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Practice Slip Stitch Knitting With These 6 Patterns!

July 2nd, 2014

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One of my favorite things about working with yarn is that I can make amazingly textured garments with just a few strands.  That’s also is why I love using slip stitches – this technique is very simple and it allowed me to create detailed colorwork and textures at the same time.

You can make detailed stripes like in our Slip Stitch Pom Scarf and Hat or experiment with stitches and patterns in our Mosaic Tote. Use a variety of colors with Vanna’s Palettes or BonBons or even a color-changing yarn for a gradient effect – I recommend Landscapes®, Tweed Stripes®, and Unique.

Here are some of our new patterns that also use the slip stitch technique.

Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote Slip Stitch Pom Scarf Modern Luncheon Mats
Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote Slip Stitch Pom Scarf Modern Luncheon Mats
Textured Cowl Slip Stitch Pom Hat Concerto Cowl
Textured Cowl Slip Stitch Pom Hat Concerto Cowl

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Get Ready for Summer With These 9 Kitchen Cotton Projects!

June 18th, 2014

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As the weather gets warmer, we often make the switch to working on smaller, light-weight projects like market totes, kitchen items, and lacy shrugs.  Kitchen Cotton is a great summer yarn to use when it’s too warm for wool. It’s made of 100% cotton that’s super absorbent, and exceptionally durable – perfect for kitchen and bath accessories that need to be more sturdy.

Best of all, it’s on sale at 15% off for the month of June.

See below for our most popular Kitchen Cotton projects!

Crochet Hexagon Market Bag Knit Bright Stripes Dishcloths Crochet Shaped Washcloth
Crochet Hexagon Market Bag Knit Bright Stripes Dishcloths Crochet Shaped Washcloth
Knit & Crochet Soap Bags Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket Knit Slip Stitch  MosaicTote
Knit & Crochet Soap Bags Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Blanket Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote
Cross Stitched Cloths Knit Modern Luncheon Mats Open Air Shrug
Cross-Stitched Cloths Knit Modern Luncheon Mats 4 Ball Market Bag

For more information on Kitchen Cotton and other cotton yarns, we’ve also have some great tips when you’re working with this yarn.


Show your love of Americana crafts with these 9 patterns!

June 11th, 2014

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There’s something about the color combination of red, white, and blue.  It has the power to make you feel bold, confident, and most of all, proud. With the 4th of July coming up in a few weeks, we’re celebrating the American spirit in the best way we know how – by crafting up a storm!

To represent your love for American-made items (and ours too!), we’re offering a 20% discount on all of our Made in the USA yarns like Country®, Heartland, Hometown USA®, Kitchen Cotton, and, one of our newest yarns, Quickie!

You can check out more of our American-made yarns here.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite Lion Brand patterns that capture the American spirit best:

Loom Woven Placemats Crochet Flag Headband Knit Lion Country Afghan
Loom Woven Placemats in Hometown USA® Crochet Flag Headband in Heartland Knit Americana Afghan in Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet 4th of July Potholders Knit Independence Day Kerchief Crochet 4th of July Garland
Crochet 4th of July Potholders in Cotton-Ease® Knit Independence Day Kerchief
in Vanna’s Glamour®
Crochet 4th of July Garland in Cotton-Ease®
Knit Flag Pullover Crochet Independence Day Table Mats Crochet Americana Afghan
Knit Flag Pullover in Heartland Crochet Independence Day Table Mats in Kitchen Cotton Crochet Americana Afghan in Heartland

What will you be making that’s red, white, and blue?


Train Your Own Little Dragon(s) with The Dragon Slayer Hood and Dog Sweater

June 6th, 2014

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out next Friday and we’re so excited! Are you excited?

To mark the day, here are two fantastic new dragon-themed patterns for you. Kids will love seed stitch dragon scales on The Dragon Slayer Hood and just for fun, make The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater for the family pooch – they’ll be off having backyard adventures together before you know it.

Both Dragon Slayer patterns are made with Vanna’s Choice® yarn, which means you have a wide variety of color combinations to choose from.


Make a Your Own Flower Bouquet using Bonbons Yarn!

May 28th, 2014

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During the summer months I prefer to work on smaller projects – something that I can complete in a day or so.

When I saw a crochet flower pattern on one of Lion Brand’s Pinterest boards, I knew it would be the perfect project for Bonbons. I decided on the “Nature” combination because of the variety of floral color combinations I could do with just one package.

Even though Bonbons are small skeins of yarn, they go a long way! As you can see I’ve finished a few and I still have some leftover for several more! Flowers are great for embellishing solid color cardigans, shawls, and scarves. Or even a bouquet or corsage for special occasions like weddings or proms.

