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!
Making an iCord is a quick and easy way to create a beautiful knit cord which can be incorporated into many projects. A few of my favorite uses for iCord are as the ties for ear flap hats (as in my toddler hat) or as a cord to gather the waistband of a skirt, pants or a sweater.
by guest blogger and designer Nancy Anderson
Creative activities are essential in a well-rounded kindergarten curriculum. The benefits are numerous and include development of fine motor skills, creative problem solving, eye hand coordination and confidence-building through achievement based activities. Plus they are just plain fun and young children are so eager to try new things.
Our kindergarteners have been working with Red Heart yarn all year and are always eager for the next yarn-y activity. One of our favorite classroom activities is yarn stitchery on burlap. This is the perfect activity as it promotes the fore-mentioned skills but is also very affordable. We are able to purchase burlap for the entire classroom, (24 students) for under $10 and the Red Heart Super Saver yarn is not only affordable but has ample yardage for a plethora of projects. Plus the color choices get an A+ for kid friendliness. We have never met a Super Saver color that we did not like.
Many people are intimidated by the idea of incorporating beads into their crochet work. It isn’t just an extra step in the crochet process; it is an entirely new material, which can make it feel foreign. Actually, though, bead crochet is a fairly easy technique to learn. Beads can add great detail to projects, making them pop with color and texture and sparkle with design. Bead crochet is especially great for jewelry and bridal crochet projects but can be used throughout your work. This guide teaches you the basics of bead crochet.
Tunisian crochet is a type of crochet that holds multiple loops on the hook in a style similar to what is done in knitting. It differs from knitting in that it uses a crochet hook, not knitting needles. The result is a fabric that is beautifully textured using a technique that combines the best of knitting and crochet. Tunisian crochet is also commonly known as Afghan Crochet. It has also been called by a variety of other names including Shepherd’s Knitting, Railroad Knitting and Cro-hooking.
The Solomon’s Knot takes the basic features of simple crochet stitches and elevates them to create a unique design that is under-used in crochet patterns today. The stitch is a versatile openwork stitch that can range from extra-lacy to slightly open depending upon the height of your stitches.
Crochet post stitches, where the stitch is worked around the post of the previous row instead of into the top of the stitch, are easy to learn and versatile to use. Post stitches can be used to make highly textured fabric, add unique decorative details and strengthen the functionality of various products such as hat brims. They are definitely a technique worth mastering.
Join-as-you-go crochet (also known as JAYGO) is important to add to your repertoire of crochet techniques if you love to make items from lots of small motifs but don’t enjoy the end stage of the project when you have to join the motifs and weave in all of those ends. With JAYGO, the motifs are all joined along the way, and although there are some ends to weave in, you can handle a lot of them as you go so that the finishing stage of the project is only a small part of the process. JAYGO is also great for people who like to take their projects with them on the go and don’t want to worry about losing motifs in the shuffle!
Many of the left-handed crafters who learned to crochet decades ago had to learn the craft “backwards” from their natural approach because they learned from a right-handed crocheter. Today, that’s no longer necessary. There are teachers, tutorials, patterns and more for the left-handed crocheter. In this guide, you’ll learn the basic stitches in left-handed crochet, tips for learning more, information on finding left-handed pattern sources and guidance for adapting existing patterns to your left-handed crochet style. Are you a right-handed crocheter who wants to teach a leftie how to crochet? There’s information on that in this guide, too!
The basketweave crochet stitch is a beautiful textured stitch that creates a woven fabric rich in density and beauty. It can be worked in any type of yarn although it looks especially beautiful in a classic worsted weight yarn such as Super Saver Economy Yarn because of the structure of the stitch. This guide will teach you all about how to crochet basketweave stitch. including the most popular version of the stitch and a set of variations to play with.