Speaking to my fellow Americans — It’s almost July, and that means our July 4, 2019 celebration is coming up soon. Are you ready to take a day off to picnic, party, play and parade like the free-spirited, freedom-loving people that you are?
Maybe picnics and parties are your idea of fun — and maybe they aren’t. Maybe you find it just as enjoyable to relax with a lovely needlework project in hand…Sometimes I do. However you’ll choose to spend the day, here’s hoping your Fourth of July 2019 will be a spectacular one.
Pictured here: red, white and blue striped potholders that make glorious summertime crochet projects — not too time-consuming, and not too hot and heavy for afternoon craft sessions on the veranda.
If you knock out a few of these between now and the Fourth, you can bring ’em with you to whatever potlucks / parties / picnics you’ll be attending. Or maybe just place ’em on your picnic table so nobody burns their hands on the hot-off-the-barbecue dishes that will get passed around.
Some of y’all find holidays motivating; it’s always fun to tie your projects into whatever special day is coming up next. But the truth is, potholders like these are lovely to have on hand year-around. They make great accents for every patriotic holiday: Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day…and they work for everyday, non-holiday-days as well.
If any of you are outside the USA, you’re invited to make use of this pattern too. If red, white and blue is not the color scheme you have in mind, you are welcome to substitute any other colorway you please.
Get the Free Crochet Patterns for These Designs — And Find Bunches More Fun Valentine Ideas!
Would you like to crochet an afghan, throw or blanket featuring heart designs? If so, I invite you to check out these fantastic crochet afghan square patterns.
Not only can you use these heart afghan square patterns for making afghans and blankets, but they work well for making bunches more different types of projects too. These designs are ideal for making just about any sort of love-themed afghan, whether you want to create a baby blanket, a Valentine’s themed blanket, or a heart-themed blanket for a wedding gift. These heart squares can also work well in “everyday” sorts of blanket designs that don’t cater to any specific occasion.
If you want to use this cute heart design as a standalone pattern, you can — but you don’t have to. You have plenty of options for other coordinating patterns, since the square is part of a versatile series of designs that can all work together.
If you’d like to see some inspiration for using this square — along with the others in the series — check out this pattern sampler afghan. That’s one possible way to use it, but you could put all kinds of different looks — and even different sorts of projects — together.
I made this two-color heart afghan square using a versatile charted pattern. There are bunches of different ways you could crochet this chart, and when I ponder them all I start to get a little overwhelmed.
In this particular case, I used the tapestry crochet technique to work my sample square. I then outlined the heart with a couple of rounds of surface crochet slip stitch.
If tapestry crochet isn’t your thing, you could also try working this heart using the intarsia method. Another idea: you could crochet a background in afghan stitch or single crochet, then cross stitch the heart motif onto the square separately using a different color.
It’s possible that the pattern could also work well with the filet crochet technique, although I haven’t tried it yet to see how it would turn out. I do think it would work, and I’d love to give it a try sometime.
You can pair this cute striped heart square with a matching striped checkerboard square, and use them together to create blankets or other projects. One of my favorite projects so far: the heart baby blanket you see pictured at lower right. You can get the free charts and crochet pattern for that design right here on our website.
Send your scavenger hunt entries to the Craft Yarn Council before the deadline, which is October 21st 11:59 pm CT, and you will be entered to win 1 of 20 prizes totaling more than $1,200:
Interchangeable “Takumi” Circular Knitting Needle Combo Set
Interchangeable “Takumi” Tunisian Crochet Hook Combo Set
Prize package of Red Heart yarns
3 Clover PomPom Makers
2, 1- year subscriptions to Creativebug online classes
3 sets of booklets from Leisure Arts: Emoji Crochet, New Twist on Macramé and Yarn Crafts
Prize package of yarn from Lion Brand Yarn Co.
Amazon gift card from Prime Publishing
1-year subscription to I Like Crochet digital magazine from Prime Publishing
3 Boye Pom Pom Tassel Makers
2 Prize packages of newest yarns from Yarnspirations
2 Vogue Knitting Ultimate Knitting Books
Just imagine all the gorgeous projects you could make if you were to win any of these goodies! If you’re new to knitting or crochet and you don’t already have a yarn and pattern stash accumulated, winning one of these prizes would definitely be a great start! And if you’re an experienced crafter, as you already know, you can never have too many yarncrafting supplies…
Stitching It Forward: Teach Others How to Craft With Yarn:
Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving, Spinning and Yarn Bombing
As part of this special celebration, the Craft Yarn Council has requested that ALL fiber fans will share our love for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one other person to knit, crochet, weave, spin or yarnbomb. Since crochet is the yarncraft I’m most proficient at, I would be honored to teach YOU how to crochet if you do not already know how. To get you started, I’ve put together the following list of free tutorials and easy crochet patterns for beginners:
Learn How to Crochet With Free Instructions and Tutorials:
A slip knot is NOT the only way to start crochet projects — but it is one of the most popular ways. See how to start crochet for some other insights about how to get a crochet project started.
When I teach beginners how to crochet, I recommend the granny square as an ideal first crochet project. To crochet the most basic, beginner-friendly granny square, you’ll need to know how to work the chain stitch, the slip stitch and the double crochet stitch:
This easy crochet neck warmer is another beginner-friendly crochet project:
There are many other amazing crochet stitches to learn, but there are bunches of projects you can make with only the chain, double crochet and slip stitch. The pretty neck warmer pictured above is a crochet project that only requires the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch.
In the picture at right, you can see one of my many fabric crochet necklaces. I crocheted this piece using red and white fabric strips, then added some blue wire-wrapped pendants. The result: a beautiful red, white and blue necklace that’s cute for wearing with shorts, jeans, skirts, button-down shirts and / or t-shirts. It’s a fantastic piece to use for 4th of July accessorizing, and it’s also appropriate to wear just about any time of year.
I adore this color combination — but if you don’t care for it, you could make the necklace in any colors you choose. As a matter of fact, this colorway wasn’t my first choice. I’ve re-worked this same necklace pattern many different times, and my original color choices were much different. The first few times I crocheted this design, I used some wild, colorful batik print fabrics. You can see ’em if you click here.
This bracelet (not pictured) is another great choice for wearing on Independence Day. It’s bright and sparkly, and the red and blue colors look lovely together.
Those are a couple of projects that I have already crocheted in Fourth-of-July-friendly colors, but the truth is, you could make just about any of our jewelry patterns using combinations of red and white, blue and white, or red white and blue. I invite you to take a look at the patterns and feel free to put your own unique spin on them, whether by changing the colors or other details to make them your own.