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170,000 yards of yarn later . . .

December 9th, 2009

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On October 1st we announced we would be knitting and crocheting in the window of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, to make scarves for charity.  In addition, we announced we would be collecting donations of hats and scarves from our area customers to be donated to our local charity, Partnership for the Homeless.  Many New York area yarncrafters participated, in addition, the blog sparked the interest of yarncrafters around the country to reach out to their own local charities through our Charity Connection.

8 weeks and nearly 170,000 of yards later, we collected from our customers:

170 Scarves

251 Hats

Click here to read about the Lion Brand Yarn Studio staff’s contribution.

It was amazing seeing all the great hats & scarves that were created, and experiencing the kindness and generosity of so many of our customers.

When we were packing up the scarves I recognized a few of my favorite Lion Brand yarns and Lion Brand patterns.

Here’s the Thermal Scarf, done in Fisherman’s Wool.

Here’s the Meandering Rib Scarf done in Wool-Ease


Can You Crochet Away Depression?

December 3rd, 2009

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We received this inspiring and uplifting note from a customer who gave us permission to share it with you.

“I just wanted to let you know how much Lion Brand has changed my life! I have been suffering with Fibromyalgia since 2002, and some days the most I can do is sit still because the pain is so bad. The pain plus the feelings of worthlessness add up to horrific depression over what I can no longer accomplish. However, back in August a friend suggested I learn a “gentle hobby” that I could work on during my flare-ups. I thought of Crochet as a possibility, Googled the internet for the information and quickly found your website. I printed out all the “how to” instructions along with one of the free scarf patterns. It was amazing in that with your help, I was able to learn to crochet in just a few hours. Since then, I have made many scarves and throws as gifts for Christmas, while some people have already requested one of my creations! The best part is that I no longer feel depressed and worthless on my painful days. You have truly changed my life! Thank you so much, I appreciate Lion Brand Yarn more than you will ever know!”

If you would like to learn to crochet or knit or improve your skills we have tutorials on our website including videos and diagrams to help you in theprocess.  It’s all there in the Lion Brand Learning Center

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Our Final Scarf-a-Day!

November 25th, 2009

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It’s our final scarf! Today, Claire shows off the simple-looking, but elegant rice stitch!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Today, we finish our 8 days of scarves. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, we hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Claire’s Rice Stitch (shown in Vanna’s Choice Beige)

CO 25.
Row 1: P1 *K1tbl, P1, repeat from *.
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat these 2 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.

Thanks for checking out our scarves. We hope that this handful of our scarves has inspired you this season. Come back after the holiday to see just how many scarves we made AND collected for the Partnership for the Homeless!


Cheery Crochet Checks!

November 24th, 2009

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Andrea shows how versatile crochet can get with crochet checks today!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Today, we continue with 8 days of scarves. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, come back from now until Thanksgiving for inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Andrea’s Crochet Checks (shown in Vanna’s Choice Burgundy)

Ch 20
Row 1: *(Sc tbl) twice, (sc tfl) twice, repeat from * to end, chain 1 turn
Row 2: *(Sc tfl) twice, (sc tbl) twice, repeat from * to end, chain 1 turn
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for body of scarf.
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.


Experiment with Diagonal Lace

November 23rd, 2009

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Today’s scarf gets a little lacy! Only 2 more scarf patterns left!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Today, we continue with 8 days of scarves. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, come back from now until Thanksgiving for inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Gillian’s Diagonal Scarf (shown in Vanna’s Choice Charcoal Print)

CO 24.

Row 1 – 8: Knit.
Begin Row 1 of chart
Row 1 of chart: K4, follow chart , k4. (Garter border)
Repeat chart rows for entire body length, keeping garter stitch border
Row 2 and every WS row: K 4, purl across chart, K4
Row 3 – 11: follow chart, maintaining garter stitch border
Repeat chart until desired length
End with 8 rows of Knit
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.


