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Archive for June 22nd, 2011

Vote for Our Crochet-Along Project!

June 22nd, 2011

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Summer is the perfect time for making a breezy crochet garment. To celebrate, we’re having a crochet-along (a virtual event where we all make the same pattern, with the support of hundreds of other crocheters)! Our friend Kendra, who hosted last year’s Beach Cardi CAL, is back to host. Before we get started, we want you to choose the perfect pattern!
Clockwise from top left: Persimmon Pullover, Broomstick Lace Crochet Shell, Mesh Raglan Pullover, Light ‘n’ Lively Tank

Click here to cast your vote. We’ll announce the winning pattern on Thursday, June 30th. We can’t wait to get started!

New to our online crochet-alongs? Click here to read our guide to getting started. Remember to check the Lion Brand Notebook on Thursdays for the latest crochet-along posts!

3 Spectacular Dishcloth Yarns

June 22nd, 2011

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Ever thought about making your own dish cloths? With summer heating up, it’s time to break out the fast-finish super-portable projects.  Dish cloths are lightweight, quick to make and easy to carry with you on vacation, to the beach or even on your commute. You can use a finished dishcloth right away in any season, and they make great gifts for summer guests or friends hosting picnics and cook outs.

Here are three cotton and cotton blend yarns that make excellent dish cloths, and a great dish cloth pattern for each one!

Recycled Cotton is a blend of acrylic yarn fiber and the cotton cuttings leftover in tee shirt factories. Using this yarn is a great way to recycle while enjoying the versatility of cotton blends. Try it out with the Cottontail Dishtowels. Cottontail Dishtowels in Recycled Cotton
Lion Cotton is 100% cotton, sturdy, strong and very absorbent, making it perfect for dishcloths! Try it out with the Dorothea Dishtowels. Dorothea Dish Towels
Cotton-Ease combines the cool hand of cotton and easy care of acrylic. The yarn comes in lovely colors and is easy to coordinate with your kitchen decor! Try it out with the Retro Dish Cloths. Retro Dish Cloths

With so many free dish cloth patterns and wash cloth patterns available on our website, the only thing you have to do is pick the perfect yarn and get started!

Have you made dishcloths lately, or used these yarns before? Leave a comment to let us know!