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13 Gifts You Can Make with 2 Balls of Yarn or Less

December 8th, 2014

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Every year I participate in a handmade Secret Santa gift exchange. Working at Lion Brand has definitely inspired me to learn to knit, and as a person who usually crochets, I wanted to make something different and challenging this year.

I found the Ribbed Bolero pattern to be a good place to start. It’s a good beginner project to both improve knitting skills, and to make a great gift at the same time. It’s just like making a scarf — just much wider and folded in half.  This pattern is perfect as I had also been looking for a 2-ball project that uses Homespun®.

One of the many skills I gained from this project was learning to differentiate between a stockinette (which the pattern called for) and a garter stitch (which I accidentally did). I was surprised (and relieved) that it still looked similar the picture, except with a different stitch – and it only cost $15!

Below I’ve selected several 2-ball projects that will let you practice your craft and make a great handmade gift at the same time. Let the gift knitting begin!

Knit His or Her Hat Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash
Knit His or Her Hat Crochet Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash

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Learn to Knit an Easy Fair Isle Tam with Christine from iKNITS

December 5th, 2014

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Christine from the iKNITS YouTube channel shows you how to work up Gretchen’s Easy Tam using Heartland yarn – which, by the way, is 20% off until the end of this month.

This tutorial is great for those who may feel intimidated by fair isle knitting; Christine does a wonderful job of making the pattern and technique easy to understand. With a beautiful snowflake/star image at the center of the hat, it’s the perfect winter accessory. There are plenty of colors in Heartland for you to choose contrasting hues that best suit your tastes. I personally like the red and white combination for a striking Christmas hat.

Watch Christine’s video below and get started!


12 Patterns Featuring Color and Texture – Perfect Baby Gifts!

December 4th, 2014

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Two of my good friends have recently had babies and while I’m still thinking about making gifts for my friends, I’m also thinking of their newborns this holiday season.

I love making baby gifts that are colorful or have a lot of texture – the extraordinary color palette of Modern Baby® is one of my favorite yarns for color, and for a touchable pattern with lots of texture, I always come back to the symbolic Tree of Life Afghan.  

Earlier this year, when Lion Brand introduced its newest yarn, Ice Cream, I got excited about the Confetti Color Blanket – the variegated colors and knitted indentations give it a touchable, fabric-like appearance – a delightful combination of both color and texture!

To inspire you this holiday season, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that feature color and texture:

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Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks
Knit Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks

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Introducing Ice Cream, Lion Brand’s Newest Yarn!

December 3rd, 2014

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Destined to be your new favorite baby yarn, Ice Cream is a soft and easy care yarn that works up to create delightful, self-striping colorways that blend unique and cheerful color combinations.

It comes in eight delightfully tasty colors like Lemon Swirl, Tutti Frutti, Banana Split, and Cotton Candy. There’s even Cookies & Cream, a sophisticated, tonal grey shade for the gender neutral projects.

This will be your go-to yarn for baby shower gifts, your own baby project and even big, bright and beautiful blankets like the Charleston Garden Blanket.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite Ice Cream patterns below. For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com.

Berry Pretty Hat, Botties and Mitts Knit Panda Pullover Crochet One Skein Wonder Vest Knit Favorite Baby Blanket
Berry Pretty Hat, Booties and Mitts
in Strawberry
Knit Panda Pullover
in Cookies and Cream
Crochet One Skein Wonder Vest in Banana
Split
Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy
Knit Confetti Color Blanket Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Stroller Blankie
Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
Strawberry,
andBlueberry
Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl

Make a Zodiac Scarf for Capricorn Birthdays!

December 1st, 2014

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capricorn-zodiacIf you were born between December 22 and January 19, your zodiac sign is Capricorn. The Capricorn crafter is known to be very familiar with every stitch, their yarn stash is extremely organized, and their project wishlist is always completed.

As perfectionists, Capricorns love to try new stitches and projects and will practice their craft until they get it just right … before moving onto something more challenging. capricorn-sign

Capricorns might appear to be private about their crafting habits, but it’s actually that they are very shy. When it comes to displaying their feelings and emotions, they like to show their caring nature through handmade gifts – discreetly.

Show your favorite Capricorn how much you care with knit or crochet zodiac scarf in colors to match their amazing characteristics: charcoal grey for practicality, grey marble for ambition, barley for resourcefulness, and oatmeal for discipline.

Get the patterns for both knit and crochet!

Don’t know a Capricorn?  Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.


23 New Knit and Crochet Patterns for Kids … Featuring Lion Brand’s Sixth Generation!

November 27th, 2014

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Lion Brand Yarn Company is a family owned and operated business. Currently, the fourth and fifth generation of the family are working in the company. The children below are all members of the sixth generation and they’re dressed in fashions all knit and crocheted with American-made Heartland yarn. These patterns are easy to make and will delight the next generation in your family.

