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Pattern Recommendations: Coming Home Poncho

April 14th, 2015

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In 2005 this pattern was downloaded well over 1 million times! A cultural icon wore it on an auspicious occasion and everyone who could crochet grabbed their hook and a few balls of Homespun® yarn and made one of their own. It turns out that this design is extremely flattering on lots of different body types and has an elegant, feminine flow to it that has kept it popular for the last ten years.

We’ve redesigned and recolored the poncho for 2015 and it’s more fashionable than ever with the latest trend in Boho style. Ponchos are also perfect for this time between seasons when you need to add a layer to lighter clothing or stay warm in your home or office when it’s a bit cooler than you’d like.

There have been lots of fads in crochet over the years but very few involved a single pattern. We hope you like this updated version. You can crochet it for under $30, the sizing is simple and you’ll enjoy this flattering look almost year round.

Get the free pattern: Boho Poncho

She Was Told She Would Never Knit Or Crochet Again … So Here’s What She Did.

February 18th, 2015

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In 2003, Colette Smith was told by a doctor that due to the pain in her hands, she would need eight hours of surgery and she would never be able to knit again.  But for Colette, knitting is an essential part of her life.  She is a fiber artist and designer and simply loves to knit.  When she heard those words from her doctor, she took matters into her own hands (literally) and decided to find a way to heal her hand pain without surgery. Today she is pain free and knits eight to fifteen hours a day – you read that right – she knits 8-15 HOURS A DAY!

If you’re a knitter or crocheter with hand pain, Colette has some great advice based on her own research and experience.  Here’s her story, plus suggestions for those of you who have hand pain, including some surprising tips about how to sit, how to sleep and exercises that could make help you continue to enjoy the crafts you love so much.

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Yarn Lovers, It’s Your Kind Of Year – Year of the Sheep!

February 16th, 2015

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The Chinese New Year is represented by a rotating cycle of twelve animals. There are years named for dragons, and others named for dogs, snakes, and even rats!  This new year, which begins on February 19th, is the Year Of the Sheep!  It’s the cutest animal and the yarniest animal … definite reasons to celebrate. If you’re giving a baby gift to a baby born in the next twelve months, this is the gift – try our Little Lamb Sock Critter as your first project for the new year!

Below are a few of our favorite sheep-inspired patterns for your knitting and crochet enjoyment this year!

Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Little Lamb Knit Cabled Sheep Knit Fluffy Little Sheep
Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Little Lamb
Knit Cabled Sheep Knit Fluffy Little Sheep

5 Knit and Crochet and Yarn Trends for 2015

December 23rd, 2014

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1. Big Yarns: Fast Finish Projects


Our number one trend prediction for 2014 (Big, Bigger, Better) was right on target and will continue to be one of the most important trends in 2015. This year we’ll be seeing more chunky knits and fast-finish crochet projects as the most popular yarns of the last year continue to be important. In our line, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland Thick & Quick® and Country® are all category 6 super bulky weight yarns that make your projects work up quickly while being on-trend with lush, big stitches. Big yarns not only work up quickly but they also have rich texture and great stitch definition that you don’t usually see in store bought items. With the maker revolution in full swing, crafters want show that their work was made by a human being!


2015 Pantone Color Of The Year: Marsala

December 19th, 2014

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Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_ChipDrivePantone is a global color authority, located in Carlstadt, NJ (coincidentally, Carlstadt is also the home of Lion Brand’s corporate offices). Many industries use Pantone’s service to determine which colors to feature on their products – everything from housewares to fabrics.

How is the color of the year determined? The experts at Pantone immerse themselves in the culture, pulling together colors that organically seem to pop up everywhere. They find the common denominator and it is then identified as the most important color trend for the next year.  Pantone also considers how the meaning of the color relates to cultural events and the overall mood at the time.

The color for 2015 is Marsala, a rich, deep color that indicates stability. It’s wonderful for fashion because it is flattering against many skin tones and appeals to both men and women. Spotted on the runways this past season, Marsala is an earthy, 70s throwback, basic, and a neutral color that makes an interesting alternative to black, grey and off-white. In a wardrobe, this color is considered a staple, and it’s wonderful as an accent in the warmer months.


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Hometown USA®
El Paso Autumn
LB Collection Stainless Steel Wool Woolspun in RUst LB Collection Superwash Merino in Mahogany Root Beer
LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel
Lion’s Pride®® Woolspun
LB Collection® Superwash Merino
Root Beer
Superwash Merino Cashmere Burgundy Cocoa WETQ Sequoia
Superwash Merino Cashmere
Vanna’s Choice®
Wool-Ease® Thick
& Quick®