I was looking at the calendar recently and noticed that just about every day of the week is named after something or someone. Some examples of this are National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Spouses Day and National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. I think some of them are silly, but one day that stands out to me is National Hugging Day. In 1986 Kevin Zaborney declared January 21st as National Hugging Day. He noticed that people seemed a little down after the Holidays and thought a hug might lift spirits. He did not think the idea would take off, but it did and in a big way. It is not only recognized in the United States, but in many other countries. Everyone needs a hug every once-in-a-while, right? His only advise is that you should ask permission before hugging a complete stranger.
Did you know we launched nine new yarns in 2016? Here are our favorite patterns that go along with the new yarns. Be sure to check out all of the other free patterns we designed as well! Click on the image to go to the free pattern.
Lots of little kids love dolls! Let them act out their favorite scenes with their 18″ dolls with this collection of free crochet and knit patterns. Whether they want their doll to be a bride, a witch, or just a regular girl, we have the perfect outfit.
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I’ve recently become aware of the artist, Gina Rose Gallina, and her colorful way of expressing herself with crochet using Red Heart yarn. I’m just starting to follow this creative force, but wanted to introduce her fun, fantastic yarn pursuits to you. If you are going to be at Vogue Knitting Live, be sure to see and enjoy Gina’s Queen Bee work there. And if you are near Eureka Springs, Arkansas you can see Gina’s work at the Green Gourd on 12 Center Street.
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.