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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:


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


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!


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

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!

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