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Archive for August, 2013


Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #2: Making the Back & Changing Colors

August 28th, 2013

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CALbadgeHi everyone! I’ve been very impressed by all the pictures I’ve seen of your projects so far and so many great color combinations!

[Editor's Note: Click here to see photos in our Ravelry group, and if you'd like to leave a photo here on the blog, click in the commenting box and you'll see a little "mountain range" icon. Click it to browse to your photo on your computer and upload it to your comment.]

Making the Back & Changing Colors

This week I worked on the back of my cardigan. To avoid having to weave in all those ends, I had planned to carry the colors up the side and hide them in the seaming process, but I found that having 5 balls of yarn attached to my project at all times drove me a little crazy! So instead I decided to weave the ends in as I crocheted, hiding them by holding the ends of the new and old colors together on the WS of the work and crocheting over them as I made the stitches. Now all I’ll need to do is snip off the ends when I’m finished. This is my favorite method of hiding ends for crochet, especially for color-work.

Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #2: Making the Back & Changing Colors | Lion Brand Notebook

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What’s New in Stores: 4 Lion Brand Yarns You’ll Want to Look Out For

August 27th, 2013

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We introduce products throughout the year on LionBrand.com, but you may not see some of these products in your local stores until the stores change over their shelves.

To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’re recapping a couple of new favorites that you’ll want to look for in your local stores right now!

Imagine

Imagine

Imagine airy, voluminous projects! This versatile yarn is constructed as a net-like tube that you can knit or crochet OR open up and turn into a no-knit/crochet project. Make a two-stitch scarf with just one skein. Pick it up in-stores today.

Click here to watch a video featuring some of the cool project ideas in Imagine.

Click here to see all 8 print and metallic colors online.

Heartland

Heartland

Take home a ball or two of this so-soft, heathered yarn and make a quick project! On Ravelry, customers are saying that they “love how soft it feels”. Heartland‘s colors are inspired by the American landscape, and naturally, it’s made in America.

Click here to see all 16 colors online.

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Homespun® Thick & Quick®

If you love fan-favorite Homespun, you’ll love this thicker version, perfect for afghans and super-fast gifts. Find this American-made yarn in stores in 24 painterly and striping colors.

Click here to watch a video featuring some of the great patterns in this yarn.

Click here to see all the colors online.

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Fettuccini®

Every colorway is a limited edition with this cool super-bulky yarn! Made with remnants from fashion manufacturing, this fabric-based yarn is strong enough for bags and bowls, but soft enough for accessories. (The two-cone cowl is hugely popular among our staff right now!)

Stop by your local store and pick up your favorite prints whenever you see them–you may not see them ever again!

Click here to learn more about this product.

Looking for your local Lion Brand retailer? Click here for our Store Locator.


Knitted Toys: A Friend for William

August 26th, 2013

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Writer and avid knitter Selma Moss-Ward joins us for a series of blog posts about becoming a first-time grandmother and knitting toys. Click here to read her previous blog posts. 

Leo and William

If you’ve ever played with stuffed animals, you know that proportion in the Toy Universe has its own logic.  In the Toy Universe, unlike our own, Leo the Lion’s much smaller than William the Hedgehog—and that is perfectly fine.  In the Toy Universe, it doesn’t matter if someone’s face is the size of another’s paw.  What matters is having stuffy friends, and a person who loves you.

As soon as I began knitting Leo, from a buttery shade of Lion Brand’s Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool, I knew he’d be a great pal for William, who’s metaphorically prickly on the outside, but soft within.  The two of them are excited about traveling to California to live with my new grandson.

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What’s Reverse Shaping and How Do I Do It?

August 25th, 2013

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Throughout this season, we’re reposting some of our favorite columns by Barbara Breiterauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting, previously featured in our Weekly Stitch newsletter.

When knitting cardigans, you are making two fronts that are reversed and mirror images of each other. The armholes are on opposite sides of your knitting as is the neck shaping.

The neck and armhole edges are at their logical, respective places. When you are knitting the right side of the piece, you are looking at the reverse of how it will be worn. With the right side of the work facing the public, hold the left or right front up against you. This is the easiest way to tell which is the armhole edge and which is the neck edge if you get confused.

Almost all cardigan patterns will give you exact instructions for knitting one front; the instructions for the other front will usually tell you to knit it the same way, but reverse shaping. This can seem like a cryptic instruction intended to confuse you, but it avoids pattern errors (like one side being written one way and then the other side being written differently).

To reverse the shaping, work the shaping at the opposite end from where you worked it for the first front. The armhole shaping and decreases must be at opposite ends so that when it’s sewn together, you will have one armhole on the left and one on the right. The neck shaping must be on the inside of both pieces, where it would logically be.

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Great Customer Projects from STITCHES Midwest!

August 22nd, 2013

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One of the best parts of attending craft shows like STITCHES Midwest for me is seeing projects that customers have made with Lion Brand yarn. Some customers approach me shyly, while others proudly brandish their handiwork. They’re often surprised when I enthusiastically ask to take their pictures, they have no idea how gratifying these moments are for me! Check out some of my favorite finds from the last show!

swing dress

Swing dress made with Amazing yarn.

