Crochet - Red Heart UK
02Aug

Crochet - Red Heart UK

and a mini cable blanket

I was recently sent a press kit with details of Red Heart's UK launch. Red Heart offers a large selection of fashion, baby and sock yarns that have previously only been available in the U.S.

Since delving deeper into the world of yarn I haven't used acrylic much recently but I thought I'd try out the Red Heart Soft they sent me on a small project for Lulu...

There are over 100 free knit and crochet patterns on the Red Heart UK website. You can search these patterns by skill level, project or yarn type. I was taken by this gorgeous Cabled and Shell Throw and although I didn't want to commit to a large blanket I really wanted to try out the pattern and practice my cabling. 

I bought the sweetest little wicker dolls crib for Lulu at a car boot sale not long ago. It was only a few £ and was one of those items that I just couldn't walk away from. I had intended to spray it a nice bright colour but Rob said that would spoil it - so now I'm not sure. 

I decided to try out the cabled shell pattern on a mini blanket for the crib. I was so impressed with the Red Heart Soft (the colour was Nature). It's an aran weight acrylic but I can honestly say I've never felt an acrylic so soft, it was a joy to crochet with. The pattern was simple to follow and I loved the flow of crocheting the cables back and forth. I edged the mini blanket with a bright pink acrylic that I already had and the difference was measureable.

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Cables and shells

Wicker Dolls Crib

To paint or not to paint? Any thoughts?

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crochet-shellblanket

I definitely recommend having a look at the yarn Red Heart has to offer. You can purchase online at Deramores - I noticed that the 'Soft' is currently £2.09 for 100g :)

The cable and shell pattern is available for free on their website www.redheart.co.uk along with other patterns and how-to videos.

Bye for now.

Em xx

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent some yarn to try by Red Heart but was under no obligation - all opinions are my own :)

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Comments (10)

  • Ana

    Ana

    02 August 2013 at 18:21 |
    Oh, no! No paint, pleaseee! It is amzingly (is that a word?) beautiful! :))
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      04 August 2013 at 21:10 |
      Hi Ana - I'm even more unsure now I've seen the photos - I'll leave it for now I think and maybe make some pretty linen for it as suggested. xx
      • Ana

        Ana

        05 August 2013 at 09:06 |
        Yes, go for the linen :) You wont get sorry! And that is funny...we are in sync once again...I just posted a basket over the weekend with a linen ;) xx Ana
        • Lululoves

          Lululoves

          05 August 2013 at 16:50 |
          brilliant - I'll be popping over for some ideas ;) xx
  • Kate0795

    Kate0795

    03 August 2013 at 08:10 |
    Oh this is so pretty! I wish my daughter was little again as I'd have loved to make this for her dolly, but at 14, I'm not so sure now! The pattern is really pretty. I'll definitely take a look at the website. To paint or not? Hmm, I do love the crib in it's natural colour and it really sets off the blanket. However, I can see the temptation to paint it is calling! I'd probably go for an off white or a whisper of a pink (if girl dolly was on your mind!) My initial thought was red or a hot pink but that's probably not a very dolly colour! I'd also make some linen for the crib too...something liberty would be gorgeous! Going to be a tough decision but I'm sure whatever you do it'll look stunning. Kate x
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      04 August 2013 at 21:08 |
      Yes - I was thinking of a hot pink or bright turquoise? I'm still not sure but I love the idea of some Liberty linen - that would brighten it up a lot. Thank you. Emxx
  • Emma

    Emma

    03 August 2013 at 08:27 |
    I used a red heart pattern for a crochet cardigan: http://www.allfreecrochet.com/master_images/AllFreeCrochet/open-cardigan.pdf and I can highly recommend. I''m ecited their yarn is coming to the UK! x
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      04 August 2013 at 21:09 |
      Hi Emma, that cardi looks gorgeous :) Its lovely to have more yarn choice (the more the better in my view) Em xx
  • Irina

    Irina

    02 September 2013 at 19:41 |
    Your blog is fantastic, I love it!! I now follow you! ;-)
    www.queliodehilo.wordpress.com
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      04 September 2013 at 22:21 |
      Thank you :))

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