Warm Up America! was started by Evie Rosen whose dream was based on Neighbors helping Neighbors. Evie was a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections. Now a nationwide program of the Craft Yarn Council, individuals and groups are encouraged to complete and donate afghans in their own community. To date, hundreds of thousands of afghans and accessories have been distributed to people in need by Warm Up America groups and through the CYC office.
Patriotic holidays are approaching! Whether you’re preparing for a Memorial Day barbeque or want to get a head start on Independence Day decorations, we have free crochet and knit patterns for you.
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by guest blogger Lori Tarantini, National Accounts Manager Specialty Chains/Marketing Manager, Coats & Crafts Canada
July 1st may mark Canada’s 150th Birthday, but Canadians are celebrating all year! As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation events and activities are being planned all over the country. To learn more about all the great events planned check out Canada’s Official 150th Anniversary website.
We love celebrations at Red Heart so we created some fabulous free patterns to celebrate with our Canadian friends.
You already know our With Love yarn, and now this premium acrylic yarn comes in 6 classic self-striping patterns! Use them in your favorite throw or scarf pattern, either way they look great!
Father’s Day is coming up! We have a dozen free knit and crochet patterns perfect for you to have ready in time to give them. If you want more inspiration, we have many more free patterns on our website.
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It’s spring, so flowers are everywhere! Crochet your own flowers to have on hand. We have crochet patterns for individual flowers, flowers in throws, and flowers as embellishments. Choose your favorite project and start stitching!
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Crochet artist Olek has released the first two parts of her new #LoveAcrosstheUSA community mural project: a mural of Harriet Tubman in Auburn, NY and a mural of Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, NY. The murals were made by combining hundreds of 2′ x 2′ crocheted squares made by dozens of community volunteers.
by Donna Stinson
It takes months, sometime years, of planning to make your wedding day perfect. There are so many overwhelming decisions that have to be made from the weddings rings to the honeymoon destination and a million other things in between. I went to Red Heart.com and found a dozen brilliant crochet projects that can be worn (or held) by the bride, wedding party, mother-of-the-bride/groom and there is even an 18” wedding doll. You may not have time to make something for yourself, but I bet there is someone special that would love to make a hand-crafted gift for the happy couple. It could be the start of a family heirloom to be passed down for generations.
Freeform crochet is a wonderful expression of your own creativity achieved through fiber. It is often called “painting with yarn” because of the openness of the design. Freeform crochet can be anything that you want it to be. While there aren’t any “rules” for freeform crochet, there are some great starting points and tips for people who would like to express themselves in this way but who aren’t sure where to begin. This guide will help you get started in the adventure of freeform crochet. Continue reading “Freeform Crochet Tips for Beginners”