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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
with Unique and Vanna’s Choice®

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
with Vanna’s Choice® & Vanna’s Palettes®
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
Get the pattern here.
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.

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