Guide to Crochet Shell Stitch Variations with Patterns

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.

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30 Last Minute Gifts from the Red Heart Joy Creators

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.

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DIY Thread Crochet Earrings

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.

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Celebrate Creativity with The Craftys

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!

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Knitting Cables: an Introduction

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!

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How Do I Decide Which Red Heart Yarn To Use In My Next Project?

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.

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