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Tantalized By Beautiful Cables? Now You Can Learn To Knit Them.

August 30th, 2015

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Cables are a great way to take your knitting (and crochet) to the next level. Using a cable needle (or double pointed needle), stitches are worked to create an overlapping motif that adds a braided or rope-like element to your project. While you could add cables to just about everything you make, these patterns really shine on tops, afghans, and hats. Incorporating cables into your knits gives your projects a touch of elegance, and makes each piece unique.

Knitting cables is easier than it looks! Check out a few of our resources — we’ll help you get started.:

We have 24 cables to choose from in our Stitchfinder. You can learn how to do them step by step, and be able to make them when your pattern calls for it!

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Ring of Fire Ice Storm Seven Sisters


Once you’ve got basic cable techniques down, try your hand at a new pattern! Below, a few of our favorite cabled projects.

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Knit Galway Poncho made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Cable Delight Shrug made with LB Collection® Baby Alpaca Knit Chatsworth Poncho made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Knit Cables and Ridges Hat made with Country® Knit Cabled Hat made with Heartland® Thick & Quick® Knit Chunky Cabled Hat made with Heartland® Thick & Quick®




How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom with Lion Brand!

August 29th, 2015

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For beginners who are interested in weaving, a cardboard loom is a great way to learn and practice designs before deciding to invest in a sturdier loom – like the Cricket Loom or Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit. This step by step tutorial will help you get started on your new journey into weaving!



You will need a 14 X 20 in. (35.5 X 51cm) piece of cardboard, a ruler, a large-eye blunt needle, pencil scissors, and, of course, yarn.

The tutorial below is for a placemat made with Lion® Cotton, but we also recommend Bonbons, Vanna’s Choice®, Cotton-Ease® for beginner weavers.

Making Your Loom

With the ruler and pencil, mark a line 1 in. (2.5 cm) from each short end of cardboard. Beginning 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) from one end of line, and ending 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) from opposite end of line, make 53 evenly spaced (about 1/4 in. (6 mm) apart) marks along length of line. Cut a slit in cardboard at each mark, down to the 1 in. (2.5 cm) border.

Step 1

We are showing you the over 2, under 2 weaving method.

Wrap loom with base yarn, placing one strand in each notch then around the back of the loom to the next notch. At last notch cut yarn, leaving a 6 in. (15 cm) tail. There should be 53 strands. Thread blunt needle with about 10 in. (25.5 cm) of working yarn.

Note: Use a length of working yarn that feels comfortable to you. The longer the yarn, the more chance for tangles! The shorter the yarn, the more ends you’ll have to weave in!

How-To Tuesday: 10 Tutorials for Yarncrafters!

August 18th, 2015

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How-To Tuesday: 10 Tutorials for Yarncrafters!
You may already know about our thousands of free patterns, but did you know about the many resources Lion Brand® offers beyond the website?

Here on our blog, we’ve shared some great tutorials that are both fun and useful. If you’re looking to try a new stitch, or just need a place to look up a quick technique, we’ve got it!

Today, we’ve rounded up some of our most popular How-To posts for knitters, crocheters, and weavers. Maybe you’re wondering…

How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares

How to Crochet Broomstick Lace

How to Choose the Best Yarn for Your Next Project

How to Finger Knit

How to Knit Jogless Stripes

How to Cable Without a Cable Needle

Martha Loom
Don’t forget — August’s featured product is the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom Kit! There’s still time to snag this kit for only $29.95. Not sure how to use the loom or what to make? We’ve got a few tutorials here on our blog, and on our YouTube channel!:

How to Knit on the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

How to Warp the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

How to Loom Knit a Baby Blanket

How to Make Baby Moccasins on the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

Your weekend project: Audra Kurtz shows you how to weave an easy wall hanging using a Martha Stewart Crafts™ Loom!

June 18th, 2015

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Here’s a fun and easy tutorial from crafty maven, Audra Kurtz. Watch as Audra walks you through the steps to create your very own woven wall tapestry using a Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit and an assortment of Lion Brand® yarns.

Weaving is a great way to continue yarn crafting through the summer months, and you can use this craft to create a beautiful piece of decor for your home or for a friend!

Wall tapestries have been popping up everywhere lately, and although the process of creating them seems complicated, it’s actually not; the weaving process is quite therapeutic, and you can be as creative as you’d like. We hope you enjoy the video below and get started on your very own tapestry, it’s a great opportunity to play with colors, textures, and patterns!

P.S. Check out the patterns below for more tapestry inspiration from our very own PatternFinder.

Can’t see the video above? :: Click here to watch Audra Kurtz’s DIY Mini Tapestry ::

Loom Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging made with Unique®, Kitchen Cotton, Landscapes and Hometown USA®. Loom Woven Natural Instincts Hanging  made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Heartland®. Loom Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging made with Modern Baby, Landscapes®, Textures, Kitchen Cotton,  and Homespun®.


Learn to Knit the Mesh Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

June 17th, 2015

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Very Pink Knits Tutorial imageToday we share the last installment of our four video stitch tutorial series with Staci from Very Pink Knits. Below is a step-by-step which demonstrates the knit mesh stitch — an openwork pattern perfect for summer knitting. This is an easy, straightforward stitch that that’s simple to master. Watch Staci’s tutorial below as she highlights the stitch using LB Collection® Cashmere and Crepe Twist yarns.

The mesh stitch can be found in the Lion Brand StitchFinder library (under the “Learning Center” tab at Please explore the rest of the StitchFinder library to see what other stitches might pique your interest. There’s a treasure trove of patterns waiting for you!

Can’t see the video above? Please click here: