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Archive for September, 2013


Colorfully Modern Crochet-Along: A Few Fabulous Finished Projects!

September 30th, 2013

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If you’re still working on your crochet-along project, don’t fret! There’s no time limit and the blog posts stay up here on our blog. But just in case you need a little more motivation, here are a few finished projects to inspire you!

Angie, amood on Ravelry, made her chic version in heathery Heartland yarn:

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Another Raveler, renizzardo, used the recommended colors for her stylish jacket:

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio Manager Michelle joined in on the fun too–she made her cardigan in Unique in Passion Fruit, Oceania, and Moonshadows and Vanna’s Choice in Espresso and Dark Grey Heather for a darker palette.

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Keep sharing your photos with us here and on Ravelry! We can’t wait to see your finished project!

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A Fun Crochet-Along for You to Join at the Petals to Picots Blog!

September 29th, 2013

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Little Boy Blue BlanketWe’ve teamed up with Kara at the Petals to Picots blog to bring you a new crochet-along with one of our newest patterns, in one of of our newest yarns!  Kara has just announced she’ll be hosting the crochet-along for the Little Boy Blue Blanket made in Heartland.  Kara starts the official CAL instructions tomorrow, and will be conducting the CAL through early December.  This way, you have enough time to possibly turn this blanket into a holiday gift for someone!

There will be new instructions posted for the CAL every two weeks so that you’ll have enough time to work up each section.  The pattern is considered an intermediate level, and requires knowledge of the single crochet (sc) and double crochet stitch (dc).  There’s fun color work in the project, so it will be fun to see everything come together at the end.

There is an official Ravelry group for the CAL so you can share your progress, ask questions, chat with other members and more.  Stop in, say hi to Kara and the rest of the group, and get ready to start a fun new crochet project!  We look forward to seeing plenty of great projects.

Check out Petals to Picots tomorrow for the first set of instructions.  Are you ready to get crocheting? Let us know if you’ll be participating in the comments below.


8 Tech Accessories You Can Knit and Crochet

September 29th, 2013

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Editor’s note: We’re happy to welcome Petrina to the Lion Brand team. Petrina is a crocheter who loves to make cute and fashionable projects in her spare time. Here at Lion Brand, she’ll be blogging and creating some of your favorite newsletters. This is her first blog post!

Fair Isle Tech Vest

When e-readers came onto the market, I was very skeptical.

I loved the smell of a new (and old) book, the sound of turning page, and even judging various books by their covers.

Then I realized I could use one to upload all of the crochet and knitting patterns I had saved on my computer over the years.
My entire pattern library would reside in one e-reader.

No more figuring out which pages are out of order; no more running out of paper and ink for printing patterns; and no more frustration when pages got wet or worn from overuse.

When I asked for an e-reader for Christmas, I didn’t want a case at the time — I was picky when it came to tech accessories.  But after endless Etsy searches, and browsing electronic stores,
I could never find “the one.”

Then it occurred to me that I could make my own.  I took some leftover Wool-Ease®Thick & Quick from a scarf that had been already given away and crocheted a large rectangle (enough a cover and a flap) — I even crocheted a frog clasp for a fastener.  Now I had a case that I could easily carry around and easily identify without worrying about damaging it.

While I crocheted with no pattern in mind, here are some other patterns for tech accessories:

This is a great starter project for those learning how to knit or crochet, especially if you are not interested in making scarves or want to try something new. Have you crocheted or knitted anything to go along with your tablet, ereader, phone, or laptop?


Professional Development Day at the Knit & Crochet Show with Lion Brand and the CGOA

September 25th, 2013

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Have you ever attended a Knit & Crochet Show sponsored by the TKGA (The Knitting Guild of America ) and CGOA (Crochet Guild of America)? If you’re near the Charlotte, North Carolina area – you’re in luck because the Knit & Crochet Show will be in town next week (Oct. 2-6)!

The Knit & Crochet show is a wonderful 4 day event, where you have the opportunity to take advantage of classes taught by some of your favorite knit and crochet designers, meet new friends, purchase yarn, and just have a good ole time. If you only want to shop and don’t want to sign up for classes, you can purchase a ticket for the marketplace onsite, and use the coupon to the right for a great “Buy One Get One Free” offer. Lion Brand will have a booth for shopping and we’ll be carrying our newest yarn collections, so be sure to stop by and say hi to us.

On October 2nd, before the classes start and the marketplace opens, the CGOA will host Professional Development Day, which is a one-day session in which you learn valuable tools of the trade when it comes to proposing and developing a book. You’ll learn about how to write a book proposal, how to promote yourself, creative writing tips, and lots more.  This is a great educational and networking opportunity for those who are already established and for those who are aspiring professionals in the industry.  The CGOA committee has lined up some wonderful, knowledgeable experts in the field – you’ll get to hear from Melissa Leapman, Lily Chin, and Vashti Braha – just to name a few! Click here to learn more about Professional Development Day.

Have you ever been to a Professional Development Day at one of the Knit & Crochet shows? Please share your experience with us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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Video: Discover Over 5,000 Free Patterns to Knit, Crochet & Craft on LionBrand.com

September 25th, 2013

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If you’re new to our community, you may not know that Lion Brand has thousands of free patterns available on our website for you to search. Use the drop-down menus and fields to customize your search and find just the right item!

Already familiar with our patterns? Try out the “yarns” menu to filter projects by your favorite Lion Brand yarn or subscribe to our New Patterns Newsletter to be the first to learn about new designs!

If you’re reading this blog post in your email or an RSS reader, please click on the title to view the full blog post and videos on our website.


