67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

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!

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Fringe It! Easy How-Tos for Fringe

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.

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Babies… in Cozy Neutrals!

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!

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Christmas Ruffle Tree

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!

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July Featured Throw of the Month

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.

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Learn a Stitch, Make this Lacy Cowl

Welcome to the seven entry in our ongoing series Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl! Each month in 2015 we will teach you a new crochet or knit stitch. You can then use the stitch when you make the featured cowl. This month our stitch is the slip, slip, knit (ssk) decrease, and the cowl is the Love This Lacy Cowl in Sparkle Soft. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.

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1 Cowl Design – 3 Ways

I’m sure you agree with me that one of the nicest things about crocheting your own cowl is that you can use any yarn and any color that you please. So when Salena Baca did this easy crochet cowl pattern we were not sure which yarn to use to please the most people. So we asked her to do the same pattern in 3 different yarns – Red Heart Soft, Boutique Treasure and Boutique Unforgettable. And we chose colors that were as different as we could.

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