Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

Image frame

Archive for October, 2013

Cracking the (Pattern) Code, Part 4: Selecting the Right Tools

October 21st, 2013

Pin It

Technical editor and yarncrafting expert Kj Hay joins us for a series on understanding the different elements of patterns. Click here to read her earlier blog posts.

Hooks and Needles

Cracking the (Pattern) Code, Part 4: Selecting the Right ToolsThe sizes of the hooks or needles listed in a pattern indicate the size used by the designer to achieve the listed gauge and to complete the item shown. Gauge is the number of stitches and rows worked in a piece fabric of a certain size. The hook or needle size helps determine the gauge and the gauge determines the size and drape of the fabric. Different knitters and crocheters, even when they use the exact same size hook, yarn, and pattern stitch, will often create fabric of different gauge. Accordingly, you may need to use different size hooks or needles to achieve the same results as the designer. Begin with the listed size, but check your results and be willing and prepared to change to a different size (see Gauge section below for more details).

Hooks and needles of different types may also be indicated. Knitting needles come in straights of different lengths, circulars of different lengths, and double-pointed. Crochet hooks can be standard, Tunisian, or double-ended. Be sure that you have (or are willing to acquire) the skill needed to use specific hooks and needles, especially double pointed knitting needles or Tunisian or double-ended crochet hooks.

Pro Tips

The hook and needle sizes listed may or may not be the same as the recommended size listed on the yarn ball band. The recommended size listed on a ball band is a size needed for a fabric of average drape (or firmness) made from the most basic of pattern stitches (single crochet or Stockinette st). A specific project is likely to warrant a different drape and the use of pattern stitches other than the basics, thus needing a different size hook or needles.


Pound of Love Projects for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19th, 2013

Pin It

Cotton Candy PInk Pound of Love is $3.99 this October

I try to keep in touch with my college friends as much as possible. But it’s hard when they don’t live near you—especially when they live as far way as the Virgin Islands. When my friend Amanda told me her mother was passed away due to breast cancer, it pained me that I couldn’t be there for her.

Since then, I’ve been motivated to regularly email her, and send care packages every Christmas, which includes one handmade item. Since Lion Brand has marked down their Pink (#103) Pound of Love® to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to think about her holiday care package.

Here are some patterns that can be used with Pound of Love:

Knit Sweater Bag Crochet Eyelet Shawl Easy To Crochet Bolero Knit Evergreen Speed Stitch Afghan
Knit Sweater Bag Crochet Eyelet Shawl Easy to Crochet Bolero Knit Evergreen Speed Stitch Afghan

Click here for more patterns that use Pound of Love.

Designs with Lion Brand Yarns Spotted at the Fall Knit and Crochet Show!

October 18th, 2013

Pin It

In the first weekend of October, myself, and a few Lion Brand team members attended the Fall 2013 Knit & Crochet Show in Concord, North Carolina. We had a great time chatting with designers in the industry, discussing yarns and patterns, and making new connections. One of my favorite parts about the show is seeing the many different projects people have worked on using Lion Brand yarns.  Below, you’ll see some creative patterns from talented crocheters who were at the show – go ahead and check them out.

Betsy's ShawlKnit & crochet designer Brenda Bourg in her Betsy’s Shawl pattern made in LB Collection Silk: Pluto Deborah and Crochet OwlDeborah Bagley’s Owl Bean Bag chair in Vanna’s Choice won 3rd place in the “Artistic Expression” category at the annual CGOA design competition.  You can find more designs from Deborah and her sister at Yarnovations. Vintage Christmas AfghanThis Vintage Christmas Afghan was designed by Sue Solakian in Heartland, and the pattern will soon be available at Mainly Crochet.


Exclusive Pattern: Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

October 17th, 2013

Pin It

If you loved designer and artist Anna Hrachovec’s books of teeny adorable mochimochi (her little knitted creatures and creations), you’ll love her newest book of giant buddies—just released!

To celebrate, we’re sharing a super-sized version of her popular Petite Pencil, excerpted from the book. Click on the image for the pattern and click on the book cover for more info about it!

Arthur (Plush Pencil) designed by Anna Hrachovec Huge & Huggable Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec
Arthur: Knitted Plush Pencil Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

Want your own copy of the book? Look out for a giveaway in next week’s issue of The Weekly Stitch!

9 Easy Halloween Accessories for Adults, Children, and Pets!

October 16th, 2013

Pin It

Halloween is 2 weeks away, and there’s still plenty of time to make yourself, a pet, or someone you know, a fun item for a costume or disguise. Today’s pattern round up includes simple designs that are sure to be gratifying projects because they can be completed before it’s time to celebrate. Be sure to check out the “Related Links” at the bottom of the page for more Halloween ideas and inspiration!

Jack O Lantern Dog Sweater
Knit Jack-O-Lantern Dog Sweater in
Hometown USA
Pumpkin Hat & Booties Set
Knit Pumpkin Hat and Booties set in Vanna’s
Choice Baby
King of the Beasts (Lion) Dog Sweater
Knit King of the Beasts (Lion) Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Moonlight Mohair, Homespun and Chenille