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

December 20th, 2014

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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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20 Projects Featuring Heartland, December’s Yarn of the Month!

December 11th, 2014

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As you can probably tell by the name, Heartland is inspired by prominent American landmarks and landscapes — Kings Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Glacier Bay, and Shenandoah to name a few. Composed of deep heathered and even tweed shades, I often refer to them as jewel-like because of the yarn’s vibrant colors. It is an easy-care yarn perfect for garments, afghans and accessories for kids and adults – best of all Heartland is made in the USA!

Even better, from now until the end of December, Heartland is 20% off!

There are many wonderful patterns that use this yarn — and many are just perfect for the holiday season.

Below you’ll find a lookbook of our favorites. Want more? Visit lionbrand.com.


13 Gifts You Can Make with 2 Balls of Yarn or Less

December 8th, 2014

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Every year I participate in a handmade Secret Santa gift exchange. Working at Lion Brand has definitely inspired me to learn to knit, and as a person who usually crochets, I wanted to make something different and challenging this year.

I found the Ribbed Bolero pattern to be a good place to start. It’s a good beginner project to both improve knitting skills, and to make a great gift at the same time. It’s just like making a scarf — just much wider and folded in half.  This pattern is perfect as I had also been looking for a 2-ball project that uses Homespun®.

One of the many skills I gained from this project was learning to differentiate between a stockinette (which the pattern called for) and a garter stitch (which I accidentally did). I was surprised (and relieved) that it still looked similar the picture, except with a different stitch – and it only cost $15!

Below I’ve selected several 2-ball projects that will let you practice your craft and make a great handmade gift at the same time. Let the gift knitting begin!

Knit His or Her Hat Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash
Knit His or Her Hat Crochet Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash

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12 Patterns Featuring Color and Texture – Perfect Baby Gifts!

December 4th, 2014

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Two of my good friends have recently had babies and while I’m still thinking about making gifts for my friends, I’m also thinking of their newborns this holiday season.

I love making baby gifts that are colorful or have a lot of texture – the extraordinary color palette of Modern Baby® is one of my favorite yarns for color, and for a touchable pattern with lots of texture, I always come back to the symbolic Tree of Life Afghan.  

Earlier this year, when Lion Brand introduced its newest yarn, Ice Cream, I got excited about the Confetti Color Blanket – the variegated colors and knitted indentations give it a touchable, fabric-like appearance – a delightful combination of both color and texture!

To inspire you this holiday season, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that feature color and texture:

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Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks
Knit Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks

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Make a Zodiac Scarf for Capricorn Birthdays!

December 1st, 2014

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capricorn-zodiacIf you were born between December 22 and January 19, your zodiac sign is Capricorn. The Capricorn crafter is known to be very familiar with every stitch, their yarn stash is extremely organized, and their project wishlist is always completed.

As perfectionists, Capricorns love to try new stitches and projects and will practice their craft until they get it just right … before moving onto something more challenging. capricorn-sign

Capricorns might appear to be private about their crafting habits, but it’s actually that they are very shy. When it comes to displaying their feelings and emotions, they like to show their caring nature through handmade gifts – discreetly.

Show your favorite Capricorn how much you care with knit or crochet zodiac scarf in colors to match their amazing characteristics: charcoal grey for practicality, grey marble for ambition, barley for resourcefulness, and oatmeal for discipline.

Get the patterns for both knit and crochet!

Don’t know a Capricorn?  Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.


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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