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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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CabledSleepSackAllFreeKnitting
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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Threereasons why woolspun

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.


Hit the Beach with This Perfect Cover Up! (Crochet Video Tutorial by Yolanda Soto Lopez)

May 30th, 2015

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Memorial Day weekend has passed, we’re jumping in pools and beach waters, and thinking about… vacation! With all of the summery goodness happening, don’t forget to keep those needles and hooks going. To keep you crafting through the summer, we’ve got this great crochet Beach Cover Up tutorial for you today, from Yolanda Soto Lopez (All Crafts Channel). Watch below, and start crocheting your summer garment! (pattern is completed in 3 videos).

P.S – We’ve got a great sale on select colors of Cotton-Ease® right now, so be sure to check that out as well.

Can’t see the video below? Click here to watch.

 


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.

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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!

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