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If proCRAFTination is wrong, Lola doesn’t want to be right!

April 17th, 2015

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

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Knit Elegance Socks Knit Elizabeth Wrap Cardigan Knit Color Theory Cowl

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Learn How to Knit the Granite Relief Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

April 17th, 2015

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We have another great stitch video from Staci of Very Pink Knits. Staci previously demonstrated how to knit the Lace Stitch, a stitch that can be found in the stitch finder section of our website (under the “Learning Center” bar at the top of lionbrand.com). It was a popular video, so we’re excited to share her tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which is also available on the stitch finder.

The Granite Relief stitch produces a lovely texture which is great for washcloths and just as great for afghans with a garter stitch border, as Staci shows in the video below. Check out Staci’s tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which has been worked in LB Collection Superwash Merino, Cotton Bamboo, and Silk to demonstrate the varying looks in each yarn.


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12 *NEW* Patterns Perfect for Your Wedding Day!

April 16th, 2015

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“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond

Presenting 12 gorgeous new patterns to help you make it a handmade wedding!

Crochet Mr. And Mrs. Chair Covers Crochet Say Woof To The Dress Crochet The Barking Groom Tuxedo And Top Hat Wedding Belle Lace Gloves
Crochet Mr. And Mrs. Chair Covers Crochet Say Woof To The Dress Crochet The Barking Groom Tuxedo And Top Hat Knit Wedding Belle Lace Gloves
Crochet  Wedding Capelet Knit Ring Bearer Pillow Crochet Wedding Bouquet Knit Wedding Cummerband And Bow Tie
Crochet Wedding Capelet Knit Ring Bearer Pillow Crochet Wedding Bouquet Knit Wedding Cummerband And Bow Tie
Crochet Fascinator Knit Bridal Bag Crochet Boutonniere Crochet Lovebirds Cake Topper
Crochet Fascinator Knit Bridal Bag Crochet Boutonniere Crochet Lovebirds Cake Topper

For our whole wedding pattern collection, visit lionbrand.com.

 

5 Patterns for Grown Ups, Made With Modern Baby®!

April 15th, 2015

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April’s featured yarn is Modern Baby®! This chainette yarn was designed with fun baby projects in mind but the Lion Brand design department has also used Modern Baby® in runway-inspired patterns for adults! In the video above, Design Editor Susan Haviland joins our Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal for a behind the scenes chat to discuss how customers like you inspired these beautiful patterns.

Take a look at more Modern Baby® patterns for adults below!

Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover Knit Color Grid Pullover Knit Hopscotch Cowl
Knit Calypso Cardigan Knit Tribeca Tunic

 

Pattern Recommendations: Coming Home Poncho

April 14th, 2015

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In 2005 this pattern was downloaded well over 1 million times! A cultural icon wore it on an auspicious occasion and everyone who could crochet grabbed their hook and a few balls of Homespun® yarn and made one of their own. It turns out that this design is extremely flattering on lots of different body types and has an elegant, feminine flow to it that has kept it popular for the last ten years.

We’ve redesigned and recolored the poncho for 2015 and it’s more fashionable than ever with the latest trend in Boho style. Ponchos are also perfect for this time between seasons when you need to add a layer to lighter clothing or stay warm in your home or office when it’s a bit cooler than you’d like.

There have been lots of fads in crochet over the years but very few involved a single pattern. We hope you like this updated version. You can crochet it for under $30, the sizing is simple and you’ll enjoy this flattering look almost year round.

Get the free pattern: Boho Poncho


 

Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: It’s Collar Time!

April 13th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you’re having fun so far!

Even though I have completed several sweaters, I still consider myself a newbie in the sweater department. I love to choose patterns that have something new or something challenging so that my skills get better.

After I read through this pattern I noticed that the main piece — sleeves and neckband — was a shape that I had not knit before! Immediately I felt intimidated, so I took comfort in beginning with the collar. There is nothing like some lovely garter stitches to get me feeling comfortable! I am very glad I started here for two reasons: 1) I made an entire piece of the project without having to frog anything and; 2) seeing the fabric I made motivated me to want to move on to the next part of the pattern!

