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FREE DIY Knit Octopus Costumes – One for Kids, One for Pets!

October 8th, 2015

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Our friend Kristy Glass from the Glass Posse channel talks up a few of her favorite costume patterns!

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Get the FREE patterns here:

Octopus Poncho Octopus Dog Costume
Octopus Poncho,
made with Vanna’s Choice®
Octopus Dog Costume,
made with Vanna’s Choice®

For more great FREE costume patterns, visit Pattern Finder.

Voting is open! Vote for our next Knit-Along Project!

October 2nd, 2015

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Hurry, voting ends this Sunday, October 11th!

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Here we go again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments featured in this post. So let’s get started, shall we?

FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about each of the patterns by clicking on their photos/names below and then come back to cast your vote. Kristy Glass, your KAL leader, has a favorite but she’ll never tell … well, at least not until the votes are in! In the meantime she has her fingers crossed …

In any case, they’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.


Palermo Poncho Textured Topper Free Spirit Topper Rustic Embroidered Wrap Colorwork Poncho & Fingerless Gloves



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This knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Kristy Glass 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 knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Remember, the winning pattern will be announced the week of Monday, October 12th, 2015 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a winter crochet-along early next year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

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.


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

9 Knit and Crochet Patterns Using Cotton-Ease and Kitchen Cotton (That you can work on in the Summer!)

July 9th, 2015

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Today we’re featuring patterns that use either Kitchen Cotton or Cotton-Ease® to keep you crafting through the warm summer months. Many of these patterns are small enough to work on while waiting for appointments, hanging out at BBQs, or even while enjoying those lovely summer road trips as you relax with your feet up. Take a look below and get inspired!

Crochet Flower Face Cleansing Pads by Petals to Picots
Kitchen Cotton
Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket by The Stitchin Mommy
Knit Patriotic Placemat by Jessie at Home
Kitchen Cotton
KitchenCottonMiuMiu2 CableRibBabyJacket
Miu Miu DIY by Trinkets in Bloom (crochet)
Kitchen Cotton®
Textured Washcloth by Salena Baca Crochet
Kitchen Cotton®
Knit Reverse Cable Rib Baby Jacket by Adrienne Medrano (Ravelry) Cotton-Ease®
The Hive Knit Dishcloth by Being Spiffy
Kitchen Cotton
Easy Knit Top by Mama in A Stitch
Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes