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Archive for October, 2012

New Lion Brand Yarn Shop Inside A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts Store in White Marsh, Maryland

October 10th, 2012

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Lion Brand Yarn Shop For all of you knitting and crochet enthusiasts in the Nottingham, White Marsh area of Maryland–we’d like to announce that Lion Brand Yarn Company will open its first Lion Brand Yarn Shop within an A.C Moore Arts & Crafts:

8115 Honeygo Boulevard
Nottingham, Maryland 21236

Grand Opening
October 14, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We are thrilled to be able to extend the Lion Brand experience to a local store, especially since not everyone can make it to our New York City flagship store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

The Lion Brand Yarn Shop will open with a “yarn cutting” ceremony at 9:30a.m., and the first 50 shoppers to arrive will receive a Lion Brand Yarn tote bag filled with goodies. In celebration of the opening, several events will be taking place in the store until 2 p.m.

Festivities include:

The Lion Brand Yarn Shop will offer the largest selection of Lion Brand yarns outside of our retail store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  You’ll be able to choose from a wider variety of some of our favorites, such as Amazing, Wool-Ease, Hometown USA and more.  Additionally, the new shop will also be home to an exclusive Lion Brand Yarn inspiration center. The inspiration center will have iPads available for easy access to our extensive pattern library, featuring over 4,700 free knitting, crocheting, weaving, loom knitting, and crafting patterns.

Here’s a little sneak peak!

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Do you live near the area, plan on stopping by? Please share your experience with us once you do!

Craft = Love

October 10th, 2012

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Craft = love

Life can get a bit crazy sometimes, so it’s important to remember that every stitch contains a little bit of love.

3 Ways to Create Awesome Color Effects with Amazing Yarn

October 7th, 2012

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I love working with color-change yarns because they make even the simplest stitches look great. But did you know that you can take those self-striping yarns and create even more cool effects with them? Here are three of my favorite techniques in patterns featuring our Amazing yarn:

(Click on the photos to get the patterns on

 Image of Softly Shaded Hat & ScarfImage of Reef Blue Ripple Scarf

Turn Your Project 90°

By making the beginning chain (or cast-on in knitting) the long side (or height) of these scarves and hat, we turn Amazing’s striping on its head and create a totally different look.

It’s a super-simple technique you can use on all kinds of projects to give them a unique spin on stripes, in both knit and crochet.


6 Easy Ways to Make One-of-a-Kind Heirloom Baby Booties

October 5th, 2012

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Baby booties make an excellent gift for new babies at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. You can even make a small pair as a sweet memento or holiday ornament for a baby’s first Christmas!

Here are six of our favorite ways to take a basic knit or crochet baby bootie pattern and make it extra-special for the little one in your life. We’ve also included links to free baby bootie patterns on to help you get started (including the Lavish Booties pictured to the right).


A small initial or simple shape like a star or flower is easy to add, and makes your gift extra-special. You probably already have a large-eye blunt needle for seaming your projects, all you have to do is pick a design and yarn!


Appliqués make perfect additions to your booties! You can add tiny handmade shapes by stitching each one up as a separate piece in any color you like, and then sewing them onto your finished booties. Make sure to stitch them on firmly, as little hands may try to pull at them while playing.


Laughing & Learning at the Knit & Crochet Show

October 4th, 2012

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Last month, a few members of the Lion Brand team and I had the pleasure of attending the Fall Knit and Crochet Show in Reno, Nevada. The show offers many classes as well as a marketplace, featuring unique and wonderful products from many different companies. We also gave out 500 goodie bags to people who signed up for classes, and it was great to see people walking around the show with them.

Lion Brand had a booth at the show, and it was so much fun for me to speak with the attendees and hear their feedback. We got to show them our new colors and new yarns and everyone especially loved the new Bonbons multi-packs. It was really exciting to see the expressions on their faces when they got to see it up close and personal. I told everyone that I thought they were so cute I put them in a candy dish in my house!


9 Knit & Crochet Chemo Cap and Prayer Shawl Patterns for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 3rd, 2012

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Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, many of you may be knitting or crocheting items for charity, or to show support to someone you know who has been affected by breast cancer.  Giving someone a handmade gift during a time of need is a thoughtful and special way to show you care.

Below, I’ve selected a few patterns for hats and prayer shawls that are easy to care for (so the recipient doesn’t have to worry about hand washing and drying), and great gifts for giving to that person who just might need an extra pick me up.

Hats are a perfect gift for someone going through chemotherapy treatments; the hat will keep their head warm and protected as the effects of the treatment start to take place.

Comforting Blue Cap
Crochet Comforting Blue Cap
Lace Beanie
Knit Lace Beanie
Seed Stitch Hat
Knit Seed Stitch Hat