Cro-Shayley makes a Bear Sweater

Cro-Shayley makes a Bear Sweater

Bear SweaterLast year, a friend who works on the yearbook team for a local elementary school asked me to make a sweater for a bear that would appear in many upcoming yearbook pictures. She asked for a blue and gray striped sweater with a red “B” in the center. As I was searching Red Heart’s free patterns for a baby sweater, I came across the Little Prince Crown Sweater and thought I could definitely tweak this pattern to fit the bear. The bear sweater turned out great and the children loved him and they named him Brownie. How sweet?!?! She sent some pictures they used in the yearbook that I thought I would share. :)

 

 

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A Little Snow(man) in July

From guest blogger Joan Barnett

I admit to loving snowmen. I collect them in all shapes and sizes. I have ceramic snowmen, a yarn ball snowman holding an old wooden spool of Dual Duty thread, a dog snowman-you get the picture, I have a collection. Some stay out all year and some only come out at Christmas time.

I was walking through the yarn area the other day on my way to a meeting and spotted a knit snowman made from Red Heart Super Saver. I was charmed by his knit in sweater, scarf and hat. He even had a knit carrot nose! I think I mentioned that I love snowmen but I also love small knit things and I wondered what would happen if I made my snowman from sock yarn?

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67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

by guest blogger Veronica Buzby

About 18 months ago, Zelda la Grange, long time Personal Assistant to former President Nelson Mandela, presented her friend Carolyn Steyn with the challenge of making 67 blankets by Nelson Mandela Day in 2014. (July 18th). Obviously this would be impossible for her to do alone, so she reached out to her friends, and to their friends, to help her make blankets, which would be given to the needy. As a result, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day was formed. South Africa has had an enormous response to this call to action. They exceeded the challenge of 67 blankets by at least 6,000! By April 21st of 2015, more than 9,000 blankets were laid at the foot of the Nelson Mandela statue in front of the Government Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela claimed a Guinness World Book of Records for the largest crocheted blanket!

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Fringe It! Easy How-Tos for Fringe

We’re seeing fringe in all the ready-to-wear and trend reports. Fringe gives garments and scarfs a fashionable Boho feel and it softens the modern edges of purchased home décor items. So I thought I would try adding fringe to a table runner and tank top. I used Red Heart Super Saver to make fringe on the inexpensive ramie table runner that had a loose weave to pull the yarn through. And then used Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread Size 10 along the neckline of a tank top.

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Babies… in Cozy Neutrals!

I just read that 25% of the US population are millennials born between 1977 and 2000. And it seems that most every female millennial I know is in baby mode. In our office alone there have been five employees in the last year having a baby…and one of them had twins! Every baby has been a reason to get our yarn and hooks and needles busy making cute baby things!

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No Hook Needed: How to Finger Crochet

Finger crochet is a terrific form of crochet that many people seem hesitant to try. Don’t be afraid – it’s exactly the same as your regular crochet work except that you replace your crochet hook with your finger. This guide explains why you might want to try it out, how to do it, what tips you should know as you get the hang of it and finally some patterns for practice. Continue reading “No Hook Needed: How to Finger Crochet”

Christmas Ruffle Tree

by Jennifer E. Ryan of Celtic Knot Crochet

I love the Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarns – they come in wonderful colors with a variety of sequined and metallic versions. They work up quickly to make a pretty scarf to give as a gift or to add pizzazz to any outfit. But I also love the challenge to see how they can be used to add ruffles to other things besides scarves, such as this Christmas Ruffle Tree.

Follow along so you can learn how to make one of your own to get a head start on your holiday decorating this year!

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Connect with other Knitters and Crocheters

If you are a crocheter or knitter that loves enjoying your craft alone, and gets all the inspiration you need from the many websites and Ravelry, then you do not need to read any further. But if you would like to be opened up to the larger world of wonderful people (in the flesh) that knit and crochet, I whole-heartedly encourage you to join a group.

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