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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!


Go Big With February’s Featured Yarns!

February 2nd, 2016

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You know it to be true — the thicker the yarn, the quicker the knit! This month, save 20% on a collection of super-bulky and jumbo weight yarns! With over-sized stitches on trend for 2016, you’ll want to get your hands on several of these yarns for your next project!

Choose from Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Heartland® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Quickie, Country®, Color Clouds, Gold Leaf®, Jiffy® Thick & Quick®, LB Collection® Wool, and LB Collection® Natural Wool.

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out our latest Lookbook below!

Lola Gets Leggy on the Skating Rink!

January 22nd, 2016

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


Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers And Hat Knit Prince Street Leg Warmers Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio
Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers And Hat
— Made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino
Knit Prince Street Leg Warmers
— Made with Tweed Stripes®
Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio
— Made with Modern Baby®


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Lion Brand Yarn Wins Best Booth at CHA!

January 16th, 2016

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Members of Team Lion Brand recently visited the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in California!

There, new yarns were shown, as well as new patterns … don’t worry, they’ll be available soon! Our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal served as MC for the Lion Brand Fashion show, where new designs are shown for the first time.

To top things off, Lion Brand won “Best Booth” at the show! Our booth featured yarnbombing by none other than our friend London Kaye, who created two beautiful sweeping yarnbomb pieces (using all Lion Brand yarn!) for the booth.




How-To Tuesday: Declutter That Stash!

January 12th, 2016

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It’s a new year and we’re looking at our overflowing stashes with simultaneous glee and fear. In this edition of How-To Tuesday, we’ve rounded up ways to declutter and much more — you’ll thank us next season when Spring Cleaning is in full gear!

First off, let’s learn to read a yarn label.

Organizing by yarn weight? Check out our guide!

See which household items you can re-purpose to store your yarn in.

If you’re short on space, learn how to edit your stash to a manageable size.

While you’re at it, organize all your notions too!

Learn how to wind a center-pull ball by hand — it makes a difference when storing and working with yarn, really!

Fastest way to stashbust? Hold multiple strands of yarns together and create chunky knits with big needles.

Phew! You did it! Now that you’re organized, here are 8 things to think about before starting your next project.