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Do You Really Have to “Lay Flat to Dry”? It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

May 20th, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Here are a few woolly patterns to inspire you!

Crochet Log Cabin Afghan Knit Felted Tribal Bag Crochet Gaelic Bay Afghan
Crochet Log Cabin Afghan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Felted Tribal Bag made with Fishermen’s Wool® Crochet Gaelic Bay Afghan made with Fishermen’s Wool®

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Meet Shira Blumenthal: Lion Brand Yarn’s Brand Ambassador!

May 11th, 2015

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Shira_Studio_CountryYarnLion Brand® Yarn, a family-owned and operated yarn company, announces the official launch of a new web series with its newly appointed Brand Ambassador, Shira Blumenthal, a fifth generation member of the family. The new web series, Tea with Shira, was created to share the story of this 137-year-old brand directly with crafters in person and online. Tea with Shira launches with three videos including a Mother’s Day episode, where she interviews her mother, whose husband, David Blumenthal, is the President and CEO of the company.

Shira began working for the company in 2013 as an associate in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, the company’s Flagship retail location in Manhattan, which is a global destination for yarn lovers.  At the Studio, where customer service and education is key, she specialized in teaching children to knit and helped customers find the yarns and inspiration they were looking for.

Now, as an associate in the Marketing Department, Shira is part of a team that engages directly with consumers through conferences, email marketing and social media, including YouTube, Pinterest, Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Shira will be traveling the country to speak with knit and crochet guilds, as well as appearing in videos about Lion Brand® products, behind the scenes videos about the company, and starring in a new video series called Tea with Shira.


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Find Shira’s upcoming schedule below:

2015
May 21- Atlanta, GA- North Georgia Knitting Guild and Chain Gang Crochet Guild
May 28- Long Island, NY- Eastern Long Island Knitting Guild
June 15- Greyslake, IL- Greyslake Crochet Guild
June 16- Chicago, IL- Windy City Knitting Guild
June 29- Caldwell, NJ- Caldwell Crafting Groups
July 22 – 24- San Diego, CA- Knit and Crochet Show
October 8- Merrick, NY- Long Island Knit and Crochet Guild
October 19- Chappaqua, NY – Westchester Knitting Guild

2016
February 8- Madison, WI- Madison Knitters’ Guild

For further information, including how to arrange for Shira to speak, please contact Brandyce Pechillo.

About Lion Brand® Yarn Company

Lion Brand® Yarn Company is a 5th generation, family-owned and operated business, and a beloved American brand since 1878. The company is devoted to inspiring and educating knitters and crocheters with yarns, patterns, how-tos, and ideas that elevate their yarn crafting experience.

 


Ice Cream is Lion Brand’s Yarn of the Month!

May 1st, 2015

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923SkeinArtAlready a popular baby yarn, Ice Cream® is a soft and easy care yarn that works up to create delightful, self-striping colorways that blend unique and cheerful color combinations.

It comes in eight delightfully tasty colors like Lemon Swirl, Tutti Frutti, Banana Split, and Cotton Candy. There’s even Cookies & Cream, a sophisticated, tonal grey shade for the gender neutral projects.

This will be your go-to yarn for baby shower gifts, your own baby project and even big, bright and beautiful blankets like the Charleston Garden Blanket.

Best of all, you’ll save 20% on purchases of Ice Cream® for all of May!



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We’ve selected a few of our favorite Ice Cream patterns below. For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com.

Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket Knit Favorite Baby Blanket
Knit Checkerboard Blanket
in Spumoni
Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan
in Strawberry
Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket in Spumoni, Cotton Candy and Tutti Fruity Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy
Knit Confetti Color Blanket Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Stroller Blankie
Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
Strawberry,
andBlueberry
Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl

Knitting is a fishy business … it’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet!

April 21st, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

Out of the Loop

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Here are a few “fishy-wishy” patterns to inspire you!

Knit Fishy Wishy Sweater Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan Knit Fishy Wishy Hat
Knit Fishy Wishy Sweater Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan Knit Fishy Wishy Hat

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Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Knitting the Upper Body

April 20th, 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 still having fun!

Now that we have gotten comfortable with our materials … it’s time to REALLY dig in to this pattern!

This week I worked on the UPPER BODY section of the pattern.

Under Right Sleeve It says “with 1 strand of A only, cast on __” The sample garment that I have has a cast on edge with both strands held together. I like the look of that, so I am following suit by casting on with BOTH strands. I feel like I will like how this looks as my cuff. If you choose to do this, don’t forget to bind off the left sleeve with both strands held together!

