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6 Prayer Shawls to Make for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 4th, 2015

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6 Prayer Shawls to Make for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re turning our thoughts to sharing comfort and sympathy to those in our lives who need it most. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women worldwide, and the second most common in the United States.

Whether you walk or run for the cure or donate to a chosen charity, support for breast cancer awareness is strengthened when we unite for a cause worth fighting for.

One of the best ways to support awareness of breast cancer is to support those around us who have been affected. Making a prayer or healing shawl is a thoughtful way of reminding someone that you have them in your thoughts.

Here are six of our favorite shawl patterns, all beautiful ways to show your support to whomever the receiver may be. Make one in pink, the color used to recognize breast cancer awareness, or use your favorite soft yarn in the color of your choice. No matter the look, the message and meaning of the shawl is what counts most.


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Crochet Tea Wrap made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl by Beatrice Ryan Designs* made with Pound of Love® Knit Plush Stripes Shawl made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®
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Crochet Modern Lace Shawl made with Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend Knit Splendid Triangle Shawl made with Homespun® Crochet Tranquil Comfort Shawl made with Homespun®

*Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern.

Looking for more ways to support breast cancer research and raise awareness? Here are three products whose purchase also includes a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Crochet for a Cause Kit – 20% of the purchase prices goes to the BCRF Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle Kit – $5 donation to Breast Cancer Research Knit for Life Kit –  20% of the purchase prices goes to the BCRF


A Closer Look At… the Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan!

October 3rd, 2015

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We just added seven new patterns to our Curvy Girl Collection! Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares her thoughts on the expansion:

A few months ago when I offered to be the Curvy Girl model, I had no idea how everyone would feel about the patterns. Well, after the launch two weeks later, it was decided that we would be expanding the collection! You all loved it so much we wanted to give you more! We really tried to change up the patters with knit and crochet tops, different lengths and different looks. The design team and I worked from beginning to end to make these garments the most flattering and fashionable for Curvy Girls. I hope you all love them as much as I do and that you share your finished projects with me!

Get a closer look at the Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan in the video below — it’s now available as a knit and crochet pattern!

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Knit Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland® Crochet Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland®


Voting is open! Vote for our next Knit-Along Project!

October 2nd, 2015

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Hurry, voting ends this Sunday, October 11th!

Can’t see the video above? Click here:

Here we go again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments featured in this post. So let’s get started, shall we?

FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about each of the patterns by clicking on their photos/names below and then come back to cast your vote. Kristy Glass, your KAL leader, has a favorite but she’ll never tell … well, at least not until the votes are in! In the meantime she has her fingers crossed …

In any case, they’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.


Palermo Poncho Textured Topper Free Spirit Topper Rustic Embroidered Wrap Colorwork Poncho & Fingerless Gloves



(Can’t see the voting tool above? Click here to vote.)


This knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Kristy Glass here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Remember, the winning pattern will be announced the week of Monday, October 12th, 2015 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a winter crochet-along early next year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.


Lola Gets Some Good Advice from David Babcock, The Knitting Runner

October 2nd, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.


Please donate $10 to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of David Babcock’s upcoming New York City Marathon race. If every Notebook reader gives just $10, we’ll reach our goal of $3500 before the race!

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3 Quick Knit & Crochet Costume Ideas Selected By Kristy Glass

October 1st, 2015

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Our friend Kristy Glass from the Glass Posse channel talks up a few of her favorite costume patterns!

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Get the FREE patterns here:

Kitty Cat Headbands Crafty Disguise Spider Pom Pom Brooch
Kitty Cat Headbands Crafty Disguise Spider Pom Pom Brooch

For more great FREE costume patterns, visit Pattern Finder.