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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«


Make a Zodiac Scarf for Gemini

May 2nd, 2014

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Gemini scarf
Gemini is the sign of the Twins and it’s the sign for birthdays from May 21 to June 21. Geminis are witty and inquisitive and, like other air signs, they value intelligence. The dual aspect of this sign means that those born under it are able to see things from multiple perspectives, making them excellent communicators. It’s no surprise that they are also great multi-taskers! People born under this sign are cheerful and personable, so chances are good you’ve got at least one friend who is a Gemini!

gemini-signThe colors in this scarf match the qualities of Gemini: yellow for curiosity, navy for intelligence, sapphire for eloquence, and aqua for optimism.

If you’ve got a friend with a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is always the way to go. Your Gemini friend will probably want to know all about how you made it, so it might be fun to set aside some time to teach him or her your craft. If you are a Gemini yourself, you’ll probably want to make two of these scarves – one for you and one for your bestie!

The Gemini zodiac scarf is available for both Knit and Crochet (pictured). Not your sign? Check out our other zodiac scarves here.


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

April 30th, 2014

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Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Taj Mahal; model wearing crochet Knit Embellished Pullover

Crafting is not just for cold months, but all year round. Warmer weather is the time for lacy projects and it’s also a great time to make garments brand-new with small embellishments.

Which brings us to our next stop in Lion Brand’s 7 Wonders of the Yarn World series: Embellishments and the Taj Mahal. Earlier this year we asked Nathan Vincent to create fiber art sculptures that incorporated seven different yarn techniques and to associate each with one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Previously in this series we’ve covered textures, stripes and chevrons, and cables.

Nathan’s recreation of the Taj Mahal represents this yarn technique well because of its attention to detail.

An embellishment can be anything from a simple ruffle or fur trim to a scarf made with our array of self-striping yarns like Unique and Tweed Stripes® to a complex embroidery pattern. Lion Brand’s Bonbons yarn is perfect for embroidery and embellishing larger projects like afghans and sweaters.

Below are some of amazing designs that use embellishments to make them even better!

CHA- embellish-lion CHA-embellish CHA-embellish-cowl CHA-gardenfantasyafghan
Knit Abstracted Lion Pullover Knit Embroidered Slouch Hat
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Openwork Crochet Shrug
Crochet Flower Power Hat
with
Knit Modular Cowl
with
My First Collared Raglan Cardigan
Knit Garden Fantasy Afghan

9 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day!

April 25th, 2014

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With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, there’s a great opportunity to thank the person who nurtured you and who may have even taught you how to knit or crochet. She could be your aunt, your grandmother, or, of course, your mother — so make a handmade gift to show how much you appreciate her and the time she’s spent with you over the years.

If you’re like myself, you have an abundance of wishlist items, so to help narrow it down, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that are great for gifting:

Crochet Romantic Lacy Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit and Crochet Tunic
Crochet Romantic Lacey Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit & Crochet Tunic
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug

What will you be making?


A Great Giveaway Just In Time for Mother’s Day!

April 23rd, 2014

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Update: Congratulations to our winners, Dixie I., Karen C., and Jamie T.! Check your email for a message from us about collecting your prizes!

Some of my favorite garments to crochet are shawls, or wraps if you prefer to call them that, because of how easy they are to throw over your shoulders whenever there’s a slight chill … and that’s why I’m extremely excited to announce this great giveaway, courtesy of Stackpole Books and Tammy Hildebrand:

Crochet Wraps: Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand features 18 original designs for you to try for yourself or make a gift just in time for Mother’s Day! We’re selecting 3 lucky winners who will receive a copy of the book, as well as enough LB Collection® Silk Mohair to make the Purple Passion wrap, a pattern we’ve made available to our readers here.

Contest ends May 7th, so enter now and good luck!


Knitted Toys: Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter

April 20th, 2014

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Writer and avid knitter Selma Moss-Ward joins us for a series of blog posts about becoming a first-time grandmother and knitting toys. Click here to read her previous blog posts.

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Maybe because I’m a serious sock knitter, I found this pattern irresistible. Sock construction from cuff to toe cleverly shapes Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter from his neck up. Equally clever is how his legs and body, which are knitted first, flow into the ribbed neckline.

I knitted Bouncy Bunny in a heathery Wool-Ease® color called “Mushroom.” The naturalness of this shade is augmented by subtle black fibers, resembling guard hairs, spun into the yarn.

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