Thursday, June 13, 2019

Peony Spa Scrubby, Free Crochet Pattern + Video



The Peony Spa Scrubby is a beautiful and super easy little crochet project that you can make in no time flat!  The lovely pink puff is reminiscent of gorgeous peonies that bloom in the spring months.  The vibrant green hanging loop is complete with a tiny leaf for a total botanical look in your home spa.  This luxurious spa pouf is a must have for the bath and is pretty when hanging to dry too!  Need a little less scrubby/exfoliating power?  Try making one in smooth cotton yarn too!

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

Peony Spa Scrubby
By Jennifer Dickerson



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Materials:

  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • 1 ball of Scrubby Cotton by Red Heart Yarns in the "Blushing Print" colorway
  • Several yards of Scrubby Smoothie by Red Heart in the "Lime" colorway for leaves and hanging loop.
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 

Sizing:
  • Pouf is 8 inches wide 
  • Hanging loop is 6 inches long (including leaf)

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


Instructions for scrubby (worked in pink variegated yarn):


Ch 6, join with a slip stitch in the furthest ch from the hook.

Round 1: Ch 3, then work 30 dc into the center of the ring.  Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 2: Ch 3, then work 3 dc in each space (area in between the dc posts from the previous round) around. Join to close round with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Repeat round 2.

Round 4: Repeat round 2.

Instructions for hanging loop (worked in green yarn):

Ch 40, then put through middle opening of the flower.  Tie ends together.

Instructions for one round leaf (worked in green yarn):

Ch 4, join in the furthest chain with a slip stitch to close round.
Ch 3, then work (dc, tr, 2 dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc, 3 hdc) into the center of the ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch and fasten off.  Using tails, sew to hanging loop.  Weave in ends.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Unboxing & Pencil Set Giveaway from Global Backyard!


I have a super fun giveaway for you today lovelies! The folks at Global Backyard Industries sent me this beautiful stuff from their newest collection to share with you, and it's all so pretty!  Be sure to scroll down for a chance to win a set of the pencils below...3 winners!

Global Backyard Industries is a US based company that has tons of things for craft lovers.  From crochet to embroidery to painting, they have it all (and more!)  Check out my video unboxing of a sampling of their latest collection here:


First up is the zipper pouch...each one is sewn to order and this one features a lovely design...reminds me of an abstract yarn ball!



Next is this gorgeous yarn cake!  The one I have here has soft tonal shades of coral, cream, and gray.  Very luxurious and super soft.  I find the color of the cake very wearable too...pattern in the works for this yarn, coming soon!



Last but not least is this fun set of seven pencils!  Made in the US in a family owned 100 year old pencil factory, each one has a fun sentiment that is for yarn lovers only!  Check out what they say below, so much fun:


Now is you chance to win a set of your own! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below (sometimes it takes a moment to load). There are THREE sets in this giveaway, so THREE winners!!!  Giveaway ends June 18.  Now go, go, go, and enter!!

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Extra special thanks to Global Backyard Industries for sponsoring this giveaway!  I received the items shown in this post and video to unbox and review.  All opinions are my own.



© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May Knit Crate...Unboxing & Coupon Code!


I am super excited to share with you the May Knit Crate: "Farmers Market" 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...all for $24.99! This price includes shipping + handling, they'll ship it worldwide...awesome!


Close up of the yarn this month, the theme is "Farmers Market".  Check out the yarn this time around, the "Citrus Squeeze" colorway:



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.
  • This month...fun extras!  See below:


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

Learn more about all of the different crates here!

I received the May Knit Crate and filmed the unboxing of it here:



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

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Fiddlehead Shawl, Free Crochet Pattern + Video


The Fiddlehead Shawl is is gorgeous and fresh wrap that can be worn in all four seasons.  Alternating v-stitches and puff stitches create fabulous texture and and is easy pie to work up.  What is a fiddlehead you may be wondering?  They are those cute and curly early spring fronds of the fern plant that eventually unroll into spiky fern fronds.  The color of this shawl celebrates the green freshness of the early fern and is a great piece for not only spring, but the other three seasons too!



This shawl is part of the Celebrate Mom Blog Hop going on now, hosted by Pattern Paradise!  Each day in May, a different crochet designer will be featured and share a new free pattern with you! There are lots of fun prizes too, so come join the fun! For the list of designers and all the details, go to this post => 2019 Celebrate Mom Blog Hop & Giveaway”  Use the #CelebrateMomBlogHop to share your crochet projects too!

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

Fiddlehead Shawl
By Jennifer Dickerson



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Materials:

  • K (6.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • 2 balls of With Love by Red Heart Yarns in the "Lettuce" colorway
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape measure or ruler



Sizing:
  • 50 inches long
  • 17 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:
Instructions:

*Note: The puff stitches in this piece are worked by wrapping yarn around hook and bring up a loop (3 loops on the hook, wrapping yarn around hook and bring up a loop (5 loops on the hook, wrapping yarn around hook and bring up a loop (7 loops on the hook).  Wrap yarn around hook one last time and bring hook through all 7 loops.  Chain 1 to close stitch.

*Note 2: In the video and written pattern, I work a ch 1 in between each "V' of the v-stitch.  However, if you are getting some tightness or "bunchiness", try working a ch 2 instead.  Tension varies between crocheters and that puff is can be slightly bulky, so try both and see what works best for you!

