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2 Teams, 2 Scarves – Arm Knit for the BIG GAME with Hometown USA!

January 26th, 2015

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When it comes to sports and knitting to show team spirit, I immediately think of Hometown USA®. The bright, bold primary color palette is right for any sports fan. Whether cheering for your NFL favorite or your local Pop Warner team – this easy care, machine washable yarn is perfect for team-supporting projects.

Our Winning Team Cowls are here, just in time for the BIG GAME on February 1st!

Arm-knit a scarf to support the Seattle Seahawks!

Dallas Grey Green Bay San Diego Navy
Dallas Grey Green Bay San Diego Navy

Arm-knit a scarf to support the New England Patriots!

New York White San Diego Navy Dallas Grey Tampa Spice
New York White San Diego Navy Dallas Grey Tampa Spice

Which team are you knitting for?


6 Projects to Celebrate The Big Game!

January 20th, 2015

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The Seattle Seahawks will defend their championship title against the New England Patriots at the Big Game this year – arm knit a scarf to show your support … or if you’re a New England fan, how about a scarf in the Patriots’ team colors?

Whether you’re a big football fan or know a fan who’s planning to watch the game, it’s a great excuse to knit or crochet! I’ve selected some patterns below that are perfect for showing your team spirit on February 1st:

Crochet Footbal Booties Go Seahawks Arm Knit Scarf Crochet Big Game Cup Cozies
Crochet Football Booties Go Seahawks Arm Knit Scarf Crochet Big Game Cup Cozies
Knit Car Blanket School Colors Hat and Scarf Set Knit The Patriot Scarf
Knit Compact Car Blanket Crochet School Colors Hat and Scarf Set Knit Patriot Scarf

8 New Knit and Crochet Patterns to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

January 16th, 2015

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When I saw these new Valentine’s Day patterns, I immediately thought of Galentine’s Day! For those of you not in the know, it’s the “holiday” that falls on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. It was created by the sitcom Parks and Recreations to celebrate the amazing women in your life, whether they’re single or not!

Galentine’s or Valentine’s, these new patterns are perfect for whatever date you choose to celebrate — the Cabled Heart Boot Cuffs for the friend who loves tall boots; the Heartfelt Cozy for the friend who likes to accessorize their phone; the Warm Heart Cup Cozy for the friends who meet up for coffee regularly; and the Valentine’s Day Gift Bag for someone who loves sweets.

Below is a collection of our newest Valentine’s Day patterns – enjoy!

Crochet Valentine's Day Gift Bag Crochet Valentine's Warm Heart Cup Cozy vdaybootcuffs Heart Key Chain
Crochet Valentine’s Day Gift Bag
in Modern Baby®
Crochet Warm Heart Cup Cozy
in Kitchen Cotton®
Knit Cabled Heart Boot Cuff
in Vanna’s Choice®
( 20% off until the end of January)
Heart Key Chain
in Kitchen Cotton®
crochet-necklace Crochet Heartfelt Phone Cozy Crochet Valentine Scarf vday-bootie
Crochet Hearts Aligned Necklace
in Vanna’s Glamour®
(20% off until the end of January)
Crochet Heartfelt Phone Cozy
in Modern Baby®
Crochet Valentine Scarf
in Vanna’s Glamour®
(20% off until the end of January)
Crochet Baby Love Booties
in Vanna’s Choice®
(20% off until the end of January)

Search under “Valentine’s Day” on our Patternfinder for more great Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day related ideas. What will you be making?


Lion Brand’s Top 10 Tutorials from 2014!

January 6th, 2015

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“How to Knit” and “How to Crochet” were ranked as two of the Top 5 Google Searches for How-Tos in 2014 — so if you haven’t decided on a new year’s resolution yet, why not learn to knit or crochet?

There’s a reason why these two crafts have become so popular.  Research (and lots of anecdotal evidence) tells us that knitting and crocheting helps to relieve stress, makes it easier to get through difficult times, and helps us to feel more productive.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a long time knitter or crocheter who wants to improve your skills, we have plenty of resources to help you learn.  In addition to Stitchfinder, an amazing collection of stitch explanations for over 200 knit and crochet stitches, our blog is another great place to find tutorials and tips, as well as articles on how knitting and crochet are great for your health.

Check out our most popular tutorials from 2014:

  1. How to Russian Join Yarn in 7 Easy Steps
  2. Video: How to Arm Knit
  3. Make a Simple Shrug with Yolanda Soto-Lopez
  4. The Ups and Downs of Knitting: Counting Your Rows
  5. Make an Infinity Scarf in 30 Minutes with Audra Kurtz
  6. What is Fingering/Sock/Sport/DK/Worsted…Weight Yarn
  7. Keep Yarn Organized: Learn How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball By Hand
  8. How to Crochet Broomstick Lace
  9. Unlock the Secrets of Crochet Cables
  10. How to Use Stitch Markers

What’s your crafting resolution for 2015?


