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Archive for June, 2013


An Introduction to Felting: Tips & Tricks

June 30th, 2013

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Felting allows you to take knit and crochet pieces and turn them into thick, sturdy cloth suitable for purses, hats, slippers and more just by throwing your wool items into the washing machine and dryer. This month, Jackie Smyth, our technical editor, gives some tips on felting.

An Introduction to Felting

What is felting, Jackie?
Felting is the process by which wool fibers are agitated and lock together to form a dense fabric. Wool yarn can be felted, but synthetics can’t, but you can change the look of a felted design by working a row or two with a non-felting yarn. If you’ve never felted before, it’s a good idea to read our FAQ about it: click here.

What are some of the benefits of felting?
Felt doesn’t ravel – so you can experiment with cutting shapes or fringes on a felted item. If your felted project doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped — no worries — you can cut shapes from the felt – like flower petals or dots – and use these as embellishments on other projects.

Wow, you could probably make pins and hair barrettes out of those shapes too. So what are your recommended patterns today?
I’ve chosen these three clutches because they are small, making them an ideal beginner felting project, and because they really emphasize how much we love to embellish simple patterns with things techniques like color-work and embroidery.

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6 Quick & Easy Patterns for July 4th Celebrations!

June 28th, 2013

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July 4th is just around the corner, and you know what that means – BBQs, pool parties, picnics and more! In preparation of the big celebration day, I’ve gathered some fun decorative, and patriotic themed patterns to help you get in the spirit of things. Below you’ll find projects from some creative bloggers in addition to our Lion Brand patterns.  Take a gander for yourself and get ready for some crafting this weekend!

Projects from Blogs we enjoy:

Patriotic Crocheted Stars
Patriotic Stars
Blog: Repeat Crafter Me
Star Spangled Banner
Star Spangled Banner Crochet Bunting
Blog: Petals to Picots
Baby Sandals from Tutus and Tea Parties
Patriotic Barefoot Sandals
Blog: Tutus and Tea Parties

Lion Brand Patterns:


Americana Crochet Evaporative Cooler
Lion Cotton (can substitute for Kitchen Cotton)
Click here for knit version
Barista Cup Cozy Set
Barista Cup Cozy Set
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp
Macrame Plant Hanger
Macrame Plant Hanger (Craft)
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton

Do you like to knit or crochet items for your BBQs or celebrations? Tell us some of your favorite patterns for these occasions!

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In Your Words: Readers Share How Knitting & Crochet Make Them Better

June 27th, 2013

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One of the most wonderful things about knitting and crochet is how these crafts enrich our lives. The video above was inspired by you, our blog readers, and we hope that you’ll continue to share your comments below about how knitting and crochet affect you every day.


Celebrate Log Cabin Day with Log Cabin Afghans!

June 25th, 2013

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As you may have already noticed, I’m big on the quirky holidays. The way I see it, each of these silly days is a chance to celebrate something that may get overlooked every other day. An excuse to eat more donuts just because it’s national donut day? Count me in! (National Donut Day was on June 7, actually, but I don’t see why you can’t have a belated celebration.) Anyway, today is National Log Cabin Day! For some people, this probably evokes the smell of fresh cut grass and the feeling of the raw lumber used to construct a grandparent, aunt or uncle’s log cabin in the woods. For crafters, however, the term “log cabin” speaks directly to a very particular variety of quilts and afghans.

The quilts first became popular in the United States in the 1860s, during the Civil War, and their popularity as a traditional style of American crafting has remained for generations since. Traditionally, center squares were symbolically red or yellow, but more modern takes on the style show off individual preferences. These log cabin quilt-inspired afghan patterns range from traditional to contemporary, and can be knit or crocheted in a variety of yarns, colors, and stitch patterns.

 Image of Cozy Cabin Throw Image of Log Cabin Pocket Blankie  Image of Neutrals Log Cabin Afghan
Crochet Cozy Cabin Throw  Knit Log Cabin Pocket Blankie  Crochet Neutrals Log Cabin Afghan

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Sock Tips, Pt. 4: Add an Eyelet Stitch Pattern to Your Sock

June 24th, 2013

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As we continue our series on embellishing your socks, we now introduce a new stitch into our basic sock pattern. Because socks are compact and quick to whip-up, they’re a great opportunity to try out new stitches. In our last two installments, we talked about color-work. In this article, we feature an eyelet sock pattern, adding style to our basic sock pattern with a lacy look.

Child’s Eyelet Sock

Here are a few tips on this eyelet sock pattern:

  • It’s helpful to use light color needles for dark yarn, darker needles for a light color yarn – you’ll be able to see your stitches more easily. This is helpful no matter the project.
  • Socks with an eyelet pattern provide a good fit – the spaces created by the eyelets stretch or contract easily to accommodate a variety of leg sizes.

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Get Pink!

