Have you seen Pantone’s color of the year yet? Ultra-Violet, a stunning and bold shade of purple, has come on the scene to inspire creativity in us all. We went searching for it in our yarn collection and came out with these four shades.
The cold of winter is here and it looks like it’s sticking around. If you’re anything like us, your weekend plans are staying inside and out of the cold! These weekend projects have been selected with your time in mind and can all be completed by the time you treck back to work on Monday.
Hyperbolic crochet is a form of crochet worked in the round to grow items exponentially so that they form organic ruffles. Although the term is derived from geometry and can sound a bit complex, the truth is that you can use the basic concept of hyperbolic crochet to easily created ruffled projects, such as scrubbies for the bath and kitchen.
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If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution consider taking up yarning. Both knitting and crocheting have been shown to improve your health and make you feel happy at the same time. The rhythmic repetitive movements are reported to enhance the release of serotonin and raise your mood. There are programs that suggest taking up yarning to quit smoking and improve health conditions—who knew?
2017 has wrapped and we’ve rounded up your favorite patterns from this year. We post hundreds of free crochet patterns and free knit patterns to RedHeart.com every year and we wanted to highlight the top 12 patterns based on the number of downloads. From scarves to hats and of course throws there is a variety of patterns in both knit and crochet, ranging from beginner skill levels to advanced.
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Fair Isle is a classic look for knit apparel items for the winter season. From sweaters to scarves and hats you can create a look that will make you feel like hitting the slopes or bundling up during this arctic blast!
By Rohn Strong
Crocheting (and knitting for that matter) for men can be quite difficult. Look, I’m a man. I know how difficult we are to gift. However, there are a few hard and fast rules I use when it comes to giving the right gift for every man on my list.
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by guest blogger Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
This year I’ll be partnering with SIX super-talented blogger friends and Red Heart Yarn to sponsor the CAL!
We are in our third year of the #12WeeksChristmasCAL event and I’m even more excited than I was the first year! This year I’ve added two more super talented designers, for a total of 6 guest bloggers! Like past events, this one will focus on having fun! Along the way we hope you learn some new techniques, play with some new yarns as well as old favorites and most of all make some like minded friends! The added bonus is that when you are all done, you’ll have some holiday decorations and gifts too! Thank you to Red Heart Yarns for sponsoring this CAL and the weekly and grand prize raffles once again! Continue reading “Welcome to the 12 Weeks of Christmas CAL 2017”
Who are you? Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Rohn Strong and I am an author, designer and instructor. I pretty much focus on knitting and crochet although I do love all different kinds of crafting. I began as a knitwear designer, studying the history of knitting during both world wars. Crochet called me, however, when I realized that the craft I’d learned years ago was making a comeback. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. So, I picked up a crochet hook and designed a collection of five hats called Strong Designs. It was a big hit and the rest, as cliché as it sounds, is history.
When my grandmother taught me to crochet at 8 years old, never did I think I would be crocheting something I would need thousands of miles of yarn to make, or that I would be using that much yarn to make giant fruit. Life is full of surprises. The 6-foot Giant Strawberry would have made my grandmother smile.