1. Teach a friend how to crochet or knit.
We always love teaching our friends the craft of knitting and crochet. Whether they have no experience at all or are just looking for a friendly helper we love the idea of friends getting together to learn and create. If it is your first time teaching, take some tips from our learn-to-knit and learn-to crochet articles.
2. Take your knit or crochet project on the go.
One of our favorite things about knitting and crocheting is that we can take it with us no matter where we go. One of the great things about working on our projects in public is that we can spread the love for our craft in addition to generating interesting from bystanders! Meet other yarn lovers at a park, the mall, coffee shop or any public place! Don’t forget that the best part of being a passenger in a car or on a bus is being able to work on your projects!
3. Make a knit or crochet item for charity.
This time of year is all about giving back. With the colder winter months around the corner, warm scarves and hats will be put to great use. Make sure to check with local charities about their needs before dropping off any handmade donation items!
4. Clean out your stash and make granny squares for a scrap project.
Granny Squares are small crochet squares that are made in a variety of patterns from easy to complex. The great thing about Granny Squares is that they can be made with a variety of yarns or colors and stitched together for a stunning finished project. From scarves and shawls to oversized throws and even bags, the number of projects you can make are endless!
5. Take a class or learn a new skill.
Learning a new knit or crochet technique can be incredibly rewarding. Whether you follow a few online tutorials or look for a local class, like these by Marly Bird, expanding your skill set has never been easier. Even learning how to figure out multiples in patterns is a great idea for an afternoon!
6. Install a yarn-graffiti project that you make with friends.
Whether you go large scale like Olek or simply spice-up some everyday items like an office chair yarn graffiti is a fun way to express your wild side! It’s also a great opportunity to connect with your community while working through your stash.
7. Tackle your UFOs!
We know that looking over at a pile of unfinished (objects) projects can be defeating. Take this holiday to pour yourself a big ol’ cup of coffee and finish them! If you are stumped on one of our patterns, don’t forget you can always call our customer services team. They will be more than happy to walk you through any challenges you are having with the design.
8. Ditch the needle or hook and make a yarn craft!
9. Go Yarn Shopping!
Whether you like shopping at your local craft store or favor the convenience of online shopping at Red Heart, it’s a great time to stock up for winter projects! From chunky weights to vibrant colors, we love the new yarns we released this year. How about taking this time to try a new color or different style of yarn!
10. Show off your finished project.
Showing off your handmade creation can be so rewarding! Posting your finished projects on social media is a great way to get recognition for your hard work (and maybe even a little bragging rights). Share your creations made with Red Heart Yarn on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Don’t forget to use #RedHeartYarns and #ILoveYarnDay!