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Lola Stripes it Rich!

April 17th, 2014

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Want to crochet the Stripe it Rich afghan? Get the free pattern here.

Enjoy other installments of Lola here.


Finger-knit a Flower Headband with Audra Kurtz from KurtzCorner

April 8th, 2014

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Audra Kurtz shows you how to finger-knit a flower headband in less than 10 minutes using Hometown USA in the color Neon Pinkyou can use any color you like, there are over 65 to choose from!

If you enjoyed Audra’s tutorial, check out her finger-knit love sign tutorial!


Join Our Spring Knit-Along Featuring the… Spring Lace Shawl!

March 28th, 2014

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Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. KAL_BADGE_2014
81058adaWe asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Spring Lace Shawl! Almost 6,000 of you voted, and we’re so excited to knit-along with you.Click here to download the pattern for the Spring Lace Shawl and click here to get the kit in Kelly Green or in Silver Blue (free shipping for a limited time).

To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right in the week of April 7th. This lovely shawl is made in our Vanna’s Choice yarn, a versatile, easy-care, acrylic worsted-weight yarn that comes in a huge assortment of stunning colors. If you’re more in the mood for a cotton blend, Cotton-Ease is a great substitute, and will be light and lovely as the temperatures get warmer.

As with any yarn substitution, you’ll also need to figure out how many skeins of the yarn of your choice the pattern will require. Here are the number of balls for our other recommended yarns:

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Vanna’s Choice 12 skeins
Cotton-Ease 12 skeins

Click here for our FAQ on substituting yarns.

Starting the week of April 7th, our KAL host Grace DiLorenzo will be posting her progress through the lace shawl project, with updates coming every Thursday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!

In the meantime, please introduce yourself below–let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this top for!

About Grace: Grace DiLorenzo has been knitting for the last 10 years. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. Her favorite things to make are garments and lace. As a teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City she has been able to share her love of yarn crafting teaching beginning through advanced knitting and yarn dyeing classes. She has lead the first four in studio knit alongs and is excited to do it again! grace_200px

Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Stripes & Chevrons

March 26th, 2014

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Earlier this year Lion Brand unveiled The 7 Wonders of The World – a series of sculptures designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Not only did each sculpture represent one of the 7 Wonders in yarn techniques, but we presented a fashion show where each technique was reflected in a variety of fashions. In the last post in this series we visited texture and it’s importance to knitting, crochet, and felting. Today we present part two: “Stripes & Chevrons.”

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Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Mayan Ruins; model wearing Crochet Flame Stitch Coat

The Mayan Ruins is our second Wonder of the Yarn World. Chosen to represent bold colors and the spirit of adventure, you’ll find that the patterns associated with this line are fun and perhaps even a little rebellious. Our Creative Director Adina Klein calls this line, “chevrons gone wild!”

With distinct colorways, vertical chevrons and magnificent mash-ups (“coatigan” anyone) – these pieces are well-suited to the yarncrafter who’s looking to spin that afghan on its head and try something new. The yarns featured include HomespunHomespun® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Heartland and our newest super bulky yarn, Heartland Thick & Quick®.

Below we’ve chosen several of the striking designs from the stripes and chevrons collection from our fashion show. In the coming weeks we’ll continue featuring the rest of the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World — from lace to granny squares to modern color work, you’re sure to find inspiration in this amazing collection.

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Drawstring Slouch Hat*
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Knit Zig Zag Dress
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Ripple Afghan
Crochet Greenpoint Grunge Cap
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Lace Edged Poncho*
Crochet Sunset Stripe Hat
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Radiant Ripple Poncho
Crochet Zigzag Hat
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Chevron Afghan

* pattern coming soon

 


Help Pick our NEXT Knit-Along Project!

March 20th, 2014

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Voting ended on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. Thanks to all who voted!

And the winner is … The Spring Lace Shawl!

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It’s that time of year again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments below.

But FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about the patterns by clicking on their photos/names or by visiting LionBrand.com.

Eloise Eyelet Cardi Spring Lace Shawl Seven Wonders Wrap Mitered Ridges Top

 

Ready? Cast your vote!

