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14 Easy and Stylish Designs to Make without Needles or Hooks: Finger Knitting by Mary Beth Temple

November 11th, 2014

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For the past year and more, we’ve all been raving about the simplicity of arm knitting and how the technique makes it so easy to create beautiful, chunky, oversized knits for the winter – but, did you know there are also plenty of projects that can be made with just your fingers?

Mary Beth Temple’s newest release, Finger Knitting, highlights some cool and creative projects that can be made using just your hands. From home decor to funky accessories, there’s a project in this book to suit every style. I personally love the necklaces designed with beads – yes, you can even incorporate beadwork similar to traditional knitting! Take a look at some of Mary Beth’s designs below.

We’re proudly carrying Mary Beth’s Finger Knitting book at 20% off the retail price! Mary Beth’s book comes with detailed, full-photo instructions on how to get started with your finger knitting, and of course, she’s got a great selection of projects to work up.

button love scarf Button Love Scarf
Finger Knit beaded necklaceNight Out Necklace
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More Than Just Knitting: The Autumn Lace Afghan

November 9th, 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.

When Jessie thought about her life, it was as a series of moments. Sometimes these were big events, like holidays, but often they were small—a bluebird’s late-winter visit to the garden, the way her husband smiled as she approached. Sometimes the moments were sad, like when she’d had the diagnosis, and when she’d begun chemo and radiation.

Of course family and friends had been there all along, but she’d needed a steady diversion from the symptoms and side-effects. Knitting had kept her anchored and calm. Knitting had let her feel capable even when she’d hit her lowest point.

The pattern was called Autumn Lace Afghan—beautifully textured, with a kind of embedded story in every repetition. Each knitted diamond framed a stylized tree of life and connected to another diamond and another tree; the border was seed-stitch, symbolic of growth and hope. The yarn, an autumnal Hazelnut shade of Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick®, was meltingly soft, and became a fabric both durable and comforting. To make the knitting magic last, Jessie knitted mindfully, just a few rows every day. Thus she managed to stretch the project over several months.

By then the treatments were over. Slowly she felt more vibrant, and increasingly grateful. The afghan was beautiful, but was so much more than that. It was a knitted diary of all those moments—when she’d felt awful, when she’d known for sure that the worst was over, when she realized her health was restored. And when she draped the completed afghan over her shoulders, she felt lovingly protected by its warm, inspiring embrace.

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.


Crochet a “Quick and Comfy” Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick with Kara from Petals to Picots!

November 6th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf!

Get your crochet hooks out − because today, we’ve got another wonderful pattern from a blogger who participated in the #scarfie challenge! Kara, from the blog Petals to Picots, has created a beautifully textured cowl in the ever-popular Oatmeal colorway of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. She even adorned her cowl (which only requires two balls) with a few metal buttons for a more rustic look, and we love it!

Check out Kara’s pattern here: Quick and Comfy Crochet Scarf Pattern

For all the knitters, Kara has also created a lovely knit version of her cowl with the Barley color of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick: Quick and Comfy Knit Scarf Pattern

P.S − We thank you for continuing to share your #scarfie projects with us on Twitter and Facebook, it’s so fun to see everyone getting in on the action. Read more about our #scarfie campaign here.

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Beat the Chill with 10 Popular Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Patterns

November 4th, 2014

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Winter is coming and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is the perfect yarn for colder weather. It’s a super bulky version of Wool-Ease® and it has the feel, warmth and softness of wool, with the easy care of acrylic – it’s also perfect for those who are normally allergic to real wool!

This is a great yarn to use when you’re learning how to knit: it works up quickly and easily for projects like sweaters, jackets, vests, slippers, hats, and, of course, scarves.

Two of our most popular projects use this yarn: our Hunger Games-inspired cowl, the District 12 Cowl Wrap, and one of our most popular sweaters, the Striped Boyfriend Cardigan!

AND For the entire month of November, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is 20% off the original price!

Find some inspiration in the collection below and for more free patterns, search Patternfinder – it’s time to get knitting and crocheting!

District 12 Cowl Wrap Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat Simple Knit Hat
Knit District 12 Cowl Wrap Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat Knit Simple Hat

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Make a Zodiac Scarf for Sagittarius Birthdays!

November 3rd, 2014

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saggitarius-zodiacl30230baIf you were born between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. Sagittarians are known for being open, friendly, and outgoing, but their most outstanding trait is their love of freedom.  They tend to be innovators  in whatever they do, with imaginations that run free. They are often artists, writers, actors or entrepreneurs.

The ruling color of Sagittarius is purple. Purple is the color that represents creativity. The combination of blues and purples is perfect for those born under this sign because with such an outgoing personality, you need to balance it with colors that are not too bright and don’t draw attention to yourself.

Famous Sagittarians include Willa Cather, Jane Austen, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and John Kennedy, Jr.

If someone you care about is a Sagittarius, this scarf will be the perfect gift.  It’s not just any scarf, but one that reflects their unique personality and mindset.

Looking to make a customized scarf for other birthdays?  Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.


Stormy Weather Cowl: A #Scarfie Pattern by Tamara from Moogly!

October 30th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf!

As you may have seen already, our #scarfie program is underway and plenty of you have been tweeting your #scarfies and sharing them with us on Facebook, so thank you!

