Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Yarny Hearts Garland, Yarn Craft + Video


The Yarny Hearts Garland is a lovely yarn craft that is so fast and easy to whip up for Valentine's Day.  It is a great way to use up some yarn odds and ends, and is a wonderful project to do with kids!

Simple cardboard hearts are wrapped in yarn and the result is a string of beautiful hearts that look like Valentine yarn balls!  The perfect decor item for any yarn lover, am I right?!?

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

Yarny Hearts Garland
By Jennifer Dickerson


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


Here's What You'll Need:
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Pen/marker
  • Tapestry/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Heart stencil (I used a cookie cutter but you can print something or use something you may have on hand)
  • Cardboard scraps (I used a box flap from the recycling bin)
  • Tape
  • Ribbon/yarn/twine
  • Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in "Cherry Red" "Grenadine" "Perfect Pink" and "White"


Here's how to make the garland:

  • Begin by tracing several hearts onto cardboard and cut them out.
  • Tape a yarn end to the back of the heart.
  • Wrap yarn around heart, changing directions as needed until cardboard is completely covered.
  • Cut the yarn, flip it over to the back and add a dot of how glue and glue yarn end down.
  • Let heart cool and dry completely.
  • Make as many hearts as needed (I made 8 of them, 2 in each color).
  • Arrange hearts in the order you want them to be displayed on your garland.
  • Thread your ribbon with a large tapestry needle.
  • Run the tapestry needle along the backs of the hearts, all along the top of each one to string them up.
  • Slide them in place as needed.  You can spread them out or make the sides of them touch, it's totally up to you how you want your garland to look.  Cut the ribbon to desired length and you're ready to hang!

© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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Monday, January 27, 2020

January Knit Crate, Coupon Code + Review


I am super excited to share with you the January Knit Crate: "Citrine" 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:



Close up of the yarn this month, the theme is "Citrine".  Check out the yarn that came in my box this time around, I received two gorgeous and ultra vibrant shades, how cheerful are they?  The one on the left below is called "Safari Sunset" and the on the right is called "Golden Lion"


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 the Fiber Flux community  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 2020

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Deep Comfort Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Deep Comfort Cowl is a luxuriously soft cowl that is easy as pie to stitch up.  Simple crochet stitches and chain spaces are super easy to work with with the fuzzy yarn and it takes no time flat to have a gorgeous cowl!

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

Deep Comfort Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson


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Materials:
  • 6.5 mm "K" crochet hook
  • 1 ball of Hygge Fur from Red Heart (I used the "Royal Purple" colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure

Sizing:
  • 14 inches tall
  • 38 inch circumference


Instructions:
Ch 41 (to change the width, any odd multiple will work)

Row 1:  In the third ch from the hook, work a (dc, ch 1)  *Skip a ch, then work a (dc, ch 1) in the next ch.  Repeat from * across, then work a dc into the last chain.

Row 2:  Ch 3 and turn.  *Work a (dc, ch 1) in the ch 1 space from the previous row.  Repeat from * across, the work a dc into the topmost chain of the turning chain.

Repeat row 2 until the rectangle measures about 38 inches long or desired length (length will determine the finished circumference).

Holding two edges together, slip stitch the edges together by working a slip stitch into each space across.

Fasten off and weave in and ends that remain.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How to Add a Removable Pom to a Hat


With the big trend at the moment for faux fur pom poms gracing hats everywhere, sometimes you need to remove it for a bit to either launder your hat or even change the look of your hat too!  Whether your hat is knit, crochet, or store bought, you can make your pom removable...it is SO easy!  Also, be sure to look below to see the full video tutorial to walk you through step by step!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Hat of any kind.  Love the hat in this post + video?  Get the FREE pattern here!
  • Pom pom (be sure there is an elastic loop at one end)
  • One button (at least an inch wide)
  • 1 piece of yarn (about 12 inches long, you can also use needle and thread if you prefer)
  • Tapestry/yarn needle
  • Scissors



How to add a removable pom to your hat:
  1. Turn hat inside out.
  2. Using yarn + needle (or needle and thread) sew button to the top most (crown) of the hat.
  3. Weave in any ends.
  4. Turn hat right side out
  5. Feed elastic loop through top of hat.
  6. Wrap loop several times around the button.
  7. If pom is a little floppy, simple wrap the loop around button several more times.
  8. All done and ready to wear!

Note: Faux fur poms should never go into the dryer.  Please follow manufacturer's instructions for care and cleaning of your pom.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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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 again...how 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 like...fun!

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:


Supplies:


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


Instructions:

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). 


Finishing:

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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