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Christmas in July Day 8: 6 Patterns Perfect for Gifting & Home Décor!

July 22nd, 2015

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Christmas in July: Home Decor pieces to Start Working on Now!
Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

Decorating your home for the holidays can be such a joyous occasion, especially when you’ve got your favorite tunes playing in the background. I hope you’re feeling ambitious because … not only can you knit or crochet gifts for your loved ones, but you can also knit or crochet items for your home as well!

Below, you’ll find a selection of patterns to warm up your home in time for holiday celebrations. Of course, these projects are also wonderful gifts on their own. In fact, several of the patterns below are classics (like the Dancing Cables Afghan or Tree of Life Afghan), destined to become heirloom items that are cherished and passed down for years to come.

Dancing Cables Afghan knit in Heartland® would be a beautiful statement piece for your couch during the winter — or as a gift, which could be passed down from generation to generation. Crochet this Table Runner in neutral or holiday colors for dressing your table when company comes over for the holidays! Try it with Cotton-Ease®Kitchen Cotton or even Vanna’s Choice® or Vanna’s Glamour®! Before those stockings are stuffed with small surprises, make a few for the fireplace mantle or to hang on your wall. Personalize the stocking for each recipient by knitting or crocheting their initials. This crochet Striped Holiday Stocking was made in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®.
This Holiday Penguin Afghan crocheted in Hometown USA® is an adorable holiday gift for a child’s room. Use it as a mat, or an afghan for cozying up in the cold. The Tree of Life Afghan knit in Wool-Ease® is the perfect heirloom gift. Lay it out on your bed or couch for your guests to see, and marvel at your work. Make one for a special person this winter! (crochet version here) The Holiday Cheer Table Runner crocheted in Homespun® is another great idea for your dining room decor. If you like to decorate your window for the holidays, you could use this as a window sill place mat for your figurines.

 


Christmas in July Day 6: 4 Classic Knit & Crochet Patterns for Men – Easy Too!

July 20th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Gifts for Men to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

It’s July and you’re enjoying the warm summer weather, but as a crafter, you know what’s just around the corner. Before you know it,  December will be here and the list of people you want to give a handmade gift to will be long! Do yourself a favor and get started now.

Below are some free pattern ideas and other resources for you to consider when it comes to knitting or crocheting for the men in your life this upcoming holiday season.

Be sure to check out the list for more ideas under the patterns!

ManScarfie
Crochet Brunch with Friends Scarfie
Level: Beginner (Level 1), Basic stitches including increasing, decreasing and finishing skills.
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Knit Simple Hat
Level: Easy (Level 2), Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
LandscapesScarfie
Knit My Victory #Scarfie
Level: Easy (Level 2), Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
Landscapes
 Perfectly Simple Crocheted Hat
Level: Easy (Level 2), Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

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Tea with Shira Goes on the Road: Come Visit Us at the Knit & Crochet Show in San Diego!

July 14th, 2015

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Every year some of us from the Lion Brand® team head to the annual Summer Knit and Crochet Show, which is held in various cities across the country. This year, we’re headed to sunny San Diego at the Town and Country Resort, and we’re taking Tea with Shira on the road!

The Knit and Crochet Show is a great conference that’ll be taking place from July 22nd through July 25th. The show offers classes for learning and improving your skills, a marketplace for shopping, and many opportunities for meeting and chatting with other fellow crafters. Speaking of meeting and chatting with folks, you can come by the Tiki Pavilion Lounge (a public meeting space) within the resort, and the Lion Brand/Tea with Shira team will be present with tea, surprise goodies, and new yarns and garments for viewing!

Tea with Shira at the Tiki Pavilion Lounge:
Wednesday 7/22: 12-3pm
Thursday 7/23: 12-3pm
Friday 7/24: 10-12pm

We will have some lovely teas on hand thanks to the great folks at Harney and Sons, a family-owned and operated business that sells affordable, quality, fine tea. In fact, Shira sat town with Emeric Harnery, a 3rd generation family member and manager of the Harney & Sons shop in SoHo, New York City, for her 6th episode of Tea with Shira. Check it out here.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

*Please note we will not be selling yarns at the show*


6 Quick and Easy Patterns: Make Something for Yourself or for Baby!

July 13th, 2015

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Looking through Ravelry and various crafting blogs is always such a pleasure, because you come across so many creative and talented people. These sources are great places to find inspiration for projects you want to work on, or new skills to learn and master. So today, I’m happy to share six projects made in our supremely soft cotton yarns, LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo and Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton, by various designers and bloggers.

