Too good to miss! Crochet Wraps Every Which Way

crochetwrapsAre you at a place in your crochet life that you want to learn new techniques and be a bit challenged by the patterns? Are you ready to amaze yourself with how you can create crocheted originals that are wonderful to wear? Then you owe it to yourself to check out this new book by Tammy Hildebrand, one of our favorite designers. It is filled with shawls, ponchos even ruanas.

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Arm Knitting Video Tutorials! No needles, no problem!

Have you heard about the Arm Knitting craze that has even made front page news in the Wall Street Journal? We wanted to see how it worked with some of our Red Heart yarns. So after having some fun learning to knit without needles, we found that Boutique Sashay™Stellar™ and Vivid™ all make great looking cowls using the arm knitting method. We sent some to Mikey at the Crochet Crowd and he got into Arm Knitting too. It didn’t take him long to learn the technique and do this video with a clear demo and helpful tips…he even did Right-Handed and Left-Handed versions.

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Stunning Gift Ideas with Boutique Unforgettable

I think my sister has been nice rather than naughty this year and I have been looking for a special scarf that I can finish for her in time for Christmas. I was just looking through the wonderful designs in the new issue of Knitter’s magazine and found the perfect scarf. It is shown in two color ways of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable…both Dragonfly and Petunia. The talented Kathy Zimmerman has designed it like a seaman’s scarf, working each half separately, narrowed at the center back and then grafted together. Her use of color and finishing ideas are exquisite! Continue reading “Stunning Gift Ideas with Boutique Unforgettable”

Knitting and Crocheting is Not a Thing of the Past Anymore

Did you know Red Heart provides free patterns on many items you would never believe could be knitted or crocheted? I remember my first day at work walking into the break room to eat my lunch and seeing some women knitting and crocheting. I remember thinking to myself how awesome their creations were but how knitting and crocheting was such an “old timey” thing to do and I just knew right then that I’d never get into that. But look at me now, I’m so “hooked” I think I could crochet in my sleep! I remember seeing what my co-workers were creating just on their lunch breaks and I was so amazed that I jumped on the band wagon real quick after that.

Luckily, the ladies took me under their wings and showed me the basics. My first two projects were scarves that I donated to a charity. From then on I learned new stitches and started making cowls, hats, blankets, booties, golf club covers, wristers, coasters, shawls, totes, tops….the list goes on.  There are so many things you can make with yarn, the possibilites are endless! And although some perceive needlecrafts as a thing of the past maybe they should think twice! ;)  Shame on me for judging a book by its cover.
Cro-Shayley's 1st scarfCro-Shayley's 2nd scarf

If you are new to knitting and crocheting and need a little help, check out our Learn How section.  Here you’ll find illustrations and steps on basic stitches.  We have lots of videos as well to help if you are a visual learner!  Use the search bar or the Article Category sidebar to help narrow your search.

Check out the Associated Press article Passionate crafters keep crochet alive, thriving  featured in the Salisbury Post. The article mentions 2 of our designers: Edie Eckman and Carol Alexander.