Many knitters and crocheters enjoy making projects for charity. Whether you prefer making hats for infants or shawls for hospice, we have pattern suggestions as well as some national organizations who accept donations.
Last year, a friend who works on the yearbook team for a local elementary school asked me to make a sweater for a bear that would appear in many upcoming yearbook pictures. She asked for a blue and gray striped sweater with a red “B” in the center. As I was searching Red Heart’s free patterns for a baby sweater, I came across the Little Prince Crown Sweater and thought I could definitely tweak this pattern to fit the bear. The bear sweater turned out great and the children loved him and they named him Brownie. How sweet?!?! She sent some pictures they used in the yearbook that I thought I would share. :)
From guest blogger Joan Barnett
I admit to loving snowmen. I collect them in all shapes and sizes. I have ceramic snowmen, a yarn ball snowman holding an old wooden spool of Dual Duty thread, a dog snowman-you get the picture, I have a collection. Some stay out all year and some only come out at Christmas time.
I was walking through the yarn area the other day on my way to a meeting and spotted a knit snowman made from Red Heart Super Saver. I was charmed by his knit in sweater, scarf and hat. He even had a knit carrot nose! I think I mentioned that I love snowmen but I also love small knit things and I wondered what would happen if I made my snowman from sock yarn?
by guest blogger Veronica Buzby
About 18 months ago, Zelda la Grange, long time Personal Assistant to former President Nelson Mandela, presented her friend Carolyn Steyn with the challenge of making 67 blankets by Nelson Mandela Day in 2014. (July 18th). Obviously this would be impossible for her to do alone, so she reached out to her friends, and to their friends, to help her make blankets, which would be given to the needy. As a result, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day was formed. South Africa has had an enormous response to this call to action. They exceeded the challenge of 67 blankets by at least 6,000! By April 21st of 2015, more than 9,000 blankets were laid at the foot of the Nelson Mandela statue in front of the Government Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela claimed a Guinness World Book of Records for the largest crocheted blanket!
We’re seeing fringe in all the ready-to-wear and trend reports. Fringe gives garments and scarfs a fashionable Boho feel and it softens the modern edges of purchased home décor items. So I thought I would try adding fringe to a table runner and tank top. I used Red Heart Super Saver to make fringe on the inexpensive ramie table runner that had a loose weave to pull the yarn through. And then used Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread Size 10 along the neckline of a tank top.
I just read that 25% of the US population are millennials born between 1977 and 2000. And it seems that most every female millennial I know is in baby mode. In our office alone there have been five employees in the last year having a baby…and one of them had twins! Every baby has been a reason to get our yarn and hooks and needles busy making cute baby things!
While searching for a stuffed animal pattern to make for a baby shower gift, I came across Red Heart’s Birthday Bear for a Prince free pattern. As I was about to begin, I thought how I could turn this bear into a tiger. Both baby’s mom and dad went to Clemson University so I thought how fitting this would be to give as a baby gift. Continue reading “Cro-Shayley makes a Tiger Friend”
A few weeks ago we published on a blog on How to Create an Ombre. An ombre is a color effect that gradually goes from one color to another color. If you’re interested in creating an ombre effect but aren’t sure which colors to use, read on! We have eight color combination suggestions for you, plus more ideas on creating your own effects.
by Jennifer E. Ryan of Celtic Knot Crochet
I love the Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarns – they come in wonderful colors with a variety of sequined and metallic versions. They work up quickly to make a pretty scarf to give as a gift or to add pizzazz to any outfit. But I also love the challenge to see how they can be used to add ruffles to other things besides scarves, such as this Christmas Ruffle Tree.
Follow along so you can learn how to make one of your own to get a head start on your holiday decorating this year!
Welcome to the July Featured Throw of the Month! This month we have the Patriotic Pride Throw made in Super Saver. Each month we will have a new themed throw as a featured free pattern. Each throw will have a tip or two in the blog, as well as a giveaway to win the yarn to make the throw. Keep reading for the tip and to access the giveaway! Use the hashtag #throwmonth to talk about the series.