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Archive for September, 2012

Easy, Step by Step Photo Tutorial: Colorful Crafted Headband with Bonbons

September 20th, 2012

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Cathy in HeadbandWith the new release of our mini skein yarn collections Bonbons, Lion Brand invited a few of our favorite craft bloggers to create unique and inspiring pieces that can easily be recreated with Bonbons.

We received a variety of fun and interesting projects from 11 awesome bloggers, and I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite projects.  We love the bright and vibrant colors of this headband wrapped in Bonbons, and the charm addition on top of the band allows you to give it a personal touch.

I will continue to share the rest of the Bonbon projects with you in an upcoming blog post, but for now – check out theWrapped Headband in Candy Colors” by Cathy, author of the blog, Trinkets in Bloom.  Cathy chose her Bonbon colors in the Party and Celebrate assortments.


  • Bonbons yarn: Party, Celebrate
  • 1 Headband
  • 1 Rhinestone pin or other charm (Cathy used a vintage earring with no backing).
  • Small amount of ribbon (not necessary, but helpful).
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Aleene’s Jewel-it glue
Wrapped Headband Supplies Bonbonheadband Tutorial

Click here for the step by step instructions to create your own Bonbon wrapped headband!

I can’t wait to show you all of the great ideas that these crafty ladies had for using Bonbons.  Have you worked with Bonbons yet? If so, what have you used them for? Tell us about your Bonbon projects in the comments!


8 Fast and Easy Hats to Knit or Crochet this Fall

September 19th, 2012

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Beanies, caps, berets–whatever your favorite style is, a hat is the perfect project to help you kick off the fall season! A hat makes a quick project you can enjoy right away; you’ll finish yours even faster using a thick yarn like Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or DaVinci. Make your own hat to wear as the weather turns chilly, or save it to share with a friend or loved one during the holidays.

These are some of our favorite and most popular hats to knit and crochet. Click on the pattern name or image to see the full free pattern on (you may have to log in first). Want to see more toppers for fall and winter? Follow the links at the bottom of each section to browse through dozens more knit or crochet hat patterns.

Hats to Knit

Hometown Hat Soft Cozy Hat New Moon Hat Ribbed Hat & Scarf

Browse more hat patterns to knit

 Hats to Crochet

Beginner’s Beanie Fleecy Crochet Hat Moon Rock Hat Angora Tam & Lace Scarf

Browse more hat patterns to crochet

Have you made your own hat before? What was it like making your first hat? We’d love to hear your story!

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The Dye Lot Issue: How We Can Help

September 16th, 2012

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You’ve probably had the experience of desperately looking through the bins for the color of yarn you need to make sure there are enough of one dye lot to make your pattern.  It’s almost always an important consideration for bigger projects.  No one wants to put all that work into a sweater or afghan, only to look at it in the light of day and see unwanted color shifts.  It’s difficult to find more than a few balls of the same color in stores, and nearly impossible to find many of the same dye lot.

At Lion Brand, we take the worry out of the process.  When you order from, you are guaranteed to get the same dye lot for every color, no matter how many balls you need.  And, you don’t have to worry about being short a ball because you can order extra and return unused balls to us.

It’s a little thing that makes your projects a big success.

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Craft Your Own DIY Halloween Wreath

September 14th, 2012

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Craft Your Own DIY Halloween Wreath TutorialHalloween is right around the corner, but crafting for the holiday doesn’t have to be a fright! In just 15 minutes, you can make your very own sparkling wreath. All you need to gather is a styrofoam wreath (any size; mine is 6 inches wide), a styrofoam cone (mine is 2.5 inches tall), some glue, a crafting/Xacto knife (be careful!), a writing utensil, 1 ball of Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Eyelash in Onyx, and one package of Bonbons in Beach. Ready to craft? Let’s get started!


How to Make the Perfect Gift: Quick & Easy Projects to Stitch in a Hurry!

September 12th, 2012

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For many crafters, September means the beginning of the holiday crafting season. Finding the right project for each person can be a real challenge, but don’t worry, help is on the way!

These are some of our favorite fast-finish gift projects for the holidays. Each project has a short description of what it’s like make it and what you’ll need to get started (like measurements or certain skills). There are also links to free knit and crochet patterns in each project category so you can browse, choose, download and print the one looks just right for each person on your list!


A scarf is a great gift to make in just a couple of hours, you can even make one while you watch TV or travel on public transportation! Scarves make excellent, useful, unisex gifts and can be as fancy or as basic as you want. You don’t have to worry about fit or sizing with a scarf, though it’s still a good idea to do a gauge swatch to make sure your finished project will look like the example in the pattern.