Scarf Inspiration: Gina’s Shells

November 20th, 2009

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Today, we bring you another beautiful crochet scarf! Pattern below.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, come back from now until Thanksgiving for inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Gina’s Shell Scarf (shown in Vanna’s Choice Charcoal)

Ch 21.
Row 1: 2 dc in the same ch, (sk 2 ch, 1 sc, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next stitch) twice, sk 2 ch, sc, sk 2 ch, 3 dc in last stitch, ch 1 turn.
Row 2: sk 2 (5 dc in next st, sk 2, sc, sk 2) twice, 5 dc in next st, sk 2, sc, ch3, turn.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 to end.
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.

Only 3 days of scarf ideas left, so keep coming back!


Discover Granite Stitch

November 19th, 2009

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Add a lot of texture with today’s scarf, courtesy of Claire!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Today, we continue with our 8 days of scarves. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, come back from now until Thanksgiving for inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Claire’s Granite Relief Stitch Scarf (shown in Vanna’s Choice Navy)

CO 24

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K4, K2tog for next 16 st, K 4
Row 3: K4, Kfb of next 16 st, K4
Row 4: K4, Purl 16, K4
Repeat these 4 rows for full length of the scarf.
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.


Drop a Stitch On Purpose!

November 18th, 2009

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Live on the edge with today’s scarf! Drop stitches on purpose for a unique look!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, come back from now until Thanksgiving for inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Andrea’s Drop Stitch Scarf (show in Scarlett)

CO 24.
Row 1 – 7: Knit.
Row 8: *K1, YO* repeat from * to last stitch, end with K1.
Row 9: Purl across row, slipping each YO
Row 10: *K1, drop YOs* repeat from * to last stitch, end with K1.
Repeat rows 1 – 10 for body of scarf.
Knit 7 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.


Add Cables for Texture

November 17th, 2009

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On our journey through Scarf Land, we bring you to the classic cabled scarf…get the pattern below. 6 more days of scarf patterns left!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared with you some of the scarves we’ve been making for our Hat & Scarf Charity Drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Whether you’re making them as gifts or for charity, come back from now until Thanksgiving for inspiration & patterns for easy scarves from the Studio’s staff.

Gillian’s Cable Scarf (in Vanna’s Choice Taupe)

Cable stitch definition: CR4: slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in back, K2 , K2 from cable needle

CO 30.
Rows 1 – 8: Knit.
Row 9: K5, P4, K4, P4, K4, P4, K5.
Row 10: K9, P4, K4, P4, K9.
Row 11 & 13: Repeat row 9.
Row 12 & 14: Repeat row 10.
Row 15: K5, P4, CR4, P4, CR4, P4, K5.
Row 16: K9, P4, K4, P4, P9.
Repeat rows 9 – 16.
End with 8 rows of Garter stitch (knit every row).
Bind off and weave in ends.

*As with all of our scarf patterns shown, we only used one ball for our scarves, but you can use two and make them as long or short as you wish. Vanna’s Choice’s recommended hook size is J-10; its recommended needle size is US9.


Swatching: It’s Not Just for Gauge Anymore

November 16th, 2009

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It doesn’t take long for a new knitter or crocheter to learn about the importance of making a gauge swatch: one badly off-size project usually convinces even the most gung-ho non-swatcher. Learning to make and measure a gauge swatch properly is one of the most important steps on the road to a great finished project. I’ve noticed that most of the knitters and crocheters I know (including myself, I’m sorry to say) tend to skimp on the swatching, doing only enough to make sure they’re getting approximate gauge and then plunging headlong into the project at hand.

By doing this, we’re only short-changing ourselves. Not only can getting the proper gauge solve a number of problems, a gauge swatch can tell you much more than just whether you’re getting the requisite number of stitches and rows per inch. Your gauge swatch is the most important place to start learning what your final project will look and feel like. This is particularly important if you’ve chosen to use a different yarn or even color than the one called for in the pattern.

You might find, for instance, that even though you are getting the correct number of stitches and rows per inch, the fabric you are creating is too stiff or too drapey for the project you’re making. Or you might find that the stitch pattern you love just doesn’t show up when worked in the navy yarn you’ve chosen to work with. Better to find out now than after you’ve crocheted half an afghan! Next time you find yourself tempted to skimp or skip the swatch, remind yourself that even though it might seem like a drag now, you’ll be much happier in the end if you do a full, proper swatch.

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