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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Looking for Color

Back in New York to photograph more Red Heart projects, I love to have the chance to check out knits in all the store windows. January is the peak time shopping for warm stuff and the stores are full of scarves, hats, mitts and sweaters. For me, it’s the perfect time to look for knitwear inspiration. From the catalogs and web sites I’ve visited, this season seemed to lack color. A few store visits proved this fact – Club Monaco, J. Crew, Banana Republic. Yes, there were beautiful cables and textural knits, but everywhere I looked – neutrals!

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Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller

Lace knitting never seems to wane in popularity. But if you are like me with limited knitting time, fine lace yarn doesn’t have great appeal. Of course in my mind, I want to sit down and spend hours casting on hundreds of stitches and follow a complex chart – but then reality sinks in and I realize that I have to get back to my Red Heart work. So much for my knitting dreams! Continue reading “Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller”