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Get Beach Ready with These 6 Open and Airy Patterns For Summer

May 19th, 2015

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and I’m sure many of you will be headed to the beaches and pools to enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer (yes, I know there’s still technically one month left!). With the thoughts of warm weather and water activities, I started thinking about bikini and bathing suit cover ups!

If you’re still not ready for the beach or pool, you’ve got plenty of time to work on the perfect cover up, and of course, if you work quickly you could have something in time for the weekend. The 6 patterns below are great for vacations, walking around the pool/beach grounds, and covering up at night once the breeze sets in.

Knit Spring Ruana
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit Spring Ruana
The ruana knit in LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo is super stylish for walks on the beach or boardwalk once the sun sets.
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit this top in Cotton-Ease® for the perfect bikini pullover for nights at the beach.
Beach Cover Up Cardigan
This cardigan in Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton also makes a nice cardigan for the transitions between the seasons.
Light 'n' Lively Tank Beach Cover Up
Light and Lively Tank
This airy tank top crocheted in Cotton-Ease® has a fun swing to it at the bottom, helping to keep you nice and cool!
Beach Cover Up
Learn how to crochet this cover up in Cotton-Ease® with Yolanda Soto Lopez, click here!
Beach Cape
*Paid* Pattern on Ravelry by Alexandra Tavel knit in Cotton-Ease®. *

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Learn How to Knit the Sugar Cubes Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

May 12th, 2015

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Today, we’re sharing the third installment of our four-part video series “Fancy Stitch” featuring Staci of Very Pink Knits. In our last video, Staci showed us how to knit the Granite Relief Stitch, a stitch that can be found in the StitchFinder section of our website (under the “Learning Center” bar at the top of lionbrand.com). We were very excited to see how much you all enjoyed watching the previous videos, so we hope you also enjoy Staci’s newest video – the Sugar Cubes stitch.

Like the Granite Stitch, today’s Sugar Cubes stitch produces a textured fabric which is great for washcloths, garments with slight detail work, afghans and more! Check out Staci’s tutorial for the Sugar Cubes stitch, which has been worked in LB Collection® Superwash Merino, Cotton Bamboo, and Cashmere to demonstrate the varying looks in each yarn.


:: can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/d2HzL4kW7do ::


Enter the “Cats in Hats” Caption Contest!

May 8th, 2015

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Sara Thomas began selling her cat hats on Etsy years ago. She had no idea that her projects would become so popular! So popular in fact, that her cat hats, featured in a new book Cats in Hats (30 Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for your Kitty), are a currently a viral sensation!

Thanks to Sara and our friends at Perseus Books, we’re hosting a giveaway of this adorable book — we even have two free patterns from the book to share with you: Feline Fox (Crochet) and Dinosaur Kitty (Knit).

As we browsed through the book, we were inspired to test out one of the hat patterns for ourselves, and our wonderful Brand Ambasador, Shira (@shiraroars) tested the hat out on her kitty, Psy. Thanks to Shira, we have this awesome photo of her cat in a mohawk hat and want YOU to come up with a creative caption for this image.

Just click on the link below to enter (you’ll be redirected to Facebook)!  Please note that captions in the comment section will not be considered. Contest ends May 24th, 2015.

cats in hats caption contest

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Learn How to Crochet An Easy Baby Blanket with Melanie Ham!

May 6th, 2015

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Do you know a special someone who’s just had a baby or is expecting one? Well get your hooks out, this video is for you!

Join Melanie Ham as she shows you how to crochet the Easy Stripes Baby Throw in Tweed Stripes®. Even if you’re a beginner crocheter, you’ll enjoy working through this pattern. One of the best things about this pattern is that the self-striping nature of the Tweed Stripes adds a great visual color story, which works great with the simple V-stitch pattern.

Check out Melanie’s video below and she’ll walk you through each step, from gauge swatching through to completing blanket!


:: Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/lqrCeSrIq0g ::

Like this video? Check out more from Melanie’s Channel on YouTube, Melanie Ham!


Learn How to Knit a Yarn Over (YO) with New Stitch A Day

May 1st, 2015

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We’re excited to announce a new partnership with New Stitch A Day! We’ll be featuring helpful educational content to help you improve your knitting or crochet skills. As you may know, here at Lion Brand, we place a high value on education and learning, so working with Johnny Vasquez aka “Head Honcho”, of NSAD is the perfect collaboration!

According Johnny, the goal and purpose of New Stitch A Day is to produce high-quality, easy to understand video tutorials that will help advance your knit or crochet skills. There’s a wealth of information available at New Stitch A Day such as stitch tutorials, finishing techniques, and even left handed tutorials – plus, lots more.

Today we’re featuring a video tutorial which demonstrates how to do a knit “yarn over (yo)”. Yarn overs pop up quite frequently in patterns, especially for lace; they create the necessary holes for your openwork. Check out the video below to learn how to yarn over, and click here to learn the lefty method for knitting the yarn over!

