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Knit a Quick & Easy Cat Hat!

December 15th, 2015

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Hey cat lovers! Cat-ify your winter look with this quick and easy cat hat! I made mine with one skein of Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Black Pepper. Start with Lion Brand’s Camelot Hat and make the following changes:

  • To make the fabric sturdier instead of slouchy, I used size 9 knitting needles to get a gauge of 3.5 stitches per inch.
  • I used DPNS instead of a circular needle, so feel free to choose whatever you prefer!
  • I decided on a K1 P1 rib (instead of K2 P2) for my hat. You can do either. I knit 10 rows in the rib and then switched to stockinette for 30 more rows.
  • Try the hat on as you go – when you get to the size you want, transfer the stitches onto 2 needles and graft the top together with the kitchener stitch.

Once you have a finished hat, it’s time to sew the ears. Flip the hat inside out and tuck in the two corners – this will create the cat ears. You might want to pin them first and test the fit, but once you are satisfied, sew a short seam in the middle of each ear. Weave in the ends or simply tuck them into the ear points. Flip your hat right side out and meow, you’re ready to go!

Quick & Easy Cat Hat

9 Knit and Crochet Ornaments for Your Christmas Crafting!

December 14th, 2015

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The holiday season is here and we hope you’re feeling the spirit! Today, I’m sharing 9 knit and crochet ornament patterns with you that can be completed within a few hours. Hang these on your tree, hang them around the house, attach them to gifts, or even make a few and give to some friends. Gather around with some friends, watch holiday movies and work on a few together!

Crochet Fast & Festive Ornaments by Moogly in Gold Leaf® Candy Cane Ornament by Repeat Crafter Me in Bonbons® Crochet Wreath Pattern by Petals to Picots in worsted weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice®)
Glittery Crochet Stars in 2 Rounds by Moogly in MSC™ Glitter Ribbon (side note: I personally made these in the Glitter Ribbon and they work up so fast and pretty!) Knit Tiny Stocking Ornament by Brooks Jones in sport weight yarn Knit Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament in Wool-Ease®
Knit Sleepy Mouse by Annie Watts in various weight yarns Crochet Gingerbread House in Vanna’s Choice® Knit Star Ornament by Hands Occupied in Bonbons®

Do you typically make ornaments for the holidays? What do you like to make?

Quick Knit! This Season’s Hottest Trend: The Pom Pom Hat!

December 10th, 2015

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It’s a trend we’re seeing everywhere this winter — pom-pom hats!

Furry, over-sized, multiples, colorful, neutral … the possibilities are infinite, especially when you mix and match yarns! We’ve seen many varieties and flavors of these easy-to-make, must-have, cold-weather accessories.

See how we here in the Marketing Department at Lion Brand are accessorizing our winter head wear in the video below!

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch — ::

Get the pattern + the Pom for an easy stocking stuffer!

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Knit Pom-Poms Hat The Pom

6 Gaming-Inspired Amigurumi Patterns – Quick Gift Ideas!

December 7th, 2015

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Did you know that about a two-thirds of Americans play video games? That means millions of us are searching for lost worlds, traveling through intergalactic space/time, collecting strange and wonderful objects, and just fighting the good fight in general.

So with that in mind, you can be sure that a game-inspired amigurumi (Japanese word for crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is a good direction to go in if you need a quick handmade gift.

Here are six of my popular favorites:

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Wooly World-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Angry Birds-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Minecraft-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
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Kirby-inspired amigurumi & star *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Ms. Pac Man-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Zelda-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®

* This is not a Lion Brand pattern.

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Crochet Chanukah Afghan!

December 6th, 2015

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Sometimes the most treasured holiday traditions are also the simplest.

In her Chanukah Afghan, Lindsey Stephens mixes simple crochet blocks with menorah, dreidel and star motifs for an afghan perfect for the holidays. It’s made with Vanna’s Choice®, making this throw an easy-care item that can be brought out year after year for celebrating.

:: Crochet Chanukah Afghan – Click here to get the pattern! ::