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The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (2nd edition) Giveaway!

March 27th, 2015

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Complete photo guide to crochet

Here’s a great giveaway to celebrate the end of National Crochet Month! Thanks to our friends Margaret Hubert and Creative Publishing International, we’re giving away two copies of The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd edition by Margaret Hubert, to two lucky winners!

If you’re a life-long crocheter, or new to crocheting, you will love this book! With plenty of photo tutorials, patterns and inspirations, it’ll be hard for you to run out of ideas for your projects. The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet 2nd edition features new projects and 20 new stitch patterns as well – so even if you’ve got the 1st edition, you’ll find this one useful too.

See the guidelines below for entering this contest!

Rules and Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by April 3, 11:59p.m. EST

2. US entries only

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One person per entry

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


Learn How to Knit an Easy Lace Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

March 6th, 2015

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Have you ever checked out the Stitch Finder section of our website? Our Stitch Finder has a vast amount of knit and crochet stitch techniques, which are great starting points for larger projects like afghans or scarves. Different stitch techniques that can be applied to projects include ripples, cables, lace patterns, flower motifs, and more. The Stitch Finder is like a treasure trove of fun little designs, and today, we’ve got an awesome video from Very Pink Knits, which guides you through the Knit Lace Stitch.

Staci walks you through the Knit Lace Stitch pattern in 4 LB Collection® yarns: Baby Alpaca, Silk, Cashmere, and Superwash Merino. And, we’re also happy to share this video with you today because when you spend $35 or more on yarns from the exclusive line, you get free shipping!

Take a look at the video below, and we hope you enjoy learning a new stitch.


Yolanda Soto-Lopez Shows You How to Crochet an Adorable Baby Vest with Just One Skein of Ice Cream!

February 27th, 2015

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You can crochet this adorable “One Skein Wonder Vest” with just one skein of our newest and already very popular baby yarn, Ice Cream. I personally love this pattern because it’s easy to crochet and the yarn is variegated – which means you can have multiple colors in your project without changing yarns! With 8 great colorways in this yarn, you can experiment with the variations and come up with new color combinations for your vest.

Check out the video below to watch and learn how to crochet the One Skein Wonder Vest with crochet maven Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on YouTube!

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6 Easy Homespun Projects Designed by Bloggers and Ravelry Users

February 25th, 2015

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We’re celebrating Homespun®! As our yarn of the month, it’s currently on sale for 20% off at lionbrand.com!

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Homespun® projects designed by bloggers and Ravelry users. These projects are so inspiring and they highlight the unique and beautiful color palettes of the yarn.

From accessories to home decor, Homespun® is a versatile yarn that can be used to create a wide range of projects – as you can see below!

GinaMicheleHat
AllAboutAmiMittens
CraftsUnleashedArmKnitBlanket
Gina Michele
(Knit) DIY Pompm Beanie
Homespun: Painted Desert
All About Ami
Cozy Crochet Mittens
Homespun: Shaker
Crafts Unleashed
Arm Knit Blanket
Homespun: Pearls
WaffleCowl OffTheHooky PurplezigzagCowl
fromthehightower1
Waffle Scarf
Homespun: Edwardian
offthehooky
Granny Square Blanket
Homespun: Pearls, Shaker, Barley
cagillam
Purple Zig Zag Cowl
Homespun: Purple Haze, Mixed Berries

Share with us, what patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Homespun?


Crochet a Cozy Cowl in No Time with the Crafty Gemini!

February 19th, 2015

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It’s the middle of February, and many of us in the Northeast are still getting plenty of snow, cold, and wind – so it’s the perfect time to get out those hooks (or needles) and work on something warm and cozy.

The Flattering Cowl is a popular pattern that’s easy to make, and super snuggly because it’s made with Lion Brand’s plush Homespun® Thick & Quick® yarn. It’s definitely a gratifying project because it works up quickly; you can easily finish this cowl in one day.

You’ll love the feel of Homespun® Thick & Quick® as it keeps you nice and toasty in this super bulky cowl. Watch the video below for a tutorial that’s great for beginners. Vanessa, from the Crafty Gemini, shares tips and tricks for working on this cowl, and offers advice for creating different variations. Enjoy!

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Win a Copy of Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health and 10 Skeins of Vanna’s Choice

February 13th, 2015

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Health and wellness are topics we cover here quite often. Today we’re recognizing National Heart Month with a giveaway! Enter now for a chance to win one copy of Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health, and 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice® to make a Mitered Throw, one of the patterns featured in the book!

Laura Zander, owner of Jimmy Beans Wool, worked with Sixth and Spring Books on the Stitch Red book series to raise awareness around heart disease and preventive heart health in general. A portion of each book sale goes towards HeartTruth®, a public awareness program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Crochet Red is filled with beautiful crochet projects, each paired with a heartwarming story from a prominent face within the crochet world, including our beloved Vanna White. She wrote one of the forewords for the book, and also shares some of her healthy lifestyle tips.

One lucky winner will be chosen to win the prize pack: the book and 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice® yarn — please see below for details.

This giveaway is now CLOSED

Congrats to Jeanne C! We hope you like the book and yarn.

