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Archive for May, 2012

Crochet Flower Power: 6 Floral Accessory Patterns

May 22nd, 2012

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Since we’re celebrating May Flowers Month, today, I’ve gathered 6 adorable accessory patterns that are fast to crochet. They’re just right for making multiples and sharing!

Crochet Baby Hat With Flower

Crochet Baby Hat with Flower

Just adorable, this little hat features a gently scalloped edge and is finished off with a little flower. It’s a perfect pattern for those charity projects–check out our Charity Connection if you’re looking for an organization in your area to donate to.


Meeting the Charity Crafters at the Lion Brand Yarn Outlet

May 21st, 2012

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Shopping at the Lion Brand Yarn OutletOne of the things I liked best about being out on the road with sales was meeting yarncrafters face to face. Now that I spend more time working with the Lion Brand Yarn Outlet here in New Jersey, it’s still a treat for me to talk to knitters and crocheters in person, and to see their faces light up when they see all our colorful yarns and supplies.

Last week several ladies from the Cedar Crest Retirement Community in Pompton Plains came out in dreary Monday morning rain to pay a visit to the Outlet. The ladies came in, shook off the weather and strolled through the rows and rows of vibrant yarns stocked on the shelves.

Announcing Our Summer 2012 Crochet-Along: the Glittery Shrug!

May 17th, 2012

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Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.

The Votes Are In!

Thousands of you voted, and this season, we’ll be making the Glittery Shrug in Vanna’s Glamour. This crochet-along will be hosted by Vanessa, one of our fantastic associates at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio (our retail store & education center in New York City).


4 Knit and Crochet Garden Flowers!

May 16th, 2012

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As mentioned in Zontee’s post earlier this month, we will be featuring flower patterns for the month of May, and this week, I’m sharing some patterns for flowers you will most likely find in your own garden and at the floral shop.

Knit and crochet flowers are so fun because you can take the traditional form of the flower and mix and match an assortment of colors to create a one-of-a-kind design. Think about all of the different color combinations you could use to create your own special Chrysanthemum (pictured below); use a variegated or self-striping yarn like Amazing, or Sock-Ease, and watch the petals change colors.


Father’s Day Gifts: Great Handmade Projects to Knit and Crochet for Him

May 15th, 2012

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Father's Day Gift PatternsFather’s Day is just a month away, which means you still have time to pick out and make the perfect gift! With these tips and pattern ideas to choose from, you’ll be way ahead of the game when it comes to Father’s Day gift-giving.

Tips to remember:

Tip #1: Take a look at what he already wears.

Chances are that the man you’ll be crafting for already has an idea of the sort of knit and crochet projects he likes to wear or use. Taking a peek at his closet can also tell you what colors he prefers, what fibers he likes to wear, and what style garments he likes. You might even learn that he’s a fan of zany-colored socks!