Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Fiber Flux Stashdown Challenge


With 2018 behind us, it's time for a stashdown in 2019!  Even though we had a big stashdown last year, I find myself with tons of extra yarn again...how does that 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!  After the popularity of the Autumn Landscapes Throw, I thought that would be the perfect way to use up some yarn!

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.
  • Try choosing a color palette you like and look for yarn in that color (This year I'm choosing different shades of blues, grays, and greens)
  • 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!

We have a great crochet along (CAL) community!  Please visit and join the Fiber Flux CAL group on Ravelry to get updates, see everyone's progress--this will be so fun to see what yarn everyone chooses!  Also, get questions answered, help others, and show off your work.  

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:


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Supplies:


  • Yarn odds and ends, does not matter the weight, I'll be using all kinds and holding some double and triple to mimic a bulkier strand.
  • 9.0 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors


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 side stitches (the first round will have 3 on each side, but will grow in number as your square gets bigger) 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.

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until your blanket is as large as you like.  Check out the blanket sizing chart for some guidelines if needed:


*I will give an update each season (spring, summer, fall, winter, then end of the year wrap up) to show the progress of my blanket.  Please share yours too on social media and in our Fiber Flux CAL group (link above).  Happy de-stashing lovelies!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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