December 2nd, 2013
We’re celebrating Cyber Monday with 40% off the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit — so it’s the perfect time to try this versatile tool!
With over 30 different configurations, the kit is compact and easy to transport. It’s so adaptable that different members of your family can all be using it at the same time. While you’re knitting a hat, your son or daughter could be weaving a dishcloth! Learn more about this kit by watching the video below:
December 1st, 2013
With less than a month to go until Christmas, it’s fun to make quick and easy little projects to add a festive touch to your home. Friend of Lion Brand, Chris Zimmerman, of the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Festival sent us this photo of his great ornament idea from the last holiday season. Here’s what he had to say about it:
We were invited to bring an ornament to trade instead of a gift to trade with other attendees at the party. The ornament was suppose to be related to something that was important in your life or related to you life in some way. Of course since my partner and I do so many things with fiber arts we automatically thought of something with yarn. Being only a day or so before the event there was no time to actually knit something so our thoughts were running into dead ends. While walking through Joann Fabrics I spotted the last few packages of Bonbons that they had. A little imagination and what I came up with are seen in the pictures.
For more ornament ideas from LionBrand.com, click here.
November 29th, 2013
Margaret Hubert is a legendary crochet designer, and continues to inspire crocheters with great new patterns year after year. This time around, Margaret has ventured into granny square flowers, and shares with us the amazing versatility of a simple granny square with her newest book, Granny Square Flowers: 50 Botanical Crochet Motifs and 15 Original Projects.
To celebrate Margaret’s new release, we’ve got an exclusive pattern to share with you, plus – a giveaway of the book, along with all of the LB Collection Silk Mohair you’ll need to make this beautiful “Wild Flower Shawl”
3 lucky entrants will have the chance to win a copy of Granny Square Flowers, along with LB Collection Silk Mohair in Midnight (2), Iris (1), Azure (1), Sunbeam (1), Sunset (1).
*Contest ends December 6th
- Patterns by Margaret Hubert for Lion Brand
- Learn to Crochet A Granny Square
- How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares
November 27th, 2013
For most people, pets are part of the family. They have their own individual personalities that the family has come to know and love, and in return, their pet loves them back just as much (if not more).
Pets can’t tell you what they want for the holidays, so it helps to have some ideas on what to give your “furry family member.”
Here are some great dog sweater patterns, starting with an easy knitted number modeled by a Boston terrier who is part of my extended family. He was extremely nervous on the day of the shoot and breathing heavily, hence the extended tongue.
|Knit Need for Tweed Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Knit City Stripes Dog Sweater in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
November 26th, 2013
Sister and brother duo, Elizabeth and Robby Miracle, first created this dyeing series for a Lion Brand newsletter several years ago. Although that newsletter is no longer around, we loved the idea of making kitchen-safe dyes so much, that we’ve updated it and reprinted the series here.
Creating your own dyes can be a fun and exciting way to personalize projects. This month, we show you how to make all-natural dyes and use them with different cotton and wool yarns.
We used only edible items purchased at our local market, boiling water (and in some cases, salt or vinegar) to make beautiful, all-natural dyes.
After trying our dyes, you will probably want to experiment with other natural food dyes of your own. Start by using fruits or vegetables that stain and experiment! You can mix dye baths to make different colors. You will probably find, as we did, that the colors are all — surprise — “earth” tones!
Because this project requires boiling water, adult supervision is required.
Dye Bath with Grape Juice
This quantity of dye will easily color 2 skeins of LB Collection Pure Wool or , 2 skeins of Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton. Other options include: Alpine Wool, Fishermen’s Wool, LB Collection Organic Wool, LB Collection Superwash Merino, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Merino, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Roving Wool, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Cotton Hemp, Kitchen Cotton. Click here to see all Lion Brand yarns.
|Dyed Cotton||Dyed Wool|
November 24th, 2013
There are some deceptively brief phrases used in prose instructions that have a powerful, agreed upon meaning. At first, you should approach patterns with such phrasing cautiously as they assume a higher level of knit or crochet knowledge.
End with a RS row
This phrase simply means that the last row you work before proceeding to the next part of the instructions should be a RS row and that you should be ready to work a WS row when you begin the next part. Of course, the opposite is true for the phrase “end with a WS row.”
The first row or round following a “end with a WS row” or “end with a RS row” often indicate on which side the row or round is to be worked (e.g., Row 1 (RS)). Looking for this reminder can help you be sure to end on the correct side before beginning the next group of instructions.
November 22nd, 2013
Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy (based on the book series), is out in theaters today! If you’re a fan, you’ve likely watched the trailer more than twice, and fawned over the teaser pictures of Katniss wearing her cowl. Well, you can definitely count our Design Department among The Hunger Games’ fans—they all unanimously wanted to create their own versions of this famous cowl.
While the cowl worn in the movie is actually woven, our Design Department wanted a more wearable interpretation while still maintaining a textured look. According to Jackie, our technical editor, the Design team created the knit version—that was inspired by the original—by using a stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. While the crochet version got a little more creative, using bobbles on the cowl, to give its armor-like appearance. The yarn is Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Grey Marble, not only because of the colors but because it was also the perfect yarn to create the texture they wanted.
They are very proud of this particular design because it can be a worn as a cowl wrap or just a cowl as a cozy cold weather accessory on its own!
Whether you are from District 1 and wearing it to be fashion savvy, or District 12 and wearing it because it is one of the warmest things you own – our District 12 Cowl Wrap proves this is not just Katniss’ cowl, but everyone’s.
November 21st, 2013
If you’re an avid crocheter like myself, you’ve probably always wanted to learn to knit. I’m especially moved to learn how to knit when I know a new baby is on the way.
I think so many people want to learn because they know that it really is a great skill to master … plus, it’s nice to know you have many of options when it comes to creating a handmade gift.
Now you can learn to make precious keepsakes with Lion Brand’s latest Learn to Knit Baby Kit. This all-in-one kit will teach you to knit while making a hat and booties set for a baby. We have two kits available: one for girls (pictured right) and one for boys. This kit includes everything from the instructions, to the yarn, needles, and gift supplies.
Just learn it, make it, and give it. All for 9.95!
November 20th, 2013
Working at Lion Brand allows me to go through thousands of interesting patterns in PatternFinder, our online pattern directory. I love doing this because I get to discover all of the different patterns Lion Brand has to offer. Of course, this also means that I have a never-ending list of projects that I’ll never get to soon enough!
For those curious about the LB Collection itself, here are some of my favorite patterns:
|Crochet Cardiff Cowl in
LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
| Knit Luxe Lace Pullover in
LB Collection® Silk Mohair
|Crochet Natalia Scarf in
LB Collection® Angora Merino
November 20th, 2013
|Knit Weekend Hoodie||Crochet Wine Carrier||Yarncrafted Ornaments|
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo shares her tips for enjoying holiday crafting – avoid feeling overwhelmed as as the season gets closer! Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
It happens every year to the best of us. We get excited about all of the wonderful gifts that we’re going to knit and crochet for everyone we love. Not to mention we want to decorate our own homes with our crafts. It’s thrilling and inspiring but as the holidays deadlines get closer, the cost of the supplies seems more than its worth, the gifts feel like they’ll never be finished, and you haven’t even started the crafts. Suddenly we’re overwhelmed and holiday crafting has become painful instead of joyful.
Don’t let it happen again this year!