Today, we’ve got a pattern from the amazingly talented Tamara over at Moogly. Tamara’s Stormy Weather Cowl has been a big hit on her blog, and we’re excited to share her pattern with you. Only 2 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick are required for this project, so get your hooks and yarn ready!

Find Tamara’s pattern here: Stormy Weather Cowl

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P.S: We encourage all of you to tweet us your #scarfie (@lionbrandyarn), or share them on our Facebook wall – hashtag #scarfie! Read more about our #scarfie campaign here.

45 Minute Crochet Cowl Tutorial by Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini

October 28th, 2014

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Today, we’ve got a great tutorial for you by Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini! Vanessa will show you how to create a simple cowl in our beautiful, self-striping yarn, Amazing. This cowl works up extremely fast and will make a great gift for the upcoming holidays. Watch Vanessa’s tutorial below, and check out the link for her Amazing giveaway!

Click here for: 45 Minute Cowl Pattern

Click here for: Amazing yarn giveaway


A Homemade Life: The Granny Throw

October 26th, 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.

She was a homemaker. At parties, Angie sometimes said, “I’m a domestic engineer.” Same difference. With three kids, two dogs, and Mike, who spent long hours at his hardware franchise, Angie often wondered how they’d manage if she didn’t have great organizing skills and abundant energy.

Angie, like her husband, thrived on life’s routines and complexities. But no matter what, she always took time to crochet. It wasn’t just a pastime. It was the feeling that crochet preserved her. Those minutes each day, hook and yarn in hand, cleared out stress and focused her on something productive that became something beautiful.

Her newest project was a classic Granny Throw, to replace the one Mike’s mom had made years before. That was now beyond repair. Yet it was the family “lovey,” a comfort of their daily lives, and Angie didn’t want them to do without.

The Granny Throw comprised twelve generous squares that worked up quickly on a K hook. She’d done each one in spare moments, often while waiting in the car to pick up the kids from school. Angie adored the subtly variegated yarn, called Tweed Stripes®. Earth-toned, with occasional bright accents, it had a woodsy quality that complemented their maple furniture, corduroy upholstery, and braided rugs.

Angie placed the finished throw on the couch, and waited to see who noticed first. Six-year-old Daisy, of course. It was Friday, after supper, when the kids were allowed a movie before bedtime. Daisy put on her pajamas, brushed her teeth, and raced downstairs ahead of her brothers. Leaping onto the couch, she automatically pulled down the throw. Angie heard her call, “Mommy, there’s a new lovey! It’s so-o-o beautiful!”

Jake and Tyler joined their sister. “Hey, let us have it!”

“What’s up, you guys?” Angie asked, coming into the family room. The kids tussled some, then finally cuddled into the Granny Throw. Faces shining, slippered feet sticking out beyond their new blanket, they were eager to watch the film.

At times like this Angie knew why she loved the life she and Mike had made.

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.


#Scarfie Challenge and Pattern featuring Rachel from Maybe Matilda

October 23rd, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf!

We invited a few awesomely creative knit and crochet bloggers to participate in a #scarfie challenge! We asked them to design a scarf or cowl with two skeins of one of our most popular yarns, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. The #scarfies are making the rounds on blogs and social media, and we’re so excited to share them with you. Today, we’re featuring a cute crochet scalloped edge cowl from Rachel at Maybe Matilda.

Rachel’s pattern is easy and fast, so get your balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and start crocheting!

Find Rachel’s pattern here: Chunky Scalloped Cowl

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P.S: We encourage all of you to tweet us your #scarfie (@lionbrandyarn), or share them on our Facebook wall – hashtag #scarfie! Read more about our #scarfie campaign here.


Patterns of Inspiration: The Sunset Shrug

October 19th, 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.

Crochet Sunset ShrugThe front door slammed and Dawn, at the window, watched her teenagers board their bus. Until late afternoon, this day was hers. Now that Lexie and Mike were in high school and she wasn’t driving them every afternoon to sports and lessons, Dawn’s life had entered a new and interesting phase.

She hadn’t formulated grand plans. Her intuition said to go with the flow. Today she’d start crocheting something just for herself. Called a “Sunset Shrug,” the design displayed a golden sun amidst colorful nebulae.

Dawn loved the yarn, Heartland, for its softness, warmth, and drape. Heartland developed easily into the bands of rich hues the pattern specified, and as her hook swiftly connected one shade to another, she found herself thinking of Miss Sanchez, who’d taught Earth Science in high school.

The image was so vivid, like she was back in high school again—Miss Sanchez standing before the class, rapidly explaining atmospheric layers or volcanic activity, energetically writing on the board.

Dawn remembered Miss Sanchez’s handmade shrugs and scarves as clearly as she recalled her lessons on natural forces. She loved that class. Miss Sanchez was so cool, so pretty, and so smart. She had undeniably inspired Dawn to major in geology in college.

Now, as she crocheted the Sunset Shrug in her peaceful home, Dawn thought it might be interesting to continue her education. Her kids were practically independent, and if she took two courses every term, she’d have a teaching degree by the time they left for college. She imagined standing before a group of note-taking teenagers, just like Miss Sanchez. As she turned to write on the board, the back of her Sunset Shrug would radiate an image of nature’s beauty, for all to see.

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.

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