In September I reflected on how beginners might take the next step in their knitting and crochet hobby. Now that the holidays will be here soon, there are many ways to use yarn to make the season bright. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy your craft, add loving touches to your home and give homey things to friends and family.
For newbie crocheters here are a few ideas for the holiday season…. Of course, experienced crocheters who want to make it quick will be interested in these, too….perhaps you could have a yarn decorating and gift party and help each other with your projects!
Holiday Light Bulb Garland Cat Paws Christmas Stocking
Decorate a tree, hang it on the mantel Because we all know someone who
or drapery rod, or wrap it on a wreath. treats their cat like a member of the family.
Dog Paws Christmas Stocking
Dog owners treat their dogs to gifts
even more than cat owners!
Here are some of our crochet videos you might find helpful… click on the topic to go to each YouTube video.
1. Getting Started: hook, holding yarn, slip knot, chain stitch
2. Single crochet
3. Taller Crochet Stitches
4. Working Crochet in Rounds
5. How to read a crochet pattern
6. Crochet Stitch Placement
7. Crochet Finishing Techniques
For newbie knitters that want to step out of scarf making mode, here are some easy knit projects…
Santa Gnome Ornaments Snowman Jar Cozy
Here’s a project to try knitting in the This inexpensive glass jar can be filled
round…or you can knit flat and do with the recipient’s favorite treats (maybe
seaming. chocolate kisses or pistachios).
Here are the links to some knit videos you might find helpful… click on the topic to go to each YouTube video.
1. Measuring Knit Gauge
2. Provisional Casting On
3. Seaming Knitting
4. Weaving In Ends-Knit
5. The Knit Stitch
6. The Purl Stitch
7. Casting on Methods
8. Knitting in the Round
9. Knitting with Double Pointed Needles
10. How to make a slip, slip, knit (ssk) decrease
11. Learn Four Ways of Binding Off
If you have other suggestions for Red Heart patterns that you think new knitters and crocheters would like, post the pattern number here so others can find them.