June 23rd, 2013

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pink graphic2Pink has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Every gadget in my kitchen is pink, from the coffee pot to the egg separator, and so is my luggage, my toothbrush, and, of course, the walls of my craft room. So, when I heard it was National Pink Day, I needed to take the opportunity to share some of my favorite pink yarns! Of course, they’re all my favorites, so take a look at all of the pink colorways available in our yarns. Pink is a great color year-round and perfect for baby girls, but it’s also an important color in October (and year-round) for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Keep these colorways in mind as you take up crafting for a new arrival, a friend who shares a favorite color with me, or charity projects to benefit breast cancer research. Even if you thought you weren’t much of a pink person before, I’m certain that one of these 85 shades of delicious pink yarn might just sway you!
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Lion Brand Wins An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year Award!

June 21st, 2013

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David Blumenthal (President/CEO) and Dean Blumenthal (EVP/COO) have won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in New Jersey in the ‘Family Business’ category.  What perfect timing! Just as we celebrate our 135th anniversary.  It means a lot to us to be recognized by such an influential global corporation, especially since we’ve come a long way in five generations from a pushcart on the Lower East Side of Manhattan!  For a look inside the company today, see this video: About Lion Brand Yarn Company – 135th Anniversary Special.


(Left to right: David Blumenthal & Dean Blumenthal)

 “Being recognized by a prestigious organization like Ernst & Young is such an honor for our 5th generation family business. I’m grateful for the leadership of our fathers who mentored us and taught us by example, and for the expertise and devotion of all our associates.”
-David Blumenthal

Congratulations to David and Dean Blumenthal!

 

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Learn to Crochet a Granny Square!

June 21st, 2013

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grannies slide openerAfter crocheting what I was sure was the world’s longest crochet chain (it was at least 60 feet long, but far short of the world record) in fourth grade, I finally decided it might be time to learn another crochet technique. I sat with my grandmother that summer at the kitchen table in our shore house as she crocheted a baby pink granny square, walking me through each step. She fastened hers off without disconnecting, so I could practice on the same length of yarn. Once I got the hang of it, I went around and around on that same square, until each successive skein of pink, purple and white ran out, but I always left my grandmother’s square attached. It’s a wonderful memory of her to keep now.

Making granny squares is a great way to learn to crochet, or to try out a new technique. Today, I want to share my grandmother’s lesson to me from 15 years ago with all of you! Check out this step-by-step tutorial to create your first granny square in ten minutes or less.

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Lion Brand on the Road: Upcoming Events

June 20th, 2013

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One of the best parts about working at Lion Brand is meeting our amazing customers and hearing what you have to say about our products, patterns, and community. Working in the yarn industry, many of us travel and meet knitters and crocheters across the country, and I often get asked, “Will Lion Brand be at an event near me? I’d love to check out your new yarns in person!”

Earlier this year, we had a ton of fun at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA and Vogue Knitting Live in New York, NY!

In the second half of 2013, we’re proud to sponsor and have booths at these upcoming shows and events:

Upcoming Knitting & Crochet Events

kcshowKnit & Crochet Show
Indianapolis, IN
July 17 – 21
Click here for more info.
Lion Brand fans can get this exclusive coupon (or book with this code online: LionBrand11113) for discounted admission to the marketplace .

Stitches Midwest
Schaumburg, IL
August 8 – 11
Click here for more info.
Lion Brand fans can get 20% off classes and events with the coupon code: LBM13.

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Knit & Crochet Show
Charlotte, NC
October 2 – 6
Click here for more info.

Stitches East
Hartford, CT
November 7 – 10
Click here for more info.

Stop by the shows above to check out our exclusive LB Collection, as well as new products–all at show-special prices.

We’re also proud to be a sponsor of many regional knitting and crochet festivals across the country, and we hope you’ll check online for events in your area. Click here for a helpful calendar from Knitter’s Review.

While we don’t have the staff and resources to be at every show and festival, we always love hearing from you, so we hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts here on our blog and through our pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Get Your Cotton Yarn Ready! 6 Knit & Crochet Patterns for Your Kitchen and Bathroom

June 19th, 2013

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With the warm weather now upon us, many of you are probably looking for smaller, more portable projects to work on so that you can still craft, and stay cool.  In addition to choosing smaller projects, it’s important to choose the appropriate seasonal yarn – so today, I’ve rounded up a few washcloth, dishcloth and potholder patterns in various cotton yarns for you to get some some ideas for your summer crafting.

The best part about knitting or crocheting dish and wash cloths is that they’re perfect for practicing new stitches on a smaller scale project!

Momma chickadee potholder
Crochet Momma and
Baby Chickadee Potholder
in Cotton-Ease
Cross-Sttitched Cloths
Crochet Cross-Stitched Cloths in
Kitchen Cotton and Bonbons

Loom Woven Dishcloth Set in
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp
Folly Washcloth
Knit Folly Washcloth
in Cotton-Ease
Spring Cleaning Scrubbies
Crochet Spring Cleaning Scrubbies
in Recycled Cotton
Knit Long Beach washcloth
Knit Long Beach Washcloth
in Cotton-Ease

What type of stitch pattern do you prefer when working on a washcloth or potholder? Share with us in the comments!

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