Check out the patterns below, which includes an adorable pouch to keep your accessories in, and precious designs for the little one(s) in your life.

Crochet Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch by Moogly
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Crochet Cotton Bamboo Headband by Jessie At Home
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Easy Knit Baby Hat by Gina Michele
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
MamaInAStitchShoes
Beginner Knit Fringed Baby Booties by Mama in a Stitch
Nature’s Choice
Organic ®Cotton
Baby Yoda Hat by Elapine
Nature’s Choice
Organic ®Cotton
Baby Crochet Bath Set Pattern by Petals to Picots
Nature’s Choice
Organic ®Cotton

 

 


9 Knit and Crochet Patterns Using Cotton-Ease and Kitchen Cotton (That you can work on in the Summer!)

July 9th, 2015

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Today we’re featuring patterns that use either Kitchen Cotton or Cotton-Ease® to keep you crafting through the warm summer months. Many of these patterns are small enough to work on while waiting for appointments, hanging out at BBQs, or even while enjoying those lovely summer road trips as you relax with your feet up. Take a look below and get inspired!

Crochet Flower Face Cleansing Pads by Petals to Picots
Kitchen Cotton
Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket by The Stitchin Mommy
Cotton-Ease®
Knit Patriotic Placemat by Jessie at Home
Kitchen Cotton
KitchenCottonMiuMiu2 CableRibBabyJacket
Miu Miu DIY by Trinkets in Bloom (crochet)
Kitchen Cotton®
Textured Washcloth by Salena Baca Crochet
Kitchen Cotton®
Knit Reverse Cable Rib Baby Jacket by Adrienne Medrano (Ravelry) Cotton-Ease®
MamaInAStitchTank
The Hive Knit Dishcloth by Being Spiffy
Kitchen Cotton
Easy Knit Top by Mama in A Stitch
Cotton-Ease®
Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes
Cotton-Ease®

 


Your Next Baby Project Starts With These 6 Fun Patterns — Featuring Babysoft®!

June 27th, 2015

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If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy care yarn, look no further than Babysoft®. Between its pastel palette and the fact that it’s machine washable and dry-able, it’s a go-to yarn for our favorite patterns for little ones!

We just love how some of our favorite designers use Babysoft®, so we’re sharing six adorable projects from knitters and crocheters who share their patterns on their blogs and on Ravelry — these designes really show off how gorgeous this yarn looks when worked up.

Take a look below, and get inspired to make your next baby project with Babysoft®!

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Lacy Shells Crocheted top by Erica/5 Little Monsters* in Lavender Knit Cabled Sleep Sack by Natalia Price for All Free Knitting* in Pastel Print Peek-A-Boo Ripple Afghan by Rose Marie Brooks* in Pastel Green and White
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Crochet Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celeste Young* in Lavender Knit Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker* in Pastel Pink Crochet Ripple Baby Afghan by Aleta Lyn* in White and Pastel Print

*Please note, these are not Lion Brand patterns.

 

 

 

 


Sit, Relax, and Enjoy a Nice Summer Read: Book Giveaway

June 26th, 2015

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Summer Reading GiveawayClara Parkes is well-known for her role as editor and chief yarn critic at Knitter’s Review — a biweekly Internet magazine for fiber enthusiasts comprised of yarn reviews, happenings in the yarn world, tutorials, and lots more. Knitter’s Review is a great place for resources and information regarding topics that knitters hold dear to their heart.

Additionally, Clara is also a well-known author who has penned classic and popular knitting books such as: The Knitter’s Book of Wool, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, and The Knitter’s Book of Socks. And today, we’re giving away 2 copies of her latest book, The Yarn Whisperer. In The Yarn Whisperer, Clara shares various personal essays about her yarn musings and the different ways knitting has impacted her life. The Yarn Whisperer is a great way to still have knitting and yarn on the brain during the hot months of summer!