Ch 65

Row 1: In the 4th ch from the hook, work a (dc, ch 1, dc).  *Skip 2 chains, then work a puff stitch (see note above) in the next chain.  Skip 2 chains then work a (dc, ch 1, dc) in the next chain.  Repeat from * across, then work 1 dc in the last ch.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  *Work a puff stitch into the ch 2 space from previous row (center of the v stitch).  Work (dc, ch 1, dc) into the top of the puff stitch (the chain that you made to close the stitch).  Repeat from * across.  Work a dc in the top ch of the turning chain.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn.  *Work a (dc, ch 1, dc) into the top of the puff stitch (the chain that you made to close the stitch).  Work a puff stitch into the ch 2 space from previous row (center of the v stitch).  Repeat from * across.  Work a dc in the top ch of the turning chain.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is about 50 inches long or desired length.  

Finishing:

Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle and you're finished!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Strawflowers In The Window 12" Square, Free Crochet Pattern + Video (Wedding Blanket CAL!)


The Strawflowers In The Window 12" Square is a fun to stitch up and fabulous blanket square that has lots of different stitches and techniques to make for a satisfying and engaging project.  

This lovely square is part of the Wedding Blanket CAL, a super fun crochet along with the Joy Creators!  As you may know I am part of the Red Heart Joy Creators, a special team of designers that work with Red Heart and their fabulous yarns.  We have partnered up to collectively create a gorgeous blanket, each of us making a square, to gift to the wonderful person that coordinates the Joy Creator program for her upcoming wedding!  So exciting!


Check out the finished blanket below!  Hop on over to Marly Bird's site to get links to all of the other squares in the CAL.  Check out the finished blanket below...so pretty!


Strawflowers In The Window 12" Blanket Square
By Jennifer Dickerson



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Materials:

  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • Chic Sheep Yarn from Red Heart ( I used "Linen" "Suede" and "VIP" This yarn is a medium/4 on the yarn weight scale. 
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape measure or ruler

Sizing:
  • 12 inches across and 12 inches wide.

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:
Instructions For Motifs:

Note: I used one color per round, but feel free to mix it up!


Ch 4, join with a sl st in the furthest ch from hook to form ring.

Round 1: ch 3, then work 2 dc, then a sl st into the center of the ring. Work *(3 dc, sl st) five times for a total of 6 petals. Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 2: Tie on new color onto the back loops at the top of one of the petals. Insert your hook (same place at the top of petal) as if to work a back post stitch and ch 3 (working it this way will make the chain look more consistent with the other stitches). Ch 1, then in the next space (in between petals) work a tr into the center of the ring. Ch 1, then work a bpdc into the center most dc of the next petal. Continue in this manner around the circle, working a tr, ch 1 into the center of the ring (in between petals), then a bpdc, ch 1 in center dc of each petal. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 3: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work a dc, ch 1. Work 2 dc, ch 1 in each space around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 4: Tie on a new color into any space and ch 3. In the same space, work a 2 dc, ch 1. Work 3 dc, ch 1 in each space around. Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 5: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). In the next space, work 3 dc, ch 1 (this will create the first side of the square. In the next space, (work 3 dc, ch 1) to make the next side. In the next corner, work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1). Continue in this manner, working corner, side, side, corner, side, side, etc. Join to close round with a sl st. 

Note: For the first motif, work rounds 1-5.  For the second, third, and 4th motifs, work rounds 1-4, then proceed to the JAYGO section below.


How To Join Motifs Together (JAYGO/Join As You Go):

Note: It really helps to keep everything flat as you work, I like to lay mine on a table or lap as I go. Also be sure the right side (side that faced up as you stitched up your squares) is facing upward.

Part 1: Joining the second square onto the first one

Grab a second square and tie on the round 5 color into any corner space of a square you've previously made and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc). In each side space work (3 dc, ch 1) for each side.  Repeat for each side space until you reach the next corner...this is where we'll make our first join. In the corner space work 3 dc. Instead of the ch 3, instead work a ch 1, then work a slip stitch into the other square' corner space, work a ch 1, then work 3 dc back into the square. As you continue down the side of the square, work a slip stitch into the other square instead of a ch 1, and 3 dc into the side spaces of the square. When you get to the next corner, work 3 dc, ch 1, slip stitch into the other square's corner space, ch 1, then 3 dc into the corner to finish the joining. Work the rest of the square the way you normally would (3 dc, ch 1) in each of the side spaces and 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in the corner). Join with a slip stitch to close round, fasten off yarn and you're ready to join another square!

Part 2: Joining subsequent squares

As you join the rest of your squares, you'll basically be repeating part 2 (see above), except the only difference being that sometimes there will be an area where you'll be joining into a corner that has two or three squares (instead of simply joining into another square). In this case make you slip stitch join in the spaces between the squares (not the corner space). Always go directly across in your join to avoid it being off center. To see this join inaction in greater detail, be sure to check out the video. In the video, I join two squares together, then three squares, then four squares, showing all possible joining scenarios that may arise as you work on your square. The rule of thumb is that when you are not joining, you work a ch 1. When you are at a spot that requires a join, simply replace the ch 1 with a slip stitch into the other square.

*Important: If you have never tried the JAYGO technique, I highly recommend the video.


Instructions for Border:

Round 1: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). *In the next space and in each space across, work (3 dc, ch 1). In the corner space work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc).  Repeat from *around the entire square.  Note: Also work (3 dc, ch 1) in the spaces in between squares where they are joined.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 2: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 3. In the same space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) (this will create first corner of the square). *In the next space and in each space across, work (3 dc, ch 1). In the corner space work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc).  Repeat from *around the entire square.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Round 3: Repeat Round 2.

Round 4: Tie on a new color into any corner space and ch 1.  *Work 3 sc into the corner space, then work a sc into each stitch and space across.  Repeat from star along each side all the way around.  Join to close round with a sl st.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends.

Did you make this square?  Use the #weddingblanketCAL to share!  Happy crocheting lovelies!!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2019

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