Rules and Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by February 20, 11:59p.m. EST

2. US entries only

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One person per entry

 


2 Ways to Start a Circle in Crochet from Dora Ohrenstein

February 12th, 2015

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Learn 2 Methods for Crocheting a Circle

Thanks to our friends over at Storey Publishing, we’re sharing a handy excerpt from Dora Ohrenstein’s latest book, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop (The Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter).

Dora’s latest book features numerous tips on gauge, crochet shaping and construction, colorwork and more – so we suggest that you go ahead and check out the book in its entirety, you’ll be glad you did.

In the meantime, have a look at the excellent excerpt below. Coupled with instructional photos, you’ll quickly and easily learn two different methods for starting a crochet circle – a ring with chains and the magic circle.

Try them out to see which method you like best!


Starting the Circle

There are several different ways to begin working in the round. You can make several chains (the most common method), make an adjustable ring, or use the first chain as a ring. Let’s look at the first two.

Make a Ring with Chains

To make a ring with chains, work several chains, then slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The number of chains is determined by how many stitches you intend to work into the ring and how tightly you want the ring to close. If you are following a pattern, the number of chains will be specified. Supposing, however, that you are working a hat pattern, and after working the specified number of chains and stitches in the first round, you find you have a larger hole at the center than you’d like. Go ahead and try again with fewer chains: it will cause no harm whatsoever. For other items worked in the round, such as motifs and flowers, the size of the “hole” at the center can make a difference, as it affects the overall size of the finished piece. In these instances, it’s wise to stick with the instructions as written.

Ring with chains

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Crochet Un Gorro Fácil Con un Pompón: Un Tutorial en Español (Crochet an Easy Hat with a Pompon, A Tutorial in Spanish)

February 11th, 2015

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Hoy, tenemos un vídeo tutorial para usted completamente en Español de Yolanda Soto-Lopez de el canal All Crafts Channel en Youtube.  Nos dimos cuenta de lo popular que ha sido el tutorial de “Simple Crochet Shrug” con subtitulos de Yolanda, y quisimos probar un nuevo vídeo sólo en español.

Miren como Yolanda le muestra como tejer un gorro fácil  con un pompón!

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Translation: Today, we have a video tutorial for you completely in Spanish from Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on Youtube. We noticed how popular Yolanda’s Simple Crochet Shrug tutorial with subtitles has been, so we wanted to try a new video only in Spanish.

Watch as Yolanda shows you, in Spanish, how to crochet an easy hat with a pompom!


6 Fast-Finish Crochet Cowls: a #Scarfie Roundup!

January 27th, 2015

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Over the past few months, we’ve shared #scarfie projects from many of our favorite bloggers who all used Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® to design beautiful cowls, most of which require only one or two balls.

I put together a collection of their wonderful #scarfie projects in case you missed any. They’re all simple crochet patterns that even a beginner crocheter will be able to understand and work through. So take a gander and see which one fits your style!

P.S: We encourage you to share photos of your handmade scarf or cowl projects by tagging @LionBrandYarn and using the hashtag, #scarfie. You’ll have the chance to be featured in our #scarfie gallery on Facebook!

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Crochet Hooded Cowl in Fig and Fisherman
Maybe Matilda Scarfie 2 resizedMaybe Matilda
Chunky Scalloped Cowl in Grass
All About Ami resized
All About Ami
Twist Cowl in Sandstone
PetalstoPicots Scarfie 2 resizedPetals to Picots
Quick & Comfy Crochet Scarf in Oatmeal
Moogly Scarf 2 resizedMoogly Blog
Stormy Weather Cowl in Fig and Charcoal
Crafty GeminiScarfie 2 resized
Crafty Gemini
Uptown Circle Scarfie in Eggplant

 


6 Knit & Crochet Hats Perfect for Playing in the Snow!

January 22nd, 2015

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Perfect Hats 2We haven’t had much snow here in NYC, but plenty of folks throughout the country and in Canada have already woken up to blankets of it. If you’re lucky enough to simply enjoy a snow day, why not bundle up, grab your sled, board, or skis, and have fun in snow!

January is peak ski season, so it’s a safe bet that many of you are hitting the slopes or out tobogganing. As knitters and crocheters, I’m sure you’ve donned some form of handmade knitwear while enjoying winter activities. Hats are great accessories for snow activities because they keep you warm, and can help friends and family spot you in a crowd or at the bottom of a hill.

To celebrate winter and having fun in the white, vibrant snow, I’ve rounded up six hat patterns that’ll help you stand out from the masses.

Bright and Cheery: You’ll be easy to spot in these vibrant colors!

Knit Basic Hat
in Unique (Cornucopia)
Ribbed Slouchy Hat and Cowl
Ribbed Slouchy Hat
(and Cowl)
in Hometown USA (Albuquerque Orange, Memphis Blues)
Crochet Over the Rainbow Hat
in Unique (Circus)

Stylish & Sophisticated: Neutral Colors with Fun Details

Animal Lover Hat
in Vanna’s Glamour (Onyx, Gold)
Toboggan Hat
Toboggan Hat
in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Fisherman – Love this style, but I suggest a different color)
Glitter Blizzard HatGlitter Blizzard Hat
in Gold Leaf (Black/Gold)

What type of handmade items do you like to wear (or make for others) for enjoying snow activities? Share with us in the comments!

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