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8 Beautiful Patterns from Ravelry, Perfect for Weddings!

May 24th, 2014

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Wedding season is here and I know there are many brides-to-be, mothers, and friends searching for the perfect handmade pattern for the joyous occasion. How lovely it would be to have a handmade shawl or gift on that special wedding day; sure to become an heirloom piece, passed down from mother to daughter, and cherished for a lifetime.

I spent some time browsing wedding-related patterns on Ravelry and found these gorgeous patterns, all perfect for the big day. Couple them with Lion Brand’s “wedding appropriate” yarns, and just maybe you’ll have the perfect handmade wedding gift you’ve been looking for!

 Flying Home by Kat Coyle
Project by Ravelry User Lorix5
Knit Pattern: Flying Home by Kat Coyle
LB Collection Silk Mohair in Wisp
Morpho Shawlette by Cheri McEwen
Project by Ravelry User Paeonia
Crochet pattern: Morpho Shawlette by Cheri McEwan
LB Collection Silk Mohair in Wisp

 


Project by Ravelry User AngelSong76
Knit Pattern: Celtic Knot Stole by Sarah Kendrick Hughes
Vanna’s Glamour in Topaz
Siren Shrug
Project by Ravelry user BrotherLadies
Knit Pattern: Cashmere Bolero by Sharon Sorken
LB Collection Baby Alpaca in Fawn Heather
Vanna’s Glamour in Moonstone

 

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Lion Brand Recommendations: Two Fast-Finish Afghans

May 22nd, 2014

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Looking for a fast, last minute gift for an anniversary, birthday, or baby shower? The secret is to pick a project that uses basic stitches and multiple strands of yarn, says Jackie Smyth, Lion Brand’s technical editor. We asked Jackie to recommend two quick and simple patterns for beautiful afghans on the fly and to tell us all about why she likes them.  (This column originally appeared in The Weekly Stitch newsletter.)

Fast Finish Throw Speed hood Baby Blanket
Fast Finish Throw Speed Hook Baby Blanket

LBY Newsletter: You’ve chosen two simple, speedy patterns for our readers. What’s your first recommendation?

Jackie: I love the Fast Finish Throw because it’s just about as simple as they come. The beautiful colors in this afghan are soothing and it has a wonderful texture.

This project is easy and fast for two reasons: First, it’s made using only stockinette stitch. And second, it’s worked on Speed Stix, our exclusive size 50 knitting needles. When you work with Speed Stix the resulting fabric is quite forgiving so exact gauge is not a worry, making it simpler for knitters of all levels. When you knit with Speed Stix, it creates stitches that are an inch tall, which means that you see results quickly.

LBY Newsletter: What about the gorgeous colors in this afghan? How did you get that blended effect?

Jackie:The Fast Finish Throw is made with four different colors of Jiffy®yarn held together, so it has the beautiful look of tweed. It’s a gorgeous look without a lot of effort, something that everyone from beginners to designers can appreciate.

LBY Newsletter: That definitely sounds like a great, simple project. What’s the second pattern you’d like to recommend to our readers?

Jackie: My second recommendation is our Speed Hook Baby Blanket. You only need to know how to do a single crochet stitch to make this one! This blanket is made with our size S-35 Speed Hook, which is an extra large crochet hook. Again, your gauge doesn’t have to be exact with the Speed Hook. Like the first afghan, this adorable baby blanket also uses multiple strands of yarn—this time three strands of Cotton-Ease—which not only makes it extremely fast to crochet, but adds dimension to the color. You can make it in the recommended colors, our alternative color combination, or in colors of your own choosing. I think that this one is absolutely perfect to make for a last minute gift.

LBY Newsletter: So what are the main things that our readers should remember about these projects?

Jackie: Again, the key to the ease and beauty of both of these projects is simplicity. You can use basic stitches and super-sized needles and hooks, along with multiple strands of yarn worked together, to make these simple and satisfying blankets.

LBY Newsletter: Thanks for your recommendations, Jackie. We look forward to speaking to you again next month for more great tips.

For more great patterns, sign up for our New Patterns Alert, and see the latest creations from our Design Department.

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Make a Charlotte Brontë Cape with Yolanda Soto-Lopez

May 20th, 2014

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Re-visit the Victorian era with one of our most popular crochet patterns, the Charlotte Brontë Cape, made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®. This informative two-part video series, hosted by Yolanda Soto-Lopez of “All Crafts Channel”, offers detailed instructions for making this piece, from start to finish!

