Donna’s Dozen Back to School in Style

It’s hard to believe, but it is that time of year again. Time to send those precious little ones back to school. Along with that comes shopping for new school clothes and supplies. I always liked to crochet a few items so that my children would have something unique and very stylish at the same time. I have chosen a dozen designs to get you started. Most are accessories so you have plenty of time to get done before school starts. I have also added some great projects for sports fans.
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Mandela Day 2016

by guest blogger Veronica Buzby

July 18 2016, was a very special day where we all come together to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC. 67 Blankets started when Mandela’s long-time assistant Zelda La Grange challenged our founder, Carolyn Steyn, to make 67 blankets for Mandela Day 2014. In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day, where global citizens are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to improve their local communities.

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August Doily of the Month

Welcome to the August Doily of the Month! Each month in 2016 we will share a new doily pattern for you to make in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread. We challenged the top doily designers to create innovate designs that coordinate with the feeling of each month. Plus, every month we will select five winners to receive an Aunt Lydia’s prize pack.

For August, we have the Lotus Tile Doily. This doily is inspired by the lotus flower, and would work well as a centerpiece or framed and hung on the wall.

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Ultimate Guide to Chevron Crochet

The chevron pattern is a bold graphic pattern that recurs again and again as a popular trend in fashion, home decor and even architecture. It has timeless appeal and yet specific color choices implemented in this pattern can immediately conjure up images of certain eras (such as the orange/yellow/brown chevron of the 1970s or the black/white/gold of the Art Deco years). Chevrons can be found in every type of crochet project including men’s crochet ties, women’s Missoni-inspired dresses, blankets of all sizes and even designs worked in the round. There are as many different ways to crochet chevrons as there are projects they are used on, but they all have a few things in common so once you learn the basics you’ll be able to adapt that knowledge to making all varieties of chevron crochet patterns. This guide will give you that foundation.

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Joy Creators Christmas in July Blog Hop

Our Joy Creators are joining together for a Christmas in July blog hop! The participating Joy Creators will be posting free patterns made with Red Heart on their websites on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in July, starting July 6. Follow along with the schedule below, and share the projects you make using the patterns with the #joycreators and #redheartyarns hashtags! Links will be added to this schedule as the posts go up.

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