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Celebrity Style: Get the Look! Gigi Hadid Steps Out in a Granny Square Duster

February 7th, 2016

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See it, make it! Model Gigi Hadid was recently snapped in Paris wearing this cool granny square duster. This 70s-inspired sweater-coat is totally trendy right now but its price tag might shock you. This Rosetta Getty duster retails for $1,400! But you can make one yourself without breaking the bank!

The crochet Graphic Statement Cardigan is made with Heartland®. It’s a fun, bold cardi that’s a must for your winter wardrobe! And, with so many amazing colors of Heartland®, imagine all of the possibilities!



Shop for Heartland® here!

You Only Need One Ball to Make This Headband!

February 6th, 2016

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Have you seen our newest yarn, Color Clouds? It’s a Jumbo weight yarn which means it’s perfect for quick-knit winter accessories that will keep you warm and wrap you in a pop of color! Big, chunky accessories are always in for the winter time! And Shira’s found her favorite!

In this video, Shira shows off her latest project, the Hampstead Headband. It’s the perfect project to give as a gift because it works up super fast. But your friends don’t have to know that! Shira’s knitting one for each of her friends and with so many colors to choose from, she’ll never get bored!

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See even more color possibilities!

Hampstead Headband (knit) Hebron Headband (crochet) Henniker Headband (knit)
Hebron Headband (crochet) Color Clouds Hebron Headband (crochet)

Go Big With February’s Featured Yarns!

February 2nd, 2016

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You know it to be true — the thicker the yarn, the quicker the knit! This month, save 20% on a collection of super-bulky and jumbo weight yarns! With over-sized stitches on trend for 2016, you’ll want to get your hands on several of these yarns for your next project!

Choose from Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Heartland® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Quickie, Country®, Color Clouds, Gold Leaf®, Jiffy® Thick & Quick®, LB Collection® Wool, and LB Collection® Natural Wool.

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out our latest Lookbook below!

Go Back to Basics with this LB Collection Sweater!

January 28th, 2016

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I have a little secret! When I’m not making videos with Shira, I’m designing patterns! It’s just a small hobby for me but when you’re surrounded by gorgeous yarns all day long, it’s so easy to get inspired! I wanted to share some of the ideas behind my latest design, the Peggy Sweater which is available now in Knitscene’s Spring 2016 issue! This sweater is a drapey boatneck with a plunging back. And, best of all, it’s easy to make!

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This sweater is made with LB Collection® Baby Alpaca. This yarn is not only incredibly soft but it makes for a very airy top that’s perfect for those chilly spring months. The striking back is inspired by a Dior jumpsuit. I think that lots of ladies prefer to show off their shoulders and backs and, over a dress or lacy tank top, this makes a great transitional garment.


I was also influenced by so many of Lion Brand®’s patterns that are based on squares and rectangles. I really wanted to design something that wasn’t too complicated for other knitters to execute. The back looks dramatic but is actually created only by increasing a few stitches. The shoulders are then sewn together to create that scooping back. In essence, this sweater is really made of four simple shapes and then seamed together! It’s one of those projects that you can do while you relax and watch TV and those are my favorites!

The Peggy Sweater is available in Knitscene Spring 2016 in five sizes!



Shop for LB Collection® Baby Alpaca here.

Hip, Hip, Hats! Celebrate National Hat Day with These 6 Patterns!

January 15th, 2016

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Your head may already be topped off due to the winter chills, but, today, wear your hats with pride — it’s National Hat Day!

This winter staple is always a great go-to project for colder seasons, and is the ideal portable project. Play up your pattern with decorative stitches, yarn substitutions, or embellishments like crocheted motifs or pom-poms!

Snowy or sunny, you’re sure to get use out of a beanie or toque. Celebrate by starting on a new hat (or two!) for the new year — see a few of our favorites below!

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Crochet Bathgate Hat made with 24/7 Cotton Crochet Embellished Beanie made with Homespun® Crochet Romantic Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Earthy Crocheted Hat made with Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Palettes Knit Tivoli Hat made with Vanna’s Complement Knit Half Caf Hat made with Landscapes®