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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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Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along – Week 2: The Yoke – Working From the Top Down

July 8th, 2015

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CAL_08282014I love seeing a project come together!! Last week we made our swatches to assure our gauge was correct, joined the first row without any twists (hopefully) and worked on the first few rounds of our Sabrina Tunic!! Like I said last week… Those first few rows are the hardest part… So now we are ready to kick into gear and get our Yoke made!!

Since the Sabrina Tunic is made in one piece from the top down, this project will start shaping up quickly and we will see a hint of how it will look by the time our Yoke is complete. I love working with Vanna’s Glamour Yarn… The small amount of shimmer and sparkle will make this a perfect piece to wear this fall, and the nice bounce the yarn provides is also going to make the garment fit nicely. It’s still not too late to join us and make a Sabrina Tunic for yourself. You can even have the yarn shipped right to your doorstep… Click here to view and order your yarn kit!! If you are ready… Let’s get our hooks and get the party started!!

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Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along: Yarn, Sizing, Gauge and Getting Started

July 1st, 2015

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I am so excited to host this summer’s Lion Brand Crochet Along!  I love the project you all voted for… The Sabrina Tunic.  To kick off the first week I will be talking about the yarn, gauge, sizing and getting started with the first few rows.  I hope you are as excited as I am… Let’s get crocheting!!!

Let’s start with the yarn.  This pattern called for Vanna’s Glamour®  in 3 colors.  This yarn is a light weight yarn and is categorized as a size 2 in yarn standards.  The thing I love about this yarn is the hint of sparkle; this will make our project really special!  It’s important to use the same weight yarn that the pattern calls for to keep our tunic looking and fitting just right.  This yarn also has a nice easy stretch to it which will make our garment keep its shape. It’s not too late order your yarn and join us… Lion Brand Yarn will ship it straight to your door.  Click here to view & order the kits at 20% off.

Now it’s time to move on to the most important part of the pattern… Gauge!!!  I know it’s tempting to skip the gauge and just start crocheting.  Since everyone crochets a little differently, uses different style hooks and working with light weight yarn can change our tension, it is extremely important to check your gauge.  It only takes a short amount of time and I promise it will pay off by giving you a better fitting garment.

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Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Pattern Recommendations!

June 24th, 2015

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4 Patterns Inspired by Movies & TV
Susan Haviland is Lion Brand’s Design Editor. She loves to knit and crochet in the company of her favorite films and televisions shows.

Thank you to everyone who wrote in with knitting and crochet sightings from film and television.  We discovered some new and inspiring work and we welcome more — leave a sighting in the comments below!

A number of the items you mentioned are very much at the forefront of design right now.  The large, colorful crocheted blanket on the back of the wagon in Like Water for Chocolate is one and the dramatic multi-hue scarf from the fourth Doctor Who series is in line with the recent “mood scarves” trend.


The “Doctor Who” scarf has a neutral beige color that acts like a canvas for the joyful stripes throughout the scarf.  Put together a group of colors based on a photograph or painting that you love and begin!  Design your scarf as you go – it keeps the knitting/crocheting very interesting.  If you feel shy about choosing your own colors, Bonbons or Vanna’s Palettes® have shades that are pre-selected to work together.

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Tom Baker in “Doctor Who Knit Doctor Who Scarf by Tara Wheeler 
on Ravelry, made with Vanna’s Choice®

Kiera Knightley’s shawl/afghan in “Seeking a Friend For the End of the World” has a cheerful improvised quality.  The colors are warm and the yarn looks cozy in this square, afghan style shawl.  A great combination of circles and squares can be found in a more symmetrical layout in Lion Brand’s Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan pattern.

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Keira Knightley in “Seeking a Friend
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Crochet Kaleidoschope Afghan, made
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You can turn an afghan pattern like this one into a shawl by making fewer motifs.  Using light yarns always give an afghan a shawl–like quality.  Experimenting is a lot of fun and patterns may be used as guides to start you on your own creative journey.

