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Lola Loves the “Ice Cream” Truck …

May 15th, 2015

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

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Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Styling … the fun part!

May 4th, 2015

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Editor’s note: LAST CHANCE to get your Knit-Along Kit — get your kit here now before it’s too late! There are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here – we’re coming to the end of this KAL!

While I was knitting this Glamour Jacket in my crazy pink colors, I would NEVER have imagined how versatile this piece would end up being.

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I legitimately cannot believe how many outfits this Glamour Jacket goes with, and this was just in a few minutes of scouring my closet. I honestly think I could come up with even more combinations!


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Since before the voting was even in, I have always been #teamtailback And look HOW awesome the back turned out:

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Thank you NYC wind for picking up the AWESOMENESS.

I want to see pix of your finished product and how YOU decided to style it! Post them in the comments below!

Thank you SO MUCH for participating, and if you haven’t quite finished yet, don’t give up! We can stay connected here and on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and continue to support each other through the project.

Being your fearless leader this spring has REALLY made my year, and I look forward to knitting more together in the very near future!

NEVER STOP KNITTING!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make! kristy_200px

Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Favorite Moments

April 28th, 2015

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Susan Haviland is Lion Brand’s Design Editor. She loves to knit and crochet in the company of her favorite films and televisions shows.

Do you find it impossible to sit in front of the television without knitting or crocheting? Are you attracted to projects with many mindless sections so you can stitch and watch the screen?

breakfast-at-tiffanys_042015I find my appreciation of television entertainment increasingly linked to my daily stitching. And by that I mean watching movies and streaming reruns of my favorite television series surrounded by bags and baskets brimming with easy projects.

Costumers may rejoice – I am appreciating your work! How can one forget the countless knitted vests in “All Creatures Great and Small”, the terrific crocheted shawls in “Babette’s Feast“, Holly Golightly’s work in progress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, Faye Dunaway’s pullover in “Bonnie and Clyde”, Greer Garson’s bed jacket in “Random Harvest“, the knitting hidden in the office drawer in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, Miss Lemon’s outfits in “Poirot”, Mr Ingelby’s jumper in “Murder Must Advertise” … I could go on …

e25825a4e10119e9a6c4721f96a7005fAnd then there’s the thrill of the shared moment of catching a star with needles in hand: Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Julia Roberts, and of course, many others.

Do you have a favorite knitted or crocheted moment from television or film? Is there a project inspired by some of these costumes and knitting moments that you’d be interesting making? We’d love to hear about any crocheting or knitting that appears in something you enjoy watching.

We’ll feature them here and maybe one day you’ll even see a free pattern inspired by your selection!

 


Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Sleeves and Blocking!

April 27th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you’re still having fun!

I want to talk about the two lower sections for a minute.

PAY ATTENTION! After knitting SUCH a large piece (Right Lower Section), you are going to get into a groove and think you know how to repeat the lower section once more. Back in my novice days, I TOTALLY would have just knit the exact same side and ended up with 2 RIGHT lower sections instead of one of each. So I thought I would just point out the very subtle differences between the RIGHT and LEFT lower sections, with my Pink Arrows below:

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Compare your pieces as you go to make sure the bias stripes are sitting in opposite directions from each piece. After you have knitted your pieces, it’s time to put it all together. This is where your SEWING AN ACTUAL GARMENT skills come into good use. Knitting and Shaping is one skill, but taking these pieces of fabric we have made and forcing them into a wearable sweater is a whole different set of skills that sometimes challenge different parts of your brain (different from the parts that were challenged while you were trying to remember your ridge pattern increases! HA!)

For all aspects of sewing this together, I highly recommend using a flat surface. We are not sitting on the couch watching our favorite tv show and knitting anymore. Now we are down to business!

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Step 1: Sleeves! If you remembered to keep your stitch markers in place, this will be easy. Fold your fabric in half (right sides together) and sew from wrist to the markers. As you sew make sure you are checking in with those markers. You might want to use one of them to pin both sides of the fabric TOGETHER so that they don’t move. Try to keep tension the same on both sides while you sew it up. What stitch are you using? I used a running stitch. When you reach the markers, leave the tail of your yarn for now. Where the two sides come together will end up being a straight edge for the lower sections later.

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Step 2: Collar! If you left your collar live, now is the time to assess if you need to make any changes. With right sides together, pin the collar to the collar notch of the upper body. Since this is curved, it will seem a little awkward. There may be a bit of stretching here and there as you try to make it match up, but if the collar seems VERY short or VERY long, this is where you will adjust it and finish it off. I found I only needed to bind off my collar, I didn’t need to change the length after all!

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Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: It’s Collar Time!

April 13th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you’re having fun so far!

Even though I have completed several sweaters, I still consider myself a newbie in the sweater department. I love to choose patterns that have something new or something challenging so that my skills get better.

After I read through this pattern I noticed that the main piece — sleeves and neckband — was a shape that I had not knit before! Immediately I felt intimidated, so I took comfort in beginning with the collar. There is nothing like some lovely garter stitches to get me feeling comfortable! I am very glad I started here for two reasons: 1) I made an entire piece of the project without having to frog anything and; 2) seeing the fabric I made motivated me to want to move on to the next part of the pattern!