The eyelet pattern does NOT specify what strand of yarn to hold when. The single strand is the darker color (Grey Stone, Lapis, Garnet, Jewel) and both strands is one of each yarn held together.

Remember the first yarn over (Row 2) is a yo knit wise, but you go right into a purl, so circle around ONE more time so that the yarn is around the needle and ALSO in front so that you are ready to p2tog. If you don’t make this extra loop around, you will miss the yo and just be ready to purl. It looks like this:

When I begin a project where RS and WS is important, I place a marker on the RS so that I always know where it is. If you would prefer to eyeball it, the RS is when the k,p rows look like stockinette (as opposed to a bumpy garter look). Or just remember, every even row is the WRONG side.

Whenever you have to knit with both strands held together, both strands will be on the correct side — if you find that it’s time to knit with 2 and there is a string on either end, you have made a mistake! You probably just skipped a row of instructions… On this project, I would suggest reverse knitting back to the spot where you messed up, instead of taking out the needle and ripping back — with the yarn overs, this gets tricky to save!

Don’t make the mistake I did one night when knitting in bed — I was knitting to the light of my computer monitor instead of full light, and when I looked at my work in the morning, I had gotten off by one row so the section I worked on in the dark looked like the WRONG SIDE!

Something to keep in mind if you are a meticulously even and balanced person:

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See the k,p rows that are coming out of each side of the collar in this photo?

Having the same part of the pattern appear on each side of the collar makes for a beautifully symmetrical design. As I was knitting, and measuring according to the pattern, it turned out that my rows on the left side of the collar were also k,p rows, but my row on the right side of the collar was the eyelet row. I am totally ok with this! I thought I would point it out in the event you didn’t pay attention to what your rows were looking like at the cast off and cast on points of this pattern. If it matters to you, it may be worth it to take away or add in order to have the two sides be even—this may mean you need more or less length in your collar.

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As you knit to make both sleeves even, I would recommend knitting the same amount of pattern repeats as the left sleeve, as you had for the right sleeve. I was folding my piece in half to see how far I had left to knit, but found that I would have been several pattern repeats short if I had eye-balled it, and I think in the end, after blocking, I would have had mismatched sleeves.

Don’t forget to LEAVE THE SLEEVE MARKERS in this finished piece. You need them there for reference when FINISHING the garment!

I love how this section of the glamour jacket turned out. I plan on using this Eyelet Pattern for future scarves!

Speaking of scarves, if you find that you lose steam on this project….this Upper body section makes a great one. My scarfie:

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I want to hear from you! How is your UPPER BODY section going? Are you getting stuck anywhere? Don’t forget to check out our Ravelry group where we are chatting about our progress! 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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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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Lola Rediscovers Hopscotch… With One Little Condition …

April 3rd, 2015

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

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Knit You Can Do It Afghan Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket Knit Hopscotch Cowl

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Lola’s Vacation in the “Tropics” …

March 20th, 2015

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

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Knit Jewel Box Pullover Crochet Ribs and Shells Shrug Crochet Happy #Scarfie

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9 Patterns Inspired by Cinderella!

March 13th, 2015

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Was Cinderella your favorite Disney Princess when you were a little girl? Well, she’s making a big comeback! Disney’s new live-action Cinderella comes to theaters this weekend to bring magic to a new generation. Do you think this new film will be a fun update or is the classic version your all-time favorite?

Inspired by the new movie, I’ve put together some patterns that can bippity-boppity-boo your little one into a real princess. The projects include our new crocheted Topsy Turvy Princess Doll that transforms with a flip from day to night! And the adorable Fairytale Headband and Wand set requires no knit or crochet skills- a great project to craft with the kids!

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Craft Fairytale Headband and Wand
made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Bonbons
Crochet Topsy Turvy Princess Doll made with Vanna’s ChoiceVanna’s Glamour®, and Bonbons Knit Baby Crown Hat
Made with Modern Baby®
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Crochet Pumpkin Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® by Bowties and Fezzes
Knit Rats! made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user 3secondfish
Knit Lavish Booties
made with LB Collection® Cashmere
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Knit Fairy-Tale Blanket
made with Vanna’s Sequins by Nicky Epstein
Craft Fairy Wands made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend and Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Glitter Eyelash Loom-Woven Apron with Pockets
Made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp

Oh, oh … Lola gets pulled over!

March 6th, 2015

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

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Knit My Celebration #Scarfie Crochet Cosmos Circle #Scarfie Crochet Grandma’s Apple Pie #Scarfie

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