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Can you crochet? Make a fun 8-bit pixel afghan!

June 29th, 2015

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Can you crochet a granny square? Great! You’re on your way to making an awesome pixel crochet afghan.

What is pixel crochet, you ask? Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me offers this explanation, “basically a pixel crochet blanket is made up of a series of granny squares where each square represents one pixel of the picture. When joined together, the squares (pixels) make a large image.”

So for example, if you wanted to make a Lola afghan, you’d find your favorite Lola image and convert it into a chart using a tool like KnitPro 2.0. Each square in the chart you see below represents one granny square.

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It’s easy and fun to do. Below are some examples of crochet pixel afghans. Click the images for charts and explanations for each project.

Avengers Cupcake Tetris Hello Kitty
8-Bit Avengers Blanket, made by Jessica Jamey – design a pattern with your favorite charts and make it with Modern Baby® * Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket by Repeat Crafter Me – make it with Vanna’s Choice® * Tetris Afghan by Bethany A. Hamilton – make it with Vanna’s Choice® * Hello Kitty Afghan made by Tarmine626 – make it with Babysoft® *
Storm Trooper kitty pixel Transformers my little pony
Pixel Storm Trooper Afghan made by InAnotherCastle – check out the chart and make one with Modern Baby® * Pick of the Litter Afghan – make one for yourself (or for our resident cat lady, @ShiraRoars!) with Vanna’s Choice® * 8-Bit Transformer Afghan by AmandaJayne00 – pick your favorite chart and make one with Vanna’s Choice® or Modern Baby® * 8-Bit Pinkie Pie Afghan by AmandaJayne00 – pick your favorite chart and make one with Vanna’s Choice® or Modern Baby® *

* Not a Lion Brand pattern


Celebrate the Stars and Stripes With These Flag Day Patterns!

June 14th, 2015

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Did you know? Although the most patriotic day — Independence Day — is celebrated on July 4th, Flag Day commemorates our nation officially adopting the stars-and-stripes-patterned flag on June 14th, 1777.

Natasha of Alaska Knit Hat designed this Old Glory hat – made with Woolspun® – just in time for a chilly summer in Alaska!

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Stars, stripes, pom-poms — this pattern’s got it all!

For more inspiration, check out our pattern recommendations below, as well as our Independence Day Pattern Round-Up!

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Knit Heartland Patriotic Scarf, made with Heartland® Crochet American Flag Dishcloth by Being Spiffy*
Made with Kitchen Cotton
Crochet USA Afghan, made with Hometown USA®

Wondering which of our yarns are made here in the U.S.A.? Watch the video below or click here for a full list!

::Having trouble seeing this video? Click to watch: https://youtu.be/b_soGG0Rl-8::

 

*Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Help Pick our NEXT Crochet-Along Project!

June 3rd, 2015

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UPDATE JUNE 18, 2015: Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt! http://wp.me/pMON4-89F

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It’s that time of year again! Crochet-along with us as we make one of the following garments: The Sparkle Slipon, The Driftwood Pullover, The Sabrina Tunic or The Filet Mesh TopVOTE BELOW!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Elena Hunt of Beatrice Ryan Designs 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.)

Votes must be cast by 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, June 14th, 2015. You must click on the photo you like to cast your vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes. The winning pattern will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, June 17th — we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Vote for your favorite pattern now by clicking on one of the photos below and following the steps to submit your vote:

On a mobile device and can’t see all four choices below? Click here.

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


No Ends to Weave In! Join Wool Seamlessly with the Felted Join!

June 3rd, 2015

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Whether you call it the Felted Join or the Spit Splice, this way of adding on a new ball of wool is perfect when you want to avoid having to weave in ends.

A few drops of water help wool fibers bind together — the result is seamless! Please note that this method is for wool yarn only! If you are interested in an invisible join for other types of yarn, check out our Russian Join tutorial.

Take a look at how we’ve done it:

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All Eyes On: Granny Squares!

May 27th, 2015

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The 1970s have been having a moment in fashion lately, and with it comes a trend we’re familiar with… Granny Squares!

Although the pattern’s always been a favorite for afghans and throws, we love the idea of wearing this dynamic pattern. Combine your favorite colors to make a vibrant square, or go for a monochromatic look with a single color, like Alison Craftland’s bolero project below. Even fans of high fashion will want to get their hands on a Granny Square piece — top designers have incorporated the pattern in their European fashion shows!

Crocheters rejoice; the beloved pattern is making a comeback this spring and summer and we’ve got a few projects to match.

