Watching the Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics will soon have me spending many hours sitting in front of my television. I never miss the opening ceremonies and find the events amazing. I’ll be watching with pride as our US team (wearing their “Made in the USA” designer outfits by Ralph Lauren) wow us with athletic feats and exciting Olympic events. Certainly I’ll be getting out my needles or hooks as I watch. Since I need to choose a project, I was going through our website for patterns for hats, scarves and other accessories. I’m thinking that many of you will also be looking for projects to keep your hands busy while watching the Olympics…so I’m sharing some of the ideas that use “Made in the USA” yarns (so appropriate for Olympic-watching projects). Here are 14 accessories using yarns like Super Saver, Team Spirit, With Love, Super Saver Chunky, Soft and Super Soft. Red Heart has 17 yarns that are Made in the USA.

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Have You Heard the Warm Up America! Story? By Guest Blogger Mary Colucci

By Mary Colucci Warm Up America! Foundation www.WarmUpAmerica.org
For those who might not know the history of the Warm Up America! program, it was the brainchild of Evie Rosen, a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections.  Continue reading “Have You Heard the Warm Up America! Story? By Guest Blogger Mary Colucci”

Cross-Stitched Square in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along

Welcome to the first square of the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along! This week we’ll be doing the Cross-Stitched Square. You can download the pattern here. Enter for a chance to win a Red Heart Yarns prize pack by going to our Facebook page and putting your name and email in the entry form.  We’ll be choosing a new winner every two weeks! Continue reading “Cross-Stitched Square in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along”

Shimmery Hearts Scarf Crochet Along with The Crochet Crowd

 

Join us and The Crochet Crowd for the Shimmery Hearts Scarf Crochet-Along! This scarf introduces the technique of filet crochet, and is simple enough to be completed in a few days. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! You can read tips and tricks here, and also take a look at Mikey’s video. Share your photos on our Facebook wall and on the Crochet Crowd’s page, and you might be lucky enough to win a ball winder!

Filet crochet is a technique using double-crochet stitches and chain stitches. You follow a chart with empty squares and filled-in squares. The empty squares mean you do a double crochet, then chain 2, then double crochet. The filled-in squares mean you do 4 double crochets (one double crochet for the grid, two double crochets in place of the chain 2 from the empty squares, and then another double crochet for the grid).

I find it helpful to think about the pattern as a mesh grid that you are crocheting. You go along happily doing double crochet, chain 2, double crochet, chain 2 all the way across, always ending the row with a double crochet. Sometimes you fill in the grid by doing the extra 2 double crochet instead of the chain 2. By filling in the grid where indicated, you create the pattern.

Shimmery Hearts Scarf

 

The scarf is made in two halves; you start from the center and do one half, and then go back to the starting point and do the second half. This method lets the hearts be right-side up on both halves of the scarf when you wear it. To start, you work only in the back loops of the chain sts. By doing this you will have a smooth chain edge for when you come back to do the second half of the scarf.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the first heart that you make, along with the close-up of that section of the chart. You follow the chart by starting at the side where the number is, and reading the pattern across. The chart for one half of the scarf is in the pattern PDF and in the video.

Heart with numbered rows

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you complete the chart once, you cut your yarn and secure the end. Then you go back to the beginning of the scarf, attach the yarn to crochet along the starting edge, and start the chart again. You’ll see the hearts go in opposite directions in the center.

 

After the second half is complete, instead of cutting your yarn you change to the smaller hook and start doing the border. Along the ends of the scarf you do a pattern to make little picots (points) that gradually get longer as they approach the center of the end. Along the edges of the scarf you just do little picots that are the same size. After you slip stitch the border to itself, you’re finished! You can cut the yarn and weave in your ends, and you’ll have a wonderful scarf to wear or to give.