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.

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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.

Super Saver Saves the Day!

Donna Hornschemeier emailed this amazing story about Super Saver yarn to us a few days ago. She agreed to let us share it with you… Red Heart Super Saver Blacklight

“The windshield wipers on my car broke earlier in the week. Last night I took my son to a meeting. Half an hour in it started snowing. Heavily. By the time his meeting was over the cars and road were covered. Before I had left home, I had checked the weather. There was no rain or snow in the forecast. Having no other choice, I pulled out my work in progress bags and cut a couple strands of yarn I was using to make a blanket and tied it to my wipers. By pulling on the yarn a little bit each time, my wipers would engage and go through their cycle. Thanks to your Red Heart Blacklight yarn I managed to get home safely. It was a distance of about 14 miles.”

We’re proud of Super Saver Blacklight and that it was able to help Donna see her way home in the storm! It’s a relatively new multi shade of Super Saver in neons and black.

If you have an interesting story about any of the Red Heart yarns please share them in the comments. We’d love to hear about it!

Join us for the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along!

 

Checkerboard Textures Throw

Welcome! We hope you join us in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along! Beginning on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and every two weeks after for the next few months we’ll post a new crocheted square pattern along with tips and pictures to help you learn the stitch. Crochet the squares along with us, and by the end you’ll have a completed afghan! Share your progress and ask questions on Facebook and Twitter. For every new square, we’ll select a winner for a prize package.  Continue reading “Join us for the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along!”

Crochet Pink eBook Featuring 26 Patterns to Crochet for Charity

The eBook Crochet Pink: 26 Patterns to Crochet for Comfort, Gratitude, and Charity by Janet Rehfeldt is a collection of patterns in pink, the color of hope for breast cancer. The patterns range from sweaters to accessories to home decor items, all in various shades of pink. The eBook includes two patters in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, the Mark of Elegance Bookmark in Classic 10 on page 73 and Coffee Cup and Travel Mug Cozies in Fashion 3 on page 79. The instructions are very clear and include multiple pictures for each pattern. The eBook also includes a list of other colors of hope for other types of cancer, so you can customize the colors to the one that means the most to you.

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My Whimsical Red Heart Chair

 

By Theresa (Terry) Albertson

I live on Anderson Island, a small 3 miles by 5 miles island in South Puget Sound near the Seattle-Tacoma area.

After working nearly 37 years at a large national Retail Department Store in the display/visual merchandising arena, I have retired to my many hobbies, which include caring for a dozen exotic birds, four small-active dogs, and our neighbors-the deer that come to our yard for feed and water, gardening, and of course my number one pastime-knitting.

My mom and I learned to knit together when I was just 16. It was a wonderful way to enjoy time together. I don’t throw my yarn. I pick, so I am a very fast knitter. I know it as the “Continental” knitting method.

I prefer not to follow patterns. I have found it easier to envision my own ideas, and use my knitting style to produce them. I knit everything from hats-gloves-scarves to Afghans, sweaters and cute little dolls. I have my own basic top-down raglan sleeve sweater pattern knitted on circular needles. I am able to knit almost anything with this pattern. I make a wide variety of dolls, including the iconic raggedy Ann and Andy, as well as making many dolls that look like friends and friend’s grandkids.

I had seen examples of a new fad that was called yarn-bombing. People were knitting covers for almost anything. It gave me the inspiration to knit a straight-backed chair that I got from the Good-Will store.

My first attempt was a sophisticated cover in colors that could be used as living-dining-bed-room décor. Then when I saw what I could actually do, I decided to make one specifically to enter in the Washington State Fair in September of 2013. I decided to make it much more whimsical, sort of in the Wizard of Oz feeling.

When I got it completed I worried that with the limited methods of presentation at the fair my chair might not get seen as well as it deserved. So I knitted a little corner table with a checkerboard motif and even knitted little pom-poms for checker pieces. It served as a platform for my chair. When my husband and I arrived at the fair entry area, the ladies were caught a bit off guard. They were not sure how they could show it. They indicated they could not include the table in the judging but that I could use it as a platform for the chair.

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When the fair opened we still had not heard how my chair had done in the competition. We got to the knitting/quilting area and could not find the chair. My husband found a fair guide who when he asked about the chair she replied, “Oh the Grand Champion! It’s over here” and led us to it. I was flabbergasted to learn that my chair was the grand champion of the knitting entries and that I had actually won a monetary prize. What great fun it has been.

I used exclusively Red Heart yarn for this project for the color and value. I’m glad I did. I love Red Heart yarn!

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