For more fun projects with Bonbons, I’ve collected some of my favorite flowers patterns below:

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Knit Morning Glory Crochet Apple Blossom Knit Field Poppy
tradescantiasmall rosesmall lilysmall
Crochet Tradescantia Knit Rose Crochet Lily of the Valley

Check out even more flower patterns on Stitchfinder.


Father’s Day Ideas for 6 Different Dads

May 18th, 2014

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Lion Brand’s Patternfinder is filled with gift ideas for that special dad in your life. Whether he loves watching the game on Sunday or spending quiet time with a good book, we have a craft project that you can make just for him. And like most dads, he will appreciate a handmade gift because it’s made with love.
Father’s Day is June 15th. I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas that would suit any type of dad, so start browsing now and get started crafting for dear old dad.

Knit Ipad Cozy Crochet Touchdown Hat and Scarf Set  petloverdad
Knit Tablet(iPad) Fair Isle Tech Vest – for the hi-tech Dad Crochet Touchdown Hat and Scarf Set – for the sports Dad Knit the Sports Nut Hat and Dog Sweater – for the pet-lover Dad
Knit Travelin; man Shoe Covers Crochet Super Hero Blanket Knit Compact Car Blanket
Knit Travelin’ Man Shoe Covers – for the on-the-go Dad Little Super Hero Blanket (lapghan for adults)- for the comics-lover Dad Knit Compact Car Blanket – for the “no-presents” Dad

If you still stumped at what to make, we have some great tips to help you brainstorm.


April Popular Patterns

May 9th, 2014

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April showers bring May … projects? It seems so! Rainy days are perfect for crafting, and by the looks of it you loved working on the Simple Shrug, which is a great accessory for any kind of weather and the most popular pattern for April!

With the warmer weather we also think about soft and lacy things, as you can see below. Browse below for other patterns that were popular during the month of April.

Happy Crafting!

Crochet Golightly Tote Crochet Baby Blankie Knit Speckled Shrug
Crochet Golightly Tote Crochet Baby Blankie Knit Speckled Shrug
Knit Lacework Cardigan Scallop Crochet Scarf Crochet Celtic Afghan
Knit Lacework Cardigan Scallop Crochet Scarf Crochet Celtic Afghan
Knit Sutter's Mill Throw Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter
Knit Sutter Mill’s Throw Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter

Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Embellishments!

April 30th, 2014

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Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Taj Mahal; model wearing crochet Knit Embellished Pullover

Crafting is not just for cold months, but all year round. Warmer weather is the time for lacy projects and it’s also a great time to make garments brand-new with small embellishments.

Which brings us to our next stop in Lion Brand’s 7 Wonders of the Yarn World series: Embellishments and the Taj Mahal. Earlier this year we asked Nathan Vincent to create fiber art sculptures that incorporated seven different yarn techniques and to associate each with one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Previously in this series we’ve covered textures, stripes and chevrons, and cables.

Nathan’s recreation of the Taj Mahal represents this yarn technique well because of its attention to detail.

An embellishment can be anything from a simple ruffle or fur trim to a scarf made with our array of self-striping yarns like Unique and Tweed Stripes® to a complex embroidery pattern. Lion Brand’s Bonbons yarn is perfect for embroidery and embellishing larger projects like afghans and sweaters.

Below are some of amazing designs that use embellishments to make them even better!

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Knit Abstracted Lion Pullover Knit Embroidered Slouch Hat
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Openwork Crochet Shrug
Crochet Flower Power Hat
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Knit Modular Cowl
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My First Collared Raglan Cardigan
Knit Garden Fantasy Afghan

9 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day!

April 25th, 2014

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With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, there’s a great opportunity to thank the person who nurtured you and who may have even taught you how to knit or crochet. She could be your aunt, your grandmother, or, of course, your mother — so make a handmade gift to show how much you appreciate her and the time she’s spent with you over the years.

If you’re like myself, you have an abundance of wishlist items, so to help narrow it down, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that are great for gifting:

Crochet Romantic Lacy Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit and Crochet Tunic
Crochet Romantic Lacey Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit & Crochet Tunic
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug

What will you be making?


A Great Giveaway Just In Time for Mother’s Day!

April 23rd, 2014

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Update: Congratulations to our winners, Dixie I., Karen C., and Jamie T.! Check your email for a message from us about collecting your prizes!

Some of my favorite garments to crochet are shawls, or wraps if you prefer to call them that, because of how easy they are to throw over your shoulders whenever there’s a slight chill … and that’s why I’m extremely excited to announce this great giveaway, courtesy of Stackpole Books and Tammy Hildebrand:

Crochet Wraps: Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand features 18 original designs for you to try for yourself or make a gift just in time for Mother’s Day! We’re selecting 3 lucky winners who will receive a copy of the book, as well as enough LB Collection® Silk Mohair to make the Purple Passion wrap, a pattern we’ve made available to our readers here.

Contest ends May 7th, so enter now and good luck!

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