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Shark Week is a Great Time to Knit & Crochet

July 2nd, 2015

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Shark Week starts Sunday! Shark Week is an annual, week-long programming block on the Discovery Channel which features shark-based programming, real and fictional.

We think it’s the perfect time to combine one cultural phenomenon with another, knitting & crochet with Shark Week! Here are some fun patterns to get you started:

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Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Angelfish — make it with Wool-Ease® Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Blue Whale — make it with Wool-Ease® Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Clownfish — make it with Modern Baby® or Kitchen Cotton Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Giant Squid — make it with Wool-Ease®
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StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Anglerfish — make it with Wool-Ease® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Blue Starfish – make it with Wool-Ease® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Bullion Coral — make it with Vanna’s Choice® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Pygmy Octopus — make it with Wool-Ease®
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Crochet Amigurumi Angel Fish — make it with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Octopus – make it with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Shark Afghan — make it with Hometown USA® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Seahorse — make it with LB Collection® Superwash Merino

Can you crochet? Make a fun 8-bit pixel afghan!

June 29th, 2015

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Can you crochet a granny square? Great! You’re on your way to making an awesome pixel crochet afghan.

What is pixel crochet, you ask? Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me offers this explanation, “basically a pixel crochet blanket is made up of a series of granny squares where each square represents one pixel of the picture. When joined together, the squares (pixels) make a large image.”

So for example, if you wanted to make a Lola afghan, you’d find your favorite Lola image and convert it into a chart using a tool like KnitPro 2.0. Each square in the chart you see below represents one granny square.

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It’s easy and fun to do. Below are some examples of crochet pixel afghans. Click the images for charts and explanations for each project.

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8-Bit Avengers Blanket, made by Jessica Jamey – design a pattern with your favorite charts and make it with Modern Baby® * Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket by Repeat Crafter Me – make it with Vanna’s Choice® * Tetris Afghan by Bethany A. Hamilton – make it with Vanna’s Choice® * Hello Kitty Afghan made by Tarmine626 – make it with Babysoft® *
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Pixel Storm Trooper Afghan made by InAnotherCastle – check out the chart and make one with Modern Baby® * Pick of the Litter Afghan – make one for yourself (or for our resident cat lady, @ShiraRoars!) with Vanna’s Choice® * 8-Bit Transformer Afghan by AmandaJayne00 – pick your favorite chart and make one with Vanna’s Choice® or Modern Baby® * 8-Bit Pinkie Pie Afghan by AmandaJayne00 – pick your favorite chart and make one with Vanna’s Choice® or Modern Baby® *

* Not a Lion Brand pattern


POSTPONED! Make a big yarnbomb in Union Square with London Kaye Crochet on Sunday, June 28th!

June 19th, 2015

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POSTPONED! Due to thunderstorm activity in NYC today, the event in Union Square is cancelled. We will announce a rain date shortly.

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If you’re in New York City on Sunday, June 28th, drop by Union Square between 11am-4pm and add a small swatch of knitting or crochet to our mystery yarnbomb! We’ll be there with world-famous yarnbomber London Kaye Crochet, who is delightful in the latest episode of Tea With Shira #5:


Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/r7KcYktG6U8
You can make your swatch before hand if you like — our StitchFinder has some great knit and crochet patterns for small blocks, flowers and motifs — OR you can knit or crochet a little something on the spot. We’ll have lots of yarn, hooks and needles for you to take advantage of.

Some ideas from StitchFinder:

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Can’t knit or crochet? No problem! Representatives from Yarndevu, a community of knitters and crocheters who meet in person and learn from each other, will be on hand to teach you how! Eager to learn before then? Sign up on Yarndevu now and connect with a local knitter or crocheter eager to teach!

Event Details:

Who: You, London Kaye Crochet, Lion Brand Yarn and Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal will all be there!
What: We’re crowdsourcing a yarnbomb and we want you to contribute! Bring a small swatch of knitting or crochet, free-form or based on a pattern, and add it to our big yarnbomb!
Where: Union Square, New York City, by East 14th Street & Union Square West
When: Sunday, June 28th, 2015, 11am-4pm (If the gathering must be postponed due to poor weather, an announcement will be made by 9am the day of the event through Twitter and Facebook.)

