Throwback Thursday Dishcloth

by guest blogger Karen Freeman

Lately the weather has allowed many of us to have time to work projects that we may have started or start new ones. Recently, I was able to work on a vintage dishcloth pattern that can still work very well today. The hardest part of this pattern was choosing the colors. Crème de la Crème has 50 beautiful colors which made my choices endless.

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14 Shawls that are Perfect for Anytime of Year!

Shawls are one of the most versatile projects you can make: dress up an everyday outfit with options like the Crochet Lorelei Shawl, stay warm in the office with the Buttoned Shawl, or be prepared for a formal event with the Triangle Elegance Shawl.

Plus, shawls easily go from season to season.  The Dubonnet Poncho, for example, will keep your bare arms warm in over-air-conditioned buildings in the spring, and provide a stunning accessory for a winter holiday party.

Shawl patterns are also fantastic for learning new skills. Practice the V-stitch, knitting miteres, or working circular motifs with beautiful shawl patterns.

Discover all of these patterns plus seven more below. Whether you crochet or knit we have shawl patterns designed just for you.

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Free Crochet Pattern: V-Stitch Easter Egg Cozy

Crochet Easter egg cozies are just so cute. Technically they are functional items that are used to keep hard-boiled eggs warm. However, they can also be used for decor, photo props, hiding eggs and so much more. Crochet Easter egg cozies work up quickly, offering an instant gratification project that is great for stash-busting. Here is one free crochet pattern for a V-stitch Easter egg cozy.

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Designing Fun with Moogly and Red Heart Yarns!

I absolutely adore yarn – what crocheter doesn’t? And like most, I find myself drawn to the same yarns over and over again. Red Heart certainly has some go-to yarns for me – and I’m always excited to see the new ones too! I’ve designed many of my free crochet patterns using Red Heart Yarn, and I’d love to share them with you here today. Don’t worry – they’re all linked to the free patterns, so you can make them yourself!

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Learn a Stitch, Make a Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl

Welcome to the fourth 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 drop stitch crochet, and the cowl is the Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl in Medley. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.

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April Featured Throw of the Month

Welcome to the April Featured Throw of the Month! This month we have the April Showers Throw made in With Love yarn. 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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Cro-Shayley makes Owl Mug Wraps

owlmughugAre you a coffee lover in need of a mug koozie to bring a smile to your mornings? Well Red Heart has the cutest Owl Mug Wrap pattern you’ll have to make for that morning Cup of Joe. Two of my college friends asked me to make them one and how could I say no? It’s so super cute, quick and easy, and a perfect project to get rid of any scrap yarn you have laying around. You can use any colors too! I might keep this one in my back pocket for some Christmas gifts.

Of course, I made a few adjustments to the pattern to make it my own but not many so here goes…

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The 100 Women Project: Crocheting with Women Around the World

100women_vines1Hello all! My name is Amy Reader and I am the artist behind the 100 Women Project. This project invites women from around the world to participate in a collaborative crochet installation by asking them to crochet at least one wisteria vine and mail it to me. Once all the vines are collected, they will be displayed in an installation inspired by the wisteria tunnels in Japan. This installation will be shown as part of my senior thesis art exhibition in late April and early May. This project is the culmination of my four years as an art major at the University of Richmond and has come to represent more than just the end of my college education.

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