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How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom with Lion Brand!

August 29th, 2015

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For beginners who are interested in weaving, a cardboard loom is a great way to learn and practice designs before deciding to invest in a sturdier loom – like the Cricket Loom or Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit. This step by step tutorial will help you get started on your new journey into weaving!

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Materials

You will need a 14 X 20 in. (35.5 X 51cm) piece of cardboard, a ruler, a large-eye blunt needle, pencil scissors, and, of course, yarn.

The tutorial below is for a placemat made with Lion® Cotton, but we also recommend Bonbons, Vanna’s Choice®, Cotton-Ease® for beginner weavers.

Making Your Loom

With the ruler and pencil, mark a line 1 in. (2.5 cm) from each short end of cardboard. Beginning 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) from one end of line, and ending 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) from opposite end of line, make 53 evenly spaced (about 1/4 in. (6 mm) apart) marks along length of line. Cut a slit in cardboard at each mark, down to the 1 in. (2.5 cm) border.

Step 1

We are showing you the over 2, under 2 weaving method.

Wrap loom with base yarn, placing one strand in each notch then around the back of the loom to the next notch. At last notch cut yarn, leaving a 6 in. (15 cm) tail. There should be 53 strands. Thread blunt needle with about 10 in. (25.5 cm) of working yarn.

Note: Use a length of working yarn that feels comfortable to you. The longer the yarn, the more chance for tangles! The shorter the yarn, the more ends you’ll have to weave in!
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A Design Internship to Dream About: Meet our Intern Karin!

August 12th, 2015

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In this guest post by Karin Cohen, you’ll see what it’s like to intern in New York City for Lion Brand Yarn! Karin takes us on her journey:

From Shenkar to Lion Brand Yarn

My name is Karin Cohen, and I’m from Israel. I came to New York for a special reason: to do an internship at the Lion Brand Yarn company.

I studied textile design in Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and majored in knitting. It all began when David Blumenthal started donating yarns to Shenkar and we used them to make interesting wearable items that we crochet or knit. It’s like art you can wear!

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One of my designs for a class at Shenkar College The finished garment.

At the end of the design course, the top three students interview for an internship at Lion Brand Yarn: and here I am! I started my internship in July and have been in love ever since!

I feel like I’m in a big beautiful dream; so many yarns, so many opportunities, so many things to see, exhibitions, art galleries, interesting meetings, so much fun! This is totally a dream come true.

At My Internship

I have an amazing project every month; I’m doing a special project with the featured yarn(s) of the month, and other Lion Brand yarns. Last month, I worked with Hometown USA® exclusively. I started to do some different swatches using different techniques to experiment and test the yarn; I noted qualities, drape, the weight of the fabric after you knit it, and afterwards I realized what works the best for this yarn is a cowl.

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Working with a loom-woven piece. I designed this cowl.
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At Lion Brand’s offices in NYC. My sketches and yarn samples.

The Design Process

I think that when you design the most important thing is the process. You have to explore the yarn or the material you work with, then figure out what you want to do, and enjoy doing it — start working on your vision.

Test the colors; see which colors work together and whether you want to use more than one yarn with this technique. I also think about which color people would like to wear. I am considering a lot of things during designing —  it’s interesting!

I was so inspired by the works I have seen at the exhibitions I saw at Spin Expo, the MoMa, and the Brooklyn Museum.  I have also participated in meetings about new products we want to develop.

It is a great experience — I try to embrace all, learn as much as I can, and use my knowledge to develop new things in knitting and crochet.


Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along Week 5: The Finishing Touches!

July 29th, 2015

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Just a few weeks ago we all joined together along with Lion Brand Yarn to begin our Summer 2015 Crochet Along!! The Sabrina Tunic was voted by the fans as the project we would all be making. I was so excited; it was my first choice too. We gathered our supplies, made gauge swatches, stitched a beautiful yoke, started the body and now here we are… Ready to put on the finishing touches!!

Below is my finished Sabrina Tunic! I absolutely love it and I know I will be wearing it over and over again. Vanna’s Glamour® gives this fashionable piece just the right amount of sparkle, while remaining very comfortable to wear… I can’t wait to see yours too!!

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This week you will be finishing up any remaining rows of the body. Remember, before you start the bottom edging try on your garment and make any length adjustments you want! I followed the directions exactly and mine fits perfectly. I think one of my favorite parts of crocheting my own garment is that you can adjust it and make it custom to your own style. So if you want it longer or shorter… Go for it!!

Next, you will you will finish your edging… I love the way this decorative stitch pattern using all the colors finished off my tunic!! I think the edging might be my favorite part of this pattern, simple yet elegant!! Below is a close up picture of my edging, this would also make a great boarder around an afghan… What do you think??

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Once you finish the edging you will work on the armholes and the neckline to complete your Sabrina Tunic!! Both the armholes and the neckline finish up very quickly!! Before I added the neckline rows, my neckline was a bit loose; the stitching made it work out just right!! The last step after you weave all your ends in is to block your garment; there are several methods you can use… Steam Blocking and Wet Blocking are my two favorites. Blocking will make your garment smooth out and give it a nicely finished shape! You can find instructions for blocking by doing an internet search.

