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How-To Tuesday: Crochet Edition

September 15th, 2015

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How-To Tuesday: Crochet

In this edition of How-To Tuesday, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite tutorials for crocheters. Learn classic crochet basics, like granny squares, or learn to chart out your own afghan pattern.

Don’t forget — our StitchFinder is a great resource for everyone. You’ll find patterns for blocks, trims, and even a few nature-inspired motifs!

Use the links below to learn How-To…

Is there a tutorial you’re looking for but can’t find? Use the ‘Search’ bar on our blog (at right), or suggest one in the comments below!

Pocket Prayer Shawls Provide Portable Comfort

September 12th, 2015

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Pocket Prayer ShawlsBlogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post she tells us about pocket prayer shawls, which are fun to craft and healing for recipients. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

Photo credit: Southern Belle CrochetFree pattern available.


Prayer shawls provide comfort to those who make them as well as to the recipients of these special gifts. However, it can take a long time to knit or crochet a shawl and some people, although they appreciate the gift of one, don’t ever wear shawls. Pocket prayer shawls address both of those issues, allowing crafters to quickly work up comforting handmade squares that any recipient can carry at any time for constant comfort.

Learn about the benefits of prayer shawls.

What is a pocket prayer shawl?

As the name suggests, this is a miniature version of a prayer shawl that is small enough to fit inside of a pocket. As with all prayer shawls, the crafter infuses each stitch with a prayer or loving intention to provide love and goodwill to the person who will receive the small item. Pocket prayer shawls, also called prayer squares and prayer cloths, are small enough to be tucked into pockets, purses and even inside helmets. They can also be carried into surgery and taken on vacations.

Who needs pocket prayer shawls?

Who might receive a pocket prayer shawl? Anyone who needs the comfort of a handmade item! You might craft an individual pocket shawl for a specific person you know who has had a recent loss or who is going through an illness. Alternatively, you might knit or crochet many of these and make them available to people to take them when they feel that need that comfort. A basket of these shawls, each with a prayer or note attached, can be placed so that those who are seeking extra support can feel comfortable taking one.


How-To Tuesday: 10 Tutorials for Yarncrafters!

August 18th, 2015

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How-To Tuesday: 10 Tutorials for Yarncrafters!
You may already know about our thousands of free patterns, but did you know about the many resources Lion Brand® offers beyond the website?

Here on our blog, we’ve shared some great tutorials that are both fun and useful. If you’re looking to try a new stitch, or just need a place to look up a quick technique, we’ve got it!

Today, we’ve rounded up some of our most popular How-To posts for knitters, crocheters, and weavers. Maybe you’re wondering…

How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares

How to Crochet Broomstick Lace

How to Choose the Best Yarn for Your Next Project

How to Finger Knit

How to Knit Jogless Stripes

How to Cable Without a Cable Needle

Martha Loom
Don’t forget — August’s featured product is the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom Kit! There’s still time to snag this kit for only $29.95. Not sure how to use the loom or what to make? We’ve got a few tutorials here on our blog, and on our YouTube channel!:

How to Knit on the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

How to Warp the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

How to Loom Knit a Baby Blanket

How to Make Baby Moccasins on the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along Week 5: The Finishing Touches!

July 29th, 2015

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Just a few weeks ago we all joined together along with Lion Brand Yarn to begin our Summer 2015 Crochet Along!! The Sabrina Tunic was voted by the fans as the project we would all be making. I was so excited; it was my first choice too. We gathered our supplies, made gauge swatches, stitched a beautiful yoke, started the body and now here we are… Ready to put on the finishing touches!!

Below is my finished Sabrina Tunic! I absolutely love it and I know I will be wearing it over and over again. Vanna’s Glamour® gives this fashionable piece just the right amount of sparkle, while remaining very comfortable to wear… I can’t wait to see yours too!!

Lion Brand week 5 me
This week you will be finishing up any remaining rows of the body. Remember, before you start the bottom edging try on your garment and make any length adjustments you want! I followed the directions exactly and mine fits perfectly. I think one of my favorite parts of crocheting my own garment is that you can adjust it and make it custom to your own style. So if you want it longer or shorter… Go for it!!

Next, you will you will finish your edging… I love the way this decorative stitch pattern using all the colors finished off my tunic!! I think the edging might be my favorite part of this pattern, simple yet elegant!! Below is a close up picture of my edging, this would also make a great boarder around an afghan… What do you think??

Lion brand week 5 edge
Once you finish the edging you will work on the armholes and the neckline to complete your Sabrina Tunic!! Both the armholes and the neckline finish up very quickly!! Before I added the neckline rows, my neckline was a bit loose; the stitching made it work out just right!! The last step after you weave all your ends in is to block your garment; there are several methods you can use… Steam Blocking and Wet Blocking are my two favorites. Blocking will make your garment smooth out and give it a nicely finished shape! You can find instructions for blocking by doing an internet search.

Lion Brand week 5 tunic

Once I was done and tried on my Sabrina Tunic, I was very impressed with the fit… I hope your project turns out just as nicely!! Make sure you post your project pictures over on Ravelry so we can have a chance to see them all! I have loved working with Lion Brand throughout this project; they have wonderful yarns and great patterns too!! Make sure to check out all their yarns right here on the website… They will ship it directly to you and you will find some yarns that are not available in stores!! Thank you all for participating in this year’s Summer Crochet Along!! I hope to see you around the crochet community!!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena Ramshaw HuntAbout Elena Ramshaw Hunt:I’m an avid crocheter and yarn-a-holic! My Grandmother taught me the art of crochet when I was 10 and as a young woman the bug really caught me. With 40 years of crochet experience, I have taught and shared my love of crochet to many people in my community and in 2013 I began Beatrice Ryan Designs (named after my grandmother) where I design free crochet patterns including my Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series that is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.I live in a small Northern California mountain community. I have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful Grandchildren! I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant for a Forest Products Company and I love to spend my time with my family, crocheting and gardening.

9 Knit and Crochet Patterns Using Cotton-Ease and Kitchen Cotton (That you can work on in the Summer!)

July 9th, 2015

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Today we’re featuring patterns that use either Kitchen Cotton or Cotton-Ease® to keep you crafting through the warm summer months. Many of these patterns are small enough to work on while waiting for appointments, hanging out at BBQs, or even while enjoying those lovely summer road trips as you relax with your feet up. Take a look below and get inspired!

Crochet Flower Face Cleansing Pads by Petals to Picots
Kitchen Cotton
Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket by The Stitchin Mommy
Knit Patriotic Placemat by Jessie at Home
Kitchen Cotton
KitchenCottonMiuMiu2 CableRibBabyJacket
Miu Miu DIY by Trinkets in Bloom (crochet)
Kitchen Cotton®
Textured Washcloth by Salena Baca Crochet
Kitchen Cotton®
Knit Reverse Cable Rib Baby Jacket by Adrienne Medrano (Ravelry) Cotton-Ease®
The Hive Knit Dishcloth by Being Spiffy
Kitchen Cotton
Easy Knit Top by Mama in A Stitch
Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes