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
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!
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.
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.
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 a matching boutonniere for your date, and make multiples of the flower for your own corsage in Bonbons.
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.
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.
|Free pattern:Happy Granny Stripe Afghan
Pattern reproduced with permission from Leisure Arts
|Granny Squares Reimagined
(Featured Yarn: Heartland®)
|Free pattern: Graphic Ripple Afghan
Pattern reproduced with permission from Leisure Arts
|Cozy Ripples for You & Your Home
(Featured Yarns: Homespun®, Homespun Thick & Quick®)
Posted in Pattern Recommendations | Comments Off on New Bold and Beautiful Afghan Patterns, Courtesy of Leisure Arts! Comments
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!
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!
[THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats to Sandra C. from California and Carolyn A. from Illinois!]
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.
Posted in Contests & Giveaways | Comments Off on The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (2nd edition) Giveaway! Comments
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.
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.
:: can’t see the video above? click here: http://youtu.be/uR9zyxVw6jo ::
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!
(Knit) DIY Pompm Beanie
Homespun: Painted Desert
|All About Ami
Cozy Crochet Mittens
Arm Knit Blanket
Granny Square Blanket
Homespun: Pearls, Shaker, Barley
Purple Zig Zag Cowl
Homespun: Purple Haze, Mixed Berries
Share with us, what patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Homespun?