Beginner’s Guide to Knit Lace

It seems that many novice knitters balk at knitting lace, but I’m here to tell you that knitting lace does not have to be complicated or cumbersome! Don’t get me wrong, some lace patterns are VERY complex, but new knitters can build their confidence and experience by starting with a few simple lace stitches and then move on to more complicated patterns.

Lace knitting stitches are just a series of increase and decrease stitches that form lovely patterns from the very basic to the most delicate and detailed. Lace patterns can be worked in any weight of yarn, although it is easiest to work them in weights of 5-bulky and smaller.

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Personalize Your Crochet & Knit Dolls

Last week we posted a blog with patterns for doll outfits, however, what if you wanted to make a doll for that special child in your life, or to add to your doll collection? We often get asked which colors are the best to use when crocheting or knitting a doll. Since Red Heart Super Saver is available in over 120 different colors the choices are endless, but there are some choices that make more realistic-looking dolls. Here are some colors we've selected and broken down into categories to help get you started.

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Working with Double Point Needles

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.

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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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Support Your Team for the Big Game

Are you excited for the upcoming 2017 Super Bowl 51 game? We are! So we designed these patterns for you to make to cheer on your favorite team. We have a knit hat and a crochet hat made in the colors of the Falcons and the Patriots. Our Patriots hat is crochet and our Falcons hat is knit, but feel free to swap them to stitch a hat for the team you support.

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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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