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9 Knit and Crochet Ornaments for Your Christmas Crafting!

December 14th, 2015

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The holiday season is here and we hope you’re feeling the spirit! Today, I’m sharing 9 knit and crochet ornament patterns with you that can be completed within a few hours. Hang these on your tree, hang them around the house, attach them to gifts, or even make a few and give to some friends. Gather around with some friends, watch holiday movies and work on a few together!

Crochet Fast & Festive Ornaments by Moogly in Gold Leaf® Candy Cane Ornament by Repeat Crafter Me in Bonbons® Crochet Wreath Pattern by Petals to Picots in worsted weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice®)
Glittery Crochet Stars in 2 Rounds by Moogly in MSC™ Glitter Ribbon (side note: I personally made these in the Glitter Ribbon and they work up so fast and pretty!) Knit Tiny Stocking Ornament by Brooks Jones in sport weight yarn Knit Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament in Wool-Ease®
Knit Sleepy Mouse by Annie Watts in various weight yarns Crochet Gingerbread House in Vanna’s Choice® Knit Star Ornament by Hands Occupied in Bonbons®

Do you typically make ornaments for the holidays? What do you like to make?

“Crochet For Christmas” A Book Review + Giveaway!

November 20th, 2015

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The holidays are here, and it’s time to start decorating! Crochet designer Salena Baca has just released a new book, Crochet for Christmas – which has some seriously cute and modern holiday designs. Just look at the cover, how amazing are those crochet cabled stockings!

If you can, I suggest you get your hands on a copy of this book because Salena and her designing contributors did a wonderful job with the patterns. They’re fun and modern and sure to put a smile on your face. The skill levels of the projects vary, so you’re sure to find something for beginners and more advanced crocheters as well.

Thanks to our friends at Stackpole Books, we’re bringing you a wonderful giveaway in which 2 winners have a chance to win a copy of this book along with a set of Bonbons® in the Nature colorway to make the reindeer mug cozy you see above. See details below for entering.

AND – as a lovely bonus from Salena herself, you can work up a Silver & Spice Crochet Hood made in Wool-Ease® Chunky, which is one of the patterns included in the book.

Silver & Spice Crochet Hood Crochet for Christmas
This contest is now closed! Congrats to Diane M and Carol G!

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by November 30 at 11:59pm EST

2. US entries only.

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One entry per person.


Crochet an Adorable Corner To Corner (C2C) Owl Baby Blanket! With Step-by-Step Images to Get Started

November 18th, 2015

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Are you familiar with the corner to corner crochet method? Corner to corner (C2C) crochet is a fun technique which involves working with a graph and crocheting your complete piece along a diagonal. In working the afghan, you start at one corner of your pixel square graph (typically the bottom right hand corner) and follow the graph row by row, building your stitches. You end up completing your afghan at the opposite corner (typically the top left hand corner).

These C2C blankets have become quite popular because of how quickly and easily they work up. They’re also appealing because you can easily customize the look of your project by creating a picture graph to work off of. Today, we’re excited to share with you Lion Brand®’s first crochet Corner to Corner blanket made by Sarah Zimmerman, from the popular blog, Repeat Crafter Me.

We worked with Sarah to bring you this exclusive Baby Owl pattern on, so we hope you enjoy it!

Please »click here« for the COMPLETE pattern with materials needed.

Use code: BabyOwlAfghan for 20% off all of the Vanna’s Choice® yarn needed to make this project.
*Good through 11/22; One coupon per person; cannot be combined with other coupons; does not apply to items already on clearance or yarn other than Vanna’s Choice®. Minimum purchase quantity is 12 balls – enough to make the afghan!

C2C Owl Afghan Graph


This Holiday Season, We’re Asking You to Craft for A Cause

November 13th, 2015

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We know that many of you generous knitters and crocheters work on projects throughout the year for charity, and as winter approaches, warm blankets and accessories are especially welcomed by recipients. We’ve teamed up with Craftsy to share an important initiative supporting Project Linus, #Crafting4ACause. Project Linus is a 501c3 organization made up of nearly 400 chapters that span the United States, all of which are run by volunteers. We’re asking you to dedicate some time to knit, crochet, or sew a blanket for a Project Linus recipient. These blankets go to babies, children, and teens who are in need of comfort this season, so we hope you can participate and spread the word to your crafting friends about this great cause.

We know that many of you like to get social with your projects, so please tag your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #Crafting4ACause so we can see what you’re working on. We hope this social share will also inspire others to think about giving back this season.

»Find more details on where to ship your finished blanket here«

I’ve selected 3 patterns below to get you started on a nice Project Linus blanket, please feel free to browse through our Pattern Finder for more options.

Crochet Sweetest Baby Afghan in Babysoft® Crochet Jolly Baby Throw in Jamie® Knit Next Generation Blanket in Heartland®


Treat Yourself To Some LB Collection! 6 Designs from Bloggers and Ravelry for Inspiration

November 12th, 2015

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LBCPOSTThis November, some of my favorite Lion Brand® yarns are on sale, and I hope you take advantage of this offer to treat yourself to some soft and luxurious fibers from the LB Collection®. I personally love the Baby Alpaca for its comforting warmth, affordable price, and yardage — all you need is one skein for a hat or cowl (see how I made a cowl combining one skein of Baby Alpaca and Vanna’s Glamour here). Of course, I’m simply enamored with the Cashmere because it works up so beautifully; I really like the slight halo on the finished fabric. Then, I can’t forget about Superwash Merino for its stitch definition, color palette, and ability to make cables pop. Too many choices, too little time!

There’s so much to appreciate about the LB Collection® in its entirety, so I hope you take a moment to review each yarn and see which one will suit your project needs (or maybe just your personal needs!). Today I’m sharing some projects from bloggers and designers to pique your interest in this lovely set of yarns.

MooglyReversibleCowl MooglyFallingLeaves MooglyLuckyShawl
Crochet Snowdrops Reversible Cowl by Moogly; 2 balls of Superwash Merino Crochet Fallen Leaves Slouch Hat by Moogly; one ball of Baby Alpaca Crochet Lucky Day Cowl by Moogly; 4 balls of Cashmere
PetalsToPicotsSilk AutopilotAngora GinaMicheleBabySet
Knit Silk Scarf by Petals to Picots; one ball of Silk Angora Autopilot by Ravelry user chamade; one ball of Angora Merino Bringing Home Baby Gift Set Hat & Booties; one ball of Baby Alpaca (and Modern Baby in Chartreuse)