The shell stitch is a stitch pattern in crochet that can be worked in a variety of different ways. In general, it refers to a pattern in which multiple stitches are worked into the same stitch from the row or round below to create the “shell” shape. For example, a very common form of the shell stitch is to work five double crochet stitches into the same stitch. The stitches fan out so that they appear to be different heights at the edges, making that shell shape, even though they are actually all the same size. This crochet guide teaches you different variations of the shell stitch and shares patterns for practicing this fun design.
In case you missed any of the Free pattern eBooks from the Red Heart inspiration team, I am collecting all 6 of them here. I thought you might want to download them so you can have the patterns handy when planning your next project. Just click on the cover photo to download.
As we get closer to the holidays, are you running out of time to make all of the gifts on your handmade holidays list? Not to worry — we’re calling the Red Heart Joy Creators in to the rescue! These bloggers have some fabulous patterns for last-minute gifts that you still have time to finish before the holidays. This post includes a roundup of 30 gift-worthy free crochet and knitting patterns by the Joy Creators for everyone on your list.
During the holidays we’re always looking for ways to personalize our gifts and stay within budget. Crochet thread is relatively inexpensive, and is the perfect material to use to crochet these beautiful earrings. When you add crystals, and make different colored earrings for your friends and family, each person will know you took the time to personalize a pair just for them! These earrings add just a touch of glamour needed during this festive time of year, and work up in just a few hours.
The messy bun hat is taking the internet by storm! If you haven’t seen it, this is a hat with a hole in it for a bun or ponytail to go through, so you can have your hair up and still wear a hat when it is cold. We’ve gathered a collection of messy bun hats from various bloggers for you to make yourself!
It’s the end of 2016, and we wanted to share YOUR favorite patterns! These are the top 10 free Red Heart patterns from 2016 based on the number of people who downloaded them. It’s a mix of free crochet patterns and free knitting patterns, and a mix of skill levels.
We have a new feature on our site: the Yarn Lovers Gallery! It’s filled with photos from fans just like you. If you share your photos on social media with the hashtag #redheartyarns, you have a chance to be featured as well.
The Craftys are awards that “celebrate the best in DIY and craft”, including knitting and crochet. Anyone can nominate any project — it’s not limited to people who have a blog, or professional designers, or any other group. Red Heart is proud to sponsor the knitting and crochet categories. The Best in Show winner will receive $1000, and category winners will receive $200. Plus, the crochet and knitting category winners will receive a Red Heart Yarns prize pack. Keep reading to find out more, including how to enter!
I love to knit with cables!! I remember very fondly my first attempt to knit a cable. I’d done a few patterns, from a book I’ve long ago lost and forgotten the title, and was working up to some of the more complicated projects. When I found this lovely blanket only used knit, purl and cables, I was very excited to give it a try. The beautiful designs that come from cables make them seem difficult, but if you can slip a few stitches to a 3rd needle, you can add cables to your knitting repertoire!
Whether you’re a longtime Red Heart cheerleader or are just discovering a new Red Heart yarn in your local craft store, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which Red Heart yarn fits the best with your project idea or pattern. In this post, I’ll help you choose from 11 of Red Heart’s most popular and newest yarns so you can make the right choice for your next crochet or knitting project.