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Introducing Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year!

January 7th, 2013

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Each year Pantone, the leading color authority, announces the hottest shade of the year. The big color for 2013 is Emerald, a rich, cool shade of green. In the words of Pantone, Emerald is “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Personally, I love how serene and calming this shade is, and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my yarncrafting! Want more Emerald in your crafting, too? Here are our favorite Emerald yarns for the coming year.

Emerald: Pantone Color of 2103

Left to right: Hometown USA in Grand Rapids Green, Homespun in Pesto, Jiffy in Country Green, and Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend in Meadow Green.

What do you think of this trend? Will you be using Emerald in your yarncrafting projects this year?

12 Shades of Winter White Yarns Including Wool, Alpaca and More

January 4th, 2013

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12shadesofwinterwhiteIt’s the first month of the new year, which for us here in NYC usually means – cold, wind, ice and snow.  But there’s something about heading into the dead of winter that makes me really appreciate winter white knitwear such as a cozy sweater, or chunky cowl; it may help brighten up your mood when it’s cloudy and cold out.

Yes, there is that old fashion adage about not wearing white after labor day, but it all depends on the fiber content.  You would certainly wear your white/cream cashmere sweater in the winter – because cashmere keeps you warm; also, those lovely aran sweaters look stunning in winter whites. I’ve included a round-up of some appropriate yarns to use for projects where you may want to include whites and off whites.

(sweater in image to left: Madison Pullover)

Fishermen's Wool Natural
Fishermen’s Wool Natural
LB Collection Pure Wool
LB Collection Pure Wool

Wool-Ease Fisherman

Homespun Deco

Superwash Merino Cashmere
Luve Fur Ivory
Luxe Fur Ivory
LB Collection Cashmere Natural
LB Collection Cashmere Natural
LB Collection Silk Mohair Wisp
LB Collection Silk Mohair Wisp
LB Collection Superwash Merino Antique
LB Collection Superwash Merino

LB Collection Angora Merino
Alpaca Blend Buttermilk
Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend
 Extra Soft Wool Blend
Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft
Wool Blend Bakery Box White

Do you like to knit or crochet with white or cream color yarns in the winter? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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How to Pair Yarns to Create a Unique Look: A Personal Experience with Double Stranding

November 30th, 2012

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Brandyce and cowlI was recently trying to figure out how I can get through some of my yarn stash, and while thinking about stash busting, I was inspired by a new collection of yarns we received.  This inspiration came from Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in metallics. It seems that shimmer and sequins are trending this Fall/Winter season, and I wanted to add a sparkly piece of knitwear to my repertoire as well.

As much as I love the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in metallics, I wanted a shimmery accessory in a lighter weight yarn so I could wear it during transitional times.  My “A-ha!” moment came when I came across the Moonstone shade of Vanna’s Glamour that was sitting in my bin, and the Fawn Heather shade of LB Collection Baby Alpaca; this combination was perfect!


Introducing Rohn Strong: Designer and Author of Southern Crochet Winter 2012

November 21st, 2012

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Rohn Strong and Book CoverRohn Strong is a crochet and knitwear designer who has published numerous independent patterns including a paperback book entitled, Heritage Collection: WWI & WWII: Two Wars. Two Needles. One Extraordinary Response to War, where he combined knitting, history and personal stories to convey the lifestyles and realities of those who were living during that era.

Rohn has just released a new pattern e-book entitled, Southern Crochet Winter 2012, where he combined both his love for crochet and the south. His crochet designs are modern and fashionable, yet timeless; pieces you’ll be sure to wear year after year.  Rohn’s latest patterns are now available on Ravelry; I personally love the Emily’s Sweater pattern crocheted in Fishermen’s Wool.  Find out more about Rohn and his inspirations below!

How long have you been knitting and crocheting?

Rohn: I have been knitting for just over 7 years now. I learned when I was running after school programs for at-risk youth. We wanted to teach them knitting and crochet to give them something to do one day a week.

As for crochet I have been doing that for about 18 years. I began when my Mother decided to begin making an afghan for my father (who mind you, was 6’5″ and weighed over 400 pounds!). She quickly gave up and I taught myself what I was doing. I put it down here and there over the years and within the last three to four years I have been perfecting my craft!

No Matter Their Style: 15 Gifts to Knit & Crochet

November 19th, 2012

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As we get closer to the holidays, gift projects are often on the minds of knitters & crocheters. Many of us like to make some gifts for those closest to us. If you’re wondering what to make, I often recommend thinking about the gift recipient’s lifestyle and fashion sense. Is he or she a coffee-lover? Why not make a mug cozy? Is he or she really into basketball? Make something in his/her favorite team’s colors!

If you’re looking for a gift pattern for someone with a particular style, below I’ve share some recommendations. I’ve picked items for fashionistas, techies, hipsters, preppies, and sporties. (It’s like I’m starting a new Spice Girls group here!)

