How do you make sure that the sweater you’re making will fit? Make a gauge swatch! A gauge swatch is a small sample of your pattern that you make before starting the main item. By doing the stitch pattern for a few inches you can make sure that your gauge, or the number of stitches and rows in a set number of inches, matches the gauge called for in the pattern. If your gauge does not match the pattern gauge your item will not be the same dimensions as the pattern describes and you may run out of yarn. Not matching gauge isn’t quite as crucial for something like a dish cloth or a simple bag, but for garments such as hats and sweaters having the wrong gauge could mean that the finished item turns out fit for a giant! Continue reading “To Swatch or Not to Swatch?”
Thank you to the hundreds of fans who participated in the Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge on our Facebook page, and congratulations to the 5 winners of the $175 Red Heart prize package! We enjoyed seeing your handiwork in the photo contest and on our wall. We are inspired by your creativity and stitching talent, and we look forward to continuing to see your projects. Continue reading “Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5 Winners”
Want to make your finished items look even better? Block them! Blocking may seem intimidating, but you really only need a few things from around the house. Read on to become a blocking pro! Continue reading “Blocking as a Finishing Touch”
I first became cyber friends with Kathy Cano Murillo way back when “MySpace” was the happening place to be. We then also became “Facebook” friends when everyone was making the switch. What drew me to Kathy and her crafts were the brightness, the joy, and the love that seemed to emanate from her projects.
Have you thought about what you might do for Knit and Crochet in Public? Grab a few friends, your knitting or crochet, a chair and enjoy a day in the park talking and sharing your work. Knitting and crocheting in public is a great way for people to come together, share ideas and make new friends. There are so many ways groups can come together and use this to beautify an unsightly area or work together on projects for the less fortunate. Continue reading “World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day 2013”
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 Sahrit Freud-Weinstein.
PLUS get a June Wreath Calendar that you can print out to keep track of important dates.
June’s wreath of the month free pattern is the Argyle for Dad Wreath.
Honor a special Dad with a crochet wreath on your front door, or perhaps in his office window. The faux argyle is simply made by wrapping yarn around the crocheted diamond shapes. Then necktie and collar are added for the perfect June wreath!
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
Want to make something extra special for your Dad this Father’s Day? Crochet or knit one of these free patterns and it is sure to please Dad this Father’s Day. Nothing says “I Love You” like homemade gifts, from both kids and adults. Get started now! Father’s Day is June 16, 2013.
Don’t forget that tomorrow is your last day to enter the photo challenge! Voting begins on May 24, 2013. Continue reading “Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 6”
Is your stash taking over your home? Mine sure seems to grow whenever I turn my back! This spring cleaning season my goal is to keep things organized. I have a vintage curio cabinet I like keeping my prettiest yarn in, I love being able to see everything through the glass doors. Other craft supplies fit easily in the drawer and lower cabinet sections. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning Your Stash”