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Why I love Red Heart yarns

Just a few of the things I've made with Red Heart yarns
Just a few of the things I've made with Red Heart yarns
Lisa Keipp

Ever since I was a small child, Red Heart yarn has been a part of my life. I was taught how to knit with it. My grandmother made each of her grandchildren large crocheted blankets out of it – in our favorite colors, no less. On my blanket rack rests a multicolored hexagon blanket, crocheted by my other grandmother, a blanket that was in my family’s house for over 35 years, and has stood the test of time, babies, cats, dogs, teenagers and many many washings – and the colors are still as bright today as when the blanket was first made.

When I started to crochet, I lived in a small mountain town here in Colorado, and the only place to get yarn was the variety store, or the new Walmart the next town over. And it was all Red Heart yarn. And I made toys. Those toys are still around today, even though my children are now 21 and 17. They’ve gone through countless washings, have had food spilled on them, been dragged through everything you can imagine, and while one of them is looking a bit fuzzy, they have held up.

I’ve spoken with other crocheters, and while they jokingly talk about how rough acrylic yarn can be on the hands, they all favor Red Heart for the making of blankets and toys, because Red Heart keeps its shape and integrity, no matter what you put it through.

Red Heart has been around for a while – it is a division of Coats and Clark; who produced their first acrylic yarn in 1959. In 1987, the Super Saver – a favorite of any Red Heart lover –was introduced and is a mainstay of the Red Heart line. Red Heart has also remained economically viable, allowing avid crafters and crocheters to pursue their love of their art.

Red Heart has recently introduced Red Heart Eco-Ways yarns, made with 30% recycled polyester from bottles and other such recycled plastic products, and 70% acrylic fiber. The price is comparable with their main line. So now not only can we use a nice acrylic yarn, but we can be eco friendly as well.

So, crocheters of Colorado and Denver, tell me your love story with Red Heart yarn, and I’ll happily write about you and your projects.

And check out for all their varieties of yarn.


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