4 New Yarns in Our Fall Catalog

September 24th, 2013

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Love discovering the latest thing? Be sure to check out these 4 yarns that are part of our fall 2013 line. You’ll be seeing them in our upcoming catalog and in stores, but in the meantime, they are already available on LionBrand.com!

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Romance®

Ultra-soft and feathery Romance is a luxurious faux fur yarn you’re going to love for collars, scarves, and trim on your projects.

Click here for a video featuring just a few project ideas.

Click here to see all 15 colors and order online.

 

Unique

Unique

Create stunning, colorful projects with this new bulky-weight yarn. Each colorway is bold, making it perfect for statement pieces.

Click here to see knit samples of each colorway.

Click here to see all 6 colors and order online.

Martha Stewart Crafts<SUP>TM/MC</SUP> Glitter Ribbon

Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glitter Ribbon

This shimmery, metallic yarn is great for craft projects, as well as quick knit and crochet projects. Try it in a drop-stitch design or an openwork stitch for a cool effect.

Click here to see all 9 colors and order online.

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LB Collection® Silk Yarn

A prized fiber for centuries, 100% silk is lustrous and soft. Discover this hand-dyed version from our exclusive LB Collection (only available from LionBrand.com and our own retail locations). Learn more with our earlier blog post.

Click here to see all 8 colors and order online.

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Understanding Common Pattern Terms, Part 2

September 23rd, 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.

Understanding Common Pattern Terms, Part 2 | Lion Brand NotebookLast week, I wrote about pattern terms and concepts people often find confusing. This week, I am covering a couple more concepts that you will often encounter.

Parentheses, brackets, asterisks, and phrases are commonly found in patterns; they are intended to make it easier to follow, and they also decrease the chances of a typographical error in a pattern. Here’s some help on deciphering what you are being asked to do.

Parentheses

You will find parentheses or () used in two ways:

The first is to indicate you are to repeat everything in parentheses the given number of times. For example:

(k2tog, yo) twice

What it means is that you should work k2tog, yo two times or k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo.

The second way they are used is to show a grouping or sequence of stitches that are related to each other in some way. You might see (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp. The pattern is telling you that everything in the parentheses is all worked into the next ch-1 space.

Brackets

Brackets or [] indicate either to repeat something or a sequence of stitches, just as parentheses do; however, a bracket is needed when a set of instructions within the brackets are already in parentheses. Occasionally, you will brackets used instead of parentheses.

In this example, brackets are being used to indicate you are repeating instructions:

[k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times] twice

The above means that you would repeat everything in the brackets twice while making sure you also repeat yo, k2tog 3 times in the order written.

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The Ups and Downs of Knitting: Counting Your Rows

September 23rd, 2013

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You, our readers, asked for it and we’re happy to oblige! Designer and teacher Heather Lodinsky joins us for a new article on understanding the fundamentals of your knitting.

Knowing exactly where you are in a knitting project requires knowing where you have been. “Reading” your stitches by identifying a knit versus a purl stitch is helpful in showing you where you are in a stitch pattern. In the last article I wrote, I showed how to identify the stitches already worked to know where you are in your knitting.

Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I can easily lose track of which row I am working in a pattern. Life happens—the phone rings, we get talking or we just have to leave our knitting for some reason.  Then I come back to my knitting and…what row was I working? There are various tools out there to help us keep track of our rows. Row counters exist that either attach to your needle, or need to be clicked and there are even “counting boards” where pegs are moved to show what row we are working. Even the simple “hash mark” on a piece of paper works well, but there is still  that human element of just plain forgetting to mark the paper, move the peg or click the counter to the next number. As a knitting teacher, one of the most common questions I am asked is: “What row am I on?”

A skill as important as identifying your stitches is the ability to count your rows without a “counter”. The best way to count stitches is by first identifying a stitch and then being able to count stitches up and down, which will tell us how many rows we have done and what row we need to work next.

Counting Rows in Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette Stitch | Counting Your Rows | Lion Brand Notebook

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Lets’s first look at stockinette stitch – which, when we are working a flat piece, is knitted on the right side  of the fabric and purled on the wrong side.  First, we have to be able to identify a “knit” stitch.  Look closely at the right side of stockinette stitch and see that a knit stitch looks like a “V”.   This is what we are looking for in order to help us count our rows.

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Understanding Common Pattern Terms, Part 1

September 19th, 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.

Understanding Common Pattern Terms, Part 1 | Lion Brand NotebookA pattern is a blueprint for a project. A well-written pattern doesn’t intentionally confuse you. If you find something confusing, keep in mind that sometimes the pattern is simply trying to convey information to help you. The term might be an industry standard, but one that you’ve never come across before.

Here are some terms and concepts, commonly used but also commonly confusing to many knitters and crocheters.

Work even

Work even means to work in the pattern stitch over the number of stitches you have at the present time. It often follows a sequence where you have just completed increasing or decreasing.

Turn

Although crocheting often uses this term at the end of every row (for example, chain 1, turn), it’s also used in places that, at first glance, don’t appear to make sense. When working short rows, or partial rows of knitting or crocheting, you will see an instruction to turn while not at the end of the row. Simply complete the instructions for that row, and when the pattern states turn, prepare to work in the other direction and the next row by turning your work around just as if you were at the end of the row. It may seem wrong to do so, but sometimes you have to have faith that a pattern works out in the end!

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Lessons Learned From Crafting – A New Animated Series!

September 18th, 2013

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We asked our customers on Facebook what lessons they’ve learned from crafting over the years. I was so inspired by the responses we got that I created an animated series! Share your story and you might get animated!

Subscribe to our Youtube channel here to make sure you don’t miss the next episode!