!  Choose some fabulous yarn and perhaps a pattern you've had your eye on and go for it!

Finger Crochet Kid's Scarf, free crochet pattern

3. Treat yourself.  Got your eye on a luxury skein, or perhaps a gorgeous new hook?  Maybe you have some holiday gift cards just waiting to join you at the store?  Go for it!  It does not to be huge or extravagant, just a little something to let yourself know you care.

4.  Take care of those hard working hands!  In the winter our hands go though quite a bit.  Cold weather, the hard work of cranking out all of those handmade gifts, scrubbing the house for holiday get togethers, and so on.  Treat your hands with things like a favorite moisturizer and manicure.  Also, be sure to wear glove or mittens (handmade of course!) to protect your hands from the biting cold.  You can even do stretches before and after your craft sessions to keep everything limber too.

Fluffy Valentine Heart Wreath, free yarn craft tutorial

5. Make a special space in your home for crafting.  It can be as fancy as an entire room, or perhaps a basket by a favorite chair will do.  Any spot you choose will be your special area for creativity and may even become a little crafty haven to escape to from time to time.

6. Try a simple, easy project to work on.  Crochet, knitting, hand sewing, weaving and many other fiber arts have a meditative, repetitive effect on the brain which can be very soothing and relaxing.  Try a project with basic stitches or an easy row repeat for maximum stress release!

7. Get as cozy as possible while you craft.  Light a candle, cover yourself with a favorite blanket, pop in a movie, play music, dim the lights, sip on some tea...anything that you love to do for maximum coziness!

8. Get outside!  Sometimes breathing in some fresh air and catching a little bit of nature are all you may need for a reset.  Too frosty to get outside?  Pop open the curtains and enjoy the view!

Tulip Patch Shawl, free crochet pattern

9. Connect with others!  Hop into a community of your choice whether it be a dinner with friends, an online community of shared interests, or simply calling a loved one to let them know you are thinking of them.  Looking for a community?  Try starting a crochet or knitting circle!

10. Sleep!  With our modern schedules and endless demands, it easy to get behind in your sleep.  Grab a special favorite afghan and take a long restorative nap...repeat as needed!

One Round Hearts, free crochet pattern

11. Try something new!  Curious about knitting?  Always wanted to try embroidery? Arm knitting? Crewel? Jump in and explore new and interesting adventures.  Sometimes it's just what you need to reenergize your spirits!

12. Lighten your load.  Clearing out unwanted things can lighten our mental load.  Whether you choose to donate, gift items, recycle them, repurpose them, or simply throw things out, it can be amazingly refreshing to clear the clutter.  This goes for mental clutter too...freeing up schedules, saying "no" often and doing your best to get rid of negativity in your life goes a long way in your personal self care goals too!

I sincerely hope at least one of these tips help you in the new year!  What do you do for self care?  Please share in the comments below! 

© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

2020 Fiber Flux Temperature CAL!

Happy 2020 everyone!  It's January and you know what that means...temperature projects!  I love temperature projects and I know many of you do too!  If you're not familiar with the concept, a temperature project is where you create an addition to a year long project you're making based on your local temperature!  It goes on for a year and at the end of the year, you'll have an interesting representation of the temperatures for an entire year!  

Queue up on Ravelry!

Below is the video...check it out for a full introduction to the project, supplies, planning tools, and the written pattern:

In the past we've made a temperature shawl (two years ago) and motif blanket (last year), this year we're making a scarf!  However, you can easily convert it into a blanket too if you like...there are no special stitch counts, so it is very, very flexible!  If you are interested in doing this be sure to scroll down for more info.

For our scarf we'll be doing a small daily row of super simple half double crochet stitches...very easy and will make a gorgeous, colorful scarf to wear!

Here's a brief summary of how we're going to do it in 2020:

  • We're going to create a beautiful, colorful striped scarf.
  • We will do one row per day, I'll be using the average daily temperature for mine.  If you preer, you can do the daily high or low.
  • Even if you get a few weeks behind, you can easily catch up, as each row is very fast to complete.  (Use the historical weather tool link HERE).
  • I will provide seasonal updates on the progress of the project throughout the year on my monthly YouTube updates and social media.
  • Important to note: my chart is in degrees Fahrenheit.  However, you can adjust yours to Celsius if you prefer. 
  • I did a wide range of temperatures because it gets very cold and very hot where I live.  Please adjust accordingly to your area of the world, if you live in a warmer region, your chart will have different ranges for example.
  • Please feel free to change up the colors as you see fit!  In past CALs, I have seen a palette of neons, pastels, muted tones, heathers, and lots more from our community!  So much fun!
I have a few tools to help you keep everything straight and totally organized as you go.  One thing I really dislike doing is having to count rows over and over again, so hopefully the chart and calendar will help you, we'll talk more baout those in just a bit.

Here's what you'll need to make the scarf:
  • Red Heart Super Saver (or similar weight yarn) in grenadine, perfect pink, bright yellow, pumpkin, spring green, delft blue, turqua, lavender, orchid, and amethyst)  This yarn has no dye lots, so great if you need to pick another skein of one of the colors later in the don't need all of the yarn now!
  • 5.0 mm "H" crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Ruler of Tape Measure
  • Swatch Chart--I typed mine up and printed it, punched holes next to each color, then added a bit of the corresponding yarn...easy peasy!  See swatch chart below (want to make one too?  Check out my video for the tutorial!) 

Let's talk about the temperature scale next, I created this little chart with just a little chart I printed out and bits of you can see below, I will be using a similar rainbow-y palette as last year, with just a few color changes.

To get your average daily temperature, check out your local weather forecast or an app.  If you need past temperatures, you can easily look them up , by clicking HERE. 

Another tool I am using to keep organized is a calendar, you can customize and print one for yourself for free HERE.  Or, at this time of year many local business are giving them away for free.  Check out your local salon or auto shop...those are the two places where I see them the most!  Whatever type of calendar you choose, I find this SO helpful for recording daily temperatures and jotting in the corresponding color needed too.  I jot in the number/color name, then when I add it to my scarf, I highlight the square to let me know it's done.  Using your color chart and calendar is so super helpful to keep everything straight...especially when you start getting a ton of rows on your need to count and recount!

This year I wanted to switch things up a little and go for a simple stripy scarf, here's how you make it (also check out the full video tutorial too!)

2020 Fiber Flux Temperature CAL Scarf:

Ch 30 (note: there is no special stitch count, so you can make any number of chains you want, wider for a shawl or much wider for a blanket too!)

Row 1: hdc in the third ch from the hook.  Work a hdc in each ch across.

Row 2: ch 2 and turn.  Work a hdc in the first st and in each st across. 

Repeat row 2 for each day of the year, using the average daily temperature to guide the color selection.

*Want to make a blanket instead?  Check out the chart below for some common blanket sizes.  Just make the starting chain about the same size as the width, and work the rows until height is achieved

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 2020

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top 10 Fiber Flux Videos of 2019!

Happy News Years Eve lovelies!  Can you believe we are entering a new year and decade?  I hope the year brings you good health, good friends, and lots of yarn!

It has been a very busy year here at Fiber Flux headquarters!  We had new videos every week and over 55,000 new subscribers this year alone!

Check out the top 10 most watched videos, let's count them down from 10 all the way down to the number one video, new years fun!

*Note: Click the title/name of the design to view the blog post with the full written pattern and press the play button on each video to view it.  Happy stitching!!

And the NUMBER ONE most watched video on the channel (for many years running)...

I hope you got a little stitchy inspiration from these projects, see you in 2020!!!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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