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15 Projects Use Color and Texture for Bold Looks!

April 1st, 2015

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If I told you that you could make a knitted dress from just two rectangles, would you believe it? If you’ve been following our 2015 fashion show collection, you know that you can make stunning garments from simple shapes. Get ready for the next chapter of our exciting collection — Color and Texture!

This part of this collection focuses on rectangles to make dramatic looks from scarves to pullovers to dresses. These patterns are a great place to practice techniques like fair isle and entrelac. Since they’re such easy shapes, you can focus on your stitching. With projects like the Color Infused Afghan and Color and Stitch Sampler Afghan, you can try out bobbles and ripples in small pieces and create a beautiful blanket for your home. You’ll be amazed by how easy these beautiful patterns can be!

You can see all of these projects on the runway here! And, in case you missed them, take a look back at the rest of the collection: Simple RectanglesRectangles Sewn Together, and A Bit of Technique.

Knit Cabled and Button Wrap Knit Gretchen’s Easy Tam Knit Hudson Seed Stitch Scarf
Knit Vice Versa V-neck Pullover Knit Bristol Bay Hat Arm Knit Cowl
Knit Eclectic Entrelac Cardigan Knit Easy Ribbed Slipover Crochet Color Infused Afghan
Knit Essential Fall Pullover Crochet Color and Stitch Sampler Afghan Knit Fair Isle Pocketed Vest
Crochet Sophomore Hat Knit Shapely Striped Maxi Dress Knit Vegan Fur Poncho

Hey Loom Knitters, This One is For You! Loom Knit a Blanket with Good Knit Kisses

March 31st, 2015

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We’ve noticed that many of you are interested in loom knitting and would like more videos demonstrating the use of the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom kit, so we’re happy to share a brand new loom knitting video! Today’s video comes from Kristen Mangus of the Good Knit Kisses channel on YouTube.

Kristen will show you how to work through our Loom Knit Diagonal Blanket pattern, which requires 4 skeins of the Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn. In this video, Kristen will show you how to cast on, work the pattern, and cast off. So, check out the video and get your looms ready!

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A Shrug That Will Have You Totally Hooked: Rib and Shells Shrug

March 29th, 2015

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

Coming into the office, Jan saw Carrie at the reception desk. As usual, the young woman looked adorable — her hair perfectly styled, her makeup impeccable. What really caught Jan’s eye, though, was Carrie’s short, jazzy shrug — open and swingy, with bright flashes of color that popped off a darker background.

Suddenly, there was nothing Jan wanted more than a shrug like Carrie’s. Jan always dressed well for work, but she felt her clothes made her seem decades older than her mid-thirties. Carrie’s shrug suggested new possibilities. Draped and elegant, the garment would create a glamorous, professional look, and also provide warmth without encumbrance.

“Carrie,” Jan exclaimed, “Your shrug is gorgeous! Where did you get it?”

“Actually,” said Carrie, “I crocheted it. It’s handmade.”

Jan processed this information. It was boggling to realize that anyone could crochet something that looked so perfect. Once upon a time Jan had crocheted a simple afghan and some scarves, but nothing as amazing as Carrie’s shrug.

“Do you know how to crochet?” Carrie asked. “I can give you the pattern.”

“Oh gee,” Jan began. “I used to, but it’s been years . . .”

“This pattern is totally for beginners,” Carrie said. “You just crochet a rectangle, then fold and seam. The stitches are easy to remember, so you can crochet while watching TV, and it’s done in no time! Look, I’ll print the free pattern from the Lion Brand website, you buy the yarn, and I’ll help if you get stuck. Deal?”

The softly-plied yarn, called Landscapes®, glowed with the impressionist brilliance of a tropical ocean sunset. Carrie was a willing crochet consultant, but Jan quickly recalled the stitches and easily understood the pattern. “It’s like riding a bike,” she observed. “You never really forget.”

“So what’s next?” Carrie asked. “Something more challenging?”

“I haven’t even finished this shrug!”

“But soon you will.”

“In that case, I think I’ll make myself another one, in a different colorway,” said Jan. “I have to confess that when I bought the yarn, I just couldn’t decide which colors I liked best. So I bought some extra.”

“Really?” Carrie seemed quite amused. “How much extra?”

“Um . . . a lot?” Carrie was laughing now. “Jan,” she said, “I think you’re totally hooked.”

Save 20% off Landscapes® until the end of March!

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.


Lion Brand’s Newest Yarn “Textures” Gives Projects a New Dimension!

March 26th, 2015

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I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Lion Brand® Yarn family, Textures®! Textures® is a self-striping boucle yarn that creates gorgeous drape. The colors are inspired by a natural palette, drawing from the forest, ocean, meadows, and skies. This yarn is an acrylic and nylon blend so your garments are machine washable and dryable. Textures® is light weight which means it’s great for springtime knitting and crochet!

Check out this video to learn more about this exciting new yarn!


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Feeling inspired? Here are a few patterns made with Textures®!

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Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic Crochet Button Cowl
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Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho Knit Triangle Shawl Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan

 


13 Patterns You Won’t Believe You Can Make

March 25th, 2015

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It’s been fun introducing our 2015 fashion show patterns over the past few weeks. So far we’ve walked you through Simple Rectangles and Rectangles Sewn Together.

So now that you’ve worked through the first two sections of our fabulous new collection, are you up for a challenge? We’re excited to show you the third chapter of the collection, A Bit of Technique. These bold patterns build on the idea that garments can be made from simple shapes and use easy shaping to create v-necks, patchwork, and over-sized cowls. Fun techniques like lace, cables, and embroidered embellishments make these projects look like they stepped right off the runway.

