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Update Your Winter Look with these Outlander Accessories!

November 23rd, 2015

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Our Outlander: The Series collection of knit and crochet kits were inspired by the 18th century costumes featured on the show — but that doesn’t mean they’re just period pieces! All of the patterns — which include a chunky on-trend cowl and elegant arm warmers — can be used as accessories this season.

See how brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal gives these garments an update in the styling video below!:

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Click here to shop the full collection!

7 New Additions to our Curvy Girl Collection!

September 25th, 2015

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7 New Additions to our Curvy Girl Collection!
Back in May, we launched a collection of patterns tailored just for Curvy Girls. The response was overwhelming — so many of our fans loved seeing beautiful new patterns in a wide range of sizes!

We’re happy to add seven new patterns — three crochet, four knit — to this collection. We’ve also adapted a few of the patterns from our debut collection. Loved the knit Cabled Cardigan from last time? It’s now available as a crochet pattern!

Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares more on the expansion of the collection — check out the video below!

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Crochet Curvy Girl Openwork Top Down Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour® Crochet Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland® Crochet Curvy Girl Two-Tone Vest made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Silk Mohair
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Knit Curvy Girl Cowl Neck Tunic made with Heartland® Knit Curvy Girl Urban Color Vest made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Silk Mohair Knit Curvy Girl Subtle Texture Cardigan made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Modern Baby®
Knit Curvy Girl Drop Stitch Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®

Stay tuned for more on the inspiration and design process of these new patterns!

What’s Trending for Fall: Why spend $500 on a trendy cowl when you can knit one yourself for less than $60?

September 3rd, 2015

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See it … make it!


We spotted this Nuage Paillette Hand-Knit Tube Scarf in the latest Lafayette 148 catalog (on the left) and it’s gorgeous … not to mention it immediately reminded us of the Dobbs Ferry Cowl (on the right) made in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

You can buy the pre-made cowl for $500 OR you can make one yourself for under $60 – which option will you choose for your wardrobe this fall?

After My Hair Turned Grey, My Whole Outlook on Color Changed …

August 26th, 2015

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The Scarfie Effect! A funny thing happened when my hair began to grey.  I was thirty-five and resented a situation that seemed premature and, well, unfair.  For every grey hair I plucked, ten appeared, suggesting that resistance was futile. So I began experimenting with different DIY hair colors offered by the neighborhood drugstore.  Experimenting was fun.  I could choose shades with cool or warm highlights, go auburn in the summer, or Goth when I felt dramatic.  After a while, though, I sadly realized I wasn’t very good at covering what needed to be covered.  I sought professional help.

Between Brunette and Blonde…

My hairdresser worked for months to remedy the self-inflicted dye damage.  By now I was a decade older.  My underlying color was so grey that when brown dye was applied, my hair seemed blonde.  So, I became a dark blonde.  But it didn’t stop there—I went lighter and lighter.  My hair is now honey-colored, and I’m satisfied with the results.

My point is about personal color, but it applies equally to clothing.  No matter what, I want to look my best—don’t we all?  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that the colors most flattering to me aren’t the brights I wore when my tresses were chestnut.  With light hair, I prefer neutral and natural shades.  Fortunately, I really like neutrals and naturals.  They seem serene, and they play well with jazzy accents.  I love a camel coat with a crimson scarf, a grey tunic with a cobalt shawl, and anything black with apple green.

…And Every Shade in Between

My knitting, of course, reflects this preference.  Right now I’m in the mood to knit a beautiful sweater to wear in the cold months ahead, and I want an interesting yarn, as enjoyable to work with as to wear.  And—total wish fulfillment!—I’ve discovered Lion Brand’s Scarfie!

The Scarfie palette fits my personal color theory exactly. Scarfie is an ombré yarn that subtly moves from one shade to another.  It’s dreamily dynamic, hypnotic, and outright magical as it transitions from light to intermediate tones, then darkens. Working with it is like watching clouds at sunset or morning haze over mountains, except it’s you and your pattern, not Mother Nature, behind the changes!  The natural shades have a rustic purity, from cream to taupe in one skein, from silver to charcoal in another.  There are stunning low-key colors, too—rich cranberry to deep black, forest to deep black, denim to midnight.   All of them are in the palette most flattering to me.

It’s called Scarfie because one generous skein makes one generous scarf.  But I’m determined to do something larger—a sweater.  The gorgeous “Free Spirit Topper” in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder is exactly what I had in mind.  But there’s also a high-fashion crochet pattern, the “Duo Tone Throw” which is ultra simple to make but totally interesting at the same time, because two different shades of Scarfie, moving along their individual paths, create a rhapsodic interplay of colors.

I might have to make them both….

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Knit Free Spirit Topper Crochet One Ball Scarfie Crochet Duo Tone Throw
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Crochet Pero Poncho Crochet Diagonal Shaded Shawl Knit Neutral Slant Shawl

The Luxe Look For Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans

August 24th, 2015

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The Luxe Look for Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans
We admit it — we like to fawn over designer wear in magazines and blogs just like any other fashion-savvy person. As yarncrafters, however, we know some looks are just a few skeins away from being ours! When we spotted this Stella McCartney wrap-front cardigan, we immediately loved its high-low hem and chunky knit.

Get the look for less with a few of our coat and long cardigan patterns! Stay sleek and chic with shades of greys or mix it up with self-striping brightly colored yarns — either way, you’ll turn heads this season.

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Knit Glamour Jacket made with Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Eclectic Entrelac Cardigan made with Vanna’s Choice® and Unique Knit Teddy Vest made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick & Quick®
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Knit Riding Jacket made with Country® Crochet Top-Down Jacket made with Amazing® and Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Level 2 Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
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Knit Helio Poncho made with Homespun® Knit Chillingworth Cabled Long Cardigan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Open Knit Cardigan made with Gold Leaf®