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Learn How to Knit the Sugar Cubes Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

May 12th, 2015

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Today, we’re sharing the third installment of our four-part video series “Fancy Stitch” featuring Staci of Very Pink Knits. In our last video, Staci showed us how to knit the Granite Relief Stitch, a stitch that can be found in the StitchFinder section of our website (under the “Learning Center” bar at the top of lionbrand.com). We were very excited to see how much you all enjoyed watching the previous videos, so we hope you also enjoy Staci’s newest video – the Sugar Cubes stitch.

Like the Granite Stitch, today’s Sugar Cubes stitch produces a textured fabric which is great for washcloths, garments with slight detail work, afghans and more! Check out Staci’s tutorial for the Sugar Cubes stitch, which has been worked in LB Collection® Superwash Merino, Cotton Bamboo, and Cashmere to demonstrate the varying looks in each yarn.


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Learn How to Crochet An Easy Baby Blanket with Melanie Ham!

May 6th, 2015

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Do you know a special someone who’s just had a baby or is expecting one? Well get your hooks out, this video is for you!

Join Melanie Ham as she shows you how to crochet the Easy Stripes Baby Throw in Tweed Stripes®. Even if you’re a beginner crocheter, you’ll enjoy working through this pattern. One of the best things about this pattern is that the self-striping nature of the Tweed Stripes adds a great visual color story, which works great with the simple V-stitch pattern.

Check out Melanie’s video below and she’ll walk you through each step, from gauge swatching through to completing blanket!


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Like this video? Check out more from Melanie’s Channel on YouTube, Melanie Ham!


Learn How to Knit a Yarn Over (YO) with New Stitch A Day

May 1st, 2015

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We’re excited to announce a new partnership with New Stitch A Day! We’ll be featuring helpful educational content to help you improve your knitting or crochet skills. As you may know, here at Lion Brand, we place a high value on education and learning, so working with Johnny Vasquez aka “Head Honcho”, of NSAD is the perfect collaboration!

According Johnny, the goal and purpose of New Stitch A Day is to produce high-quality, easy to understand video tutorials that will help advance your knit or crochet skills. There’s a wealth of information available at New Stitch A Day such as stitch tutorials, finishing techniques, and even left handed tutorials – plus, lots more.

Today we’re featuring a video tutorial which demonstrates how to do a knit “yarn over (yo)”. Yarn overs pop up quite frequently in patterns, especially for lace; they create the necessary holes for your openwork. Check out the video below to learn how to yarn over, and click here to learn the lefty method for knitting the yarn over!

Yarn used in video: Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®


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Learn How to Crochet An Easy Spring Shawl with Yolanda Soto Lopez!

April 24th, 2015

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Spring has officially sprung, which means warmer weather and longer nights – and we’re excited! With the warm breezy days and cool nights, finding the right outfit can be a little tricky. The key to staying comfortable in this fickle weather is to dress in layers.

Shawls are a great layer to have when you want to go out in a cute dress or maybe just short or long sleeves with no jacket. Throw a shawl over your shoulders, and you’ll certainly be comfortable and cozy on a spring day or night – while showing off your handiwork. The openwork in the Daylight Tweedy Shawl in Heartland yarn is perfect for spring because it lends itself to being light and airy, perfect for those “in between” weather stages.

We’re happy to share this tutorial with you today in which Yolanda Soto Lopez shows you how to crochet this easy shawl that you’ll be able to work up in no time!


Learn How to Knit the Granite Relief Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

April 17th, 2015

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We have another great stitch video from Staci of Very Pink Knits. Staci previously demonstrated how to knit the Lace Stitch, a stitch that can be found in the stitch finder section of our website (under the “Learning Center” bar at the top of lionbrand.com). It was a popular video, so we’re excited to share her tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which is also available on the stitch finder.

The Granite Relief stitch produces a lovely texture which is great for washcloths and just as great for afghans with a garter stitch border, as Staci shows in the video below. Check out Staci’s tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which has been worked in LB Collection Superwash Merino, Cotton Bamboo, and Silk to demonstrate the varying looks in each yarn.


