Freeform crochet is a wonderful expression of your own creativity achieved through fiber. It is often called “painting with yarn” because of the openness of the design. Freeform crochet can be anything that you want it to be. While there aren’t any “rules” for freeform crochet, there are some great starting points and tips for people who would like to express themselves in this way but who aren’t sure where to begin. This guide will help you get started in the adventure of freeform crochet. Continue reading “Freeform Crochet Tips for Beginners”
I love experimenting with crochet stitches and techniques. It keeps things interesting and a bit challenging, too. As long as I’m learning new skills, I’ll never take my favorite hobby for granted! In this post, I’ll be sharing 6 crochet techniques you can learn or master to take your stitching to the next level, along with links to tutorials and patterns to inspire your creativity.
As a gift to our blog followers, we have a downloadable sheet of Valentines for you! Our graphics team has taken 4 of our project photos and turned them into clever Valentines that I will enjoy giving–I hope that you will enjoy them too! They are perfect for giving to classmates, co-workers, family and friends. I am also going to use them to make a garland in my office cubicle.
I have a confession. I wasn’t a huge fan of Double Pointed Needles (DPNs). The great irony is that I love to work in the round and I love to work on seamless knits.
Over the years I have become a fan, and can tell you that working with DPNs looks much more intimidating than it really is. The most difficult part of working with DPNs is the cast on and first round. After that it’s just knitting (and/or purling) with a lot of knitting needles sticking out of your work while they wait their turn to be used.
Whether you’re a longtime Red Heart cheerleader or are just discovering a new Red Heart yarn in your local craft store, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which Red Heart yarn fits the best with your project idea or pattern. In this post, I’ll help you choose from 11 of Red Heart’s most popular and newest yarns so you can make the right choice for your next crochet or knitting project.
Confused about how to find a pattern on redheart.com? We have step-by-step instructions so you can find the free crochet and knitting patterns that you love to make.
Crochet instructions may be written in text (with or without abbreviations), and/ or graphed or charted in symbols. Being able to read symbol charts expands your options for working with different types of crochet patterns. This guide explains how to read crochet charts.
Have you ever truly wanted to feel like a magician with your crochet hooks? Well now you can! Get ready to amaze your friends, and family when you play with variegated yarn. Red Heart Super Saver comes in a vast array of colors to try out this technique. Color pooling (or yarn pooling) has taken the internet by storm! There are videos, a group on Facebook completely dedicated to it, and it seems everyone is trying it. So jump on this bandwagon, get out your favorite multicolored yarn, and give it a try.
You may have heard of an I-cord in knitting, a small tube knit in the round with just a few stitches, but did you know you can make one in crochet, too? These seamless tubes are great for making straps, drawstrings, ties, and decorative piping trim for your crochet projects.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a 2-stitch I-Cord in 12 easy steps.
Back in January, I vowed that “color” was going to be my word of the year. If you’re like me, you probably tend to use the same color yarns over and over again. This can be a good thing if those colors make you excited about crocheting and knitting. But, for so many of us, sticking to the same colors actually puts us into a creative rut. In this post, I’m going to share 3 easy tips for getting out of your color comfort zone to keep your projects fun and to keep you inspired about your favorite crafts!