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Get Zen with Crochet Wraps and Blankets: A Round-Up by Moogly!

March 30th, 2016

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by Tamara Kelly of

There’s something so soothing and meditative about crochet. The rhythm of the stitches, the motion of yarn and hook, it can be perfectly relaxing, leading you to that “zen” state of mind – a place many of us need to visit a little more often!

In fact, crocheting can be the ideal meditative activity for many – and the benefits are too many to list here! It can improve your emotional well-being, with less worry and stress, and greater self-esteem; it improves your physical health by relaxing your heart rate and reducing blood pressure; and it can improve your mental health too, boosting both memory and focus!
Of course, the crochet patterns we’re talking about here aren’t the ones that make you scratch your head and test your skills – they are for items like wraps and blankets, particularly those with simple stitch patterns. So with that in mind, here are 6 handpicked and free crochet patterns to help you relax and “get zen!”

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1. Nettie’s Super Simple Tube Wrap by Jessie at Home – Made with 2 strands of Heartland®, the color changes melt into each other to create a stunning gradient!

2. Penelope’s Lacy Wrap by Simply Collectible Crochet – Within 2 to 3 hours, using just one skein of Amazing®, you’ll have something lovely for a Quick Christmas gift or Easter picnic!

3. Braided and Broken Wrap by Cre8tion Crochet – This oversize wrap combines simple stitches with a creative twist to make them pop. Created all with dc and chains only, in Heartland®!

4. Wind Chime Afghan by Lion Brand Yarn – Simple strips made with Vanna’s Choice® are joined with a row of “lace” that’s much simpler than it looks!

5. Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs –  Pound of Love® and a fun two row repeat will put a smile on your face and brighten your day – and living room!

6. Weekend Weather Afghan by Moogly – With super bulky Lion Brand Color Clouds and an S hook, a unique and easy to make stitch, you can bliss out all weekend!
Now grab your favorite Lion Brand yarns, a comfy hook, and go enjoy the zen of crochet!

Stashbuster Alert: Shira Updates Her Headphones!

March 20th, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on how to yarn-bomb your headphones.  In the spirit of the Grammys, I used Vanna’s Glamour.  It was super sparkly and shiny and went really well with my hair.

However, spring has sprung and I needed to spruce up my headphone glam! This past weekend I took what I had left over of some LB Collection® Pure Wool that I had dyed two years ago. There wasn’t enough to really make anything but enough to yarn bomb my headphones — this is a great project for yarn scraps!

Thirty minutes later, I had some pretty awesome new headphones and I must say: people smile at me all the time on the subway now!

How To’s Used:

I hope I have inspired you to “fancy up” your headphones!

9 Quick ‘n Easy Easter Patterns

March 12th, 2016

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Bunnies and baskets and eggs- oh my! With Easter right around the corner, you might be thinking there isn’t time to finish any DIY yarn crafts- but there is! The key to a handmade holiday? Keeping it small. It’s all about the accessories, and with these 9 little patterns you’ll be cracking open the homespun festivities in no time.

Try our crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket for an adorable spin on your Easter morning, or knit the Bouncy Bunny Sock as a cuddly friend for your little one. For a mess free (and hook & needle free!) alternative to dyed eggs, scramble up some Over Easy Eggs.

You’ll be hopping from one project right to the next in no time- enjoy!

Amigurumi Bunny Basket Over Easy Eggs Bunny Dog
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Craft Over Easy Eggs made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby Knit Bunny Dog Costume made with Vanna’s Choice®
Chocolate Bunny
Knit Little Lamb made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Easter Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny  made with Vanna’s Choice®
Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy made with Wool-Ease® Knit Bunny Hat made with Modern Baby® Knit Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter made with Wool-Ease®

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®
cushy tender simple
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