Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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Update Your Winter Look with these Outlander Accessories!

November 23rd, 2015

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Our Outlander: The Series collection of knit and crochet kits were inspired by the 18th century costumes featured on the show — but that doesn’t mean they’re just period pieces! All of the patterns — which include a chunky on-trend cowl and elegant arm warmers — can be used as accessories this season.

See how brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal gives these garments an update in the styling video below!:

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Click here to shop the full collection!


Curvy Girl Closer Look: Crochet Openwork Top Down Pullover

November 22nd, 2015

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You’ll want this lacy top to be your next crochet project! Worked from the top down, it’s easy to tailor this pullover to fit you perfectly. Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal explains what she likes most about the Openwork Top Down Pullover:

I love this pullover.  This crochet top down sweater is the answer to all of you that ask for top down sweaters!  I LOVE IT! We used Vanna’s Glamour® to give it that pop. I personally tend to run hot, so the short sleeves on this garment are right up my alley. There is no question that when you wear this, you’ll get loads of compliments!

See this perfect pullover in the video below!:

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Crochet Openwork Top Down Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®


Happy 20th Anniversary, Homespun®!

November 20th, 2015

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Homespun®, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: from your painterly shades, to that famous poncho, we love the texture and depth you give our projects. We’ll let brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal continue the list…

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Happy 20th anniversary, Homespun®!

Until November 30th, save 20% when you purchase Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick® and Holiday Homespun® at! *

* Sale on through to Sunday, November 30th, 2015. Applies to Homespun® family yarns only, excluding yarn already on sale or clearance. Valid at only.


“Crochet For Christmas” A Book Review + Giveaway!

November 20th, 2015

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The holidays are here, and it’s time to start decorating! Crochet designer Salena Baca has just released a new book, Crochet for Christmas – which has some seriously cute and modern holiday designs. Just look at the cover, how amazing are those crochet cabled stockings!

If you can, I suggest you get your hands on a copy of this book because Salena and her designing contributors did a wonderful job with the patterns. They’re fun and modern and sure to put a smile on your face. The skill levels of the projects vary, so you’re sure to find something for beginners and more advanced crocheters as well.

Thanks to our friends at Stackpole Books, we’re bringing you a wonderful giveaway in which 2 winners have a chance to win a copy of this book along with a set of Bonbons® in the Nature colorway to make the reindeer mug cozy you see above. See details below for entering.

AND – as a lovely bonus from Salena herself, you can work up a Silver & Spice Crochet Hood made in Wool-Ease® Chunky, which is one of the patterns included in the book.

Silver & Spice Crochet Hood Crochet for Christmas
Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entries must be received by November 30 at 11:59pm EST

2. US entries only.

3. Must be 18 and over to enter.

4. One entry per person.

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How “Craft As Therapy” Grew Into a Thriving Community

November 19th, 2015

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Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post she introduces us to the Craft As Therapy community on Instagram, which is a daily visual celebration of the healing capacities of crafting. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

When Mandy of the RedAgape Style & Design blog started using the hashtag #craftastherapy on her own Instagram account, it was just a personal thing. She had always loved crafting but after her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and the diagnosis worsened Mandy’s own illness, she realized just how important crafting was for her health. She began to intentionally turn to crafting as a way to distract herself from the anxiety of this period, and she began to tag her photos accordingly.


yarnsPeople immediately took notice. Others started using the hashtag widely. Mandy says, “It became apparent to me how important craft is as a form of therapy, not just for me, but for many other crafters. Many have shared their stories about why they craft for therapy. Some are suffering with mental illness, infertility issues, chronic illness, physical illness … and some craft simply because it is cheaper than (traditional) therapy and keeps them smiling!”

Mandy was surprised by how much people loved this hashtag, although looking back she says she’s surprised that she was so surprised. She says, “I’m not sure why I thought I was the only one. I mean; there is a reason that coloring books for adults are so popular right now. Everyone is looking for some time out for their minds and crafting is perfect.”

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