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.
Continue reading “Men’s Crochet Gift Guide”
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.
It’s official, choker necklaces are back! I’ve been seeing choker necklaces out on the streets and couldn’t help but want to make a macrame one for my fashion-loving sister. After looking through our yarn and thread collection I settled on Red Heart Crochet Nylon. This thread is thicker than most at a size 18, but I decided to hold it doubled for extra impact.
Continue reading “How-To Knot your own Trendy Choker”
Get inspired for the holiday season and this year’s Festival of Lights with these free knit patterns and free crochet patterns. Create a a mix of tradtional and unique decor pieces for your home. Hanukkah falls in early December this year which allows for plenty of time to work up a beautiful design.
Christmas is just around the corner! What did those words make you feel? Were you excited, filled with anticipation about all of the beautiful things that you are going to craft by hand this year? Or did you immediately feel a sense of stress – worried about just how you’re ever going to be able to get everything done?