Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Fiber Flux Fall CAL, Autumn Landscapes Throw: Week 2 Stitch Tutorial


Welcome back for week 2 of the 2017 Fiber Flux Fall Crochet Along! Today we'll be learning how to work up the main part of the blanket and how to switch colors.  The stitch tutorial has so much fabulous texture and is achieved with back post double crochet stitches.  If you are not familiar with this stitch, I highly recommend the video tutorial where I walk you through stitch by stitch.

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*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!


Because there are those of you who prefer a written pattern and those who prefer a video tutorial, below are both. Either way, be sure to check out the video for additional information, plus helpful tips too!

Here's this week's CAL video:



Instructions:

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

Note: I switched colors after each round.  Also, if you prefer to use the magic ring technique, please feel free to do this instead.  For multicolor squares such as this one, weaving in your ends as you go will give a nice neat look and save you a ton of time too!  If you choose not to switch colors after each round, you'll need to slip stitch over to the corner space before you begin a new round.  Check out my video tutorial if you need help with this part.

Round 1: Ch 3, then work 2 dc into the center of the ring. Work (3dc, ch 2) three times into the center of the ring.  Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 2:  Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a bpdc into each of the next 3 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 3: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a dc into each of the next side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 4: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a bpdc into each of the next side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until your blanket is as large as you like.  Check out the blanket sizing chart for some guidelines if needed:


Note: Depending on your personal tension and yarn used, there may be variations in height and width of your square, if you need your square to be a little bigger, just repeat rounds 3 and 4 as needed (only change is that with each additional round there will be more side stitches to work as the square grows, corners are always worked the same way).

Fasten off, weave in all ends, and block if needed.  I lightly steam blocked my square to get the corners nice and sharp.  Also, when working with post stitches as we did for the sides, they'll want to pull in a bit.  Lightly blocking your work will help with this.  

Fasten off and weave in any ends that remain.


OK, let's take a quick peek at the schedule...last week we talked a little bit about the blanket and went over supplies needed:


  • Tuesday October 16: Introduction to the CAL, the project, blanket sizing, yarn, and supplies needed.
  • Wednesday October 17: Color palette inspiration on the blog!
  • Tuesday October 23 (that's today!): Blanket stitch tutorial and color changes.
  • Tuesday October 30: Blanket edging
  • Tuesday November 6: Tassels & finish work
  • Wednesday, November 7th: The BIG reveal!  See the finished piece on the blog and channel!

Last part...let's connect! You can connect at any of the social media outlets below:

Let's connect!

Also I have set up a special group for us on Ravelry, the "Fiber Flux CAL Group" 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!




I am so super excited to see all of your beautiful projects in the next few weeks...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 Tuesday for part three of the CAL!!



© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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