An afghan similar in feeling to the Like Water for Chocolate style can easily be created from Lion Brand patterns:

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Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan, made
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Crochet Country House Afghan,
made with Heartland®

These basic granny square patterns can be made as large as you wish.  If you have a lot of leftovers, use them, adding a “main color” or two.  Neutrals often work well for “base colors” which hold many complicated multi-colored schemes together. Or consider using several different packs of Vanna’s Palettes® as we did.  The colors can be arranged in any way that pleases you.

In recent weeks, the Lion Brand design team has had a lot of fun interpreting some terrific knitted and crocheted styles from the “Outlander” TV series.  The designs will be available soon and we think you will enjoy them as much as we do!


Kristy Glass Re-Imagines the Crochet Wedding Capelet for Parties, Festivals & Other Casual Affairs

June 20th, 2015

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kristy_wedding_capeletOur friend Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular crochet patterns — the Wedding Capelet — and saw it could be something more than a formal garment. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®, Kristy chose to use the Copper colorway for her version of the Wedding Capelet … let’s let her share her inspiration – take it away Kristy!

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Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/f2xhFLh_wkQ

Get the pattern: http://lby.co/1MJ3Wvr
Get the yarn: http://lby.co/1INwRxT


Dress Up Your Space With This Wall Hanging!

June 13th, 2015

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Are you looking to add a little character to your home this summer? Our Yin Yang Wall Hanging patterns are the perfect addition to any room. Our team has been so in love with the wall hangings trend, we just can’t stop making them!

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Yin Yang Wall Hanging
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Braided Fringe Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.

Their popularity continues to grow and we are seeing them pop up everywhere, including Instagram and Pinterest! They are a fabulous summer yarn project. And the part we love the most?  They are so easy to create and no crafting skills are needed! We’ve provided instructions for the wall hanging shown in our photo – but remember this project is meant to inspire you, so feel free to experiment with other Lion Brand yarns and colors, too!

For this wall hanging we used our Quickie yarn. It’s a silky soft blend of natural wool and brilliant pre-dyed acrylic fibers twisted gently with a solid strand of black. We just love the texture and color palette of this yarn.  You can use any combination of Quickie colors because they all coordinate beautifully!

This project can be completed in well under an hour and costs under $30! Love it! We hope you enjoy creating your very own Yin Yang Wall Hanging!

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Wall hangings designed by Chelsea Carle, Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.


The Lion Brand Team runs a 5k!

June 10th, 2015

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Chelsea Carle is Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.

On Thursday, May 28th, a group of associates from the Lion Brand Yarn Company ran a 5K race organized by “Corporate Fun Run” at the Meadowlands Race Track in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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It all started when Evan Blumenthal, Lion Brand’s Director of Global Business Development, put the call out with the hopes that a few people would join him in the race. Evan had just run his first 5K (3.1 miles) and thought a Corporate Fun Run would be a great group activity for the company. By the time the day arrived 28 people had signed up! As a participant, you could choose to walk or run, so it was easy enough for anyone to participate.

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On the day of the race, the excitement and energy in the office was contagious. I’ve only been at Lion Brand for a few months, so for me it was a great way to connect with people in other departments. After work, everyone could not wait to change into their running clothes and get to the track. It was 92 degrees outside and it had rained earlier in the afternoon – time to sweat!

We arrived at the track and the excitement was palpable – there was a live DJ, food, and a large amount of spectators too! We all registered, pinned our race numbers to our shirts, and found our team. Everyone from the Lion Brand team was overflowing with pride! So much so that the photographers from the event were constantly coming over to take group photos of us! I think we had the most fun out of everyone there. We chugged our water and made our way to the track.

Once the race began, we encouraged each other to keep going and to finish. We were the only team whose members all waited until the entire team had finished to congratulate each person as they crossed the finish line …

All in all, the Corporate Fun Run was a great way for us Lion Brand folks to bond together, and now in the office we cheer each other on more than ever!

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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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