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

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

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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



The Quick Gift Mittens are fast, fun, and festive!  They begin with a simple ribbed cuff, and are worked upward with easy as pie stitches.  Make some in a solid color like I did, or get creative with stripes or variegated yarns too!


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 Mittens
By Jennifer Dickerson

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



Materials:
  • L (8.0 mm) crochet hook 
  • 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Chunky (Color shown is "Flamingo")
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 11 inches tall
  • 4 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Part 1-Cuff of mitten:

Ch 8

Row 1: Work a sc in the (blo) back loops only

Row 2:  Ch 1 and turn.  Work sc in the (blo) back loops only in each stitch across the row, and in the blo of the turning ch.

Repeat row 2 until the piece is approximately 8 inches long, the sandwich ends together and work a slip stitch in each stitch across (be sure to include both layers).  This will create the "tube" shape for the mitten cuff.  Do not fasten off and continue below.

To set up the hand part of the mitten, along the top edge of the cuff, work a sc in each st (or hole).  Be sure there are 16 sc around the edge of cuff.  You may have to double up in a stitch or two if needed to get an accurate count.  Working this round in same color as cuff makes it look a little neater but not necessary.

Part 2-hand part of mitten:

Round 1: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work 2 hdc in the next st, then 2 hdc into the next stitch.  Then work a hdc in each stitch in each stitch around.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.  

Round 2: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work 2 hdc in each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.  

Round 3: Repeat round 2.

Round 4:Repeat round 2.

Round 5: Repeat round 2.

Round 6 (thumb hole round): Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch then ch 3.  Skip the next three sts.  *Work a hdc in the next st and in each stitch around.  Rpt from * to end of rd.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.  

Note: to make the thumb opening bigger on your mitten, try working a ch 4, then skipping 4 stitches.  If you do this for round 7, just add 4 hdc into the space instead.


Round 7: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch then work 3 hdc in the ch 3 space from the previous round.  *Work a hdc in the next st and in each stitch around.  Rpt from * to end of rd.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.  

Round 8: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work a hdc in each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.  

Round 9: Ch 2, then work a hdc decrease over the next two sts.  Then work a hdc decrease over the next two sts.  Work a hdc in each remaining stitches around.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 10: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work a hdc in each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.    

Round 11:  Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work a hdc in each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.    

Round 12: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work a hdc in each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch. 

Round 13: Ch 2, then work a hdc in the first stitch.  Work a hdc in each stitch around. Join to close round with a slip stitch. 

*Note: Repeat round 13 as much as needed to increase the overall height of the mitten.

Round 14: Ch 2, then *work a hdc decrease over the next two sts.  Repeat from * around.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 15: Ch 2, then *work a hdc decrease over the next two sts.  Repeat from * around.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Part 3-thumb part of mitten:

Tie yarn into any stitch in the thumb hole opening.

Round 1: Ch 1, then work 12 sc around the thumb hole opening.  You may have to double up in a stitch or two if needed to get an accurate count.  Also, be sure  to go into the more narrow areas for parts, as to not create any gaps to keep the cold air out.

Round 2: Ch 1, then work 12 sc around, join with a sl st to close.

Round 3: repeat round 2.

Round 4: repeat round 2.

Round 5: repeat round 2.

*Note: Repeat 5 as needed to increase the height of the thumb.

Round 6: Ch 1, *sc, then sc2tog over the next two sts, rpt from * to end of rd.

Round 7: repeat rd 6.

Part 4-Finishing:

Turn mitten inside out.  With a tapestry needle, weave in the top end of the mitten by threading it around the small opening at the top and pulling tight to close.  Secure with a knot and weave in the end.  Repeat for thumb top too.  Weave in any ends that remain.  Turn mitten right side out.

Repeat these steps for second mitten!


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

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

November Knit Crate, Review & Coupon Code


I am super excited to share with you the November Knit Crate: "Beneath The Waves" 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, and a fun little surprise extra...all for $24.99! This price includes shipping + handling, they'll ship it worldwide...awesome!

