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6 Gaming-Inspired Amigurumi Patterns – Quick Gift Ideas!

December 7th, 2015

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Did you know that about a two-thirds of Americans play video games? That means millions of us are searching for lost worlds, traveling through intergalactic space/time, collecting strange and wonderful objects, and just fighting the good fight in general.

So with that in mind, you can be sure that a game-inspired amigurumi (Japanese word for crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is a good direction to go in if you need a quick handmade gift.

Here are six of my popular favorites:

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Wooly World-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Angry Birds-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Minecraft-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
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Kirby-inspired amigurumi & star *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Ms. Pac Man-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Zelda-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®

* This is not a Lion Brand pattern.

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


What We’re Making: Shira’s got the Crochet Bug!

November 14th, 2015

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We’ve all got a work in progress (a WIP, if you will) — here’s Shira’s! An avid knitter, Shira loves making baby blankets for her friends. Check out her first crochet baby blanket and learn which yarn she chose for this project in the video below!


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Yarn featured in this video: Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®

What are you working on with Lion Brand Yarn? Tag your WIPs with #lionbrandyarn on Twitter or Instagram and share your knits!

Crochet a Tip Top Topper – a Quick DIY Costume Idea from Kristy Glass

October 20th, 2015

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Our friend Kristy Glass from the Glass Posse channel talks up one of her favorite costume patterns!

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Get the FREE pattern here:

Witchy Hands
Crochet Tip Top Topper
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick&Quick®

For more great FREE costume patterns, visit Pattern Finder.

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!