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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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Tentacles and all, venture under the sea with this original
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.


Check out the latest Halloween Patterns from Lion Brand!

September 19th, 2014

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12 Spooky Pattners to Knit or Crochet

Our Design department has outdone themselves again. What I love about these patterns is that you can easily use them again and all year round – like the Meow Hat seen above, for instance. The Jolly Roger Poncho is perfect for “Talk like a Pirate Day” or a punk-style outfit. The Spooky Spider Afghan is a great gift for the kid who loves everything bug-related. I can easily imagine our Ghoulish Treat bag (we have a ghost version too!) hanging on a bedroom doorknob to scare away “unwanted” visitors once Trick or Treating is over. And you can leave the Autumns Leaves Wreath hanging on your door right up until the first snowfall!

I’ve selected some of my favorites below:

Crochet Bats and Cats Afghan Knit Jolly Roger Poncho Crochet Creepy Candy Cauldron
Crochet Bats and Cats Afghan Knit Jolly Roger Poncho Crochet Creepy Candy Cauldron

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Crochet Yourself an Out of the Box Friend!

September 12th, 2014

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In celebration of the fun new movie Boxtrolls, which will be in theaters on September 26th, we’ve got these cute little critters for you to crochet for (or with) your children. You’ve even got enough time to make some and bring along to the movie premiere!

Boxtrolls are shy trolls who live and hide in boxes (similar to turtles with their shells). Despite living in the sewers, these boxtrolls are actually just peculiar, yet sweet little characters who are more than what their name implies. The story of this movie originated from the beloved children’s book series, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, so it will be exciting to see this story come to life.

This boyfriend and girlfriend set (pictured) will be the perfect companion for anyone who is just as shy and quirky as the boxtrolls in the movie. Check out the Out of the Box Girlfriend and Out of the Box Boyfriend, and get started on a fun and unusual project.

P.S:  Make it super special by customizing it to for the person you’re making it for! Check out our previous post on making monograms.


Make a Zodiac Scarf for Libra Birthdays!

September 10th, 2014

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libra-zodiac-scarfPeople who have birthdays which fall between September 23 and October 22 are born under Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac. Commonly represented by scales, Libras are considered to be social and level-headed people.

zodiac-libraLibra crafters will stick with their favorite go-to patterns: they might change colors, make it a larger size, or use a different yarn, but they like making the same pattern over and again with repeated pleasure.

They can sometimes be mistaken for shy and reserved, but their feelings tend to come through in their handmade gifts. They love to socialize and can often be found crafting in public or at their local knitting (or crochet) circle.

The colors used in Libra’s zodiac scarf are inspired by opal, a gemstone associated with September birthdays. The scarf is composed of four shades of grey to complement Libra’s harmonious and balanced nature: silver heather for grace, linen for idealistic, silver blue, silver grey for dependability.

Tip the scales for a change- reward your favorite Libra for all their generous crafting with a personalized gift and crochet or knit them a zodiac scarf. They deserve it!

Don’t know a Libra? Check out our other zodiac scarves.

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