Free Pattern eBook: Baby Hugs

We’ve put together a selection of 11 knit and crochet patterns using the newest yarn in the Red Heart family – Baby Hugs!

Download the FREE Baby Hugs eBook!

The most newsworthy thing about Baby Hugs is that it has been tested for over 300 harmful substances. It has been Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 class 1 certified (which is a worldwide accepted standard). So Baby Hugs is perfect for babies and toddlers, giving parents the confidence that they are using quality yarn for their hand mades. Each ball has the blue heart mark.

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May Doily of the Month

Welcome to the May 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 May, we have the Colorful Table Doily. This doily is crocheted in rows and is a great introduction to working with crochet thread. Changing the colors and stripes will create a completely new look.

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Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is a type of crochet that holds multiple loops on the hook in a style similar to what is done in knitting. It differs from knitting in that it uses a crochet hook, not knitting needles. The result is a fabric that is beautifully textured using a technique that combines the best of knitting and crochet. Tunisian crochet is also commonly known as Afghan Crochet. It has also been called by a variety of other names including Shepherd’s Knitting, Railroad Knitting and Cro-hooking.

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Heart & Sole Shawl 3 Colorful Ways

When Lorna Miser designed our crocheted Happy-Go-Lacy Shawl in the vibrant Jellybeans shade of Heart & Sole, everyone loved it for how lightweight and drapey it was, easy to wear as a shawl or a scarf and always comfortable. The quality sock-weight wool-blend yarn comes in beautiful solid and print colors and is machine washable. So when we chose a project for May that we might want to make for our mothers, we made the same shawl in the neutral Riverstone color and called it Enjoy Life Shawl (because wearing it made it easy to enjoy life). Then for knitters, we asked Lorna to design a knit version of the shawl in Denimy and called it Laid-Back Shawl. This third shawl seemed perfect for casual denim days or really for wearing with any casual outfit.

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Have you heard about the CGOA Design Competition?

The Design Competition grows each year as crocheters inspire the creativity in each other. It is an exciting part of the annual Knit & Crochet Show conference that is being held in Charleston, SC, July 13-16, 2016. Since I love the competition, I am writing to encourage you to enter the contest and share your original designs. . Your design will be displayed on the show floor and you may even win a nice monetary prize. :-)

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