A Sashay Christmas Tree

by guest blogger Karen Freeman

My mother always told me if invited to someone’s house for an event, never go empty handed. Well, I have been invited to a friend’s house throughout the year and have brought different gifts such as wine and chocolate. For the holidays I wanted to bring something that my very crafty friend could not have purchased or made herself. This Sashay tree is the special gift I made for her.

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Donna’s Dozen Top 12 Patterns of 2014

It is hard to believe that 2014 will soon come to an end. We would like to take this time to thank you all for choosing Red Heart® as your source for free patterns. There are so many wonderful patterns to choose from that I am sure you have not had time to see them all. Did you know we have over 2,500 free patterns? The following designs were some of the most viewed in 2014. Maybe there is one in this list that you missed.

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Ultimate Guide to Filet Crochet + Holiday Project Ideas

In this article you will learn all that you need to know in order to read a filet crochet chart pattern. You’ll get some tips to make it easier as you go. And you’ll see how to adapt one of Red Heart’s free crochet patterns as you do your holiday crafting this year. 

Filet Crochet is Easy

I have to confess that until I tried filet crochet I was quite intimidated by it. I’m not at all a visual learner. I always skip the symbol charts in crochet patterns and work from the words only. Filet crochet relies on its own unique set of charts so I thought I needed to stay away from it because it would be too hard. I was wrong. Once I knew some basic tips, I was easily able to read a filet crochet chart. And since filet crochet is worked entirely in double crochet and chain stitches, it’s actually a perfect crochet technique for beginners in the craft.

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