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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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Yolanda Soto Lopez Shows You How to Crochet an Adorable Baby Vest with Just One Skein of Ice Cream!

February 27th, 2015

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You can crochet this adorable “One Skein Wonder Vest” with just one skein of our newest and already very popular baby yarn, Ice Cream. I personally love this pattern because it’s easy to crochet and the yarn is variegated – which means you can have multiple colors in your project without changing yarns! With 8 great colorways in this yarn, you can experiment with the variations and come up with new color combinations for your vest.

Check out the video below to watch and learn how to crochet the One Skein Wonder Vest with crochet maven Yolanda Soto Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on YouTube!

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Crochet a Cozy Cowl in No Time with the Crafty Gemini!

February 19th, 2015

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flattering cowl
It’s the middle of February, and many of us in the Northeast are still getting plenty of snow, cold, and wind – so it’s the perfect time to get out those hooks (or needles) and work on something warm and cozy.

The Flattering Cowl is a popular pattern that’s easy to make, and super snuggly because it’s made with Lion Brand’s plush Homespun® Thick & Quick® yarn. It’s definitely a gratifying project because it works up quickly; you can easily finish this cowl in one day.

You’ll love the feel of Homespun® Thick & Quick® as it keeps you nice and toasty in this super bulky cowl. Watch the video below for a tutorial that’s great for beginners. Vanessa, from the Crafty Gemini, shares tips and tricks for working on this cowl, and offers advice for creating different variations. Enjoy!

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2 Ways to Start a Circle in Crochet from Dora Ohrenstein

February 12th, 2015

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Learn 2 Methods for Crocheting a Circle

Thanks to our friends over at Storey Publishing, we’re sharing a handy excerpt from Dora Ohrenstein’s latest book, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop (The Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter).

Dora’s latest book features numerous tips on gauge, crochet shaping and construction, colorwork and more – so we suggest that you go ahead and check out the book in its entirety, you’ll be glad you did.

In the meantime, have a look at the excellent excerpt below. Coupled with instructional photos, you’ll quickly and easily learn two different methods for starting a crochet circle – a ring with chains and the magic circle.

Try them out to see which method you like best!


Starting the Circle

There are several different ways to begin working in the round. You can make several chains (the most common method), make an adjustable ring, or use the first chain as a ring. Let’s look at the first two.

Make a Ring with Chains

To make a ring with chains, work several chains, then slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The number of chains is determined by how many stitches you intend to work into the ring and how tightly you want the ring to close. If you are following a pattern, the number of chains will be specified. Supposing, however, that you are working a hat pattern, and after working the specified number of chains and stitches in the first round, you find you have a larger hole at the center than you’d like. Go ahead and try again with fewer chains: it will cause no harm whatsoever. For other items worked in the round, such as motifs and flowers, the size of the “hole” at the center can make a difference, as it affects the overall size of the finished piece. In these instances, it’s wise to stick with the instructions as written.

Ring with chains

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Crochet Un Gorro Fácil Con un Pompón: Un Tutorial en Español (Crochet an Easy Hat with a Pompon, A Tutorial in Spanish)

February 11th, 2015

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Hoy, tenemos un vídeo tutorial para usted completamente en Español de Yolanda Soto-Lopez de el canal All Crafts Channel en Youtube.  Nos dimos cuenta de lo popular que ha sido el tutorial de “Simple Crochet Shrug” con subtitulos de Yolanda, y quisimos probar un nuevo vídeo sólo en español.

Miren como Yolanda le muestra como tejer un gorro fácil  con un pompón!

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Translation: Today, we have a video tutorial for you completely in Spanish from Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on Youtube. We noticed how popular Yolanda’s Simple Crochet Shrug tutorial with subtitles has been, so we wanted to try a new video only in Spanish.

Watch as Yolanda shows you, in Spanish, how to crochet an easy hat with a pompom!

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