I am new to swatching, and even though my last few sweaters have fit me correctly (after taking the time to correctly swatch), I still doubt myself as a knitter. For this reason, I chose to leave my collar live, instead of binding off. I have fears that when I go to put it all together it will be too long or too short. Rather than unpick the bind-off (which I have had to do before and MAN that is a pain!), I chose to slip my stitches onto a stitch holder and leave a long tail. Now I can quickly bind off when the time comes to construct my sweater, or rip out a row or two if I need to! If you lose steam on this project, at least you know that you now have a nice striped scarfie complete! HA!

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Do you like how my crazy pink and purples are coming together? As I knit this collar I kept thinking of the cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland! I have a feeling I am going to be returning to these two Vanna’s Glamour colorways for future costume work!

I knit the collar on some circular 9 needles I had lying around, but have resolved to complete the rest of the sweater on 14” straights. I am enjoying the straight needles very much as I rarely knit on straights anymore, it has been a nice change.

I would love to hear from you! How did the swatching go? What needles are you using? What colors did you order? Don’t forget to head over to the Ravelry group where we are doing a lot of chatting! See you soon! Never stop Knitting!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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There’s Nothing Crafty About Airport Security

April 13th, 2015

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As a knitter I always wonder when I travel, “can I bring my knitting needles with me?” That’s a question that maybe you ask yourself too.  My co-worker Sarah wrote this post which offers some helpful tips for traveling with knitting and what handy dandy tools we’re allowed to use. I always use it as a guide, and this past trip I traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica with no reason to worry, but I guess who doesn’t worry a little about getting their needles taken away from them.

Well now to the tale…

As I mentioned, I was just on vacation in Jamaica and  I stayed in beautiful Montego Bay. Of course, being who I am — a diehard knitter —  I brought my knitting along as I always do. I love to knit on the beach. I find it creates an ultra-calming feeling; the ocean, the knitting, no way to be stressed! I was working on my sweater and a gift for my friend. Everything was great.

 

But then it was time to go home.

I was going through security in Jamaica and I usually never have a problem with my bag, but this time I did. She asked if she could check my bag and I said, “of course.” What do I have to hide? But then as she went through my make-up and other bags inside, I realized “MY NEEDLES!” I started to get really nervous, not only nervous, but a slow-motion anger was building inside my belly!

 I thought I was going to need to fight someone!

Thank goodness I didn’t have anything on my needles, but she was looking at them in question, like “what are these?” She then went to her supervisor and asked if they were “ok?” I felt like she was talking about my children. I mean she was holding at least $60 worth of needles in her hands … needles I hold like they’re new borns!! I was standing there thinking, “How could she be treating them like this?!” Not to mention the fire in my belly that was growing faster and faster…. These are my identity! Don’t you …. And then she threw them back in my bag and attempted to be neat, but wasn’t. I closed my bag up and it took about five breaths to bring me back down to this planet.

Tell me I’m not the only one!

 I know I can’t be the only one who has been through this scare. Have your needles or crochet hooks ever been taken away from you? What did you do? How did you feel?

 

9 Patterns Perfect for Handmade Prom Accessories

April 12th, 2015

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It’s almost the end of the school year for thousands of students across the country, and with the end of the school year comes prom! Many juniors and seniors in high school will be getting dressed up and made up for this amazing night of fun and dancing with friends. To celebrate this joyous occasion, we’ve rounded up a few patterns to add a touch of handmade to you or your date’s outfit for prom. Check out the selections below!

Crochet Summer Sonata Shawl
This delicate shawl would be a beautiful cover up for a simple sleeveless dress. Check out the colors in Vanna’s Glamour to see what you like best.
Crocheted Flowers
These flowers in Bonbons would make a great corsage or hair pin. They’re also pretty easy to crochet, check out a video tutorial here!
Crochet Evening Glitter Clutch
A crochet clutch would go perfectly with almost any prom outfit! Not a fan of the red? Check out the many colors available in Vanna’s Glamour.
Knit Bow Tie
Knit bow ties are fun and the perfect way to add a handmade element to a prom outfit. Find the cummerband pattern here.
Knit Boutonniere
Knit a matching boutonniere for your date, and make multiples of the flower for your own corsage in Bonbons.
Knit Necktie
Knit ties seem to be quite popular among men these days, why not knit a tie for your prom date to match your dress?
 
