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Q & A

April 30th, 2008

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This is our first Q & A post so we’d like to share how the questions come to us. Lion Brand customer service associates answer questions by phone and email. We respond to over 12,000 email questions each month. This Q & A feature is culled from the most commonly asked questions. If you would like to submit a question, kindly do so in any of the following ways, rather than through this blog:

You may email it to support@lionbrand.com. For questions about an order you already placed, you may email or call 800-661-7551. If you need phone support to help you work through a pattern, you may call 800-705-8636. Keep in mind that these phone numbers are available only weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Q – I’m trying to find an crochet afghan in Vanna’s Choice that is easy enough for someone who knows simple stitch patterns.

A - The best way to find just what you are looking for is to use our Pattern Finder. With over 1,900 patterns to choose from (and growing daily), this great tool will save you lots of time. We used the pull-down menus to select “crochet” as the craft, “Vanna’s Choice” for the yarn, “easy” for the skill level and “afghans/throws/blankets” for the item type. The Pattern Finder located 14 afghans for you.

Try this with any requirement you have. Whether you looking for a baby blanket in Babysoft, a sweater in Wool-Ease or a scarf in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, the Pattern Finder is the shortest route to get to those patterns.

If you want to fill in the search bar instead of using the drop-down menus, you can enter words describing what you want. The results will not be as accurate as they are when you use the drop-down menus, but if you prefer this method, use what works for you!

Give the Pattern Finder a try and let us know how it works or if you have any questions about it.

  • Barbara Swift

    Is there a way to calculate how much your is needed to cast on. I am always too short or too long and have to start again.
    Thank you

    Zontee says: Hi Barbara, a good rule of thumb is that you leave a length of yarn three times the width that you are casting on. Hope that helps!

  • Mary St. Peter

    m having a difficult time, knitting “short rows” (W&T). Please advise. Mary

    Zontee says: Hi Mary, you can see a video of short rows with wrap (also called wrap & turn) on KnittingHelp.com’s advanced techniques page. Just scroll down and click on the video to view.

  • Mary St. Peter

    I am having a difficult time, knitting “short rows” (W&T). Please advise. Mary

  • Debbiesower

    i need help trying to understand a pattern it says starting at armhole side, bo 9 sts,work back, bo rem sts. I don’t understand the part work back i am new at knitting. Please advise and thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Debbie, without knowing what the pattern says before and after that statement, it’s hard to know for sure, but most likely, it means that the pattern wants you to: bind off 9 stitches and work across the entire rest of the row; then turn the work and bind of the rest of the stitches.

      As it says in the blog post above, for pattern support, you can e-mail us at support@lionbrand.com. Hope that helps!

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