Join Yolanda as she walks you through each and every step of this easy project that’s perfect for beginners.

Charlotte Brontë Cape — Part One

Charlotte Brontë Cape — Part Two

“I’m just going to crochet because I cannot help it.”


Father’s Day Ideas for 6 Different Dads

May 18th, 2014

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Lion Brand’s Patternfinder is filled with gift ideas for that special dad in your life. Whether he loves watching the game on Sunday or spending quiet time with a good book, we have a craft project that you can make just for him. And like most dads, he will appreciate a handmade gift because it’s made with love.
Father’s Day is June 15th. I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas that would suit any type of dad, so start browsing now and get started crafting for dear old dad.

Knit Ipad Cozy Crochet Touchdown Hat and Scarf Set  petloverdad
Knit Tablet(iPad) Fair Isle Tech Vest – for the hi-tech Dad Crochet Touchdown Hat and Scarf Set – for the sports Dad Knit the Sports Nut Hat and Dog Sweater – for the pet-lover Dad
Knit Travelin; man Shoe Covers Crochet Super Hero Blanket Knit Compact Car Blanket
Knit Travelin’ Man Shoe Covers – for the on-the-go Dad Little Super Hero Blanket (lapghan for adults)- for the comics-lover Dad Knit Compact Car Blanket – for the “no-presents” Dad

If you still stumped at what to make, we have some great tips to help you brainstorm.


Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Lace!

May 14th, 2014

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Earlier this year Lion Brand unveiled The 7 Wonders of The World – a series of sculptures designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Not only did each sculpture represent one of the 7 Wonders in yarn techniques, but we presented a fashion show where each technique was reflected in a variety of fashions. In the last post in this series we visited embellishments and their importance to knitting, crochet, and yarncrafting in general. Today we present part five: “Lace.”

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Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Tower of Pisa; model wearing crochet Lacy Picot Shrug

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (or just The Tower of Pisa) is our fifth Wonder of the Yarn World. Its openwork architecture, patterned with open holes, mimics a lace pattern. Chosen to represent combinations of open spaces and texture-formed designs, you’ll find that the patterns associated with this line are bold, yet elegant and detailed.

Boasting charming colorways, two-way ribbing and simplicity – these pieces are well-suited to the yarncrafter who’s looking to spin lace in an unconventional way. The yarns featured include Homespun, Heartland, Amazing®, Pound of Love®, Unique, Vanna’s Glamour®

Below we’ve chosen several of the striking designs from the lace collection from our fashion show. In the coming weeks we’ll feature the remaining two of the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World — from lace to granny squares to modern color work, you’re sure to find inspiration in this amazing collection.

CHA- Lace CHA-lace-homespun CHA-lacework CHA-lacewrap
Knit Fan Lace Tunic
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Crochet Painterly Beret
Openwork Knit Shrug
with
Crochet Two Way Ribbed Scarf
Knit Lacework Cardigan Knit Lacework Hat
with
Knit Seven Wonders Wrap

Celebrate the Graduates of 2014 with Handmade Gifts!

May 13th, 2014

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College students are gearing up for graduation this month, with high school students soon to follow, and lucky for you there’s still enough time to knit or crochet something sweet for that dedicated student. Take a look at the suggestions below and find the best fit for your grad!

Cute Commemorative Gifts: These little guys are a cute accompaniment to a graduation card, bouquet of flowers, or set of balloons. The graduate can place it in their room, or on their desk at work (or internship), and always remember that milestone moment and the person who gave it to them.

Amigurumi Graduation Bear
Crochet Graduation Bear
Amigurumi Graduation Bookworm
Crochet Graduation Bookworm
Amigurumi Graduation Owl
Crochet Graduation Owl

 

Dorm Life: Give that new grad a special handmade gift to bring with them to their dorm room. A personalized gift in the student’s new school colors might get them excited to go to games and show off team spirit, and comforting afghans and pillows in fun colors will keep them cozy on those cold winter nights when they can’t be with family.

School Colors Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet School Colors Hat & Scarf Set
Geometric Pillow and Afghan
Knit Geometric Pillow and Afghan
blazing-block
Knit Blazing Blocks

 

For a Student on the Go!: Technology meets handmade: make a soft protective cover for a tablet or iPad cover for the student who wants to look stylish while transporting their hi-tech gear across campus. Since college students tend to consume plenty of coffee, why not make a set of coffee cozies, a more eco-friendly alternative to the cup sleeves they give you at the store.

