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FLASH SALE! Save 25% on Select Bags at lionbrand.com

November 22nd, 2014

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Save 25% on select bags – perfect gifts for the knitters and crocheters in your life!

Project+ Tote Bag: Knit Purl Print Small Project Bag: Crafty Girl Sock Plus Bag: Leap Frogging Pippa Yarn Dispenser: Navy Pop
Project+ Tote Bag: Knit Purl Print Small Project Bag: Crafty Girl Print Small Project Bag: Leap Frogging Sheep Print Pippa Yarn Dispenser: Navy Pop

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8 Quick and Easy Projects for A Handmade Thanksgiving!

November 16th, 2014

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Thanksgiving is often the best time to get the family together — how about having a Pre-Thanksgiving crafting hour!? It’s also a great way to keep kids occupied, as you and the rest of the family make preparations for the main event.

Kids can decide what kind of fruit and vegetables go into the Cornucopia. Show them how to wrap yarn to make the Pompom turkey. Or my all-time favorite: play hide and seek with your very own Tom Turkey while waiting for guests to arrive or food to be served!

Display finished works in the hallway, living room, or dining room table for a handmade centerpiece that makes a great conversation starter at dinnertime. I’ve selected a few quick and easy inspirational projects to get you started on your handmade Thanksgiving:

Pom Pom Turkey Thanksgiving Gourds Thanksgiving Fruit Ornaments Crochet Napkin Rings
Pom Pom Turkey Crochet Thanksgiving Gourds Thanksgiving Fruit Ornaments Crochet Napkin Rings
Cornucopia Knit Leaf Strewn Table Runner Crochet Tom Turkey Thanksgiving Wreath
Crochet Cornucopia Knit Leaf Strewn Table Runner Crochet Tom Turkey Thanksgiving Wreath

Are you incorporating any handmade items for Thanksgiving? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.


Beat the Chill with 10 Popular Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Patterns

November 4th, 2014

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Winter is coming and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is the perfect yarn for colder weather. It’s a super bulky version of Wool-Ease® and it has the feel, warmth and softness of wool, with the easy care of acrylic – it’s also perfect for those who are normally allergic to real wool!

This is a great yarn to use when you’re learning how to knit: it works up quickly and easily for projects like sweaters, jackets, vests, slippers, hats, and, of course, scarves.

Two of our most popular projects use this yarn: our Hunger Games-inspired cowl, the District 12 Cowl Wrap, and one of our most popular sweaters, the Striped Boyfriend Cardigan!

AND For the entire month of November, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is 20% off the original price!

Find some inspiration in the collection below and for more free patterns, search Patternfinder – it’s time to get knitting and crocheting!

District 12 Cowl Wrap Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat Simple Knit Hat
Knit District 12 Cowl Wrap Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat Knit Simple Hat

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9 Tutorials for Every Knitter and Crocheter to Try!

October 27th, 2014

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Beyond bringing you new patterns and reporting on the latest knit and crochet trends each week, Lion Brand also provides numerous tutorials on techniques and methods all knitters and crocheter should know about (and try at least once!). 

Tutorials are a great method of learning – for knitters and crocheters who are just learning the basic, to experienced crafters who want step-by-step visuals to master a new technique.

Bottom line, tutorials are a great way to learn new skills that will help you on future knitting and crochet projects!

Here is a collection of our most popular tutorials:

For more step by step instructions, look under our Tutorials and Tips & How To sections of the blog.  And for those learning how to knit or crochet, our Stitchfinder is also a great resource!


Enter to Win Lion Brand Tweed Stripes® Yarn!

October 15th, 2014

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Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf
Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf Set

Tweed Stripes® is a bulky yarn that works up in a lightweight fabric – it’s great for a transitional project for fall, like a hat and scarf set!

Lion Brand’s yarn of the month for October is Tweed Stripes® – which you can currently buy now for 20% off the original price.

In addition, we’re also offering a great giveaway for you too! We’re picking 3 winners who will receive enough Tweed Stripes® yarn of their choice to crochet the Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set or knit the Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf Set.

Contest ends October 31st, so enter now and good luck!

Rules and Guidelines:
1. Entries must be received by October 31st, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. One person per entry

*All winners will be announced on the blog and social media. If you do not respond to the e-mail indicating that you were selected as the winner within 7 days, another winner will be selected to receive the prize

If the form below does not work for you, please click here to the link.

Looking for more patterns to make with Tweed Stripes®? Click here.


10 Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns from September!

