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Archive for May, 2014


Ready for a night of ballroom dancing with Lola?

May 30th, 2014

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Want to knit the Simply Elegant Bolero? Get the free pattern here.

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By the way, Todd Clark was recently featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune — way to go Todd!

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Knit or crochet the Lola seen in the photo above, get the free pattern here.

Enjoy other installments of Lola here.

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Our Visit And Photoshoot At Vanna White’s Home

May 29th, 2014

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In this post Lion Brand’s Creative Director Adina Klein shares stories and behind-the-scenes photos from her recent visit to Vanna White’s home near Los Angeles, CA. Joining her were Lion Brand’s Production Coordinator Karlye Mayer and our lovely photographer Jack.

After twenty years, Vanna is definitely part of the Lion Brand family.  Some of us have been to her home and she’s been to ours. Most recently she attended the company barbecue at our New Jersey headquarters. Going to Vanna’s house is more like visiting a friend than visiting a celebrity–well, maybe, except for the fact that her house is nicer than most of our friends’ houses. And even though she has a beautiful home with spectacular views, there’s something so down-to-earth about it–just like Vanna.  Vanna even made us breakfast and let us into her closet to pick clothes for her for the shoot.

You’d think her closet would be filled with glamorous gowns, but it was actually filled with an assortment of jeans, slacks, sweaters and t-shirts! We hung out in her bedroom, playing with her cat, Stella, while she had her hair done. We walked around the house, while she got dressed, looking for great spots to photograph.  In case you couldn’t tell, we felt right at home.  You’d never know she is one of the most well-known celebrities in the world!

One thing we love about Vanna is that she’s always calm, always gracious, and always kind.  It made it a lot easier for us to get great photos of her because she puts everyone at ease.  Now that we’re back home, we’ll be editing the photos and finalizing the patterns for the beautiful afghans and garments we shot and soon you’ll see the results of the day we spent with Vanna.


Make a Your Own Flower Bouquet using Bonbons Yarn!

May 28th, 2014

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During the summer months I prefer to work on smaller projects – something that I can complete in a day or so.

When I saw a crochet flower pattern on one of Lion Brand’s Pinterest boards, I knew it would be the perfect project for Bonbons. I decided on the “Nature” combination because of the variety of floral color combinations I could do with just one package.

Even though Bonbons are small skeins of yarn, they go a long way! As you can see I’ve finished a few and I still have some leftover for several more! Flowers are great for embellishing solid color cardigans, shawls, and scarves. Or even a bouquet or corsage for special occasions like weddings or proms.

For more fun projects with Bonbons, I’ve collected some of my favorite flowers patterns below:

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Knit Morning Glory Crochet Apple Blossom Knit Field Poppy
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Crochet Tradescantia Knit Rose Crochet Lily of the Valley

Check out even more flower patterns on Stitchfinder.


Celebrity Style: Anne Hathaway Rocks a Granny Square Sweater and You Can Too!

May 27th, 2014

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See it … make it!

We spotted Anne Hathaway in this adorable granny square sweater and it reminded us of Lion Brand’s Granny Raglan Pullover pattern.

The Granny Raglan Pullover is crocheted using Vanna’s Choice® in the color Navy and Vanna’s Palettes in Charming.

Vanna’s Palettes are brand new here at Lion Brand. Each package contains 8 miniature skeins of yarn in colorways that are specifically designed to complement each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Look for more great patterns for this convenient new yarn on our website soon …

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See it … make it: Granny Raglan Pullover.

:: Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic. ::


5 Ways to Knit Increases

May 26th, 2014

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This column by Barbara Breiter, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting, originally appeared in The Weekly Stitch newsletter.

An increase adds stitches and creates shaping as a general rule. Lace patterns will use increases to balance decreases and you usually end the row with the same number of stitches you started with.

Many times, the pattern will tell you which specific increase to use; this is especially true with lace patterns. If the pattern tells you to simply increase, use the default increase: knit in the front and back of the same stitch (usually abbreviated kfb).

When working an increase in shaping, such as making sleeves wider, work them at least one stitch in from the edge. This makes seaming much easier.

Let’s take a look at some various ways to increase (click on any highlighted text to see diagrams:

1. Knit in the Front and Back (kfb)

As mentioned earlier, this is the default increase. It’s sometimes called a bar increase as it leaves a noticeable “bar” of yarn from the original stitch as it’s manipulated twice. It does not distort and it’s a perfectly fine increase except for the bar. If you don’t look closely, it will not be noticed.

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