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12 Ways to Make it a Handmade Mother’s Day – There’s Time!

April 9th, 2015

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With Mother’s Day just about a month away, there’s still time to thank the mothers in your life with a handmade gift. Show your favorite mom how much you appreciate her with one of the beautiful gifts below!

Crochet Romantic Lacy Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit and Crochet Tunic
Knit Blooming Tea Cozy Mother’s Day Catchall Knit Crystal Lake Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Mother’s Day Crochet Bag Knit Seashell Shawl
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Crochet Broomstick Lace Mother’s Day Scarf Knit & Crochet Aromatherapy Eye Pillows Crochet Necklace in Bloom
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Mother’s Day Knit Bag Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Lacy Poncho

18 Patterns That Will Make You Say Wow!

April 8th, 2015

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Today is the final installment featuring our 2015 fashion show collection. Over the past few weeks we’ve visited four groups of patterns all based on simple rectangles and easy construction – 1) Simple Rectangles; 2) Rectangles Sewn Together; 3) A Bit of Technique; and 4) Color & Textture. The finale of the show is called Achievable Wow. These patterns are all about jaw-dropping looks that you can knit or crochet yourself— and you’ll be impressed by just how easy they are to make!

Many of the projects from this section — such as the Cosmic Rainbow Afghan and Jewel Box Pullover — use self-striping yarns Unique and Landscapes® to create gorgeous palettes with little work. Others, such as the Sparkle Slipon and Filet Mesh Top, use simple stitching to create an off-the-runway look!

And for our grand finale, the pièce de résistance, here is our You Can Do It Afghan, featuring a Rosie the Riveter!

you can do it afghan

See all of the Achievable Wow patterns below!

Knit Vintage Glam Turban Crochet Sparkle Slipon Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Arm Knit Cowl Knit Jewel Box Pullover Knit Color Grid Pullover
Crochet Striped Wristers Knit Colorful Striped Scarf Knit Charleston Garden Blanket
filet mesh top calypso cardigan hopscotch cowl
Crochet Filet Mesh Top Knit Calypso Cardigan Knit Hopscotch Cowl
cosmic rainbow afghan
Knit Cosmic Rainbow Afghan Knit Cropped Drop Stitch Pullover Arm Knit Cowl
Knit Independence Day Scarf Knit Independence Day Kerchief Knit You Can Do It Afghan

And take a look back at the rest of the collection: Simple Rectangles, Rectangles Sewn Together, A Bit of Technique, and Color and Texture.

9 Patterns to DIY Style Your Summer Festival Look

April 5th, 2015

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Summer festival season is upon us! As it gets warmer, music fans turn out for some of the biggest shows like Sasquach, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. These events are no longer just a venue to hear your favorite bands— festival attendees are also showing off their chic street style. Coachella begins April 10th and has become synonymous with summer festival style. Summery boho styles including lace tanks, fringe vests, and floral accessories are caught in every street style photo from this star-studded event.

And you can make these pieces yourself! I’ve put together a few patterns inspired by the festival trends!

Knit Eyelet and Fringe Vest Crochet Coachella Vest by Sara Dudek Knit Mesh Tank
Crochet Sparkle Slipon Crochet Striped Tank by Rachel Oglesby Crochet Bungalow Tank by Alexandra Tavel
Crochet Necklace in Bloom Knit Fair Isle Pocketed Vest Knit Delightfully Light Vest


Our Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns in March

April 4th, 2015

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The big winner last month was the Ribs and Shells Shrug and it’s no wonder. With it’s simple rectangular construction in one of our most popular yarns, Landscapes, this garment is a dream come true.

It also looks like you’re in good shape for Mother’s Day this year (Don’t worry if not, there’s still time! Mother’s Day is May 10th this year). The Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy and the Simple Crochet Shrug are top favorites for Mom.

Enjoy our selection of the most popular patterns from last month:

Blooming Teapot Cozy Simple Crochet Shrug Neck's Best Thing Knit Afghan
Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy Simple Crochet Shrug Neck’s Best Thing Knit Afghan
Crochet Easter Basket Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Bunny Lovie
Crochet Easter Basket Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Bunny Lovie
Neck's Best Thing Level 2 Neutral Slip Stitch Scarf Crochet Popover Top Knit Chatsworth Cable Poncho
Neck’s Best Thing Level 2
Neutral Slip Stitch Scarf
Crochet Popover Top Knit Chatsworth Cable Poncho

What have you been making this past month? Share with us below!

Modern Baby is 20% Off for the Entire Month of April!

April 2nd, 2015

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Modern Baby is 20% off for the month of April!

We debuted Modern Baby® last year as a yarn inspired by today’s child: bright, bold and full of life. It’s an easy-care yarn with a unique chainette construction that has a similar feel to merino, alpaca and cashmere blends but with an anti-itch, non-allergenic, easy-care fiber blend of premium acrylic and nylon.

The palette consists of crayon-like primary shades, along with rich pastels and neutral tones – this is a great yarn for babies, toddlers, and even adults!

Best of all, for the entire month of April Modern Baby® is 20% off – which gives you a great head start on those summer baby shower gifts!

Check out our look book below for more inspiration:

15 Projects That 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®!

sunset diamonds afghan flattering shaded tunic buttoned cowl
Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic Crochet Button Cowl
lagoon ripple poncho triangle shawl diagonal squares afghan
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