I am new to swatching, and even though my last few sweaters have fit me correctly (after taking the time to correctly swatch), I still doubt myself as a knitter. For this reason, I chose to leave my collar live, instead of binding off. I have fears that when I go to put it all together it will be too long or too short. Rather than unpick the bind-off (which I have had to do before and MAN that is a pain!), I chose to slip my stitches onto a stitch holder and leave a long tail. Now I can quickly bind off when the time comes to construct my sweater, or rip out a row or two if I need to! If you lose steam on this project, at least you know that you now have a nice striped scarfie complete! HA!

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Do you like how my crazy pink and purples are coming together? As I knit this collar I kept thinking of the cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland! I have a feeling I am going to be returning to these two Vanna’s Glamour colorways for future costume work!

I knit the collar on some circular 9 needles I had lying around, but have resolved to complete the rest of the sweater on 14” straights. I am enjoying the straight needles very much as I rarely knit on straights anymore, it has been a nice change.

I would love to hear from you! How did the swatching go? What needles are you using? What colors did you order? Don’t forget to head over to the Ravelry group where we are doing a lot of chatting! See you soon! Never stop Knitting!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: It’s Time for Gauge Swatching

April 6th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you have all received your yarn and are anxiously waiting to get started!

As I have been studying this pattern, I want you to keep in mind a few things.

1) GAUGE. I have learned too many times that making a gauge swatch is WORTH YOUR TIME. This pattern calls for 15 sts + 30 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Ridge pattern. If you feel lost like I STILL do almost every time I am presented with knitting a gauge swatch, here is a link to help you understand what to do!

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A TIP! When you finish your gauge, instead of binding off or frogging it, take an opportunity to practice any new stitches you haven’t encountered yet, or brush up on stitches you haven’t done in a while. For example, after reading this pattern, I noticed a highlighted portion called EYELET PATTERN. Since the gauge was done in Ridge Pattern, I may practice the eyelet pattern on my swatch before I cast on FOR REAL!

2) Avoiding the TANGLE! Last year’s KAL leader suggested putting your yarn in plastic baggies and feeding the yarn through the snipped off corner of the bag. Let me know if that works for you!

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I prefer putting one of my skeins inside a ceramic yarn bowl or placing yarn on either sides of my body while I sit and knit. This may not be the best ON-the-Go project if you don’t have the tangle under control.

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3. Casting On. It’s time to get started! This pattern presents new challenges for me. Very often, after reading a pattern with new skills, I feel overwhelmed by the whole thing and need a little motivation to get me started. I found my motivation for this project by starting with the collar. It’s easy garter stitch stripes. Seeing the fabric work up made me so thrilled! It looks Bolder and Brighter than I even imagined it could be and now I want to see the whole jacket so badly, that I don’t want to stop knitting! I have been stopped by strangers working on this because the colors are so provocative!

4. Pattern Note: A few of you expressed interest in an alternate pattern for the back. I have investigated this and it’s not a pattern alteration the design team can offer at this time. One thought I had, after looking at it, was to tack up the back—-it’s just a small triangle that you can fold under and tack if you don’t like the mermaid look. I am so sorry we couldn’t accommodate the suggested pattern change! If anybody has a solution, please share it in the comments below or in our Ravelry group.

Let me know if you have any questions or issues and what colors you ordered! Is ANYONE out there doing pink with me??? I want to know! Post pics in the comments below! See you next week for a progress report!

UPDATE – Ridge Pattern demonstration:

If you’re having trouble with the Ridge Pattern, here is a little clarification for you!

 

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!
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3 Helpful Crochet Tips for the Left-Handed

March 17th, 2015

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Arabia Temple works at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and gives some of her favorite tips for crocheters who often come into the store asking for help.
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At least once a week, someone will come in and talk about how they’d love to crochet, but they’re afraid to try because they’re left-handed. Admittedly, the majority of crochet patterns, diagrams, and instructions are created for crafters who hold their hook in their right hand.

Here are a few tips that have proven helpful to those who hold their hook with their left.

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Before you even pick up a hook, you should read your entire pattern from start to finish. Once you’ve gone through it and understand what it’s asking of you, go through it once more and make adjustments to the directional instructions to reflect crocheting from left to right.

Create a mirror image

If you’re working with granny squares, motifs, or other patters using charts, symbols or illustrated stitch explanations, see if the images can be flipped horizontally (see example of St. George’s variation on the right) before they’re printed or photocopied to show the stitches being worked clockwise. Or, you can simply find an actual mirror and place it next to the image to follow the pattern.

Declare it Opposite Day!

Online instructional videos, like Lion Brand’s Youtube Channel, are a great resource for crafters, but when the host is a right-handed, you’ll want do the opposite of what you see the instructor doing. For example, right–handed instructors will turn their work from right to left – like turning the page of a book; you would instead turn your work from left to right-like going back a page.

