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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July Featured Throw of the Month

Welcome to the July Featured Throw of the Month! This month we have the Patriotic Pride Throw made in Super Saver. Each month we will have a new themed throw as a featured free pattern. Each throw will have a tip or two in the blog, as well as a giveaway to win the yarn to make the throw. Keep reading for the tip and to access the giveaway! Use the hashtag #throwmonth to talk about the series.

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Learn a Stitch, Make this Lacy Cowl

Welcome to the seven entry in our ongoing series Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl! Each month in 2015 we will teach you a new crochet or knit stitch. You can then use the stitch when you make the featured cowl. This month our stitch is the slip, slip, knit (ssk) decrease, and the cowl is the Love This Lacy Cowl in Sparkle Soft. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.

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1 Cowl Design – 3 Ways

I’m sure you agree with me that one of the nicest things about crocheting your own cowl is that you can use any yarn and any color that you please. So when Salena Baca did this easy crochet cowl pattern we were not sure which yarn to use to please the most people. So we asked her to do the same pattern in 3 different yarns – Red Heart Soft, Boutique Treasure and Boutique Unforgettable. And we chose colors that were as different as we could.

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Cro-Shayley makes Red Heart's Turtle Bath Scrubby

Cro-Shayley makes Red Heart’s Turtle Bath Scrubby

Is bath time your little one’s favorite part of the day? It is for mine! Add to the fun and make him or her a bath scrubby with Red Heart’s new Scrubby yarn. It’s made of textured polyester which makes great washcloths and “scrubbies.” I decided to crochet Red Heart’s Turtle Bath Scrubby using these colors: Coconut, Duckie, Ocean and Cherry. Continue reading “Cro-Shayley makes Red Heart’s Turtle Bath Scrubby”

How to Create an Ombre

Ombre designs are trending in all areas of craft, fashion and decor. You can create your own ombre in crochet or knitting. This article shows you how to create blue ombres using Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. We’ll cover a basic ombre, subtler ombres using multi-stranding techniques, what happens when you try to ombre a variegated yarn and more. By the end of this article, you should be able to create your own ombre pattern using any section of the color wheel.

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