Fashionista Flair

Image of Statement Strands Necklace Image of Fair Isle Tote Image of Houndstooth Check Tie
Crafted Statement Strands Necklace Knit Fair Isle Tote Knit Houndstooth Check Tie


8 Craft & Crochet Projects Made with Bonbons from Bloggers

November 15th, 2012

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In September, we showed you the Wrapped Headband in Candy Colors by Cathy, from the blog Trinkets in Bloom – who created a bright, sparkly headband wrapped in the Party and Celebrate assortments from our newly released yarn, Bonbons; today, I’m going to share with you a few more  Bonbons projects made by some crafty bloggers.

Bonbons are a great collection of mini skein yarns that allows you to mix and match with color while you craft, knit or crochet.  The projects featured from these bloggers highlight various different ways Bonbons can be used, and with 8 different colors of yarn in one package – there are so many different opportunities for experimentation.  Take a look for yourself!

(When you click on the image or project name, it will take you to the blogger’s page for instructions)


Bohemian Twist Necklace
This Mama Makes Stuff
Crochet Chain NecklaceCrochet Chain necklace
Thanks I Made It
DIY String Wall Art
Nail String Art
Creme De La Craft


Learn How to Style a Cowl with Our YouTube Channel

November 14th, 2012

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So you’ve knit or crocheted yourself a beautiful chunky cowl. Now, how do you style it? In this video, Claire from the Lion Brand Yarn Studio shows us 3 warm and stylish ways to wear the Knit Cabildo Cowl.

Want more styling tips? Click here to visit our YouTube channel for even more videos. Want to see our newest videos as soon as they’re posted? Click here to subscribe to our channel (must be logged in to YouTube to subscribe).

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6 Cute and Cozy Faux Fur Patterns for Both Women and Children

November 9th, 2012

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Faux Fur is still a popular trend for accessories and trims in the cooler months, and you’ll probably be seeing a lot of it this Fall and Winter.  Faux fur can add a touch of warm sophistication to your outfit, or it can add a bit of whimsy and fun.  Whichever way you prefer to wear your faux fur is up to you; take a look at some of our knit and crochet patterns that incorporate either Fun Fur or Luxe Fur for inspiration.


Snow Bunny Hooded Scarf
No need to search for your hat and scarf with the Snow Bunny Hooded Scarf knit in Luxe Fur.  It’s one accessory piece that keeps both your neck and head warm.
Hippie Chic Vest
This Hippie Chic Vest crocheted in Fun Fur would look great over a thermal top, with jeans and flat boots for staying warm and comfy, while looking trendy no matter where you go!
Furry Neck Warmer
This Furry Neck Warmer knit in Luxe Fur is actually a long infinity scarf, which can be double wrapped as a cowl for extra neck protection. Click on the image to see the cowl in its entirety.


Baby Doll Dress
Add a little whimsy to a garment with a Fun Fur trimming as seen in this Baby Doll Dress.
Pretty in Pink Collar
Peter Pan collars are the new trend for DIY projects, try this Pretty in Pink Collar knit in Fun Fur for the little one.
Baby Cocoon Set
Keep the newborn warm and cozy in a Luxe Fur trimmed Sweet Dreams Cocoon and Baby Hat set.

Have you got on board with the Faux Fur trend? What’s your favorite type of project to incorporate your fuzzy yarn?

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Styling Fun with Claire from the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

October 18th, 2012

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This is a guest post from Claire, Floor Manager of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

Working at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and helping people pick projects and yarn every day has taught me many things, not the least of which is that a cowl is a cowl is a cowl — except when it’s a hood! I’m sure all of you are familiar with two or three ways to wear a scarf, but have you tried experimenting with your other handmade items?

Cabildo Cowl styling

With a long infinity scarf style cowl like the Cabildo Cowl (pictured in Cincinatti Red Hometown USA), it’s easy to change up your winter look. Wrap it twice around your neck for an extra snuggly style or pull the second loop up over your head as a hood when it really starts to blow! Leave it long when you get inside and it becomes an accessory focal point for your outfit.

Knit Spring Ruana styling

For the brisk fall weather, you might want to toss a wrap on before heading outside to play in the leaves. The Knit Spring Ruana adds a little bit of warmth and a lot of pizazz! You can leave the garter panel to the back for a traditional look, or turn it sideways and add a shawl pin for a less drapey look.

Cropped Turtleneck styling

The Cropped Turtleneck is a fun garment to turn on its head — literally! Worn as is, it’s a cute cropped sweater with a generous turtleneck. Turned upside down, it becomes a dramatic fitted piece with a fun boatneck.

Now it’s your turn to look through your hand-crafted items and see what you can make of them. And next time you’re buying yarn, remind yourself that you could be getting two sweaters for the price of one!

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5 Must-Make Purse Patterns for Fall/Winter 2012

October 15th, 2012

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I always switch to a different everyday bag when fall arrives, since my purse is my one essential day-to-day companion. The cool air just seems to call out for accessories in richer colors or textures than the spring and summer.

In stores, you may notice that commercial handbag-makers are featuring a variety of trends this season: cross-body straps, saturated colors, stripes, bold prints, and petite profiles. Here are five bag patterns that fit the bill:

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Knit Around Town Bag

Cross-body strap + textural cables = functional style. This two-trends-in-one purse is a perfect, roomy tote for this fall. Make it for yourself, or make it as a fabulous holiday gift!

Click here for the pattern.