For a chance to win a copy of The Yarn Whisperer, please see guidelines and entry form below.

Congrats to Liz C. of California and Renee L. of South Carolina!
If you do not respond to your notification e-mail within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.

(CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED) Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by July 6th, 11:59p.m. 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.


Your weekend project: Audra Kurtz shows you how to weave an easy wall hanging using a Martha Stewart Crafts™ Loom!

June 18th, 2015

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Here’s a fun and easy tutorial from crafty maven, Audra Kurtz. Watch as Audra walks you through the steps to create your very own woven wall tapestry using a Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit and an assortment of Lion Brand® yarns.

Weaving is a great way to continue yarn crafting through the summer months, and you can use this craft to create a beautiful piece of decor for your home or for a friend!

Wall tapestries have been popping up everywhere lately, and although the process of creating them seems complicated, it’s actually not; the weaving process is quite therapeutic, and you can be as creative as you’d like. We hope you enjoy the video below and get started on your very own tapestry, it’s a great opportunity to play with colors, textures, and patterns!

P.S. Check out the patterns below for more tapestry inspiration from our very own PatternFinder.


Can’t see the video above? :: Click here to watch Audra Kurtz’s DIY Mini Tapestry ::

Loom Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging made with Unique®, Kitchen Cotton, Landscapes and Hometown USA®. Loom Woven Natural Instincts Hanging  made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Heartland®. Loom Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging made with Modern Baby, Landscapes®, Textures, Kitchen Cotton,  and Homespun®.

 


Learn to Knit the Mesh Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

June 17th, 2015

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Very Pink Knits Tutorial imageToday we share the last installment of our four video stitch tutorial series with Staci from Very Pink Knits. Below is a step-by-step which demonstrates the knit mesh stitch — an openwork pattern perfect for summer knitting. This is an easy, straightforward stitch that that’s simple to master. Watch Staci’s tutorial below as she highlights the stitch using LB Collection® Cashmere and Crepe Twist yarns.

The mesh stitch can be found in the Lion Brand StitchFinder library (under the “Learning Center” tab at lionbrand.com). Please explore the rest of the StitchFinder library to see what other stitches might pique your interest. There’s a treasure trove of patterns waiting for you!

Can’t see the video above? Please click here: https://youtu.be/zlPIOPninqE


3 Reasons Why Woolspun Will Be Your New Favorite Chunky Yarn!

June 9th, 2015

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In a recent post, we shared a great video tutorial from New Stitch A Day which shows how to knit a yarn over “YO”, and if you haven’t been keeping up with New Stitch A Day since then, why not? Johnny and his team release a new stitch each day, PLUS there are left-handed versions for each tutorial as well!

We’re thrilled that Johnny and his team have been using our chunky weight Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® for their tutorials. Since the New Stitch A Day team enjoys working with Woolspun so much, I thought I’d touch on 3 great reasons why you’ll love Woolspun too!

1. Color Range! Woolspun has 24 colors available in neutrals and brights, heathers and solids. There are many different color combinations that can be made with this yarn, which adds to its versatility. Make projects for anyone you know; you’ll definitely find something to make for a man, woman, teen, child, or baby with these beautiful colors.

To hightlight, watch the following New Stitch A Day tutorial, “Two Color Interlocking Block Stitch”:


:: Can’t see the video above? Click here. ::

2. Stitch Definition: Stockinette stitch looks wonderful in Woolspun. Stitches look well defined and neat with this yarn – especially when working in the right gauge. The tightly plied (12 ply) construction of the yarn allows your work to truly stand out, especially if working on cables.

Take a look at the New Stitch A Day tutorial as Johnny shows you how to knit the C4B stitch (Cable with 4 stitches to the back):



:: Can’t see the video above? Click here. ::

3. Easy Care: You get the warmth of wool, and the easy care of acrylic — how convenient! You can machine wash and dry your Woolspun projects for continued use, time after time, making this a great yarn to use for your next gift or baby project. No shrunken sweaters with this yarn!

We want to hear from you! Have you worked with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®? Tell us why you love it in the comments below.

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