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Meet Wool-Ease® Tonal!

February 12th, 2016

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Meet the newest addition to the Wool-Ease® family! If you love the feel of Lion Brand®’s other Wool-Ease® yarns, get ready to be wow-ed by this new yarn.

Wool-Ease® Tonal is a bulky-weight yarn that’s made in fantastic tone-on-tone colors. This gives each ball a hand-dyed look which will create a unique dimension in your knit and crochet projects. And, like all of our Wool-Ease® yarns, Wool-Ease® Tonal is a wool blend that’s machine washable!

Below, check out a short video where you can see the gorgeous colors of Wool-Ease Tonal® and get an exclusive sneak peek at some of the new patterns made with this new yarn!

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Wool-Ease® Tonal is available now! But stay tuned for Wool-Ease® Tonal knit and crochet patterns!


Click here to shop Wool-Ease® Tonal!

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Crochet Hudson Hat & Mittens!

January 26th, 2016

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‘Tis the season for Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®! This yarn has always been a fan favorite, and we think it’s safe to say that the Hudson Bay colorway is the reigning skein this season!

We spotted this sweet matching set over on Repeat Crafter Me:


Blogger Sarah Zimmerman offers patterns for multiple sizes, from baby to adult! With 4 classic colors blending into neutral cream, these mitts will go with just about any winter wear. Top the hat off with a large pom-pom to add some fun!

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Get the pattern here. // Grab this yarn here.

How-To Tuesday: Declutter That Stash!

January 12th, 2016

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It’s a new year and we’re looking at our overflowing stashes with simultaneous glee and fear. In this edition of How-To Tuesday, we’ve rounded up ways to declutter and much more — you’ll thank us next season when Spring Cleaning is in full gear!

First off, let’s learn to read a yarn label.

Organizing by yarn weight? Check out our guide!

See which household items you can re-purpose to store your yarn in.

If you’re short on space, learn how to edit your stash to a manageable size.

While you’re at it, organize all your notions too!

Learn how to wind a center-pull ball by hand — it makes a difference when storing and working with yarn, really!

Fastest way to stashbust? Hold multiple strands of yarns together and create chunky knits with big needles.

Phew! You did it! Now that you’re organized, here are 8 things to think about before starting your next project.


9 New Colors of Vanna’s Choice!

January 9th, 2016

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By now, you’re hopefully wrapped up in your winter knits, looking for the next great project to get your hands on. Think ahead to Spring with nine new colors of Vanna’s Choice®!

Two neutral tweeds join the collection along with seven radiant tones to add more to the grand spectrum of Vanna’s Choice® — this worsted weight yarn now comes in 77 colors!


As always, these new colors are easy-care and machine washable. You’ll love using them for projects both big and small.

Check out the new colors, then see our pattern recommendations below!:

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Pink Grapefruit Aquamarine Graphite
Vanna-Choice-860-139 Vanna-Choice-860-176 Vanna-Choice-860-183
Rose Shocking Peacock Periwinkle
Vanna-Choice-860-406 Vannas-Choice-860-191 Vannas-Choice-860-111
Obsidian Lilac Sky Blue


Find these and many more patterns for Vanna’s Choice® using our Pattern Finder!

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Crochet Nonny’s Playblocks Afghan Knit Slip Stitch Sampler Lapghan Crochet Medallion Sampler Afghan

Get to Know Color Clouds!

January 5th, 2016

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Color Clouds is a hit!

You could say it was love at first sight, but the moment we really fell for Color Clouds was when we started working with it! With a lofty feel that works up fast, you’ll be bundled up in no time.

Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal gives us the full rundown of this new jumbo-weight yarn.

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Some patterns featured in this video:

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Crochet Cliff Rose Cowl Knit Radiant Baby Afghan Crochet One Stitch Scarf