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Visit Us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC On January 15 – 17!

January 10th, 2016

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Feast your eyes on Vogue Knitting Live! We’re excited to be a part of this event once again, with an exciting new experience to share!

Join us at our Photo Booth, where you and friends can grab snapshots of your weekend together. You’ll also get to see one of our favorite Lion Brand Yarn Studio window displays up close and personal — the famed Fruit Stand!


As usual, we’ll be selling yarn at a 20% off discount, so those who haven’t gotten to experience the LB Collection® in person will be able to meet special yarns like Natural Wool (for those trendy, chunky stitches!) and beautiful Silk Chiffon. Look out for new favorites as well, including 24/7 Cotton, Scarfie, Color Clouds, and more.

 In addition to selling great yarns, we’ll have catalogs and some free patterns available to take home with you.

Tamara Kelly Shares 15 Quick & Easy Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

November 30th, 2015

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Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog. Tamara is sharing 15 of her favorite quick and easy gift patterns that can be completed before Hanukkah or Christmas. The patterns she’s sharing come from a variety of sources and can be made for all of the wonderful people in your life. We hope you find some inspiration below!

The holidays are sneaking up fast! It’s fun sitting down with your gift list and filling it out with pattern ideas… at least until you realize there are only a few weeks left to get it all done! These one and two skein patterns featuring Lion Brand® yarns can help you stay on track, on budget, and make it a handmade holiday!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Men: Men are notoriously difficult to crochet for – but keeping the stitches simple, and the color palette neutral, goes a long way!

Waffle Stitch Thermal Scarf (crochet): Just 2 balls of Wool-Ease® and a 2 row repeat!

Ombre Ridges Scarf (crochet) by Beatrice Ryan Designs: One ball of new Lion Brand Scarfie – photo tutorial included!

A Very Good Hat (crochet) by Moogly: Wool-Ease® comes in so many colors, you’re sure to find the ones he loves – this hat can be as simple or colorful as he prefers!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Women: Crochet is right on trend for women this winter – here are just a few fast and fabulous options!

Penelope’s Lacy Wrap by Simply Collectible: Can you believe just one ball of Amazing® makes this wrap – it’s… well, amazing!

Hoodie Cowl by Jessie at Home: One skein of Scarfie makes a cowl that works as a hood – with gorgeous detailing!

Passion Fruity Cowl by CrochetKim: With 2 skeins of Hometown USA®, you can whip up a feminine neck warmer!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Teens: For teens, think fashion looks in fun colors!

Havemeyer Helmet: Only 1 ball of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® – in team colors!

Stormy Weather Cowl by Moogly: Two skeins of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and one evening are all you need for this chunky cowl!

Lookin’ Lovely Beanie by ELK Studio: Colorful Landscapes® makes this fun toque – only 1 or 2 skeins needed!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Kids: Fun, durable, and colorful are all on the menu for kids!

Amigurumi Elephant Pillow: With 2 balls of Homespun® you’ll have something they’ll love for years to come!

Colorful Earflap Hat: A package of Bonbons® gives you all the colors you need to make this fun hat!

Hello Gnome Mittens by Moogly: Keep their hands warm with fun mittens made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Teachers and Co-workers: Share the holiday spirit with the people who make your day easier!

Off Kilter Infinity Scarf by Cre8tion Crochet: With 2 skeins of Jiffy you can create a bright fashion forward scarf that’s sure to fit (and won’t irritate any unknown allergies)!

Sparkly Jar Cover by M2H Designs: Vanna’s Glamour® makes a gorgeous jar cover – fill it with something yummy or a handmade candle for extra credit!

Happy Handle Coffee Cozy by Moogly: Hometown USA® Twist gives you a great look with just one skein – with a coffee shop gift card it’s the perfect pair!

What’s your favorite go-to crochet pattern for gift giving? Mine seems to change every year! There are just so many wonderful Lion Brand® yarns and patterns to explore, it’s too hard to choose!

Crochet an Adorable Corner To Corner (C2C) Owl Baby Blanket! With Step-by-Step Images to Get Started

November 18th, 2015

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Are you familiar with the corner to corner crochet method? Corner to corner (C2C) crochet is a fun technique which involves working with a graph and crocheting your complete piece along a diagonal. In working the afghan, you start at one corner of your pixel square graph (typically the bottom right hand corner) and follow the graph row by row, building your stitches. You end up completing your afghan at the opposite corner (typically the top left hand corner).

These C2C blankets have become quite popular because of how quickly and easily they work up. They’re also appealing because you can easily customize the look of your project by creating a picture graph to work off of. Today, we’re excited to share with you Lion Brand®’s first crochet Corner to Corner blanket made by Sarah Zimmerman, from the popular blog, Repeat Crafter Me.

We worked with Sarah to bring you this exclusive Baby Owl pattern on, so we hope you enjoy it!

Please »click here« for the COMPLETE pattern with materials needed.

Use code: BabyOwlAfghan for 20% off all of the Vanna’s Choice® yarn needed to make this project.
*Good through 11/22; One coupon per person; cannot be combined with other coupons; does not apply to items already on clearance or yarn other than Vanna’s Choice®. Minimum purchase quantity is 12 balls – enough to make the afghan!