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* Please note, we are not fastening any yarn to a fixed structure. We are asking participants to fasten their knitted or crochet contribution to a piece of portable mesh that we will provide that day.


Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt!

June 18th, 2015

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Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters 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 crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.

The Votes Are In!

Thank you for voting for our crochet-along! The winning pattern is … the Sabrina Tunic!

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Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)

Crochet-Along Next Steps

1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!

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We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Knit Amigurumi Raccoon by Lisa Eberhart

June 10th, 2015

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Here’s one raccoon you won’t mind sharing your backyard with this summer!

Knit designer Lisa Eberhart is the designer of this adorable knit amigurumi which uses Vanna’s Choice® yarn.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $3.99.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Grey, Black, White and Baby Pink. ::



Help Pick our NEXT Crochet-Along Project!

June 3rd, 2015

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UPDATE JUNE 18, 2015: Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt! http://wp.me/pMON4-89F

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It’s that time of year again! Crochet-along with us as we make one of the following garments: The Sparkle Slipon, The Driftwood Pullover, The Sabrina Tunic or The Filet Mesh TopVOTE BELOW!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Elena Hunt of Beatrice Ryan Designs 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 crochet-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Votes must be cast by 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, June 14th, 2015. You must click on the photo you like to cast your vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes. The winning pattern will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, June 17th — we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Vote for your favorite pattern now by clicking on one of the photos below and following the steps to submit your vote:

On a mobile device and can’t see all four choices below? Click here.

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


Can you tell, is it crochet or knit? Guess and win!

June 2nd, 2015

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Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Mosaic Cowl & Hat or the Sabrina Tunic, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and six (6) balls of LB Collection® Superwash Merino. *

Mobile users, click here if you can’t access the voting tools below.

* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email before June 19th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $65 USD.


15 Popular Projects Featuring Babysoft, Lion Brand’s Yarn of the Month for June!

June 1st, 2015

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A special, soft acrylic blend in a generously-sized ball, Babysoft® is a medium sportweight yarn that comes in in classic pastel colors and prints – it makes precious, long-lasting items.

Babysoft® is on sale now – SAVE 20% off for the entire month of June!

Below is collection of our most popular Babysoft® patterns:


Would you like to be featured in the Pattern Journal newsletter?

May 27th, 2015

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Pattern Journal

Each month the Pattern Journal newsletter features a story inspired by an irresistible pattern. We know you love to knit and crochet, so you must have stories to share about your favorite patterns, right? To see past Pattern Journals, visit the archive.

Submissions: To submit your story, complete and submit form below.

Photos: Send photos to yarncraft@lionbrand.com or links to photos in the form below. Photos should be in .jpg or .png format, and no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels.

Publishing: Stories may be edited for length and or clarity. We will consider all submissions but regretfully, not all submissions will be published.

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Terms and Conditions for submitting a story to be considered for a Pattern Journal feature:
By choosing to submit a story to Lion Brand Yarn Company, you acknowledge and agree that any information you provide, including any photo(s) may be viewed by the general public. You further agree that the company may use your story and photo in any manner it deems necessary or appropriate. Lion Brand Yarn Company reserves the right to edit, abridge or format stories for any reason and to remove or decline to post any story or photo. Lion Brand Yarn Company does not endorse or make any warranties or representations with regard to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any statements in your story. By submitting a story, you agree to each of the these terms and conditions.


12 Things We’re Doing Besides Knitting & Crocheting: Cooking, Reading, Traveling and more!

May 16th, 2015

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Here in the marketing department at Lion Brand, we talk a lot about knitting and crocheting and yarn and magic loops and swatches and yarn weights (we know our DK from our super bulky) and and and … bottom line is that we’re all experts in one way or another when it comes yarn. We can talk about it all day — and we do! You may however be surprised to know that we’re also fairly well-rounded with an excess of interests, hobbies and obsessions that go beyond the hooks and needles.

We thought you might enjoy a peek into our inner worlds. Have fun and please share some of your own personal interests outside of knitting and crocheting in the comments below.


