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Archive for March, 2012


Custom Raglan Cardi Knit-Along, Week 6: Embellishing and Blocking Your Finished Sweater

March 29th, 2012

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Knit-Along BadgeHi, everyone. Today I’m going to be talking about the final stages of making your sweater, and how you can keep on adding design elements even after all the knitting is complete! Once you’ve picked up the bands and sewn the sleeve seams and woven in all those ends, there’s still things you can do to change the look of your sweater.

Adding Embellishments

One of my favorite ways to add some interest to a plain stockinette sweater is embroidery. I enjoy doing a method called duplicate stitch, with which you can put pictures on your garment, similar in look to intarsia, but much less fiddly! If you find an intarsia chart you like the look of, you can actually use this method to embroider it on to your sweater. It’s also a great way to use up random scraps of yarn!

With duplicate stitch, you are actually mimicking the look of stockinette stitch. You use a darning needle threaded with yarn in a different color to your base fabric, drawing over the chosen stitches so that they are covered with the different colored strand of yarn. This is a very easy method to add little motifs to your work. Be wary of covering large areas of fabric with this method, however, as it does make the fabric doubly thick in the covered areas.

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9 Patterns for Quick Easter Yarncrafting

March 28th, 2012

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Flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and spring is in the air! Easter is quickly approaching, and if you’re thinking about a project to knit, crochet or simply yarn craft- hopefully you can find some inspiration here.  Below you’ll find some projects to craft together with the kids, or to make for them.  Surprise someone you know with a cuddly little lamb or bunny; click on the image for the pattern.


Knit Bunny Hat
and Booties
Knit Little Lamb
Knit Little Lamb

Yarn Wrapped Eggs

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March Goes Out Like a Lamb: Celebrate Spring with Adorable Sheep!

March 27th, 2012

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As the saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” No matter what weather you’ve been having, get ready for springtime with these adorable sheep and lamb amigurumi made with the free patterns available in the links below!

Sheep and Lamb Knitted Amigurumi Toys

Fluffy Little Sheep

Fluffy Little Sheep

Glittery Sheep

Glittery Sheep

Cabled Sheep in Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend

Cabled Sheep in Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend

Cabled Sheep in Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool

Cabled Sheep in Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool

Sweet Seed Stitch Lamb

Sweet Seed Stitch Lamb

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Custom Raglan Cardi Knit-Along, Week 5: Working the Front Bands

March 22nd, 2012

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Knit-Along badgeToday I’m going to be talking about adding the front bands to your cardi and optional closures. The cardigan in the pattern is designed to be slightly open at the front, but I decided I’d like to have a closed front, which gives me an excuse to spend hours choosing just the right buttons! There are other ways as well to close your cardi — you could use a shawl pin, or if you have some basic sewing skills, sew in a zipper.

First of all, you’ll need to pick up the stitches down the edge of your left front. I decided to do the left front first, as the right front is where the buttonholes traditionally are on women’s garments. To pick up stitches for the left front, start at the neck of the garment and work down towards the hem. When you come to pick up stitches for the right front, you will start at the hem and work to the neck. With the right side facing, put your needle between the first two stitches at the edge of your cardi, so your needle goes through the fabric from front to back. Wind your yarn around the needle, the same way you would to knit a stitch. Now you can pull the loop that you just wound around the needle back through the fabric to the front. If you find it difficult to hook the loop through with a knitting needle, try using a crochet hook. Carry on in this manner until you have the required number of stitches on the needle.

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A Spotlight on Our Customers’ Creations in Honor of National Craft Month

March 21st, 2012

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As Jess mentioned in a post earlier this week, March is National Craft Month; to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to feature some projects that have been submitted to the Customer Gallery section on LionBrand.com.  We’re so happy that you find inspiration from our patterns and/or yarns;  keep submitting so we can keep sharing!

Red Sockies
Made by: Elayne Schulman
Pattern: Knit Sockies
Yarn:
Tweed Stripes
The Five Little Monkey Finger Puppet Play Set
Made by: Corie Ann Moon
Pattern: Original
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice,
Vanna’s Glamour
Need for Tweed Dog Sweater
Made by: Joan Apple
Pattern: Knit Need for
Tweed Dog Sweater

Yarn: Jiffy Thick n Quick

Made by: Lois Lamphere
Pattern:Knit Center Piece
Treasure

Yarn: Wool-Ease
Hand Knit Cable and Irish Moss Purple Afghan
Made by: Karen Withbroe
Pattern: Leisure Arts Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice
Hooded Toddler Sweater with Zipper Back
Made by: Carol McIlhenny
Pattern: Original
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice

Made by: Elaine Liner
Pattern: Knit Cable Ready Bag
Yarn: Wool-Ease Chunky
Granny Green Bag
Made by: Ellen Bloom
Pattern: Original
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice

Two Peas in a PodMade by: Christine Kowalecki
Pattern: Crochet Two Peas
in A Pod

Yarn: Wool-Ease

Thank you to everyone who’s submitted a photo to our Customer Gallery! We hope that you continue to inspire others with your craftiness all year long.

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