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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!

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.