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Learn a New Stitch: My Slip Stitch Afghan

December 30th, 2013

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Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, you may be thinking of ways to improve your knitting skills in the new year.  If you’re wondering where to start we have the perfect opportunity for you.

Whether you’re a beginner just learning to knit or you’re a stitch afficionado looking take your afghan knitting to the next level, you’ll want to try “My First Slip-Stitch Afghan,” one of four classes that Lion Brand offers on Craftsy.

Slip stitch knitting is such a beautiful method that creates a woven colorwork effect. It’s an easy but complex looking stitch, but even a novice knitter can handle it. One of the best qualities of this stitch is that you work with just one color per row, no changing colors or stranding. With “My First Slip-Stitch Afghan,” knitwear designer Rhonda Fargnoli, will teach you how to create our Slip Stitch Sampler Throw, which is composed of six different slip stitch patterns.

The great thing about buying a Craftsy class, it’s yours to own; you can watch it as often as you want until you’ll have a newly completed slip stitch afghan.

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Video: How to Arm Knit

December 19th, 2013

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Get the look of knitting without using needles. Using the simple technique of arm knitting, you can make a scarf in just half an hour!

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Video: How to Do a Chain-Less Foundation Row

December 9th, 2013

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Maggie Weldon is a crochet expert who loves to share her expertise with those wanting to master the art of crochet.

How many times have you carefully counted your chain stitches when starting a crochet project to find that you’ve come up short or have extra? With the Chain-Less Foundation Row, also known as a Foundation Single Crochet, you’ll never have to count chain stitches again! Watch the video below to learn this easy technique:

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Video: How to Make a Fishtail Rubber Band Bracelet

November 14th, 2013

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Did you know that you can use your Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit to make rubber band bracelets? The small configurations will fit perfectly into a purse so you can take a crafting break anywhere. What’s great about the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit is that different members of the family can be using it at the same time! While your son or daughter is making bracelet, you could be using another configuration to make a hat or scarf!

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Always Wanted to Learn To Knit A Sweater?

November 14th, 2013

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As you may know, Lion Brand has partnered with Craftsy, the premiere, online crafting education platform, to develop classes that will inspire you and take your yarn crafting skills to the next level.

One of the classes we wanted to develop first is a My First Sweater class.  Many of you have been knitting for years–20, 30 or more–yet there are some of you who’ve never felt confident enough to move from flat knitting (i.e. scarves and afghans) to garment knitting.  This class will give you the confidence to move to garment knitting.  You’ll learn to follow a pattern, breeze through the process of shaping and create what will likely be your favorite sweater.

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Three New Lion Brand Classes Now On Craftsy!

November 1st, 2013

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One of the most important things we do at Lion Brand is offer education through tips, techniques and step-by-step how-tos. That’s because we know that learning will enhance your ability to enjoy working with yarn.

This year, we asked ourselves how we can get more deeply involved in teaching knitters and crocheters all over the world to grow their skills in a way that can mimic the classroom setting. That’s where Craftsy came in. Craftsy is the premiere online education platform for crafters. We are combining Lion Brand’s beautifully designed patterns and quality yarns with Craftsy’s know-how in online education and their sophisticated, interactive technology.

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Video: How to Make a Simple Rubber Band Bracelet

October 29th, 2013

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Learn to use your Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit to make a basic rubber band bracelet.

Click here to get the written instructions for this project.


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Learn the Provisional Cast On in 6 Easy Steps!

October 4th, 2013

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The provisional cast on is, as the name implies, a temporary cast on row. It is done with waste yarn so that you can take it out later and have “live” stitches in your working yarn. Waste yarn should generally be a contrast-color yarn (so that it’s easy to locate) and in a smooth, non-grippy fiber (to make it easier to rip out later). This technique is used in projects like infinity scarves because you can join the ends of your work so that it looks seamless. This invisible seaming (known as grafting) is achieved by doing a kitchener stitch with the live stitches that you will pick up from your cast on row. The provisional cast on is also used when you’ll be picking up the stitches in order to work the piece in the other direction (seen sometimes in patterns that feature lace designs, for example). Only use this cast on if directed by your pattern or if you’ll be grafting or picking up the stitches.

There are a few different ways to do a provisional cast on but we are going to do the version that utilizes a crochet hook. Let’s walk through how you work this technique…

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1. With a crochet hook make five chain stitches with your waste yarn.

2. With your left had hold your chain stitches and a knitting needle. Bring the yarn behind the knitting needle and wrap it around the index finger of your left hand (the way you would if you were doing continental knitting). Your crochet hook should still be in the last loop of your chain stitches.

3. Reach your crochet hook over your knitting needle to grab the yarn.

4. Pull the yarn through your loop. This is essentially the same motion you were making when doing the chain stitches.

5. Move your yarn behind the knitting needle again. Repeats steps 3 and 4 until you’ve made the desired amount of stitches.

6. Make five more chain stitches. Cut the yarn, tie a knot at the end, and pull the knot through the last chain stitch. This is now your cast-on row. From here you will attach your working yarn and knit as you normally would.

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Learn to Crochet with Easy-to-Follow Videos

September 9th, 2013

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to crochet but had trouble following written directions and illustrations, check out our video playlist!

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Learn to Knit with Easy-to-Follow Videos

August 16th, 2013

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Are you a visual learner who’s interested in knitting? Learn with our video playlist!

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