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Announcing… the Clement Canyon Poncho Crochet-Along!

February 10th, 2016

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CAL_Badge_2016 Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.
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Get Your Kit!

The votes have been tallied and one pattern swept the competition — we’re making the Clement Canyon Poncho! We’re excited to work on this new pattern together.

Click here to download the pattern for the Clement Canyon Poncho.

CAL host Kristy Glass was so excited to work with new 24/7 Cotton, that she curated color kits just for this crochet-along! See below for kit options — 20% off for a limited time only!

  1. The “Original” – As pictured at right; Jade, Mint, Cafe au Lait, Silver, and Navy
  2. The “Pantone-Inspired” – A harmony of Charcoal, Sky Blue, Rose, Denim, and Silver
  3. The “Neutral” – A classic palette of Taupe, Cafe au Lait, Camel, Ecru, and Black
  4. The “Kristy” – Kristy’s personal favorite hues of 24/7 Cotton! Includes Magenta, Jade, Camel, Ecru, and Denim

To get this crochet-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right starting next Wednesday, February 17. Remember, our crochet-alongs are designed for you to follow along at your own pace, so don’t fret if you don’t have your yarn just yet!

This colorful poncho is made with new 24/7 Cotton, a light, mercerized cotton yarn that’s suitable for any project for any season. This worsted weight yarn comes in 24 colors, so the palette possibilities are endless!

Starting February 17th, our CAL host Kristy Glass will post her progress through the Clement Canyon Poncho project, with updates coming every Wednesday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated CAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this CAL as well!

Introduce yourself in the comments below, and let us know what colors you’ll be choosing — let’s get to crocheting!

I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the Clement Canyon Poncho Crochet-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!



Franklin Habit’s How to Be a Superb Student: A Lesson in Two Parts

February 9th, 2016

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franklin_400x400Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

For the past several years I’ve been one of the most traveled knitting teachers in the northern hemisphere–with the battered baggage and frequent flyer status to prove it.  In a busy month I may be at a shop, guild, retreat, or festival every other weekend. In a very busy month, that may be every weekend. It’s so hard to be me.

(No it isn’t.)

Before this, I was a knitting student. I loved taking classes. I still do, on rare and beautiful occasions when my schedule permits me to sit down and shut up.

In this way I’ve met literally thousands of students–some learning from me, some learning with me. All have gathered into the classroom with a common goal: to have fun, stretch their wings, and expand their horizons.

Most students are lovely, polite, considerate, and prepared. Were they not, I would be writing an entirely different column about information architecture or collectible figurines or the semiotics of Sesame Street.  I lack the stamina to teach classroom after classroom full of boors and cretins.


Needlework classes of any variety–knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery–can be fraught with tension. They are often expensive and crowded. Miniscule rooms tumble perfect strangers together in close proximity. Challenging topics push mental or physical limits to the breaking point. Temperaments clash. Patience is often in short supply.

And everyone present comes supplied with sharp implements.

In such circumstances, being a prepared and polite student is good for everyone.

It is good for your teacher, because it allows him or her to give the entire class the best possible guided tour of the material.

It is good for your fellow students, because it allows them to concentrate on their own work.

It is good for you, because it helps you get the most for your money; and gives your teacher and classmates no cause to gather after class and smack the whoopsie out of you in the parking lot.

Therefore, in the spirit of everyone having a bodacious time, I humbly present this two-part guide to being the best student you can be.

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Pin Your Favorite Patterns for a Chance to Win Free Yarn!

February 8th, 2016

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Pin It to Win It!

Hey yarn lovers! What are you knitting or crocheting in 2016? Share it with us and you could win all the Lion Brand® yarn you need to make it!

What to do:

1. Find your favorite Lion Brand® pattern on Pinterest, the Lion Brand web site, or from your favorite designer like Moogly (pattern must use Lion Brand® yarn) and pin it to a Pinterest board of your choice. Don’t have Pinterest? Sign up now – it’s free and fun!

2. Copy the Pin URL
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3. Then submit your Pin here:

The prize:

Once a month we’ll randomly select a “Pinner” to win all the Lion Brand® yarn to make the project they shared!

Need some pattern ideas? Check out what others have been pinning!


Contest open to US residents only. Please read the official rules on the bottom of the submission form before entering.


Celebrity Style: Get the Look! Gigi Hadid Steps Out in a Granny Square Duster

February 7th, 2016

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See it, make it! Model Gigi Hadid was recently snapped in Paris wearing this cool granny square duster. This 70s-inspired sweater-coat is totally trendy right now but its price tag might shock you. This Rosetta Getty duster retails for $1,400! But you can make one yourself without breaking the bank!

The crochet Graphic Statement Cardigan is made with Heartland®. It’s a fun, bold cardi that’s a must for your winter wardrobe! And, with so many amazing colors of Heartland®, imagine all of the possibilities!



Shop for Heartland® here!


You Only Need One Ball to Make This Headband!

February 6th, 2016

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Have you seen our newest yarn, Color Clouds? It’s a Jumbo weight yarn which means it’s perfect for quick-knit winter accessories that will keep you warm and wrap you in a pop of color! Big, chunky accessories are always in for the winter time! And Shira’s found her favorite!

In this video, Shira shows off her latest project, the Hampstead Headband. It’s the perfect project to give as a gift because it works up super fast. But your friends don’t have to know that! Shira’s knitting one for each of her friends and with so many colors to choose from, she’ll never get bored!

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See even more color possibilities!

Hampstead Headband (knit) Hebron Headband (crochet) Henniker Headband (knit)
Hebron Headband (crochet) Color Clouds Hebron Headband (crochet)