Some knitters seem to be intimidated about changing colors in the middle of a row or round, but the development of this simple skill will allow you to really experiment with different designs for your work, everything from knitting a blanket with an integrated border to a really fantastic Fair Isle sweater.
Tassels are everywhere this summer! I’ve seen them on bags, shirts, key fobs and blankets. One idea has caught my eye more than once, tasseled sandals! I found some cute, strappy sandals and decided to give them a boho chic makeover.
Let’s get started!
Have you seen or made a mermaid tail blanket? These blankets are in a taper shape with fins at the bottom, and are designed to be tucked around your legs so you look like a mermaid sitting on a couch. Other versions are a large cocoon, which you can slip your legs into. There are hundreds of versions for adults and kids, plus baby cocoons and patterns for dolls. Most patterns are crocheted, although a few are knit. We have gathered some popular free patterns from around the web for you.
Welcome to My First with Marly Bird! Each month Marly will teach you a new crocheting or knitting project. These projects are designed to make you comfortable as you transition between learning the stitches and making a project. Every design has a written pattern and a step-by-step video tutorial to follow along.
Welcome to the July Doily of the Month! Each month in 2016 we will share a new doily pattern for you to make in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread. We challenged the top doily designers to create innovate designs that coordinate with the feeling of each month. Plus, every month we will select five winners to receive an Aunt Lydia’s prize pack.
This popular throw just begged to be featured in “3 Colorful Ways” because it is so outstanding for today’s modern interiors. We love the way it can be crocheted in any unique family of colors that is suited to your surroundings and still look just as wonderful.
We have all heard the saying “it’s better to give than to receive” right? Well for me it truly is better to give. I would much rather sit down and make something for someone else than make something for myself. It feels even better when I know that it is needed and appreciated. Donating knit and crochet projects to charity groups is not only rewarding, but much needed. Hat and scarves are some of our most popular patterns and I can only guess that a good portion of these projects are donated to a favorite charity. I have done some of the leg work for you by searching RedHeart.com to find a dozen each hat and scarf projects. That’s right, it’s Donna’s Dozen DOUBLED!
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.
There’s something about warmer temperatures that makes me want to weave! Maybe it’s being able to play with yarn without it sitting on my lap? Or being able to experiment with color and texture, without ending up with a wonky hat? What I do know is — it sure is fun!
If you like to learn crafts from YouTube videos, you’ve probably heard of Yolanda Soto-Lopez and her All Crafts Channel. Yolanda has been filming and publishing English and Spanish video tutorials for crafts for a few years now. She started her videos to help the women in her church stitching group learn new skills, and just used her laptop camera and household lamps. Now she has a dedicated studio area with an overhead camera and strong lighting, so her videos are clear and easy to see.