Click here to learn more about this pattern.

mitered ridges top

Mitered Ridges Top made with Lion Brand® LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo

Click here to get the knit pattern.

fishermen poncho

Poncho made with Fishermen’s Wool®

She made this project back in the ’70s (wow!) so the pattern is no longer available.

hexagon market bag

Hexagon Market Bag made with Lion® Cotton

Click here to get the crochet pattern.

lily collage

The highlight of the show was definitely when designer Lily Chin came to our booth wearing a girl scout costume that she made with Recycled Cotton  in Seagrass, Kitchen Cotton in Olive, and Bonbons in Brights and Celebrate were for her badges.

*Please note: this is an original design so no pattern is available*

Didn’t get to see us at the last show? Come visit us at STITCHES East from November 10-11 in Hartford, CT! Don’t forget to bring you Lion Brand projects!


Colorfully Modern Cardigan Pattern: Now Available in 2X, 3X, 4X!

August 21st, 2013

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along | Lion Brand NotebookWe had requests from quite a few of you for larger sizes so that you could participate in our Crochet-Along—and since we’d love for you to join in, we’ve worked with our tech editors to grade up the pattern for additional plus sizes.

Click here to download the UPDATED pattern.

We have also added kits for these larger sizes. Save 25% when you order all of the materials described in the pattern.

Click here to order the kits for 25% off.


Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #1: Size & Gauge Swatching

August 21st, 2013

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #1: Size & Gauge SwatchingHi everyone! My name is Lauren, and I’m very excited to be your Crochet-Along host for the Colorfully Modern Cardigan. I work at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City as a knitting and crochet instructor, a great job if you’re as yarn-obsessed as I am.

I was very pleased when you guys voted for this project, as it would have ended up on my “must make” list anyway. Also, I needed an excuse to work with our newest yarn Unique. I love any kind of color-work, especially when the yarn is doing all the hard work for you!

Please don’t be intimidated by the complicated look of the cardigan; it’s really only 2 pattern rows repeated over and over. Even if you are new to garment making, I would encourage you to have a go with this project, as we can all help each other, each step of the way! Please feel free to ask me questions here and visit our Ravelry group. I’d love to see your projects progressing.

Selecting a Size

The first thing you’ll want to do is accurately measure yourself, so you can choose a size. With a flexible tape measure, measure yourself around the fullest part of your bust, wearing whatever clothes you plan to wear underneath your cardigan. I measured myself wearing a t-shirt and sweater, because I plan for this project to be my fall jacket.

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Spend an Afternoon with Us Next Time You’re in New York City!

August 20th, 2013

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New York City is a creative hub with the Fashion District, Broadway, and dozens of museums. But did you know that you can visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, our one-of-a-kind destination store, while you’re visiting the Big Apple too?

Want to know what to expect when you stop by? Check out this recent episode of NYC TV’s $9.99 program to see what the store is like. Skip to 8:00 for the segment about the store!

For more information about the area and our location, visit the store’s website and browse the “Planning Your Visit” section.

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Get Started on Back-To-School & Fall Projects with New, Striping Colors of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick!

August 19th, 2013

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Since so many of you turn to Wool-Ease Thick & Quick as your tried and true yarn for afghans and warm fall/winter accessories such as hats and scarves – we’ve updated the line to add a few new self-striping colors.  The new colors of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick were designed to create solid blocks of color, then striping blocks of color as you work, so that you won’t have to change yarns to create the effect.

The new colors of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick stripes in Hoosiers, Hoyas, Crimson, Tigers, Huskies, and Spartans make it easy for you to create fun, fast-finish projects to show off your team spirit and school colors.  Browse the color selections below and see if there’s a shade for your favorite team!

Crochet Wharton Wristers
Crochet Wharton Wristers
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Spartans
Collegiate Hat and Scarf
Knit Collegiate Hat and Scarf
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Crimson
Crochet Bucket Tote
Crochet Bucket Tote
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Hoosiers

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Knitted Toys: The Making of a Hedgehog

August 18th, 2013

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Writer and avid knitter Selma Moss-Ward joins us for a series of blog posts about becoming a first-time grandmother and knitting toys. Click here to read her previous blog post. 

Beatrix Potters' Mrs. Tiddlywinks, Knitted Toys: The Making of a Hedgehog | Lion Brand NotebookHedgehogs are wild creatures, native to Europe; those on this continent are raised as pets…or knitted from Lion Brand’s William the Hedgehog pattern!  I’ve always loved hedgies, as they’re affectionately known, because Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle was a childhood favorite.  So when I saw William in  the Lion Brand pattern library, I was a goner.

If you’ve never knitted a toy before, William is an excellent first project.  He’s done on size 11 needles with thick yarn—two subtly-colored strands of Fun Fur and one of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, knitted simultaneously.  The results are swift, because William is only one piece—and very exciting as he develops!  It’s like starting with a real pelt [insert photo of pelt on needles] that animates as you work your way from nose to rump, then seam and stuff.  (A bit of advice—knit slowly, because it’s easy to drop a partial stitch when you’re working with three strands, and you may not notice until you’re a few rows beyond.)

Though he’s only 32 rows long, William’s a huggable 10” long and 14” around.  I’m pretty sure there’s enough yarn left over to knit him a twin.  Until then, his best friend here is Leo, another adorable toy from the Lion Brand pattern menagerie.  More about him next time!

Selma Moss-Ward is a freelance writer who combines her love of writing and of knitting in her columns, stories, and blog posts. Selma is also an active classical musician and the caretaker of five wonderful pets. She lives with them and her husband in Rhode Island. Read a monthly fiction story by Selma in our Pattern Journal newsletter.

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