Crochet Along Block 3

We are beginning Block 3 of the Sampler Throw Crochet Along.  On this block you will learn to use the Shell Stitch and Fpdc (front post double crochet).  A  How-To video on YouTube is available for those needing to see how these stitches are worked.  Tell us about your progress; show us pics of your squares as you go.  There are five different stitch blocks for this project.  You can us any Red Heart yarn and colors of your choice.  I have selected 10 different colors of Eco-Ways yarns for my throw. 

Sampler Throw Crochet Along: Week 1

Grab your hooks and yarn and let’s get started on our Sampler Throw Crochet Along.  We haven’t set a deadline or completion date on this project, wanting you to work at your own pace. There will be lots of help along the way so if you have questions, just ask and someone will help you understand.  Watch the How-To videos for each square, as well as, a How-To video on sewing your squares together.  Tell us about your progress; show us pics of your squares as you go.  There are five different stitch blocks for this project.  You can us any Red Heart yarn and colors of your choice.  I have selected 10 different colors of Eco-Ways yarns for my throw.

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Red Heart’s Crochet Along Update

We unfortunately have run into some issues with the Sampler Throw pattern that we are using for the Crochet Along, and are going to delay the start of the Crochet Along until next Monday, February 14th. We want to make sure all the corrections are posted on our website before we begin, so we don’t confuse you from the get go. We at Red Heart apologize for the delay, but we hope you will join us next week to start the Crochet Along of the Sampler Throw! Thank you for your patience.

 

Red Heart Crochet Along Project: Sampler Throw

Your votes have been counted and the Sampler Throw has won for the 1st Crochet Along of 2011. Rainy Day Ripple came in a close 2nd. You can select any colors you wish, any yarns, including mixing different textures…only requirement is that you use Red Heart yarns. You can even make changes to the pattern if you like to experiment. Let your imagination go wild.  Whatever colors or Red Heart yarns you decide to use, we are looking forward to your joining our group and hearing about your progress. Continue reading “Red Heart Crochet Along Project: Sampler Throw”

Little Bags Made with Red Heart Yarns

 

When my grandson asked me to crochet a bag for him to keep his army men in, I realized I’m always in need of some type of small bag.  If you are like me, I’m always throwing my change in the bottom of my purse, so I thought a small bag to clip onto my key ring would be perfect.  I was working with Heart & Sole and thought this would be perfect for a key ring bag. Once I started, I couldn’t stop…making different size bags using different weights of yarn.  The great thing is that is all one pattern.  All you need to do is change the hook size appropriate for the yarn you will be using.  These are great for carrying jewelry when traveling, use as favors at a shower, gift bags, little girl’s purse…I even made some and hung them on the Christmas tree with gift cards inside. The pattern I used is Key Ring Pouch.   A similar project for knitters Mini Key Ring Purses.  How would you use your little bags?

Red Heart Crochet Along

We are launching a new feature in February…Crochet-a-Long, and it will be through our Red Heart Yarns Facebook page, and we will continue to blog about it here on HeartStrings.  A couple weeks ago, I asked you to give me an idea of what you might like to work on for both knit and crochet projects.  You have given us some wonderful suggestions and our first crochet-a-long will begin on February 14th (Knit-a-long coming soon).  Numerous comments about wanting to learn or make sampler Afghans or throws, various types of ripple Afghans and grannies were mentioned.  Based on those suggestions, we have selected 3 different crochet afghan patterns for you to choose from.

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Grandma’s Favorite Afghan

Recently while flipping through a magazine on flight to a Stitches show, I came across this ad for kitty litter, but what caught my eye was the crochet afghan over the rocking chair and the basket of yarn on the floor.  It’s interesting how popular crochet has become.  I see it in print advertisements for every medium.  This brought back so many wonderful memories of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet.  And this afghan was one of her favorite.  I still have the one she made for me and it’s in these exact colors.  She made over 100 of this style in lots of different colors.  We got to pick out the colors we wanted, but all the others were donated to the church for those in need. Continue reading “Grandma’s Favorite Afghan”