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Once I was done and tried on my Sabrina Tunic, I was very impressed with the fit… I hope your project turns out just as nicely!! Make sure you post your project pictures over on Ravelry so we can have a chance to see them all! I have loved working with Lion Brand throughout this project; they have wonderful yarns and great patterns too!! Make sure to check out all their yarns right here on the website… They will ship it directly to you and you will find some yarns that are not available in stores!! Thank you all for participating in this year’s Summer Crochet Along!! I hope to see you around the crochet community!!!

Happy Crocheting!!
Elena


Elena Ramshaw HuntAbout Elena Ramshaw Hunt:I’m an avid crocheter and yarn-a-holic! My Grandmother taught me the art of crochet when I was 10 and as a young woman the bug really caught me. With 40 years of crochet experience, I have taught and shared my love of crochet to many people in my community and in 2013 I began Beatrice Ryan Designs (named after my grandmother) where I design free crochet patterns including my Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series that is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.I live in a small Northern California mountain community. I have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful Grandchildren! I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant for a Forest Products Company and I love to spend my time with my family, crocheting and gardening.


Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along Week 4: Measuring and Finishing the Body

July 22nd, 2015

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This week has been a really great week to work on the Sabrina Tunic!! We are finishing up the body and getting ready to head for the finish line.  If you’re like me, summer is a very busy time!  By the time the evening rolls around, I love to sit and crochet while watching a great movie.  Now that we have transitioned from the fun stitching techniques of the yoke to the simple stitching on the body, I have been able to sit and crochet with our any worries.  Last week we started the body and found that it was as easy as ever!  Just simple double crochet, one row in front loops and the next in back loops…

If you’re ready to finish up the body of your Sabrina Tunic, let’s get started!!  You should have a few inches of the body done already… It’s fun to see how this project is taking shape!!  Mine is really looking like a fashionable tunic and I can’t wait to see how the edging finishes it off!!  So, this week we are continuing in the same pattern, switching to the largest hook and ending up with 17 inches of the body completed.  Next week we will work on all the edgings which will add a couple more inches. Below is my progress picture of week 4 showing the yoke and 17 inches of the body complete in a size M/L.

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Here are a few ideas that will make your body of the Sabrina Tunic finish up nicely:

1: Depending on how you like your tunic to fit, you can adjust the length of your body.  After you get approximately 15 inches of the body complete, try on your tunic. Remember, the bottom edging will add 3-4 inches.  You can make the tunic shorter by stopping at any point, If you like it longer… just keep going until you reach your desired length!

2: Don’t forget to count your stitches every few rows. It is still easy to miss a stitch and after a few rows you may be off by a few.  Even a few less stitches will make your garment not fit as intended.

3: When measuring, start by gently shaking your garment to let it settle into place.  Hang your garment on a hanger then measure while it is hanging.  As you add rows, your crochet piece will get heavier and by hanging it you will get a better measurement for the length. You can see my picture below.

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This week’s assignment is to finish up the last few inches of your body.  If you have fallen behind, don’t worry.  You can work at your own pace!  Next week we will be working on the edgings and complete our garment.  I am so excited to see how all of them turn out!!  I hope you will hop over to our Ravelry Group and chime in, post your pictures and have some fun with us!!

This week I will be attending the CGOA Knit & Crochet Show in San Diego!  If you are going, make sure to say hi if you see me.  I would love to meet all the Summer 2015 Crochet Along members and other crochet-aholics!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


Elena Ramshaw HuntAbout Elena Ramshaw Hunt:I’m an avid crocheter and yarn-a-holic! My Grandmother taught me the art of crochet when I was 10 and as a young woman the bug really caught me. With 40 years of crochet experience, I have taught and shared my love of crochet to many people in my community and in 2013 I began Beatrice Ryan Designs (named after my grandmother) where I design free crochet patterns including my Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series that is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.I live in a small Northern California mountain community. I have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful Grandchildren! I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant for a Forest Products Company and I love to spend my time with my family, crocheting and gardening.


Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along – Week 3: Beginning the Body

July 15th, 2015

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Welcome back to the Lion Brand Summer 2015 Crochet Along!!  I can’t believe we are going to be half way done by the end of this week!!  My Sabrina Tunic is really looking great and now that I have started the body this project is really beginning to look like a wearable piece of art!!

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Last week we worked on the yoke, there were lots of interesting stitching techniques to help create the unique look of the upper part of our garment.  I loved all the participation and questions we had going on last week both here on our Lion Brand Blog and over on our Ravelry Crochet Along Group!! If you felt like the yoke was a little difficult you were not alone… Working with the darker yarn and some of the stitching techniques made us all pay closer attention to the pattern. There seemed to be a few question about rounds 11-13, if you still have questions… Make sure to hop over to the Ravelry Group and read through last week’s thread and see if it will answer any of your questions!! We had lots of great chit-chat about the yarn and pattern questions. Some of us are posting our progress pictures on Raverly too… It is great to see the Sabrina Tunic in other colors!!

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