Welcome to the first of our Throw of the Month series! This month’s project is the Snowflake Throw. Each month we will have a new themed throw to do. 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.
Welcome to the first 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 working into the back bars of a crocheted chain, and the cowl is the Twisted Cowl in Medley. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.
Want to learn about a yarn? Look at the skein band or ball band on it! Keep reading this blog to learn how to read a skein band.
Vacations are a time to relax and decompress. Unfortunately, travel itself is often stressful. Getting to the airport on time, dealing with going through security, handling flight delays and simply having to sit with the throngs of people who are also traveling can all build anxiety in our bodies. Knitting and crochet have both been proven to help reduce stress. That’s why it’s so smart to take your yarn projects with you on your trips. Are you worried that trying to pack your project will just add one more stress to an already frustrating travel plan? Don’t fret; we have all of the information that you might need to make your travel crafting easy.
Did you know that Red Heart Yarns has a YouTube page? We share video tutorials of our patterns and techniques. We also introduce yarns and showcase collections of patterns, such as our ebooks.
Some favorite videos show how to knit and crochet with Boutique Sashay; how to crochet the Corner to Corner Afghan, the Juicy Fruits & Whipped Creme Throw, and the Top Down Shawl; how to arm knit; and introduce Reflective yarn.
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.
Did you know that Red Heart Yarns has a Facebook page? We share free knit and crochet patterns, our fans’ beautiful creations, information on Red Heart products, exclusive offers, video tutorials and so much more! We love to share what people post to our wall too, so post your pictures of a project in Red Heart Yarn — it might get shared!
If I didn’t work for the company that sells it, I probably would never know about this cute little Susan Bates Silvalume® Handi Tool. I keep one in my knitting tools and crochet hook kit along with stitch markers, stitch holders, gauge, a favorite pair of snippers and non-greasy hand cream. And I keep a second in my sewing kit.