At this time of year, when families gather together, we wanted to share the faces that make us smile. Hoping you are fortunate enough to see the people who mean a lot to you this Thanksgiving. When you take a break from the traveling, and the cooking, and the cleaning, say hello in the comments below and tell us about your holiday meal.

Next Generation Afghan and Hat Knit Next Generation Crewneck Vest Crochet Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan Knit Next Generation V-Neck Cardigan
Crochet Next Generation Afghan and Hat Knit Next Generation Crewneck Vest Crochet Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan Knit Next Generation V-Neck Cardigan
Knit Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan Crochet Next Generation Vest Knit Next Generation Crewneck Dress Crochet Next Generation Dress
Knit Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan Crochet Next Generation Vest Knit Next Generation Crewneck Dress Crochet Next Generation Vest

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Learn How to Crochet an Adorable Lion Hat with Yolanda Soto-Lopez!

November 26th, 2014

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It’s getting cold outside, so hats and scarves are a must-have for many of you at the moment. Since we’ll spend many days, weeks, and months piling on the layers to stay warm, why not have a bit of fun with your accessorizing!

Today, we’re sharing a crochet tutorial with you from Yolanda at the All Crafts Channel on YouTube. Yolanda will guide you through the adorably cute Lion Hat pattern, crocheted in our popular Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® yarn. Sizes for this hat can be accommodated to fit adult heads as well, so it’s not just for the children.

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A Personal Sanctuary: The Cable Comfort Throw

November 24th, 2014

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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.

It was called a Cable Comfort Throw, and yes, it was richly cabled and richly comforting.Exhausted by her stressful day at the office, Sharon, while driving home, could think only of removing her coat, suit and heels, putting on her comfiest sweats, and curling up on the sofa beneath the beautiful afghan she’d recently completed. It was called a Cable Comfort Throw, and yes, it was richly cabled and richly comforting.

Before, she’d never tackled anything bigger than a scarf. The throw taught her to cable and to manage a large piece of fabric. If you could knit stockinette, cables were a snap. Plus, the project was on large needles, and the yarn–the most squishable, chunky Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in a happy lemongrass green–knitted up fast, providing immediate gratification.

Sharon parked, and unlocked the front door of her home. The serenity of the hall, with its quietly ticking clock, the silk-shaded glow of table lamps as she switched them on, the scent of potpourri in a bowl on the mantel, the sight of the Cable Comfort Throw draped over the arm of the sofa–all brought soul-nourishing relief. She called it the “Sanctuary Effect.”

Make-up and office uniform removed, sweats and thick socks on, a magazine and the TV remote at hand, the Cable Comfort Throw wrapped around her, Sharon sank into the sofa’s deep cushions. But was she dreaming? Brian was already announcing that it was time to eat.

“Oh…I must have dozed off.” She yawned, pulling the throw closer, thinking how its luscious warmth made her feel so peaceful. Even though dinner smelled wonderful, she could hardly bear to leave the Cable Comfort Throw’s embrace.

Then Brian emerged from the kitchen, with a food-laden tray. “Now don’t you move,” he said, settling down beside her. “Dinner is served.”

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.


Learn How to Crochet a Slouchy Hat with One Ball of Yarn: Video Tutorial from the Crafty Gemini

November 21st, 2014

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The slouchy hat is a popular style of headwear loved by knitters, crocheters, and non-crafty types alike. Slouchy hats add style to your cold weather accessorizing and they’re great for protecting your hair from the harsh elements. If you want to learn how to make one of these highly sought after hats, we’ve got a treat for you!

Today’s tutorial is by Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini YouTube channel, and she’s going to show you how to crochet the Metropolitan Ave hat, one of our most popular slouch-style patterns. This easy-to-crochet hat is worked in one of our beautiful color changing yarns, Unique and because Unique is a bulky, category 5 yarn, the hat works up quickly — you’ll be done in no time.

So get your supplies ready and check out the video below.


An Easy Two Ball “Twist Cowl” Pattern and Tutorial by Stephanie from All About Ami: #Scarfie Challenge

November 20th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf!

Brr! It hit 32 degrees or below in all 50 states on Tuesday¹, November 18th, can you believe that? That means that plenty of you knitters and crocheters have been piling on the layers and grabbing your cozy hats, gloves, and scarves. Now that everyone is in full cold-weather crafting mode, more and more #scarfie projects are popping up, and we’re so delighted to see them! And today, we’ve got another fabulous #scarfie from our friend Stephanie at All About Ami.

Stephanie’s cowl is both simple and quick, and uses about a ball and a half of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, leaving you with enough yarn to work on a smaller project, like a cute earwarmer to match your cowl. Not only does Stephanie share her written pattern, but she walks you through it with a step by step tutorial that’s easy to understand as well. Check out Stephanie’s post and see for yourself!

Find Stephanie’s pattern here: Crochet Twist Cowl

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P.S: We encourage all of you to share your #scarfie on social media and tag us! Read more about our #scarfie campaign here.

¹ – source reference: NPR

 

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