See all of these patterns in action here.

Knit Montclair Poncho Knit Danielle’s Radiant Wristers Knit Kimono Pullover
Knit Sophomore Hat Knit Poncho Pullover and Crochet Poncho Pullover Knit Cozy Cowl Pullover
Knit Color Block Sweater Knit Midnight Garden Tunic Crochet Ripple Bolero
Knit Glitzy Striped Legwarmers Crochet Moody Blue Bag Crochet Lacy Poncho
Crochet Mountain Dawn Cowl

8 Popular Dog Sweater Patterns for National Puppy Day!

March 23rd, 2015

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It’s National Puppy Day – the perfect opportunity to celebrate our furry friends! So go on, take the pooch out for a longer walk, give them an extra treat or two, and while you’re at it, knit or crochet them a new sweater to show off at the dog run.

Here are eight of our most popular dog sweaters – from the Cabled Dog Sweater to the Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater to something simple like the Proud Puppy Sweater, there’s something for every doggy!

Crochet Striped Dog Sweater Knit Cabled Dog Cardigan Crochet Poet Dog Sweater Knit The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater
Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Knit Cabled Dog Cardigan in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Poet Dog Sweater in Homespun® Knit The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater in Vanna’s Choice®
Knit Sports Nut Dog Sweater Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater Proud Puppy Dog Sweater The Lady Who Lunches Dog Sweater
Knit Sports Nut Dog Sweater in Hometown USA® Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater in Vanna’s Choice® Knit Proud Puppy Dog Sweater in Amazing® Crochet The Lady Who Lunches Dog Sweater
in Bonbons and Vanna’s Choice®

Have you knit or crochet anything for your best furry friend lately? Share with us below!


22 Popular Patterns for Boys and Men

March 19th, 2015

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13 Runway-Inspired Projects That Use Simple Seaming

March 18th, 2015

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In case you missed it, last week we highlighted the first section of our 2015 fashion collection, Simple Rectangles, which featured pieces made from, you guessed it, rectangles!

This week we’re having fun with the second section, Rectangles Sewn Together, which features easy rectangle shapes that require just a little bit of simple seaming to become impressive garments! You can make runway-inspired garments with minimal shaping. If you’ve never made a cardigan before, this group of patterns is a great place to start – you really can do it!

See all of the patterns from part two: Rectangles Sewn Together!

Crochet Electric Granny Vest Crochet Bright Squares Afghan Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover
Knit Colorblock Slipover Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan Knit Seed Stitch Cardi with Scarf
Crochet Small Squares Shawl Crochet Oversized Popover Top Knit Hudson Riverfront Hat
Knit Reading Room Cardigan Chatsworth Cable Poncho Knit Painterly Mitered Pullover
Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan

Hear more about the idea behind this year’s collection from Lion Brand®‘s Design Director Adina Klein in the video below!

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9 Patterns Inspired by Cinderella!

March 13th, 2015

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Was Cinderella your favorite Disney Princess when you were a little girl? Well, she’s making a big comeback! Disney’s new live-action Cinderella comes to theaters this weekend to bring magic to a new generation. Do you think this new film will be a fun update or is the classic version your all-time favorite?

Inspired by the new movie, I’ve put together some patterns that can bippity-boppity-boo your little one into a real princess. The projects include our new crocheted Topsy Turvy Princess Doll that transforms with a flip from day to night! And the adorable Fairytale Headband and Wand set requires no knit or crochet skills- a great project to craft with the kids!

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Craft Fairytale Headband and Wand
made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Bonbons
Crochet Topsy Turvy Princess Doll made with Vanna’s ChoiceVanna’s Glamour®, and Bonbons Knit Baby Crown Hat
Made with Modern Baby®
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Crochet Pumpkin Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® by Bowties and Fezzes
Knit Rats! made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user 3secondfish
Knit Lavish Booties
made with LB Collection® Cashmere
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Knit Fairy-Tale Blanket
made with Vanna’s Sequins by Nicky Epstein
Craft Fairy Wands made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend and Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Glitter Eyelash Loom-Woven Apron with Pockets
Made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp

5 Patterns Perfect for Petites!

March 12th, 2015

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As the weather moves from winter to warmer, a cardigan can serve as a great transitional piece. I’m a very petite person, so fit is always a concern, especially when it comes to sleeves. I prefer tops that have 3/4 sleeves because they end up being regular-sized – perfect for a small woman like myself!

I’d been eyeing the Perfect Crochet Cardigan for awhile and since with March is National Crochet Month, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start this wishlist project. I had also needed an excuse to use the Fishermen’s Wool® in my stash, which turned out to be a great substitute for Amazing® – I didn’t even have to change hook sizes!

It really is the “perfect cardigan” –  it worked up quickly, taking only a week to finish, and it fits great. I can also roll up the sleeves, as you can see, to create my own 3/4 sleeve effect. As a crafter, I added pockets so I have someplace to put my yarn cutter and measuring tape when I need it. It can even serve as a coat on those cooler spring evenings.

For more ideas, I’ve selected four projects that work well for petites!

Level 1 Crocheted Cardigan Eloise Eyelet Cardi Round-About Cropped Cardi My First Raglan Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Variation
Level 1 Crochet Cardigan Knit Eloise Eyelet Cardigan Round-About Cropped Cardi Knit My First Raglan Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Variation
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