(Can’t see the voting tool above? Click here to vote.)

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A knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Grace here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

The winning pattern will be announced Friday, March 28th, 2014 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, March 27th, 2014. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a crochet-along later this year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.


How to Make the “3 Strand Arm Knit Cowl”

March 18th, 2014

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Ekat shows you how to get the look of this 3 Strand Arm Knit Cowl without using needles! Using the simple technique of arm knitting, you can make this scarf in just half an hour!

Shop for Unique here: http://lby.co/1i2sGRN


Top 10 Most Popular Patterns from February

March 12th, 2014

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We must be feeling extra patriotic these days because the most popular pattern of the month is this beautiful crochet Flag Afghan:

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Made with Heartland, one of Lion Brand’s most popular lines, this made-in-America yarn is easy to care for, making it perfect for garments, afghans and accessories. It’s also machine washable and dryable!

Below are some of the other popular designs this month. With three market bags in the mix, it’s fair to say that people are excited about getting out to open-air farmer’s markets again (I know I am!) and the crochet Scalloped Cowl is right on-trend for spring!

Crochet Simple Shrug Knit Basketweave Baby Blanket Crochet Grand Blossoms Scarf
Crochet Simple Shrug in Homespun® Craft Soft Blue Pom-Pom Rug in Wool-Ease®
and Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Shaded Ripple Afghan in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Crochet Market Bag Crochet Hexagon Market Bag Knit Braided Headband
Crochet Market Bag in Cotton-Ease® Crochet Hexagon Market Bag in Kitchen Cotton Knit Braided Headband in Microspun
Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Crochet Scalloped Cowl Crochet Lacy Scarf
Crochet Skipping Stone Tote in Vanna’s Colors Crochet Scalloped Cowl in Jiffy® Crochet Lacy Scarf  in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

How to Make the “Lush Plush Arm Knit Cowl”

March 11th, 2014

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Shira shows you how to get the look of this Lush Plush Arm Knit Cowl without using needles! Using the simple technique of arm knitting, you can make this scarf in just half an hour!

Shop for Homespun® Thick & Quick® here: http://lby.co/1i1ccck

Update: if you’re unsure of how to seam the piece, we have a pictorial walkthrough for you.


6 Patterns for St. Paddy’s Day!

March 7th, 2014

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There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.

You probably know that St. Patrick is revered as the patron saint of Ireland and that on March 17th every year many folks celebrate his life and Irish culture in general. But do you know why?

via Spoonful:

Born in Britain during the 4th century, St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish raiders when he was a teenager. Although he was able to escape after six years and become a priest in Britain, he later chose to return to Ireland as a missionary, in order to help spread the teachings of Christianity to pagans. According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity to the Irish. In spite of continuous opposition from pagan leaders, he continued to evangelize for thirty years while baptizing newly converted Christians and establishing monasteries, churches, and schools. He died on March 17th and was canonized by the local church.

While some folks still celebrate March 17th as a religious holiday, these days St. Patrick’s Day is more often a celebration of Irish culture in general.

With that in mind, here are several St. Patrick’s day patterns to help you get the festivities started and …

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Top Of The Morning Hat

A brand new pattern, this fun and festive Top of the Morning Hat is crocheted with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Grass and Vanna’s Glamour in Onyx and Gold.

Lucky Shamrock Scarf

Another brand new pattern, crochet this easy Lucky Shamrock Scarf in no time — made in Hometown USA in the colors Green Bay and Oklahoma City Green.

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Shamrock Pin

You don’t need any knitting or crochet experience to craft this fun and festive Shamrock Pin, made with Vanna’s Choice yarn in Kelly Green and Fern. Just one skein will outfit a whole group of little leprechauns!

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Video: How to Do Front and Back Post Stitches

February 15th, 2014

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Maggie Weldon is a crochet expert who loves to share her expertise with those wanting to master the art of crochet.

Make beautifully textured colorwork projects with this simple stitch! Maggie Weldon illustrates how to do front and back post double crochets, half double crochets, and single crochets. Watch the video below to learn these easy techniques:

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