Book/Tablet Cover
Knit Book/Tablet Cover
coffee cozies
Knit Cabled Mug & Crochet One Stitch
Mug Cozy
Click here for all coffee cozies
Crochet Laptop Sleeve
Crochet Laptop Sleeve

 


Make a Simple Shrug with Yolanda Soto-Lopez, Now With Spanish Subtitles!

May 9th, 2014

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One of our most popular patterns, the Simple Shrug, is an easy project that’s perfect for beginners. Many of you have requested that we provide Spanish language support for our patterns, so we are very pleased to bring you this great tutorial by Yolanda Soto-Lopez, now with added Spanish subtitles!

Spanish readers, here are Yolanda’s instructions on how to begin:

En este video aprendera hacer esta linda prenda de dama. Esta prenda es un nivel facil. El patron escrito esta disponible gratis en ingles solamente en el website de lionbrand.com Yo estare traduciendo las instrucciones en los Subtitulos en Español. Necesita bajar el patron numero: 90689D Necesita 4 madejas de estambre de LionBrand Homespun color: Manzana adulzada, un gancho N/13 (9mm) un avuja para estambre. Yo tambien use clips para detener mi prenda para coser los lados. Los materiales estan disponibles en tiendas como Joanne’s, Michael’s, y otras tiendas de lanas/estambres.

Check out the new video with Yolanda Soto-Lopez of “All Crafts Channel”, now with Spanish subtitles!


April Popular Patterns

May 9th, 2014

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April showers bring May … projects? It seems so! Rainy days are perfect for crafting, and by the looks of it you loved working on the Simple Shrug, which is a great accessory for any kind of weather and the most popular pattern for April!

With the warmer weather we also think about soft and lacy things, as you can see below. Browse below for other patterns that were popular during the month of April.

Happy Crafting!

Crochet Golightly Tote Crochet Baby Blankie Knit Speckled Shrug
Crochet Golightly Tote Crochet Baby Blankie Knit Speckled Shrug
Knit Lacework Cardigan Scallop Crochet Scarf Crochet Celtic Afghan
Knit Lacework Cardigan Scallop Crochet Scarf Crochet Celtic Afghan
Knit Sutter's Mill Throw Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter
Knit Sutter Mill’s Throw Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter

How to Attach and Make a Fringe Trim for Any Project

May 5th, 2014

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This column by Barbara Breiter, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting, originally appeared in The Weekly Stitch newsletter.

Fringe can be added to just about any project: afghans, scarves, shawls, even the bottom of a sweater.

There are countless variations. It can be long or short. You can add just a few strands or a thick bundle. Fringe sections can be spaced close together or far apart. Use the same yarn you used in the project or a contrasting color; you can use an entirely different yarn as well. Or you can combine different yarns within the same section. Strands can be even or you can make them differing lengths, either within the same fringe section or alternating sections. Experiment and have fun!

Here are some examples of projects using fringe:

Croak Skull Illusion Scarf Loom Knit Fringed Poncho Knit Cabled and Fringed Hat
Knit
Croak Skull Illusion Scarf
Loom
Knit Fringe Poncho
Knit
Cabled and Fringe Hat

Some yarn frays quickly at the end when it’s cut; some people like how this looks and others don’t. Eventually all fringe will fray at the ends with wear to some degree. If you would like to minimize this, you can either knot the ends of your fringe or apply a fabric glue or seam sealer, such as Fray Check (a liquid seam sealer used in sewing). Keep in mind that while this will minimize fraying, there will be this glue-like substance on the ends.

Here’s how to make and attach fringe:

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6 Bold Patterns for a Very “Unique” yarn

May 3rd, 2014

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For the month of May, we’re offering Unique yarn at 15% off! Unique is a stunning yarn with complementary color changes that add beautiful tonal depth to your project.

Each ply of this bulky yarn is printed in a multicolor pattern, which creates a bold tweed effect as it is knit or crocheted into your new favorite project. Unique is also machine washable and dryable, and it’s super soft and lofty, making it an absolute pleasure to work with. Check out some projects below to get you started!

Granny Inspired Afghan
Crochet Granny Inspired Afghan
Slouchy Granny Square Cap
Crochet Slouchy Granny Square Cap
Granny Square CoatCrochet Granny Square Coat
Modular Cowl
Knit Modular Cowl
Half Circle Shawl
Knit Half Circle Shawl
Easy Color Hoodie
Knit Easy Color Hoodie

» Click here for more patterns in Unique«

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