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Hats for Halloween and Beyond!

September 3rd, 2015

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Hats for Halloween and Beyond!
With homework already being doled out, we bet your kids are daydreaming about what they’ll be for Halloween. Some may have had the perfect costume idea concocted months ago, while others are still weighing their options. Robot? Zoo Animal? Rock Star? Whatever they may choose, we yarncrafters know that the sky’s the limit when it comes to DIY costumes!

We also know that Halloween, always at the end of October, teetering into cooler November, can be a chilly holiday depending on where you live. Why not do double duty and make your child’s Halloween costume something they can wear after the holiday? Have fun creating more elaborate hats that kids can dress up for trick-or-treating, then continue to wear as winter comes along.

Below, find a few of our favorite animal-themed hats to get the creative juices flowing. What kind of costume will you help design?


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Knit Cat Ear Hat by Gina Michele* made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Worsted Weight Triceratops Hat by Micah Makes* made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Toddler Monkey Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Unicorn Hat by Repeat Crafter Me* made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Gramminal Lion Hat made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Meow Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Spidey Hat made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit & Crochet Fuzzy Bear Hood made with Romance® Crochet Coco the Spaniel Hat by IraRott Inc*. made with Vanna’s Choice®


*Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern.

9 of August’s Most Popular Patterns!

September 2nd, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
August saw the launch of two fantastic yarn collections! Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® — the wool-blend yarn you love for its feel and ease — debuted 14 new colors! Our newest program, Color Made Easy, constructed new color families and made even the simplest projects look fashionable and unique. The Level-2 Easy Knit Cardigan was a favorite without a doubt. Available in 5 sizes, it’s also rated as an Easy-level pattern. Beginner and expert knitters alike will love this project.

Also trending in August – Scarfie. It’s the solution to the conundrum all yarncrafters face: how much yarn do I need for a pattern? We crunched the numbers and found the perfect yardage for this new yarn. One ball will make a full-length knit or crocheted scarf, but don’t stop there… Garments like the Free Spirit Topper show off Scarfie‘s gorgeous ombre coloring and are perfect transitional pieces for your wardrobe. Available in 9 richly toned ombre colors, it’s a perfect fit for fall.

Below, find some of August’s top patterns; don’t forget to use our Pattern Finder to find more!

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Level-2 Easy Knit Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Level-2 Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Level-1 Knit Beginner Cowl made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
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Level-2 Easy Crochet Afghan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Level-2 Easy Crochet Cowl made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Knit Free Spirit Topper made with Scarfie
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Friendship Bracelets made with Bonbons Knit Checkerboard Scarf made with Scarfie Level-1 Beginner Knit Afghan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®


Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters

August 27th, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
With seasons changing soon, we’re tempted to get started on scarves and hats — but it’s not that chilly yet! Fall is a wonderful time to experiment with layers – try adding a vest over a button down, a poncho over a simple top, or knee high socks or legwarmers over tights. Accessories like these a great ways to try out new patterns and introduce a new style to your closet. You’ll also be able to dress up existing outfits without having to buy a new seasonal wardrobe!

Vests and wraps are trendy alternatives to simple cardigans. They’re versatile, pairing well with both billowy blouses and solid basics. Keep one on your office desk chair to layer on your work outfit!

We prefer ponchos over pullovers for walks in the park, cheering on the team from the sidelines, or just wearing as a statement piece. With their simple construction, they’re a great project for beginners not yet ready to tackle on shaping sweater sleeves.

Use up the rest of the summer to get started on these fall knits!

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Knit Prince Street Legwarmers made with Tweed Stripes® Knit Level 1 Vest made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Knit Penelope Poncho made with Country®
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Knit Veranda Vest made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Autumn Light Gauntlets made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Cuffed Poncho made with LB Collection® Silk Mohair
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Knit Rustic Embroidered Wrap made with Wool-Ease® and Unique Knit Honeycomb Poncho made with Wool-Ease® Knit Cabled and Buttoned Wrap made with Heartland®

3 Amigurumi Patterns Inspired By Birdwatching

August 25th, 2015

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I personally enjoy reading all the responses when we ask our Facebook fans, “What are you doing besides knitting and crocheting?” These posts are favorites of mine because they give me ideas on things to do and books to read. In the office here, it’s fun to take a break and chat about upcoming personal plans and different hobbies that we’re interested in; we tend to find that many of us have similar interests. So I was thrilled to read that many of you also enjoy bird watching!

BlackbirdBird watching can be so fun – I love walking down the street and seeing a beautiful array of colors flutter by. In my neighborhood and in the Northeast in general, the most common birds that can be found include cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, and mourning doves.

One day, as I was walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, a bird’s call caught me by surprise, and when I looked to see where it was coming from, I saw a bird I never saw before. I was so intrigued by this bird and had to know what it was. Thanks to my colleague Danielle, I used my Merlin Bird ID app by Cornell Lab of Orinthology, and based on the description (black bird with red wings), I found out it was a male red-wing blackbird. I was so excited! The app also gave me more information on the bird’s behaviors and sounds. I suggest you check out the app or play around on the website to see what birds in your area you can identify.

Share you love for birds by knitting or crocheting some amigurumi for your desk, shelves, or even friends!

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Where do you like to bird watch, and has it inspired any of your crafting projects? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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®