October 14th, 2014

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You can tell a lot by the popularity of our patterns – it’s like palm reading (or pattern reading, in this case). With the weather getting colder we’ve noticed people are leaning towards heavier cover-ups like the Glamour Jacket and the Simple Shrug. The garments are made with our loftier yarns: Heartland Thick & Quick®, Homespun®, and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®. One of our new yarns, Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® (exclusively sold at Micheals and Lion Brand) was a big hit – the Level 1 Crocheted Cardigan was our most popular project!

A big surprise in September: people still loved our District 12 Cowl Wrap! Inspired by the Hunger Games films, this pattern (in knit and crochet versions) was a big hit last year.

For more inspiration, we’re featuring your favorite projects from Steptember:

Knit Cocoon Cape Crochet Urban Nomad Tunic and Cowl Knit Glamour Jacket
Knit Cocoon Cape Crochet Urban Nomad Tunic and Cowl Knit Glamour Jacket

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10 Popular Projects Using Tweed Stripes!

October 6th, 2014

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Tweed Stripes® is one of our self-striping yarns composed of radiant colorways. Though categorized as a bulky weight, you’ll find it’s a yarn that stitches up in a cozy, lightweight fabric — great for sweaters, scarves, accessories and more. A few simple stitches go a long way — the color gradient does most of the work, making it a great yarn for beginners.

Whether you’re knitting or crocheting something for a child or an adult, there’s a Tweed Stripes colorway for everyone — Mixed Berries, Tundra, Ozark Forest, Popsicle, Apple Mint, and Limeade!

And now until October 31st, you can buy Tweed Stripes for 20% off the original price.

Below are several of our favorite patterns that use Tweed Stripes — enjoy!

Knit Basic Shrug Cowl Neck Poncho Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf
Knit Basic Shrug Crochet Cowl Neck Poncho Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf
Crochet Seashell Poncho Knit Sweet Dreams Baby Cocoon and Hat Set Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet Seashell Poncho Knit  Sweet Dreams Baby Cocoon and Hat Set Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Knit Soft, Easy Baby Throw Crochet Tablet Cozy Knit Caramel Swirl Hat
Knit Soft, Easy Baby Throw Crochet Tablet Cozy Knit Caramel Swirl Hat

10 Halloween Patterns You Can Use All Winter Long!

October 1st, 2014

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When I knit or crochet, I typically choose patterns that are very versatile – this includes themed projects like one you might make for Halloween.

So it’s no surprise that I really love patterns like the Fuzzy Bear Hood – which, incidentally, is Lion Brand’s most popular pattern for Halloween! Your little one could wear his/her favorite outfit with this hood and they’d be set for a night of Trick or Treating or a play date with a cherished friend. The same idea can be applied to the Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers. Stuff Genie the Ghost and the Candy Corn Amigurumi with catnip and have a treat toy  for your favorite black cat — or wait a few months to hang them on your Christmas tree!

Even the Fairy Wings and Tutu patterns are great for pretend dress up anytime!

Check out some of our most popular patterns for Halloween below:

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Knit Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers Crochet Amigurumi Black Cat Door Stopper Crochet Genie the Ghost

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4 Matching Costume Sets for Kids and Pets!

September 24th, 2014

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Knit Octopus Poncho Knit Octopus Dog Costume
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Knit Octopus Poncho and Knit Octopus Dog Costume set.

Halloween is a family affair – so include your dog! To make it easy to do, we’ve put together an adorable collection of matching costume sets for your child and your dog. Think of the photo opportunities!

Check out some of the fun pairings below:

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Meet Our Newest Made in America Yarn, Country®!

September 23rd, 2014

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It’s the first day of fall – a perfect day to introduce one of Lion Brand®‘s newest super-bulky yarns, Country®! A classic 2-ply super bulky yarn, this silky roving combines a palette of painterly striping colors with contrasting solid black or off-white shades. The colorways are aptly named after iconic American symbols and landmarks: Adirondack GreenLobster, Campfire, Hampton Sunset, New England Granite, and Nantucket, just to name a few.

This soft, lofty yarn has the look of a hearty wool, and is ideal for fast finish projects, afghans and chunky accessories. It’s 100% premium acrylic with the touch and feel of real wool, making it a great alternative for people who are sensitive to natural fibers.

I love how this yarn’s striping effect adds life and texture to projects. To see what I mean, take a look at the Side to Side Cardigan and the Tasseled Hooded Cowl below. Gorgeous!

Best of all,  Country® is made in America!

Below is a selection of my favorite patterns which use Country® . Click here for more patterns that use this hearty yarn.

Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl Knit Riding Jacket
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl. Knit Riding Jacket

In love with American-made yarns? Lion Brand has a large selection of yarns made in USA.

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