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Expert Tip: Make a Reference Schematic for YOUR Perfect Sweater

November 5th, 2013

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I’ve learned a ton of new skills and tricks from working at Lion Brand. One of my favorite tips comes from crochet designer Robyn Chachula. (I’ve interviewed her several times for our podcast, YarnCraftcheck out the first and second episodes featuring Robyn.)

Robyn says that you should create a schematic based on YOUR favorite sweater so that whenever you come across a pattern for a sweater that you like, you can check it against your reference schematic to see which areas of the pattern you might need to modify to fit your body better. I love it!

Need more help? Here are some resources on measuring your body:

[Schematic pictured: Knit Classic Nordic Pullover]


Wonderful Windows at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

November 3rd, 2013

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Over the last 5 years, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio has had some phenomenal displays. Every season, we feature a different fantastical scene, almost all created with yarn (and sometimes knitting needles and crochet hooks!). Watch this short video to take a look.

If you’re reading this blog post in your email or an RSS reader, please click on the title to view the full blog post and video on our website.

Join Us for a Celebration!

The store celebrates its 5th anniversary with a party on November 17th, and throughout the month of November, it will be offering special discounts. Visit its website for more details.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio
34 West 15th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York, New York 10011
LionBrandYarnStudio.com

An Upcoming Birthday: the Lion Brand Yarn Studio Turns 5!

October 24th, 2013

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One of my favorite things about working at our New York offices is that the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is just a short jaunt down the stairs—on the ground floor.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit, I highly recommend that you add it to your visiting-New-York-City to-do list. A showpiece space featuring fiber art, hundreds of shades of Lion Brand yarns, artisan tools, and dozens of classes—the Studio is more than a yarn store, it’s a love note to yarncrafters from Lion Brand, a haven from the busy New York City streets.

If you’re reading this blog post in your email or an RSS reader, please click on the title to view the full blog post and video on our website.

Join Us for a Celebration!

The store celebrates its 5th anniversary with a party on November 17th, and throughout the month of November, it will be offering special discounts. Visit its website for more details.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio
34 West 15th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York, New York 10011
LionBrandYarnStudio.com

Exclusive Pattern: Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

October 17th, 2013

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If you loved designer and artist Anna Hrachovec’s books of teeny adorable mochimochi (her little knitted creatures and creations), you’ll love her newest book of giant buddies—just released!

To celebrate, we’re sharing a super-sized version of her popular Petite Pencil, excerpted from the book. Click on the image for the pattern and click on the book cover for more info about it!

Arthur (Plush Pencil) designed by Anna Hrachovec Huge & Huggable Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec
Arthur: Knitted Plush Pencil Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

Want your own copy of the book? Look out for a giveaway in next week’s issue of The Weekly Stitch!


Crafter Stories: Knitting & Crocheting in Transit

October 15th, 2013

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passing time by ollesvensson, on Flickr

Over the last few months, we’ve been sharing stories from you, our readers, about your experiences knitting and crocheting in public. Today, I want to share a few crafting-in-transit stories that we’ve received:

I almost always crocheted when commuting to work on the Long Island Railroad. One day, the man sitting next to me said, “Wow, I haven’t seen anyone knitting in years!”

I replied, “You still haven’t—I’m crocheting.”
– Hazel in NY

Once I was knitting on the Long Island Rail Road when the conductor took my ticket without saying much. He came back a little while later, however, during a long stretch between stations. This burly guy wanted to show me his crocheting! I kept a straight face and admired his work, which was the kind of lacy doily that used to go on furniture. He must have learned this art at his grandmother’s knee.
– Ellen

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Expert Tip: How to Picture a Pattern in an Alternate Color

October 7th, 2013

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Working in the yarn industry, I constantly learn from the experts that I meet on the job. One of my favorite tips is from designer Sally Melville. (I’ve interviewed her twice for our podcast, YarnCraftcheck out the first and second episodes featuring Sally).

How often have you looked at a pattern and thought, “That’s definitely not my color”? Sally pointed out that sometimes the color choice deters us from a project that we would otherwise like!

