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“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
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.

»Click here« to enter the giveaway if the form below does not work for you.

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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)


Autumn Means Colorwork Inspiration! Moogly Shares 4 Color Palettes Based on Regional Foliage

October 28th, 2015

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Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog. Today, Tamara’s sharing some inspirations for fall color palettes based on the various regions of the country. She has brought this information to us with the help of her crocheting friends who live in different parts of the country: Jessie Rayot, Kim Guzman, and Andee Graves.

Autumn has to be the very best season for crocheters and knitters! Getting comfy on the couch with hooks and yarn, snuggled under a handmade blanket, yummy drink by your side – what could be better? But Fall also provides inspiration in the beautiful colors that show up every time we leave the house. Here in Iowa, the leaves are turning – and falling – at an incredible rate!

And… there’s just something about the beautiful colors, the quality of the light, and the scent in the air — it’s all a little different in various parts of the country. With that thought, I asked three of my best blogging friends from all over the USA to send me their favorite fall photos, and I matched them up with some of my favorite Lion Brand yarns for a little extra autumn fun!

First up is my friend Jessie Rayot, knit and crochet designer at Jessie at Home. Jessie lives in the Northeast, and she sent me a gorgeous photo – You can practically hear the crunch of the leaves! You can bring these colors home with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, for extra cozy!

The lovely Kim Guzman, designer at is a hobby nature photographer, so I had to ask her as well. She lives in the Southwest, so her autumn has some colors we don’t see too often here in the Midwest! Wool-Ease® pairs perfectly with her pretty pumpkin scene, and the yarn is light enough for winter use even down south!

Way out west, like in Colorado, they’ll be gearing up for the busy ski season, but first — they enjoy some gorgeous fall foliage. The amazing Andee Graves, designer at Two Hands Healing and Creative Arts, sent me this photo from her home in the Rocky Mountains, and I found some complimentary colors in Vanna’s Choice® – great for a mama of active boys living on a mountain, like Andee!

And last but not least, is my home in the Midwest US, Moogly headquarters! The trees here look much like the trees in the Northeast and in the Mountains… but there is this breathtaking bush out in front of my house that I look forward to seeing every autumn! Over the next month it will start looking as if it’s on fire! Right now it’s just begun.. and matches perfectly with LB Collection Superwash Merino!

I hope these gorgeous photos have gotten you in the Autumn crochet and knitting mood! Taking cues from nature is always a great way to get inspired, and Lion Brand has the right yarns to translate what you see into works of yarny art! If you’d like to learn how to make your own collages like those seen above, check out the tutorial on Stitch11! Thank you to Jessie, Kim, and Andee for sharing your lovely photos!