Knitting and Crocheting is Not a Thing of the Past Anymore

Did you know Red Heart provides free patterns on many items you would never believe could be knitted or crocheted? I remember my first day at work walking into the break room to eat my lunch and seeing some women knitting and crocheting. I remember thinking to myself how awesome their creations were but how knitting and crocheting was such an “old timey” thing to do and I just knew right then that I’d never get into that. But look at me now, I’m so “hooked” I think I could crochet in my sleep! I remember seeing what my co-workers were creating just on their lunch breaks and I was so amazed that I jumped on the band wagon real quick after that.

Luckily, the ladies took me under their wings and showed me the basics. My first two projects were scarves that I donated to a charity. From then on I learned new stitches and started making cowls, hats, blankets, booties, golf club covers, wristers, coasters, shawls, totes, tops….the list goes on.  There are so many things you can make with yarn, the possibilites are endless! And although some perceive needlecrafts as a thing of the past maybe they should think twice! ;)  Shame on me for judging a book by its cover.
Cro-Shayley's 1st scarfCro-Shayley's 2nd scarf

If you are new to knitting and crocheting and need a little help, check out our Learn How section.  Here you’ll find illustrations and steps on basic stitches.  We have lots of videos as well to help if you are a visual learner!  Use the search bar or the Article Category sidebar to help narrow your search.

Check out the Associated Press article Passionate crafters keep crochet alive, thriving  featured in the Salisbury Post. The article mentions 2 of our designers: Edie Eckman and Carol Alexander.

Red Heart’s Featured Mums in Fall Wreath of the Month – November

Enter to Win the Wreath of the Month!

There will be 3 lucky people who will win the yarn, needles and hooks to make this month’s wreath.

Red Heart will be featuring a new wreath project every month in 2013!  It will include a free pattern for the particular wreath and some tips and photos for assembly  from the designer Michele Wilcox.

PLUS get a November Wreath Calendar that you can print out to keep track of important dates

November’s wreath of the month free pattern is the Mums in Fall Wreath.

Everyone can take part in making this pompom wreath to welcome your Fall visitors. Pompoms can be made by kids and non-crafty adults. Arrange them to look like flowers by simply gluing them to your wreath, add a bow and you are ready to hang your wreath!

Mums in Fall Wreath


Cro-Shayley makes Crochet Today’s Dasher Gloves

Have you started on your Christmas presents yet? You know Christmas is just around the corner; so close that we are on Week 4 of 12 Weeks of Christmas. Crochet Today's Dasher GlovesEEEK! That means you’ve got 8 weeks to get your rear in gear. ;) If you’re in need of some fun Christmas gifts or inspiration on your holiday home décor, search for our Christmas patterns and check our our newest free Holiday eBook, Have a Cozy Holiday.

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Red Heart’s 9 Months of Baby Projects Month 9

It’s the last month in Red Heart’s 9 Months of Baby Projects. If you have been following along there have been some really cute projects and this last month is super sweet! Knit this versatile wrap baby sweater and top it off with a picture-perfect teddy bear hat. This easy knit combo is ideal for baby boys or girls and the sweater can be adjusted a bit to allow for baby’s growth.

Month 9
Teddy Sweater and Hat Knitting Pattern

Three Lucky People will Win the Materials for the project and 1 -Year Subscription to Crochet Today! Magazine.


Anne Geddes Baby              Crochet Today Magazine

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Fall is the Season

Fall has always been my favorite season of the year. This time of year makes me want to exercise, shop and most of all create. I love going out on the back patio and crochet for hours in the fresh crisp air. It just gives me so much energy. This past weekend was one of those weekends. The sun was out, but it was about 70 degrees so I sat out for hours crocheting and loving it. This made me think of some patterns that are especially appropriate for this time of year.

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Aunt Lydia’s New Bakers Cotton Crochet Thread

Aunt Lydia’s Baker’s Cotton is a new twist on an old favorite, this super soft 100% cotton thread is fun to stitch with and you’ll love the colorful results. Great for anything you’d use a traditional crochet thread for, but with the added punch of color twisted with white to give you a fabulous new look.  It is also great for crafting.

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