C2C Owl Afghan Graph


Treat Yourself To Some LB Collection! 6 Designs from Bloggers and Ravelry for Inspiration

November 12th, 2015

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LBCPOSTThis November, some of my favorite Lion Brand® yarns are on sale, and I hope you take advantage of this offer to treat yourself to some soft and luxurious fibers from the LB Collection®. I personally love the Baby Alpaca for its comforting warmth, affordable price, and yardage — all you need is one skein for a hat or cowl (see how I made a cowl combining one skein of Baby Alpaca and Vanna’s Glamour here). Of course, I’m simply enamored with the Cashmere because it works up so beautifully; I really like the slight halo on the finished fabric. Then, I can’t forget about Superwash Merino for its stitch definition, color palette, and ability to make cables pop. Too many choices, too little time!

There’s so much to appreciate about the LB Collection® in its entirety, so I hope you take a moment to review each yarn and see which one will suit your project needs (or maybe just your personal needs!). Today I’m sharing some projects from bloggers and designers to pique your interest in this lovely set of yarns.

MooglyReversibleCowl MooglyFallingLeaves MooglyLuckyShawl
Crochet Snowdrops Reversible Cowl by Moogly; 2 balls of Superwash Merino Crochet Fallen Leaves Slouch Hat by Moogly; one ball of Baby Alpaca Crochet Lucky Day Cowl by Moogly; 4 balls of Cashmere
PetalsToPicotsSilk AutopilotAngora GinaMicheleBabySet
Knit Silk Scarf by Petals to Picots; one ball of Silk Angora Autopilot by Ravelry user chamade; one ball of Angora Merino Bringing Home Baby Gift Set Hat & Booties; one ball of Baby Alpaca (and Modern Baby in Chartreuse)


How Knitting Helped Us: 3 Stories of Motherhood

November 2nd, 2015

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abbiFor our latest publication, Project Knitwell Presents: The Comfort of Knitting, we partnered with Project Knitwell, an organization dedicated to bringing comfort and therapy to people facing stressful situations through the joy of knitting. Here, three new moms share how knitting helped them in their first days of motherhood.

Abbi – When my daughter was in the NICU for six months, I felt completely helpless in caring for her and protecting her, especially for the first month when I could not even hold her.  All I could do was watch the doctors and nurses take care of my child and try to understand her condition.  I decided to join the knitting group for NICU moms, where I learned how to knit and had the chance to talk to other moms who were going through the same difficult process.  Even if I could not heal my daughter’s medical problems, I felt I could actually do something for her to show her my love.  I started with a hat, and then spent my free time at home working on a sweater while I was waiting for news from the NICU.  By the time she was released, the sweater fit her perfectly.  I also developed a support network with other preemie parents who helped me through the entire experience up to today. Abbi’s daughter is now a healthy 5 year old.


keshaKesha – After five long months of healing and growing my son at Georgetown University Hospital’s NICU, we brought home three gifts for which I will be forever grateful:  my tenacious and truly amazing micro-preemie, Elliott Scott; a tremendous respect and appreciation for the NICU team of nurses, neonatologist, therapist, social workers, and family-life specialist that creatively coordinate care to solve huge problems in such tiny lives; and, most unexpectedly, a love of knitting.

I am not a “craftsy” person.  In fact, I am a typical, type-A, D.C. lawyer attempting to balance my career expanding family and other personal and professional obligations.  I recall stating with complete certainty during my first knitting lesson with Project Knitwell founder, Carol Caparosa that, “it was highly unlikely that I would be able to learn to knit because I didn’t have a creative bone in my body.”  What I didn’t understand then, but fully appreciate now, is that knitting has an uncanny way of calming one’s soul – slowly bringing you back to the present with each row and gently allowing you to release the worry, tension, and stress accumulated in ever fiber of your being.

Project Knitwell was my lifeline during the hardest period of my life. As a mother, it was initially debilitating to sit for hours at a time next to Elliott’s isolette…  I was consumed with fear, worry and guilt until knitting provided a much needed release.  I simply held my son in his infant carrier and knitted.  I slowly released the fear, my worries were replaced with hope, and the guilt diminished.  And Elliott healed.  Fourteen months later, Elliott is thriving and I’m still knitting.  My current project, autumn hats for other micro-preemies and hopefully passing on the wonderful gift of knitting to other loved ones facing uncertain times.  I’m not sure why knitting helps, but it just does.


jamieJamie – I had knit for about 10 years.  When my twin girls were born a couple of years ago, I began knitting while I pumped.  It kept me calm and helped me to feel like I was doing something for me while so much of my time was for them.


Knitting to Heal: Carol's Project Knitwell Story
Project Knitwell Presents: The Comfort of Knitting, is a unique book that focuses on  how to alleviate stress and offer comfort to families and caregivers facing difficult situations. More on Project Knitwell’s mission, as well as 7 new patterns are included in this publication. All proceeds from Lion Brand’s sale of this book go directly to Project Knitwell and the Alzheimer’s Association.