Burrrr, baby it’s cold outside! If you haven’t done so already, get your hooks and needles out and whip up some winter accessories for yourself, a friend or a charity to stay warm this season. We have pulled together some of our favorite patterns to get you started.
The cold weather seemed to cooperate on Dec 5th 2017 as 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day commemorated the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s passing. As part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, 67 Blankets presented 67 scarves to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Hundreds of scarves were collected for distribution.
noun ar·ti·san \ˈär-tə-zən\: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands.
This is a pure definition for the recent “I Am An Artisan Challenge” hosted by our sister company, FreeSpirit Fabrics. As a “yarnie,” you know the name Kaffe Fassett from his multi-color knitwear designs and beautiful yarns bearing his brand. Kaffe’s love of textiles also graces colorful 100% cotton fabrics perfect for patchwork or any sewing project.
Believe it or not, you have less than a month to plan for Valentine’s Day! Whether you are looking for the perfect heart-shaped project to gift or just a way to make the day feel more festive, we chose some of our favorite patterns to get you in the spirit of love.
Have you seen Pantone’s color of the year yet? Ultra-Violet, a stunning and bold shade of purple, has come on the scene to inspire creativity in us all. We went searching for it in our yarn collection and came out with these four shades.
The cold of winter is here and it looks like it’s sticking around. If you’re anything like us, your weekend plans are staying inside and out of the cold! These weekend projects have been selected with your time in mind and can all be completed by the time you treck back to work on Monday.
If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution consider taking up yarning. Both knitting and crocheting have been shown to improve your health and make you feel happy at the same time. The rhythmic repetitive movements are reported to enhance the release of serotonin and raise your mood. There are programs that suggest taking up yarning to quit smoking and improve health conditions—who knew?
2017 has wrapped and we’ve rounded up your favorite patterns from this year. We post hundreds of free crochet patterns and free knit patterns to RedHeart.com every year and we wanted to highlight the top 12 patterns based on the number of downloads. From scarves to hats and of course throws there is a variety of patterns in both knit and crochet, ranging from beginner skill levels to advanced.
Continue reading “Top Free Knit and Crochet Patterns of 2017”
Fair Isle is a classic look for knit apparel items for the winter season. From sweaters to scarves and hats you can create a look that will make you feel like hitting the slopes or bundling up during this arctic blast!
by guest blogger Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
This year I’ll be partnering with SIX super-talented blogger friends and Red Heart Yarn to sponsor the CAL!
We are in our third year of the #12WeeksChristmasCAL event and I’m even more excited than I was the first year! This year I’ve added two more super talented designers, for a total of 6 guest bloggers! Like past events, this one will focus on having fun! Along the way we hope you learn some new techniques, play with some new yarns as well as old favorites and most of all make some like minded friends! The added bonus is that when you are all done, you’ll have some holiday decorations and gifts too! Thank you to Red Heart Yarns for sponsoring this CAL and the weekly and grand prize raffles once again! Continue reading “Welcome to the 12 Weeks of Christmas CAL 2017”