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Archive for December, 2013

Learn a New Stitch: My Slip Stitch Afghan

December 30th, 2013

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Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, you may be thinking of ways to improve your knitting skills in the new year.  If you’re wondering where to start we have the perfect opportunity for you.

Whether you’re a beginner just learning to knit or you’re a stitch afficionado looking take your afghan knitting to the next level, you’ll want to try “My First Slip-Stitch Afghan,” one of four classes that Lion Brand offers on Craftsy.

Slip stitch knitting is such a beautiful method that creates a woven colorwork effect. It’s an easy but complex looking stitch, but even a novice knitter can handle it. One of the best qualities of this stitch is that you work with just one color per row, no changing colors or stranding. With “My First Slip-Stitch Afghan,” knitwear designer Rhonda Fargnoli, will teach you how to create our Slip Stitch Sampler Throw, which is composed of six different slip stitch patterns.

The great thing about buying a Craftsy class, it’s yours to own; you can watch it as often as you want until you’ll have a newly completed slip stitch afghan.

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9 Classic, Vintage Inspired Patterns for Today’s Crafter!

December 29th, 2013

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The fourth season of Downton Abbey premieres next Sunday, and I’m getting ready by working on another Tea Wrap for a friend of mine who loves vintage fashion.

Like her, some of my crochet and knitting projects are heavily inspired by vintage eras.  My copy of Vintage Styles for Today, featuring vintage Lion Brand patterns, is well-worn from extensive use, and I’m constantly on the hunt to find patterns that evoke a “vintage but modern” feel. Whether you are finalizing plans for your Downton Abbey premiere party or looking for a project to bring the local historical society’s craft circle, here are some modern Lion Brand patterns suited for everyday, modern life but have a vintage-inspired twist.

Knit Middlemarch Cardigan Crochet Embellished Beanie Knit Lauren Scarf
Knit Middlemarch Cardigan
in Wool-Ease®
Crochet Embellished Beanie
in Homespun®
Knit Lauren Scarf
in Vanna’s Choice®


Our 10 Most Popular Patterns from 2013!

December 27th, 2013

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We’re gearing up for 2014 with lots of surprises ahead, but I wanted to take time to reflect on 2013.

I’m always amazed at how many patterns we have in Patternfinder—I’m often asking myself “how could I have not noticed this one?” Our Design department has been working very hard this year, and we think they’ve really outdone themselves with all new patterns they’ve created.

Now that the holidays are over, you can start working on projects for yourself again; the projects you dreamt about while you knitted or crocheted gifts for loved ones. Or maybe you’re ready to start fresh and you’re looking for ideas!

With that in mind, I’ve collected the most popular patterns of this past year, including our District 12 Cowl Wrap, which turned out to be the most popular pattern of all!

District 12 Cowl


Lion Brand Yarn Studio Featured on WFUV 90.7FM!

December 26th, 2013

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Last week, Lion Brand Yarn Studio was featured on WFUV 90.7FM’s morning program, Cityscape. The segment explored the Studio as one of the many ways you can combat the cold and  “cabin fever” during the winter months.  Listen to our CEO, David Blumenthal and, our Studio Director, Gretchen Fancher discuss how Lion Brand has provided a fun, educational outlet for knitters, crocheters, and crafters alike.

Listen to the podcast here and then visit the Studio and start a new yarn project!

Knit and Crochet and Yarn Trends For 2014

December 23rd, 2013

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1. Big, Bigger, Better

Big, Bigger, Best
1) Arm Knitting. 2) “Speed Stix” Knitting Needles. 3) Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® 4) Homespun® Thick & Quick®

We’ll see people supersizing everything in 2014 with big needle knit and crochet garments and home décor that display chunky, oversized stitches in oversized silhouettes. In 2014 we’ll be showing you a collection of designs that will keep you right on trend. Many of Lion Brand’s yarns are ideal for the “Big” trend including Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA® . . . with more to come in 2014.