While crochet doesn’t exactly cater those who are left-handed, it certainly shouldn’t scare them away. As long as you remember that patience, practice, and perseverance are all you really need to crochet, no matter what hand your dominant hand is, you’ll be just fine.


New! Learn to Crochet 3 Easy Cowls with Moogly

January 30th, 2015

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Learn How to Crochet With Moogly!

  In the Round, In Style: Crochet Cowls Made Easy Cowls are quite the craze amongst crocheters, and it’s easy to see why! They’re small projects that make a big impact in any wardrobe — plus, they’re quick, easy and fabulously fun to work. Join me, Tamara Kelly, the mind behind Moogly, in my online Craftsy class, Quick and Easy Crochet Cowls, to create quick and captivating cowl projects that will work up with ease, and open up a brand new world as you crochet in the round! During class, we’ll work our way through three dazzling cowls. Start with the easiest, then turn your sights to a lace cowl, getting acquainted with lace charts as you crochet. And finally, create something a little more advanced, adding fabulous granny square embellishment to the final cowl. Plus, throughout class, you’ll get tips and tricks for blocking and finishing to really make those cowls pop! And, did I mention that the first 1,000 students to enroll get a heavenly, heathered treat? That’s right — enroll today and get a free skein of Lion Brand Amazing® yarn!

 For our first lesson, we’ll make the aptly–named 45–Minute Cowl. I’ll show you how to work two strands at once from the same skein, and we’ll start our foundation row, learning to properly measure gauge. As we move on, I’ll give you tips for joining the beginning row in the round, including a more professional way to start the round, and take you through each stitch used. Then, we’ll complete this cowl with fabulous finishing tips that will help you take care of those ends!In our third lesson, we explore lovely lace in the round. You’ll improve your chart–reading skills as I walk you through the pattern and show you how it translates to the chart. Join your first round, and enjoy my nifty trick you can use in all your in–the–round projects so that your chain doesn’t get twisted! While we crochet, I’ll explain how the stitch pattern develops round by round, and you’ll learn which loops to work into to create the beautiful shells of this stunning cowl.

 We’ll finish lesson four by flipping the cowl once we’ve worked it half way, working into the foundation chain once more to build fabric out in the opposite direction. Once we’re finished, it’s time for the beautiful Brompton Abbey Cowl! This more advanced cowl is still very approachable — it just takes a few special stitches, like picots, which I’ll show you step by step. Plus, I’ll share some advice on adjusting length and width, so you can customize for the fit you crave! Then, we’ll create our cowl’s dazzling centerpiece by crocheting and attaching the granny squares. I’ll show you how to make the center spiral, square–off corners for a traditional look and attach the squares to the neck piece. For our final lesson, we’ll add finishing touches with a beautiful picot edge and functional snaps, and end class with blocking tips for all your projects! Get three incredible designs, plus a FREE skein of Lion Brand Amazing yarn, when you sign up for Quick and Easy Crochet Cowls today.

 For me, as much as I’ve fallen in love with crochet over the years, it’s the aspect of community and sharing with other crocheters that has truly become my passion. That’s why I started Moogly, a crochet website, and made it my mission to connect with crocheters, sharing my knowledge by blogging, designing, curating pattern collections, crafting tutorials and more! Now, I get to connect with you too — thanks to Craftsy! With Craftsy you get expert instruction and ample support, with me and the crochet community by your side. Plus, with online lessons you can watch when you want and where you want, you get to learn on your terms, in crystal clear high–definition!So, join me, and get ready to cowl with delight! Learn all the skills you need to start creating cowls and other in–the–round projects with complete confidence.

Join me in for only $19.99that’s 33% off today!


How to Make a Yarn Wreath in 4 Easy Steps!

November 17th, 2014

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This article series was featured previously in our Weekly Stitch newsletter, which features new products, tips, and more. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

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A great gift for a knitter or crocheter – turn two balls of yarn into two cute wreaths in minutes! Use them as ornaments, then knit or crochet them into fabulous projects.

For this project you’ll need two balls of yarn (here we’re using LB Collection® Silk Mohair in Azure and Sunbeam), as well a tapestry needle.

Step 1

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Remove labels from yarn, (hang on to them if giving to a yarncrafter!) and remove a little bit of yarn from each ball. If your yarn isn’t already in a cake or doughnut shape, wrap it around a water bottle or cup to make “cakes.” From the yarn you removed from each ball, cut 2 lengths of yarn (1 of each color), long enough to wrap around your package. Set them aside. Thread tapestry needle with remaining yarn in first color.

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Make a Mini Pom-Pom Gift Topper in 5 Easy Steps!

November 10th, 2014

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pompom4Pom-poms are easy, fast, and fun — add a couple of mini ones to your packages for a whimsical touch! This week we’re showing you how to make a Mini Pom-Pom Gift Topper

For this gift topper, you’ll need several colors of yarn (the example below uses Lion® Cotton in Turquoise and Lion Wool® in Dark Teal*).

*Editors’ Note: Lion Wool® has been discontinued since this article was originally published. Try a color-changing yarn like Amazing® and Vanna’s Tapestry or use the leftover yarn from the handmade gift inside.
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