Here is a little sneak peek of one of patterns this month:


Photo courtesy of Knit Crate

Close up of the yarn this month, the theme is "Beneath The Waves".  Check out the yarn that came in my box this time around, I received this fabulous purple color:


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.
  • And...a fun extra!  See below for this month's extra:

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


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

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

Monday, November 25, 2019

2019 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL, Merry Little Advent Calendar, Part 6: Assembly + Finishing


Welcome back to the 2019 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along...can you believe we're in the home stretch?! Today marks part 6 of the CAL and we'll be wrapping up the special project we'll be making...the Merry Little Advent Calendar!  This project is a lovely seasonal project and makes a wonderful keepsake. We will be going over a few things today:

  • Attachment of the dowel rod hanger
  • Attachment of the tree + snow
  • Sewing the buttons
  • Attachment of the hanging ribbon
  • Addition of optional embellishments
  • Where to connect with other makers


The CAL has been going on through out the month of November so that the calendar will be useable when December arrives, and today is the very last day of tutorials!  This way you have a full week to complete your calendar before December arrives!

*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 quick video for the tutorial + more information:


Add this project to your Ravelry queue by clicking on the button below:



Ok, let's put everything together, shall we?  Please note, I walk through every single step of the assembly process in the video!

  1. Cut a length of yarn about 2 feet long (same color as your base edging) and whip stitch it together.  Note: my dowel rod has about an inch or two of overhang on each side.
  2. Weave in ends and make sure piece is centered on the dowel rod.  Tack end loops to the dowel rod with a small dot of hot glue on the back side to hold it in place.
  3. Hot glue tree to the calendar base.  You can position at right at the horizon line on bring it down a bit into the snowy area.
  4. Hot glue snowy "strips" to the tree as shown in the photos.  Note if it is easier for you, you can glue the snow onto the tree, then glue tree to calendar.
  5. Hot glue bows to square package shapes.  Be sure to glue bows to tops of the squares, as to not cover up the center hole for buttoning.
  6. Position where you would like each shape to be then sew a small button with needle and thread to the calendar.  Be sure they are nicely spaced and nothing overlaps.
  7. Hot glue and/or sew any embellishments you'd like to add.  I glued some red pompom trim and some green ric rac along the top edge.  Feel free to use up odds and ends from other projects (ribbon, bells, pompoms, etc) to add a little something extra to your calendar!
  8. Tie a piece of ribbon (I used the same green ric rac from the top edge) to either end of the dowel rod to serve as a hanger for your calendar.
  9. Allow all hot glued parts to completely cool and dry before using.
Happy holidays, friends!


Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media platforms below, and don't forget to use the hashtag #fiberfluxcal




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!

I can't wait to see all of your amazing calendars...please share those pictures and above enjoy, take some time to relax with your hook, and have fun! That's all for today lovelies, see you TOMORROW for the big reveal!!



© 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!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

2019 Fiber Flux Holiday CAL, Merry Little Advent Calendar, Part 5: Drawstring Bag


Welcome back to the 2019 Fiber Flux Holiday Crochet Along...yippee! Today marks part 5 of the CAL and we'll be making the little drawstring storage bag for the Merry Little Advent Calendar!  This project is a lovely seasonal project and makes a wonderful keepsake. We will be going over a few things today to begin:

  • How to crochet the drawstring pouch
  • How to add the ribbon drawstring
  • Where to connect with other makers



The CAL will be going on through out the month of November so that the calendar will be useable when December arrives, so keep checking back for more CAL updates!

*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 quick video for the tutorial + more information:


Add this project to your Ravelry queue by clicking on the button below:



How to crochet the drawstring bag:

Note: I worked two rounds of each color: 2 green, 2 red, 2 white, then repeat throughout.

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

Round 1: Ch 3, then work 11 dc into the center of the ring.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 2: Ch 3, then work a dc into the first st.  *Work 2 dc into the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Repeat round 2.

Rounds 4-16: Ch 3, then work a dc into the first st.  *Work 1 dc into the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.  Weave ribbon as shown in the photos and cinch/tie closed.  You can use a tapestry needle to help guide it through.  I wove mine about 4 rows down from the top edge.



Schedule:  Because of the timing of our project (hang a shape up December 1-25) I will be sharing tutorials throughout November.  That way you'll be ready to roll for December!

    Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media platforms below, and don't forget to use the hashtag #fiberfluxcal


    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!

    I can't wait to see all of your amazing calendars...please share those pictures and above enjoy, take some time to relax with your hook, and have fun! That's all for today lovelies, see you next week for part two!!



    © Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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