Top 10 Most Popular Patterns from 2014!

December 31st, 2014

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As we wrap up 2014, we noticed this past year was the “year of the afghan” for crafters.  Whether it was knit or crochet, a lot of you found afghans to be the best project to satisfy your knitting or crochet urges. You preferred creative patterns like the Zig Zag Throw and Slip Stitch Afghan, as well touchable textures like the Classic Cable Throw and Animal Talk Throw.

Last year we made a yarn prediction that crafters would use more American-made yarns. True to our prediction, our most popular pattern for 2014 was the Flag Afghan made with our American-made yarn, Heartland!

Another big surprise was you still loved our District 12 Cowl Wrap, a pattern inspired by the Hunger Games movies, which was our most popular pattern from 2013.

Check out below for all of our popular patterns from 2014 to inspire you in the new year!

District 12 Cowl Wrap Knit Zig Zag Throw Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Disctrict 12 Cowl Wrap Knit Zig Zag Throw Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Slip Stitch Afghan Knit Classic Cable Throw Knit Striped Boyfriend Cardigan
Knit Slip Stitch Afghan Knit Classic Cable Throw Knit Striped Boyfriend Cardigan
Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Simple Lace Shawl Knit Animal Talk Throw
Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Simple Lace Shawl Knit Animal Talk Throw

You Still Have Time to Knit a Quick & Easy Candy Cane Ornament!

December 24th, 2014

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The holidays are here and I just managed to put up my tiny Christmas tree. Much to my dismay, I somehow lost all of my candy cane ornaments! With some quick, last-minute thinking, I came up with the idea to make these cute knit candy canes using a package of Bonbons.

Check out my tutorial below to make your own.

P.S. Since I have a small Christmas tree, it only took two episodes of Downton Abbey to make about six candy canes! Which means an entire package could make at least two dozen!

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Be Eco-Conscious with our Newest Faux Fur Yarn, Pelt

December 21st, 2014

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Pelt is our newest faux fur yarn and it’s made in natural and dyed shades – great for fashion-forward accessories and garments.  For people who love our Fun Fur®, but prefer a yarn that is a bit more glamorous, Pelt is the yarn for you!

It’s the perfect yarn to use if you like the look and feel of real fur, but want to be eco-conscious. You can make textured projects like the Simple Hat, or you can use it as trim for items like the Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking and the Bristol Bay Hat.

Below, I’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns that use Pelt – enjoy!

Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Scarf Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter's Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur  Scarf Knit Simple Hat
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter’s Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur Scarf Knit Simple Hat

For more patterns using Pelt click here.


How to Make a Fluffy Pom Pom Topper in 4 Easy Steps!

December 20th, 2014

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This article series was featured previously in our Weekly Stitch newsletter. The Weekly Stitch features new products, tips, and more, so if you enjoy this article and would like more content like it, subscribe!

Wrap Your Gift with a Fluffy Pom Pom Topper

Make a big statement with a fluffy pom-pom! Make it one color for a classy look, or combine two colors for something bolder! Once the gift is unwrapped, the pom-pom can also be used as a luggage tag.

For this project, you will need yarn (for the gift on the left, we use Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in the color Fisherman, coupled with Vanna’s Glamour® in the color Diamond; and for the gift on the right we use Alpine Wool in the colors Chili and Olive), along with a pom-pom maker.  For the tutorial below we used Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Starlight.

To make your pom-pom follow the directions on the pom-pom maker package or see below on how to make one using cardboard.

Step 1

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Take a rectangular piece of cardboard about 2″ X 4″ and use scissors to cut two, half-inch slits. Cut a piece of yarn to a desired length — I cut mine about a foot to wrap around my present — and secure the ends in the slits.
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Dress with a Smile For Annie! 8 Cute Patterns for your Favorite Little Girl

December 17th, 2014

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The newest rendition of Annie comes out in theaters this Friday. Whether you grew up with the film or plan to see it for the first time – it’s a great movie to inspire little girls to believe in themselves.

One of my favorite songs from Annie is “You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” so in honor of my favorite song, here are a 8 patterns to inspire you to knit or crochet for your favorite little girl.

Crochet Next Generation Dress Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Crochet Next Generation Dress Knit Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripe Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cute Cardi
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cardi

10 Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns of November!

December 15th, 2014

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This past November, knitters and crocheters alike were deep in gift-making mode. Some of the most popular patterns focused on simple silhouettes like the Canyon Shrug and the Emily Bronte Topper. And whether it was a cat and mouse, reindeer or penguin, novelty mittens were also must-have addition to the project list.

It appears that colder weather was also on the minds of many – the Essential Fall Pullover, made with Heartland, took the lead as the most popular pattern to knit for November! Super-bulky yarns like Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick&Quick® were also popular, likely because they work up quickly and will bring you closer to finishing your gift list for friends and family faster.

Here is a collection of popular Lion Brand patterns that inspired crafters in the month of November:
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