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Learn to Crochet with Easy-to-Follow Videos

September 9th, 2013

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to crochet but had trouble following written directions and illustrations, check out our video playlist!

Already know how to crochet? Share this blog post with your friends who are interested in learning!

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 videos on our website.

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What’s New in Stores: 4 Lion Brand Yarns You’ll Want to Look Out For

August 27th, 2013

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We introduce products throughout the year on LionBrand.com, but you may not see some of these products in your local stores until the stores change over their shelves.

To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’re recapping a couple of new favorites that you’ll want to look for in your local stores right now!

Imagine

Imagine

Imagine airy, voluminous projects! This versatile yarn is constructed as a net-like tube that you can knit or crochet OR open up and turn into a no-knit/crochet project. Make a two-stitch scarf with just one skein. Pick it up in-stores today.

Click here to watch a video featuring some of the cool project ideas in Imagine.

Click here to see all 8 print and metallic colors online.

Heartland

Heartland

Take home a ball or two of this so-soft, heathered yarn and make a quick project! On Ravelry, customers are saying that they “love how soft it feels”. Heartland‘s colors are inspired by the American landscape, and naturally, it’s made in America.

Click here to see all 16 colors online.

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Homespun® Thick & Quick®

If you love fan-favorite Homespun, you’ll love this thicker version, perfect for afghans and super-fast gifts. Find this American-made yarn in stores in 24 painterly and striping colors.

Click here to watch a video featuring some of the great patterns in this yarn.

Click here to see all the colors online.

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Fettuccini®

Every colorway is a limited edition with this cool super-bulky yarn! Made with remnants from fashion manufacturing, this fabric-based yarn is strong enough for bags and bowls, but soft enough for accessories. (The two-cone cowl is hugely popular among our staff right now!)

Stop by your local store and pick up your favorite prints whenever you see them–you may not see them ever again!

Click here to learn more about this product.

Looking for your local Lion Brand retailer? Click here for our Store Locator.


Colorfully Modern Cardigan Pattern: Now Available in 2X, 3X, 4X!

August 21st, 2013

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Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along | Lion Brand NotebookWe had requests from quite a few of you for larger sizes so that you could participate in our Crochet-Along—and since we’d love for you to join in, we’ve worked with our tech editors to grade up the pattern for additional plus sizes.

Click here to download the UPDATED pattern.

We have also added kits for these larger sizes. Save 25% when you order all of the materials described in the pattern.

Click here to order the kits for 25% off.


Spend an Afternoon with Us Next Time You’re in New York City!

August 20th, 2013

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New York City is a creative hub with the Fashion District, Broadway, and dozens of museums. But did you know that you can visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, our one-of-a-kind destination store, while you’re visiting the Big Apple too?

Want to know what to expect when you stop by? Check out this recent episode of NYC TV’s $9.99 program to see what the store is like. Skip to 8:00 for the segment about the store!

For more information about the area and our location, visit the store’s website and browse the “Planning Your Visit” section.

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Learn to Knit with Easy-to-Follow Videos

August 16th, 2013

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Are you a visual learner who’s interested in knitting? Learn with our video playlist!

Already know how to knit? Spread the love! Share this blog post with your friends who want to learn!

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Announcing Our Fall 2013 Crochet-Along Project: the Colorfully Modern Cardigan

August 14th, 2013

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Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.

The Votes Are In!

Over 20,000 (wow!) of you voted for our next online project, and the winning pattern for our crochet-along is the Colorfully Modern Cardigan!

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Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)

Crochet-Along Next Steps

1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!

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5 Videos: Knit, Crochet, and Craft with Imagine Yarn!

August 8th, 2013

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Have you tried our Imagine yarn yet? It’s a versatile yarn with a tube-like construction that allows you to knit or crochet with it to create flouncy ruffles.

You can also craft with it, opening up the net-like material to create cowls, scarves, and headbands that are no-knit-or-crochet. These easy projects are great for girl scout troop make-and-takes, birthday party activities, and more!

Want more ideas? Check out the 5 videos below for more project ideas:


Help Pick the NEXT Crochet-Along Project!

August 7th, 2013

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It’s that time of year again! Crochet-along with us as we make one of the following garments!

But FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about the patterns on LionBrand.com: Sunset ShrugColorfully Modern JacketTop Down Crochet Jacket.

« Click here to vote. »

Help Pick Our Fall 2013 Crochet-Along Project!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Lauren here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join(New to crochet-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

The winning pattern will be announced next Wednesday on the blog—when we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 12:00 am Eastern August 13, 2013. You must use the link above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Knitters, look out for a knit-along later this year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.


Crafter Stories: Crocheting at the Cafe

August 5th, 2013

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Crafter Stories: Crocheting at the Cafe | Lion Brand NotebookLast week, we brought you a few stories from our readers about their experiences knitting and crocheting in public. Today, we want to share a longer story from Jessica Leete of Orchard Park, NY.

I often spend my weekend mornings at the local Starbucks for a few hours, enjoying my specialty coffee while working on my most recent crochet project.  Although I love the coffee shop atmosphere, it can often get quite noisy as well, so I usually also bring my laptop and earbuds so I can listen to music or play a TV episode in the background to help drown out the noise.  As a result, I am often zoned into my project, completely oblivious to the sounds and activity around me.    

On a number of occasions, I have looked up from my project to find someone sheepishly standing right in front of me, who has undoubtedly been clearing their throat a few times to get my attention,  while I unaware, had been crocheting away.  

I quickly pull my earbuds out and apologize that I hadn’t heard them.  On most occasions, it is a a woman who simply wants to pass on a compliment regarding what I am ‘knitting’.  I always give a big smile and a ‘thank you’, while politely clarifying that I am actually crocheting, but reassuring them that they are quite similar and easily confused.  I love these small chances to spread a little knowledge on these two crafts and their differences.      

In one instance, I was actually addressed by two guys from the adjacent table.  The one looked at my project and said, “You are crocheting, right?”  Impressed, I replied with “yes” and a smile.  He continued that his grandmother used to crochet all the time when he was young and that he didn’t know crocheting was done any more.  

I definitely had to stifle a laugh.  I told him that crochet is still around and actually becoming quite popular recently.  I loved the opportunity to increase the awareness of my craft.    

My favorite instances though are when kids are around.  They don’t just stare, but they come right up to my chair and stand next to me watching my every yarn over and draw through.  They cannot help themselves—they are just so curious to see something they never have before.  The parents are always embarrassed and try to call the kids away, but I quickly intervene and assure them it isn’t a problem.  I happily answer any questions they have and show them step by step how I complete each stitch.    

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Video: How to Use Stitch Markers in Knitting & Crochet

August 1st, 2013

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Both knitters and crocheters may find stitch markers helpful for many reasons. They can help you…

  • keep track of your stitch count (place them between every stitch repeat in a lace or cable pattern!)
  • mark mistakes that need fixing (split ring markers work best for this)
  • indicate the beginnings of the round on in-the-round projects

Learn more with this short video.

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