Margaux:The place I like the most these days is my rooftop; it has nothing fancy but the view of the city is spectacular. On sunny evenings we like to relax there and share a nice bottle of wine with my neighbors. Recently, I had a great time at a low-key dance performance: Andy Warhol’s 15 (Color Me, Warhol) at Dixon Place. This small theater is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of dance, theater, music, visual art… It’s a very unique place! And continuing on my “discover NYC” tour, I discovered my favorite restaurant in the city: Hometown. It may sound a bit silly but this BBQ joint encompasses the exact image I had of traditional American food.

chicken facing rightShira: Well, I feel like I’m Kelly Clarkson preparing for my summer tour. I am starting my tour by heading to Atlanta to talk to the North Georgia Knitting Guild and the Chain Gang on May 21st! You can check out where I’ll be next here.

On a more personal level I have been getting back into cooking. Life happened and I just put cooking to the side. However a friend came in from out of town and I was feeling very Martha Stewart sooo … A friend of mine told me about this delicious recipe for Hummus-Crusted Chicken. It is so yummy, a real crowd-pleaser and SOOOOO easy! I don’t even use veggies as the recipe calls for! Here’s what you do: 1) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees; 2) Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; 3) Coat the chicken breasts in hummus, then sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika on top; 4) Squeeze on some lemon juice (I then take the lemon and slice it and put it on top of the chicken); 5) Bake for 25-30min and oulah … I guarantee that you will have re-occurring guests for dinner!

Lorena: My best friend from elementary school just got married to a guy we grew up with, and another old friend just proposed to his girlfriend! The wedding bug has officially hit my circle of friends and I’ve been inspired to read Galt Neiderhoffer’s “The Romantics”, about a group of friends reuniting for a wedding (art imitating life?) Since the weather’s nice, I’ve been taking my reading outdoors to Riverside Park, Union Square Park, and, of course, Central Park. Up next for me? Exploring (and reading in) Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden!

zoewilliams_OraclesPSGGalleryZoe: I’m getting ready for my third solo exhibition and it’s really crunch time now! Even after the artwork is finished, there is still photography, marketing, packing and shipping to be done before the show can finally be hung in the gallery. ORACLES opens Friday, June 5th at PSG Gallery in Philadelphia. If you are in the Philadelphia area and enjoy surreal sculpture in needle felted wool, I hope you’ll check it out!

Brandyce: New York City has so many different museums and galleries, it’s almost like you need to carry around a checklist just to keep track with what’s going on! I just recently went to the Brooklyn Museum to check out the exhibition, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. The museum itself currently has some exhibitions which are quite enlightening and make you think about how you interpret the world around you. I look forward to seeing a lot more art this summer; The MET has just unveiled its new rooftop garden piece and I can’t wait to check it out.

Hudson tennisIlana: After the winter we just had, all I want to do is be outside and soak up the warmth. As soon as the temperature hit the high 50s I started playing tennis. In a city where real estate is at a premium, you either have to wake up early to reserve a court or wait in line. Court time may be a scarcity but I don’t mind waiting for a spot at my favorite location on the Hudson River where I can play under the lights and see a sunset. That’s New York. You face a lot of challenges but the benefits are pretty amazing!

Danielle: I went to Cort Theater last Saturday to see Larry David in his new play, Fish in the Dark. It’s a quirky show about a dysfunctional family facing the death of their patriarch. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry … it’s great. Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm will appreciate the hidden references (well, one is pretty, pretty obvious). If you’re visiting New York in the next while, grab tickets if you can – I give this show a big thumbs up! (Pro tip: Larry David’s run ends June 7th and Jason Alexander steps in on June 9th – great news for Seinfeld fans!)

sarah_burgersSarah: I just got back from a vacation in Las Vegas. While I didn’t do much gambling, I did a bit of eating.

Shake Shack has my favorite burger so I had to stop at the one in the New York New York casino. It was just as good as home! I also went to In-N-Out Burger since we don’t have any on the east coast! Right now Las Vegas is the only place where you can get both cult favorites! There’s a big rivalry.

Which one do you prefer?

Welcome Lorena!

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