Introducing Red Heart Soft Essentials

The Red Heart team is excited to introduce you to the newest extension of the Red Heart Soft family, Soft Essentials. This chunky weight yarn is made with the same premium acrylic you already love, and its heavier weight means you can knit and crochet faster!

To celebrate the launch of Soft Essentials, we’ve designed a free eBook of 8 patterns that the whole family will love!

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Project Planning for 2017

Now that the holiday rush is behind us, I’m starting to think about what projects I’d like to make in this year. Planning projects is always fun, and while I may not stick to all of these ideas, it sure helps to have a starting point when I’m ready to buy yarn.

I know the couch is ready for a new blanket, and I just love this one in Irresistible yarn! I think I might make it in denim instead of oatmeal. Continue reading “Project Planning for 2017”

National Hugging Day

I was looking at the calendar recently and noticed that just about every day of the week is named after something or someone. Some examples of this are National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Spouses Day and National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. I think some of them are silly, but one day that stands out to me is National Hugging Day. In 1986 Kevin Zaborney declared January 21st as National Hugging Day. He noticed that people seemed a little down after the Holidays and thought a hug might lift spirits. He did not think the idea would take off, but it did and in a big way. It is not only recognized in the United States, but in many other countries. Everyone needs a hug every once-in-a-while, right? His only advise is that you should ask permission before hugging a complete stranger.

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“Queen Bee” Crocheter to be at Vogue Knitting Live

I’ve recently become aware of the artist, Gina Rose Gallina, and her colorful way of expressing herself with crochet using Red Heart yarn. I’m just starting to follow this creative force, but wanted to introduce her fun, fantastic yarn pursuits to you. If you are going to be at Vogue Knitting Live, be sure to see and enjoy Gina’s Queen Bee work there. And if you are near Eureka Springs, Arkansas you can see Gina’s work at the Green Gourd on 12 Center Street.

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Guide to Crochet Shell Stitch Variations with Patterns

The shell stitch is a stitch pattern in crochet that can be worked in a variety of different ways. In general, it refers to a pattern in which multiple stitches are worked into the same stitch from the row or round below to create the “shell” shape. For example, a very common form of the shell stitch is to work five double crochet stitches into the same stitch. The stitches fan out so that they appear to be different heights at the edges, making that shell shape, even though they are actually all the same size. This crochet guide teaches you different variations of the shell stitch and shares patterns for practicing this fun design.

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