Yarn used in video: Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®


Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/ZMQSp9foHvg


Learn How to Crochet An Easy Spring Shawl with Yolanda Soto Lopez!

April 24th, 2015

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Spring has officially sprung, which means warmer weather and longer nights – and we’re excited! With the warm breezy days and cool nights, finding the right outfit can be a little tricky. The key to staying comfortable in this fickle weather is to dress in layers.

Shawls are a great layer to have when you want to go out in a cute dress or maybe just short or long sleeves with no jacket. Throw a shawl over your shoulders, and you’ll certainly be comfortable and cozy on a spring day or night – while showing off your handiwork. The openwork in the Daylight Tweedy Shawl in Heartland yarn is perfect for spring because it lends itself to being light and airy, perfect for those “in between” weather stages.

We’re happy to share this tutorial with you today in which Yolanda Soto Lopez shows you how to crochet this easy shawl that you’ll be able to work up in no time!


Learn How to Knit the Granite Relief Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

April 17th, 2015

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We have another great stitch video from Staci of Very Pink Knits. Staci previously demonstrated how to knit the Lace Stitch, a stitch that can be found in the stitch finder section of our website (under the “Learning Center” bar at the top of lionbrand.com). It was a popular video, so we’re excited to share her tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which is also available on the stitch finder.

The Granite Relief stitch produces a lovely texture which is great for washcloths and just as great for afghans with a garter stitch border, as Staci shows in the video below. Check out Staci’s tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which has been worked in LB Collection Superwash Merino, Cotton Bamboo, and Silk to demonstrate the varying looks in each yarn.


** can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/KZqMOvVdnZQ **


9 Patterns Perfect for Handmade Prom Accessories

April 12th, 2015

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It’s almost the end of the school year for thousands of students across the country, and with the end of the school year comes prom! Many juniors and seniors in high school will be getting dressed up and made up for this amazing night of fun and dancing with friends. To celebrate this joyous occasion, we’ve rounded up a few patterns to add a touch of handmade to you or your date’s outfit for prom. Check out the selections below!

Crochet Summer Sonata Shawl
This delicate shawl would be a beautiful cover up for a simple sleeveless dress. Check out the colors in Vanna’s Glamour to see what you like best.
Crocheted Flowers
These flowers in Bonbons would make a great corsage or hair pin. They’re also pretty easy to crochet, check out a video tutorial here!
Crochet Evening Glitter Clutch
A crochet clutch would go perfectly with almost any prom outfit! Not a fan of the red? Check out the many colors available in Vanna’s Glamour.
Knit Bow Tie
Knit bow ties are fun and the perfect way to add a handmade element to a prom outfit. Find the cummerband pattern here.
Knit Boutonniere
Knit a matching boutonniere for your date, and make multiples of the flower for your own corsage in Bonbons.
Knit Necktie
Knit ties seem to be quite popular among men these days, why not knit a tie for your prom date to match your dress?
 
 Crochet Tied Shawlette
This shawlette would certainly keep you warm and look adorable with a sweetheart strapless dress. Crocheted in Pound of Love
 Purple Passion Crochet Wrap
This light and airy wrap is a showstopping piece, best paired with a simple dress. Crocheted in LB Collection Silk Mohair.
 Crochet Moon Water Clutch
A simple clutch made in Vanna’s Sequins that has consistent little pops of sparkles.

 


New Bold and Beautiful Afghan Patterns, Courtesy of Leisure Arts!

April 10th, 2015

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Thanks to our friends at Leisure Arts, we have two free patterns to share, both of which are featured in two new books, now available for purchase, Granny Squares Reimagined & Cozy Ripples for You and your Home.

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GrannySquares
Free pattern:Happy Granny Stripe Afghan
Pattern reproduced with permission from Leisure Arts
Granny Squares Reimagined
(Featured Yarn: Heartland®)
Leisure Arts
$5.99
GraphicRipple CozyRipplesforYouandHome
Free pattern: Graphic Ripple Afghan
Pattern reproduced with permission from Leisure Arts
Cozy Ripples for You & Your Home
(Featured Yarns: Homespun®, Homespun Thick & Quick®)
Leisure Arts
$5.99

 


Hey Loom Knitters, This One is For You! Loom Knit a Blanket with Good Knit Kisses

March 31st, 2015

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We’ve noticed that many of you are interested in loom knitting and would like more videos demonstrating the use of the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom kit, so we’re happy to share a brand new loom knitting video! Today’s video comes from Kristen Mangus of the Good Knit Kisses channel on YouTube.

Kristen will show you how to work through our Loom Knit Diagonal Blanket pattern, which requires 4 skeins of the Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn. In this video, Kristen will show you how to cast on, work the pattern, and cast off. So, check out the video and get your looms ready!

:: can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/Q2LCoufw-Rs ::

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