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Archive for the 'Crocheting' Category


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!


:: Can’t see the video above? Visit https://youtu.be/XkQgzBCgZM0 ::

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.

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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.

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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

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