 Crochet Tied Shawlette
This shawlette would certainly keep you warm and look adorable with a sweetheart strapless dress. Crocheted in Pound of Love
 Purple Passion Crochet Wrap
This light and airy wrap is a showstopping piece, best paired with a simple dress. Crocheted in LB Collection Silk Mohair.
 Crochet Moon Water Clutch
A simple clutch made in Vanna’s Sequins that has consistent little pops of sparkles.

 

 

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Fabulous Fishermen’s Wool Sweater by Bonne Marie Burns

April 11th, 2015

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We can’t help but fall in love with this cardigan sweater designed by Bonnie Marie Burns. Knit with Lion Brand’s classic Fishermen’s Wool, undyed pure virgin wool with natural lanolin oil, the IBA sweater features top-down construction, no seaming, built-in neckband, and a relaxed fit.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $6.

:: seen here in Oatmeal which the designer refers to as “light taupe” ::


 

10 More Things We’re Doing Besides Knitting & Crocheting

April 10th, 2015

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Here in the marketing department at Lion Brand, we talk a lot about knitting and crocheting and yarn and magic loops and swatches and yarn weights (we know our DK from our super bulky) and and and … bottom line is that we’re all experts in one way or another when it comes yarn. We can talk about it all day — and we do! You may however be surprised to know that we’re also fairly well-rounded with an excess of interests, hobbies and obsessions that go beyond the hooks and needles.

We thought you might enjoy a peek into our inner worlds. Have fun and please share some of your own personal interests outside of knitting and crocheting in the comments below.



Shira:
Right now I don’t know what it is about Spring, but while cleaning out my closet and doing some spring cleaning I feel like I’m doing a lot of shopping! My favorite shop is a little boutique on the Upper West side of Manhattan called ShiShi. Also there’s a website I love called Soft Surroundings — literally you’ll want to snuggle with everything, it’s sooo soft!

5647697408_c553259a54_mZoe: I’ve been getting into birdwatching. I’ve got a pair of binoculars and so far I’ve spotted some familiar birds, like Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Starlings, and a few others that were new to me, like the Purple Finch, Tufted Titmouse, and Red-winged Blackbird. I’ve even had the pleasure of several Red-tailed Hawk sightings in Central Park.

Ilana: Almost every morning I spend an hour before work reading blogs. In addition to marketing and social media blogs, I read about culture, creativity and innovation.  Some of my favorites are Thought Catalog, Mental Floss, Digital Tonto, and 99 Percent and HBR.  My secret to staying ahead of the curve on topics that matter to me personally and professionally is a heavy dose of curiosity and Feedly.

nakBrandyce: I’m trying to get into the spring spirit, and the best way I do that during this transitional time is by switching up nail polish colors with pretty, feminine hues. I was just sporting Essie’s awesome deep lavender shade, play date, and now I’ve got my eye on the coat azure color. Coat azure is one of the few bottles of nail polish I have at home that’s halfway finished, I love it!

Sarah: I’m very excited that Mad Men starts again on April 5th. I spent the past weekend watching the first half of this past season again so I had all of the details fresh in my mind. I recently saw the Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. It was so cool to get up close with the sets and costumes! I’ll be so sad to see the show come to an end!

Danielle: I just finished reading Kim Gordon’s memoir, “Girl in a Band” and I really enjoyed it. It started off a bit rocky, but once I got deeper into it, I couldn’t put it down. Outside of being the bassist for Sonic Youth, I didn’t know a whole lot about her. She often presents as this moody, evasive being which, after reading this book, I understand is not really her true character. She offers an interesting perspective on the realities of an artist’s life in NYC in the 1980s and 1990s and, of course, being a girl in a band.

Margaux: Being new to the team, I’m really excited to discover Lion Brand’s world and people! When I’m not knitting, I teach French in Brooklyn and get to share my culture (from French grammar to French wine!). I like going to Zumba classes where I forget I’m actually not on a dance floor … dancing is my way to relax. Being also new to NYC, I spend my weekends wandering around with my husband and my two daughters trying to understand how this incredible city works.

Welcome Margaux!

:: Blue Jay photo courtesy of FishHawk via Creative Commons license ::

 
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