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Crochet Multi-Colored Granny Square Shawl. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®. Crochet Woodstock Granny Vest. Make one with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn. Crochet Granny Square Bolero by Alison Craftland.*Make one with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn.
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Miu-Miu DIY Crochet Top by Trinkets in Bloom.* Crocheted with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Granny Square Scarf and Hat. Make a set with Bonbons. Crochet Granny Square Skirt. Made with Vanna’s Tapestry® and Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Electric Granny Vest. Made with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Not Your Grannie’s Gloves. Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes®. Knit and Crochet Granny Raglan Pullover. Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes®.

* Not a Lion Brand pattern


9 Fresh Food-Inspired Projects!

May 23rd, 2015

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Everyone’s going “bananas” over Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s newest window display! Chock-full of knit and crochet fruits and vegetables, the Farmer’s Market-themed display features pineapples, apples, eggplants, cauliflower, corn, sunflowers and more!

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You can read all about it over at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, “Our New Window is Orchard Fresh!

Inspired by this tasty treat, we collected our favorite food-inspired knits – make a few for your market basket!


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Crochet Fruit Pot Holders *Paid* Pattern by Marcelline Simonotti Designs.* Made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Crochet Springtime Vegetable Pen Cozies by Twinkie Chan.* Made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Slice Tawashi Scrubber made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Apple Cozy by Petals to Picots.* Made with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Eggplant Amigurumi
Made with Wool-Ease®
Crochet Watermelon Coin Purse by Repeat Crafter Me* Made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Strawberry Hat by Repeat Crafter Me.*Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Amigurumi made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Banana Hat for Babies *Paid* Pattern by HGS Designs* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


A Top Ten Moment For Crocheters: Lily Chin Guests on David Letterman!

May 19th, 2015

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Since taking the helm on CBS’ late night talk show in 1982, David Letterman has entertained his audience with humorous segments, charming wit, and unforgettable guests.

Fans have taken to the web to post their favorite memories  — and we have one of our own!

Designer (and long-time friend of Lion Brand!) Lily Chin made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman back in 2003, after she’d earned the title of World’s Fastest Crocheter!

Watch as she makes Dave a sweater using our Wool-Ease® yarn in the span of one episode.

We’re glad to have been a part of such a memorable part of pop culture, and for that, we say, #ThanksDave.

:: can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/mahjcqUhP9s ::

 

 


Handmade Gifts for Giving Back — Our Favorite Patterns for Charity

May 17th, 2015

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Have you ever knit or crocheted for charity? Mixing a hobby you’re passionate about with the act of giving back to others is a delightful way to make yourself and others feel appreciated. As you search for your next project, consider patterns for chemo caps, prayer shawls, or warm afghans. Gifts like these let those in need know that you’re thinking of them – a good feeling for all!

We’ve rounded up a list of charities that could benefit from your handmade gifts, as well as suggested patterns for each one. Whether they’re in your local community or across the nation, we hope you’ll consider using your talents to give back. 

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Color Us Happy: Our Favorite Rainbow Knit and Crochet Patterns!

May 13th, 2015

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“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection… the lovers, the dreamers and me.” 

Just as Kermit the Frog once sang praises of rainbows, we celebrate the coming-together of every color with a few of our favorite multi-hued crafts!

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Crochet Kisses Pouch. Make one (or two!) with
Bonbons.
After the Rain Crochet top by Jessie At Home*
Make your own with
Vanna’s Choice®.
Magic Rainbow Baby Blanket by Moogly.*  Make one using
Modern Baby®.
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Rainbow Slipper Socks by Oomanoot.* Make a pair with LB Collection Superwash Merino. Bumpy Rainbow Blanket by 3 Beans In a Pod.* Make one with Modern Baby®. Proud Supporter Dog Sweater. Make one for your favorite furry friend with Bonbons.

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Lion Brand’s 9 Most Popular Patterns from April!

May 5th, 2015

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april_popular_patternTextures® was the big hit yarn in April!

From scalloped waves, to classic stripes, to triangular patterns, Textures® looks exquisite in any geometric shape your pattern may call for. Textures® comes in eight colorways, including the deep russet of Sunset Rays and the cool tones of Enchanted Forest.

Our pick for spring? Textures® in Meadow Flowers, as featured in our Easy Eyelet Scarf pattern, the most popular pattern in April! The lace detailing of the stitches pairs well with this self-striping yarn. No matter your stitch of choice, these colors are sure to bring your project to light, just in time for spring.

Learn more about Textures® at lionbrand.com.

Below is a collection of the most popular patterns from April, as chosen by you!

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Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan Crochet Button Cowl Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho
flattering shaded tunic Knit Left Bank Scarf Knit Glamour Jacket
Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic Knit Left Bank Scarf Knit Glamour Jacket
Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket Crochet Canyon Shrug Crochet Lacy Poncho
Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket Crochet Canyon Shrug Crochet Lacy Poncho
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