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However, she said, it’s easier to picture the garment in other colors when it’s in black and white. Therefore, she recommended that you copy the photo in black and white (if you have access to a photo-copier) or, if you’re more high tech, you desaturate/grayscale the photo on your computer.

It’s great for solid designs, as well as multicolor designs (you can better picture them in a solid or in different color combinations). Use colored pencils or markers (or paint tools on your computer) to start shading in with colors that appeal to you!

What a great and easy tip!

[Pattern pictured: Knit Lush Collared Blue Cardi]


Colorfully Modern Crochet-Along: A Few Fabulous Finished Projects!

September 30th, 2013

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If you’re still working on your crochet-along project, don’t fret! There’s no time limit and the blog posts stay up here on our blog. But just in case you need a little more motivation, here are a few finished projects to inspire you!

Angie, amood on Ravelry, made her chic version in heathery Heartland yarn:

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Another Raveler, renizzardo, used the recommended colors for her stylish jacket:

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio Manager Michelle joined in on the fun too–she made her cardigan in Unique in Passion Fruit, Oceania, and Moonshadows and Vanna’s Choice in Espresso and Dark Grey Heather for a darker palette.

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Keep sharing your photos with us here and on Ravelry! We can’t wait to see your finished project!

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Video: Discover Over 5,000 Free Patterns to Knit, Crochet & Craft on LionBrand.com

September 25th, 2013

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If you’re new to our community, you may not know that Lion Brand has thousands of free patterns available on our website for you to search. Use the drop-down menus and fields to customize your search and find just the right item!

Already familiar with our patterns? Try out the “yarns” menu to filter projects by your favorite Lion Brand yarn or subscribe to our New Patterns Newsletter to be the first to learn about new designs!

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4 New Yarns in Our Fall Catalog

September 24th, 2013

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Love discovering the latest thing? Be sure to check out these 4 yarns that are part of our fall 2013 line. You’ll be seeing them in our upcoming catalog and in stores, but in the meantime, they are already available on LionBrand.com!

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Romance®

Ultra-soft and feathery Romance is a luxurious faux fur yarn you’re going to love for collars, scarves, and trim on your projects.

Click here for a video featuring just a few project ideas.

Click here to see all 15 colors and order online.

 

Unique

Unique

Create stunning, colorful projects with this new bulky-weight yarn. Each colorway is bold, making it perfect for statement pieces.

Click here to see knit samples of each colorway.

Click here to see all 6 colors and order online.

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Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glitter Ribbon

This shimmery, metallic yarn is great for craft projects, as well as quick knit and crochet projects. Try it in a drop-stitch design or an openwork stitch for a cool effect.

Click here to see all 9 colors and order online.

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LB Collection® Silk Yarn

A prized fiber for centuries, 100% silk is lustrous and soft. Discover this hand-dyed version from our exclusive LB Collection (only available from LionBrand.com and our own retail locations). Learn more with our earlier blog post.

Click here to see all 8 colors and order online.

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Introducing NEW LB Collection® Silk

September 16th, 2013

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Introducing NEW LB Collection® Silk | Lion Brand Notebook

In 2010, we introduced the first of our exclusive LB Collection®, a line of luxurious fibers—from 100% cashmere to a kid mohair/silk blend—available at affordable prices directly from LionBrand.com and our own retail store and outlet. Since then, we’ve added new yarns like Angora Merino as well as new colors to our Cashmere and Wool Stainless Steel lines.

A New Addition: 100% Silk

Today, I’d like to tell you about our newest LB Collection® yarn—100% Silk, hand-dyed in 8 rich colorways. We worked with a US-based dyer to create this beautiful line of sportweight yarn, perfect for delicate lace and detailed projects that stand the test of time.

Click here to learn more & order.

This luxurious yarn is ideal for luxurious shawlettes, scarves, wristers, and other accessories that you wear against your skin. It’s a perfect splurge for a special occasion project or gift. (Or maybe a “just because” treat for yourself!)

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