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Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along – Week 2: The Yoke – Working From the Top Down

July 8th, 2015

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CAL_08282014I love seeing a project come together!! Last week we made our swatches to assure our gauge was correct, joined the first row without any twists (hopefully) and worked on the first few rounds of our Sabrina Tunic!! Like I said last week… Those first few rows are the hardest part… So now we are ready to kick into gear and get our Yoke made!!

Since the Sabrina Tunic is made in one piece from the top down, this project will start shaping up quickly and we will see a hint of how it will look by the time our Yoke is complete. I love working with Vanna’s Glamour Yarn… The small amount of shimmer and sparkle will make this a perfect piece to wear this fall, and the nice bounce the yarn provides is also going to make the garment fit nicely. It’s still not too late to join us and make a Sabrina Tunic for yourself. You can even have the yarn shipped right to your doorstep… Click here to view and order your yarn kit!! If you are ready… Let’s get our hooks and get the party started!!


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.


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!



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!

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*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!


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: