Red Heart Crochet Along

We are launching a new feature in February…Crochet-a-Long, and it will be through our Red Heart Yarns Facebook page, and we will continue to blog about it here on HeartStrings.  A couple weeks ago, I asked you to give me an idea of what you might like to work on for both knit and crochet projects.  You have given us some wonderful suggestions and our first crochet-a-long will begin on February 14th (Knit-a-long coming soon).  Numerous comments about wanting to learn or make sampler Afghans or throws, various types of ripple Afghans and grannies were mentioned.  Based on those suggestions, we have selected 3 different crochet afghan patterns for you to choose from.

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Looking for Color

Back in New York to photograph more Red Heart projects, I love to have the chance to check out knits in all the store windows. January is the peak time shopping for warm stuff and the stores are full of scarves, hats, mitts and sweaters. For me, it’s the perfect time to look for knitwear inspiration. From the catalogs and web sites I’ve visited, this season seemed to lack color. A few store visits proved this fact – Club Monaco, J. Crew, Banana Republic. Yes, there were beautiful cables and textural knits, but everywhere I looked – neutrals!

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Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller

Lace knitting never seems to wane in popularity. But if you are like me with limited knitting time, fine lace yarn doesn’t have great appeal. Of course in my mind, I want to sit down and spend hours casting on hundreds of stitches and follow a complex chart – but then reality sinks in and I realize that I have to get back to my Red Heart work. So much for my knitting dreams! Continue reading “Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller”

Cabled Christmas

Last week on my way to a photo shoot, I passed the Club Monaco window. Amazing! Tons of Aran knits – stockings, scarves and sweaters. What a knitter’s delight! Half my stash is made up of Aran, ecru, off white, cream shades of various yarns. I love all the off-white stockings. I’ve made a note that it will be an idea for next year’s Christmas patterns. The huge long scarves are so nice; they have terrific stitch definition. Making stitch patterns in light shades of yarn is an excellent way to showcase your textural knitting and crocheting skills. Continue reading “Cabled Christmas”

Grandma’s Favorite Afghan

Recently while flipping through a magazine on flight to a Stitches show, I came across this ad for kitty litter, but what caught my eye was the crochet afghan over the rocking chair and the basket of yarn on the floor.  It’s interesting how popular crochet has become.  I see it in print advertisements for every medium.  This brought back so many wonderful memories of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet.  And this afghan was one of her favorite.  I still have the one she made for me and it’s in these exact colors.  She made over 100 of this style in lots of different colors.  We got to pick out the colors we wanted, but all the others were donated to the church for those in need. Continue reading “Grandma’s Favorite Afghan”