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Archive for September, 2012

Explore 7 Different Ways to Get Involved with the Lion Brand Community!

September 11th, 2012

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Friends YarncraftingAside from bringing you thousands of free patterns, hundreds of yarn selections, and this resourceful blog to read, Lion Brand provides many different opportunities to encourage yarn crafting related engagement online.

Connect with Others

For instance, if you’re interested in finding a charity that you’d like to donate knit or crochet items to, you can search the Charity Connection section of, which will help you find a charity based on your interests and place of location.

If you are interested in finding knit or crochet clubs in your area to meet up with some folks and craft together, use our Directory of Knitting and Crochet Clubs to locate groups in your area. You can search for groups by name, or most importantly – by zip code or address to find a club closest to your place of interest.  Knitting or crocheting in groups can be a great experience; it allows you to enjoy and share your hobby or passion with others.  It’s also a great place to be in case you need some help with a project or want to help others.


How to Determine Your “Season” Color Palette (Plus the Yarn Trends You’ll Want to Take Advantage of)

September 10th, 2012

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When it comes to picking colors for a project, how it looks on you (or your gift recipient) is definitely important. The happier you (or your gift recipient) is with the color, the more likely you’ll use the project!

But how do you know what colors will work for you? Here’s an easy way of telling which “season” or color palette will suit you best:

Light Hair

Dark Hair

Cool Coloring

You have pink or blue undertones in your skin. Veins visible in your skin will appear blue.


If you’re a summer, light natural shades that evoke a sense of serene will look good on you. Look for pastels and muted shades, as vivid shades can be too harsh.

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Pictured: Bonbons in Nature


Winters look best in rich colors, as well as high contrast black and white. Look for navy, deep reds, and jewel tones. Avoid beiges, golds, and browns, which might wash you out.

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Pictured: Bonbons in Celebrate

Warm Coloring

You have yellow or olive undertones in your skin. Veins visible in your skin will appear greenish.


Spring ladies (and gents!) will look good in sunny, clear shades. Look for rosy bright shades, as high contrast colors like black and white may be too stark.

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Pictured: Bonbons in Brights


Like autumn itself, those with fall coloring will look good in earthy, rich shades. Caramels and golds will be attractive on you. Look for colors with warmth, as cool shades can be unflattering.

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Pictured: Bonbons in Party

Once you know which color palette you are, you can start thinking about some of the great color trends we’ve talked about for this upcoming season. For instance, some of the softer shades in our Top 10 Colors for Fall like Rhapsody and Pink Smoke will look great on Springs. Others like Honey Gold, French Roast, and Tangerine Tango will be perfect for Falls. Pink Flambé and Bright Chartreuse are perfect for Springs, while Olympian Blue and Ultramarine Green are perfect for Winters.

We’ve also talked about the return of neon colors, which will look great on Winters.

Love our new shimmering shades in Vanna’s Sequins and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick? You’ll find lots of shades perfect for Falls, Winters, and Summers.

Love variegated yarns? The new colorways of Tweed Stripes feature some great blends for Springs and Summers.

What are your favorite colors to use? Leave a comment and let us know!

Stripes, Squares and Ripples: 6 Afghan Patterns Perfect for Fall

September 7th, 2012

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Getting ready to embark on your next, or maybe even first big project? Fall is almost here, and afghans are great projects for the fall and winter months.  Afghans make wonderful gifts, they’re extremely useful, and they can also add an element of decor to a room.  Take a look at the patterns below for some inspiration.


Rise and Shine Afghan
Football season and the new school year just started, check out the Rise and Shine Afghan made in Hometown USA to make an afghan in your favorite team or school colors!
Gaelic Bay Afghan
The Gaelic Bay Afghan is crocheted in a combination of natural shades of Fishermen’s Wool, giving it a rustic feel.  Crocheted in 100% wool, this afghan is sure to keep you warm during cold days and nights.
Crochet Sampler Throw
The Sampler Throw is a quirky afghan that allows you to experiment with multiple crochet techniques.  Each square is crocheted separately then seamed together to form one piece.  It’s a great portable project for those who are always on the go!


Radiant Squares AfghanUsing a combination of solids in Vanna’s Choice and variegated shades of Amazing, the Radiant Squares Afghan is a bold statement piece that mixes hues of red and magenta, and cool bits of blue. Diagonal Stripe LapghanThe Diagonal Stripe Lapghan incorporates the tweed collection of Vanna’s Choice for a woodsy, natural look perfect for the Fall.  This lapghan is perfect for a cozy night on the porch, or relaxing on the couch. Patchwork Sampler Throw
Practice multiple different knitting techniques with Patchwork Sampler Throw knit in Vanna’s Choice.  This throw allows you to work on cables, lace, and more – as you create each individual square.  Think of how accomplished you’ll feel after completing this!

 Have you started working on any afghans yet, or are do you prefer small projects like scarves and hats? We’d love to hear about your WIPS, share with us in the comments!

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Discover Our NEW Pattern Journal Newsletter

September 5th, 2012

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Are you a fan of our popular Weekly Stitch newsletter, which goes out every Friday? Do you love the stories and patterns that it features? If so, you’ll want to check out our newest monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal. 

If you’re someone who wonders about the stories behind the patterns, then this is the newsletter for you. Each issue features a story that evoke the mood of a particular pattern. Click here to see our first issue.

Like the newsletter? Add it to your subscriptions by clicking here.

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How to Knit Jogless Stripes

September 4th, 2012

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How to Knit Jogless StripesHave you ever knit stripes in the round only to find that they look a little lopsided? It’s not just you. The nature of circular knitting causes stripes to jog, which means that they don’t line up. The good news is there’s a technique for knitting stripes in the round that straightens up your stripes. Best of all, jogless stripes are just as easy to knit as regular stripes, so they don’t slow down your knitting at all! Are you ready to take your stripes to the next level?

Leaf Me Alone

September 4th, 2012

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When I lived in Boston I held among my acquaintances a heavily starched woman who, in the best New England fashion, lived for eighty-six years without ever once moving her upper lip or her eyebrows. She didn’t need to. Surprise and enthusiasm had been carefully bred out of her in childhood, so the entire universe elicited nothing more than an occasional sigh to indicate that had not yet quite died of boredom.

She was of the party when a clutch of us fled the city for a weekend in the semi-wilderness of Maine. The autumn colors were reaching a particularly loud climax that year, and one of our fellow travelers–newly arrived from a land impossibly far away (Ohio)–punctuated every bend in the road with a scream of approval. Confronted by a view that encompassed orange leaves, blue mountains, gray sky, and red barn, she nearly blew the roof off the car.

“I’m speechless!” she cried, inaccurately. “I don’t even have a word for it. It’s all just so…so…What is the word?”

“Obvious,” said a sleepy, starchy voice in the back seat.