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8 Knit & Crochet Patterns To Celebrate the Season Finale of Downton Abbey!

March 1st, 2015

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Downton Abbey finishes up it’s 5th season tonight and I can’t wait to see all the 1920s fashions. Downton’s fabulous fashion sense was always a big draw for me because I just love vintage styles. As I’m gearing up to watch this last episode, I’m making a list of patterns that I think would fit a few of my of my favorite characters from the show.

Check out what I’ve picked out below for characters past and present:

Embellished Beanie Cable Vest Textured Raglan Jacket Shaped Cable Top
This Embellished Beanie in Homespun® would look great if you had a bob like Lady Mary. Little George would look very handsome in this Cabled
Vest in Cotton-Ease®.
I can picture any of the upstairs Downton women wearing this Textured Raglan Jacket in LB Collection® Organic Wool! Lady Rose often sports a very simple and stylish look on the show- making the Shaped Cabled Top in LB Collection® Superwash Merino a perfect fit for her!
Vegan Fur Poncho cloche Knit Vintage Glam Turban  
Lady Sybil was a very empathetic character, so this Vegan Fur Poncho in Pelt® would be just perfect for her … if faux fur existed back then. This  Flapper Hat  would be great for any of the ladies of Downton Abbey – upstairs or downstairs. Make it with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® for a very cozy and stylish hat to wear. (note: this is a paid pattern)  Cora’s mother is a very fashion-forward woman and would definitely be seen wearing this Vintage Glam Turban in Vanna’s Glamour®.  This Car Coat in Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® is perfect for any lady who’s heading up to London for business or pleasure.

Crochet a Chelsea Morning Cowl in two movies or less!

February 24th, 2015

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Lion Brand®‘s LB Collection® Silk Chiffon Ribbon is made from recycled silk sari fabric and I just love it. As a big fan of mori girl fashion – a Japanese street-style that focuses on forest-like aesthetics, layering, and upcycling – this handcut, artisanal yarn is a dream come true.

Thinking about the colder weather, I used the yarn to create a garment I call the “Chelsea Morning Cowl“. With some help from our Design department, I’ve made this pattern available to you so you can make one yourself!

Since each skein of Silk Chiffon Ribbon is one-of-a-kind, I decided to pair it with Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® in the color Grey Marble – it’s a good neutral to use to emphasize the color scheme of the Silk Chiffon Ribbon. My skein featured beautiful blues and purples.

Mori girl focuses a lot on layering, so I created an eyelet design to highlight an outfit underneath the cowl. Since I’m a petite person, I normally wear it as a cape.

The best part of this pattern? It’s a super quick project and can be finished in under four hours – that’s about two movies or four episodes of your favorite television show!


16 Tips and Tricks for Beginner Knitters!

February 23rd, 2015

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As a person who’s just learning to knit, I find Lion Brand’s Learning Center to be very useful because of the step-by-step-videos that I can rewind as many times as I need to get a stitch right. In addition to the Learning Center, the Lion Brand® blog is another great resource for tips and little-known tricks to make knitting even more enjoyable.

Whether you’re just learning to knit or would like to try a different method of casting on, check out these great posts:

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Inspired by New England, Lion Brand’s “Country” yarn changes like the weather!

February 21st, 2015

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:: cant’ see the video above? click here: http://youtu.be/HL0oKnVDfBo ::

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Mark Twain

Our American-made yarns draw inspiration from cherished American landscapes. Country®, for instance, is inspired by New England’s picturesque scenery.  And like New England, where the weather can change if you just wait awhile, this striped yarn creates an unexpected but stunning heathered fabric as you knit or crochet with it.

It’s super bulky which means it works up quickly and keeps you warm at the same time, especially if you’re working on a large project like the Subtle Stripes Afghan.

It’s the perfect yarn to get you through the last few weeks of bitter cold and snow. Knit up an afghan inspired by your favorite vacation towns with Kennebunk Teal or Mystic Purple or crochet a last-minute winter accessory.

Below is a collection of our favorite Country® patterns:

Knit Colorblock Slipover Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer Knit Side to Side Sleeveless Cardi Crochet Subtle Stripes Afghan
Knit Colorblock Slipover Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer Knit Side to Side Sleeveless Cardi Crochet Subtle Stripes Afghan
Crochet Rocky Hill Poncho Knit Mountain Mittens Crochet Stonework Afghan Knit Nantucket Hat
Crochet Rocky Hill Poncho Knit Mountain Mittens Crochet Stonework Afghan Knit Nantucket Hat

8 Things To Think About Before Starting Your Next Knit or Crochet Project

February 9th, 2015

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8-things-to-think-about-kcprojectSo you’ve finished a project and are ready to a start new one – congratulations!

Whether you plan to knit a hat or crochet your first vest or tackle a new stitch, there are a few things you can think about before you pick up a hook or needle.

A great place to get started is reading Lion Brand’s nine-part series Cracking the (Pattern) Code. You’ll learn about choosing the right yarns and tools, how to check your gauge, how to read patterns and more.

From there, you may want to continue on to more advanced topics and helpful tips like the ones below:

Are there any pre-planning ideas you recommend before starting a project? Share with us below!

:: Pattern seen in the picture above is the Moody Blue Bag made in Fettuccini® Yarn.


Until February 28th, Save 20% on Homespun!

February 1st, 2015

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Homespun® is a soft, silky roving textured yarn that works up quickly and easily. From shawls to sweaters to throws, this yarn can’t be beat for softness and sheer touch-ability. With solids, heathers, and beautiful self-striping ‘painterly’ colors, Homespun® comes in gorgeous shades you’ll love.

With names like Clouds, Herb Garden, Parfait, Sundae Stripes, Abalone, Fiesta, and Mixed Berries it’s hard to choose just one. Best of all for the entire month of February you can purchase Homespun® for 20% off the original price!

Check out our lookbook below for project inspiration:


8 Projects You Won’t Believe Are Crochet!

January 28th, 2015

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As a crocheter, I’ve always wanted to knit because I love ribbed and welted textures. I’m learning, but it’ll be awhile before I’m confident enough to knit a sweater … so in the meantime, I’ll share some recent crochet projects from Lion Brand’s Patternfinder that I initially mistook for knit — perfect projects for a crocheter like myself!

There are a two common techniques you can use to create a knit effect in crochet.  You can work horizontally, like in the Tiered Tunic, to give the fabric-like appearance you often see in knitting. Or, another technique is to use front and back post stitches to create the ribbed look you see in the Split Collar Capelet.

Below is a collections of my favorite patterns to get you started:

Tied Tunic Crochet Breezy Scarf Earthy Crocheted Hat Split Collar Capelet
Tiered Tunic
in Homespun®
Breezy Scarf in Hometown USA® Earthy Crocheted Hat
in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes
Split Collar Capelet
in Homespun®
My First Circle #Scarfie Ripple Bolero Simple Shrug Pom Beret
My First Circle #Scarfie in Wool-Ease® Thick &
Quick®
Ripple Bolero
in Heartland
Simple Shrug
in Unique
Pom Beret
in Landscapes®

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?

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