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A Closer Look At… the Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan!

October 3rd, 2015

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We just added seven new patterns to our Curvy Girl Collection! Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares her thoughts on the expansion:

A few months ago when I offered to be the Curvy Girl model, I had no idea how everyone would feel about the patterns. Well, after the launch two weeks later, it was decided that we would be expanding the collection! You all loved it so much we wanted to give you more! We really tried to change up the patters with knit and crochet tops, different lengths and different looks. The design team and I worked from beginning to end to make these garments the most flattering and fashionable for Curvy Girls. I hope you all love them as much as I do and that you share your finished projects with me!

Get a closer look at the Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan in the video below — it’s now available as a knit and crochet pattern!

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Knit Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland® Crochet Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland®


Voting is open! Vote for our next Knit-Along Project!

October 2nd, 2015

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Here we go again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments featured in this post. So let’s get started, shall we?

FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about each of the patterns by clicking on their photos/names below and then come back to cast your vote. Kristy Glass, your KAL leader, has a favorite but she’ll never tell … well, at least not until the votes are in! In the meantime she has her fingers crossed …

In any case, they’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.


Palermo Poncho Textured Topper Free Spirit Topper Rustic Embroidered Wrap Colorwork Poncho & Fingerless Gloves



(Can’t see the voting tool above? Click here to vote.)


This knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Kristy Glass here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Remember, the winning pattern will be announced the week of Monday, October 12th, 2015 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a winter crochet-along early next year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.


Lola Gets Some Good Advice from David Babcock, The Knitting Runner

October 2nd, 2015

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


Please donate $10 to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of David Babcock’s upcoming New York City Marathon race. If every Notebook reader gives just $10, we’ll reach our goal of $3500 before the race!

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3 Quick Knit & Crochet Costume Ideas Selected By Kristy Glass

October 1st, 2015

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Our friend Kristy Glass from the Glass Posse channel talks up a few of her favorite costume patterns!

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Get the FREE patterns here:

Kitty Cat Headbands Crafty Disguise Spider Pom Pom Brooch
Kitty Cat Headbands Crafty Disguise Spider Pom Pom Brooch

For more great FREE costume patterns, visit Pattern Finder.


Save 20% on October’s Yarns of the Month: Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® & Wool-Ease® Chunky

October 1st, 2015

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The ease of acrylic with the warmth of wool — our Wool-Ease® collection has both! This month, save 20% on Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, and Wool-Ease® Chunky!

The original Wool-Ease® is so popular (supported by over 400 FREE patterns), it inspired a whole family of blended yarns. With the additions of Wool-Ease® Chunky (supported by 82 FREE patterns) and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® (supported by over 500 FREE patterns), you get the same quality yarns in three different weights! Use the entire collection to dress your family and home this fall and winter; make afghans, socks, sweaters, cardigan, hats… the list goes on! With heathers, tonals, neons, and every color in between, you’ll always find new ways to use these yarns.

Feeling inspired? Check out the look book below to see a sampling of what you can knit and crochet:

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