Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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Lola’s Vacation in the “Tropics” …

March 20th, 2015

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

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Knit Jewel Box Pullover Crochet Ribs and Shells Shrug Crochet Happy #Scarfie

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22 Popular Patterns for Boys and Men

March 19th, 2015

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13 Runway-Inspired Projects That Use Simple Seaming

March 18th, 2015

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In case you missed it, last week we highlighted the first section of our 2015 fashion collection, Simple Rectangles, which featured pieces made from, you guessed it, rectangles!

This week we’re having fun with the second section, Rectangles Sewn Together, which features easy rectangle shapes that require just a little bit of simple seaming to become impressive garments! You can make runway-inspired garments with minimal shaping. If you’ve never made a cardigan before, this group of patterns is a great place to start – you really can do it!

See all of the patterns from part two: Rectangles Sewn Together!

Crochet Electric Granny Vest Crochet Bright Squares Afghan Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover
Knit Colorblock Slipover Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan Knit Seed Stitch Cardi with Scarf
Crochet Small Squares Shawl Crochet Oversized Popover Top Knit Hudson Riverfront Hat
Knit Reading Room Cardigan Chatsworth Cable Poncho Knit Painterly Mitered Pullover
Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan

Hear more about the idea behind this year’s collection from Lion Brand®‘s Design Director Adina Klein in the video below!

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3 Helpful Crochet Tips for the Left-Handed

March 17th, 2015

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Arabia Temple works at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and gives some of her favorite tips for crocheters who often come into the store asking for help.
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At least once a week, someone will come in and talk about how they’d love to crochet, but they’re afraid to try because they’re left-handed. Admittedly, the majority of crochet patterns, diagrams, and instructions are created for crafters who hold their hook in their right hand.

Here are a few tips that have proven helpful to those who hold their hook with their left.

Re-write for left

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Before you even pick up a hook, you should read your entire pattern from start to finish. Once you’ve gone through it and understand what it’s asking of you, go through it once more and make adjustments to the directional instructions to reflect crocheting from left to right.

Create a mirror image

If you’re working with granny squares, motifs, or other patters using charts, symbols or illustrated stitch explanations, see if the images can be flipped horizontally (see example of St. George’s variation on the right) before they’re printed or photocopied to show the stitches being worked clockwise. Or, you can simply find an actual mirror and place it next to the image to follow the pattern.

Declare it Opposite Day!

Online instructional videos, like Lion Brand’s Youtube Channel, are a great resource for crafters, but when the host is a right-handed, you’ll want do the opposite of what you see the instructor doing. For example, right–handed instructors will turn their work from right to left – like turning the page of a book; you would instead turn your work from left to right-like going back a page.

While crochet doesn’t exactly cater those who are left-handed, it certainly shouldn’t scare them away. As long as you remember that patience, practice, and perseverance are all you really need to crochet, no matter what hand your dominant hand is, you’ll be just fine.

 

Voting is now open! Help Pick our SPRING Knit-Along Project!

March 16th, 2015

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Wondering who the winner is?! Click here …

It’s that time of year again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments below. First, meet your Spring KAL leader, Kristy Glass (who’s wearing the Granny Raglan Pullover, which she mentions in her introduction video below):

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So let’s get started! 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. They’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, March 22nd, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Mitered Shawl Textured Topper Shimmer Nights Slip Stitch Cardigan Glamour Jacket

 

Ready? Cast your vote!

Voting is now closed. Wondering who the winner is?! Click here …

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

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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, March 23rd 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, March 22nd, 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 crochet-along later this year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

 

Celebrate Pi Day with Some Nerdy Knitting and Crochet

March 14th, 2015

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Happy Pi Day! It’s a special one too because today is 3/14/15, which happens to be the first five digits of Pi (3.1415) and if you’re super-into Pi, you know that this post went up at 9:26am, the next three digits (3.1415926)!

Don’t know what the heck I’m on about? Pi is an irrational number relating to the circumference and diameter of a circle. It’s approximately equal to 3.14, though the decimal places are believed to go on forever. You can learn a little more about Pi here, or you can just have fun with the collection of math and Pi-themed knitting and crochet patterns below!

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Pi Family by Alicia Kachmar Butterfly Pi Shawl by lafarrelly
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Knit Pie Top for Pi Day by Lorna and Jill Watt, aka Knits for Life Pi Guy by Ms. Premise-Conclusion
Knit Irrational Scarf by Anne Bruvold Knit Pi Digits Scarf by Christina J
Knit Pi Dish Towel by Shannon Servesko Crochet Amigurumi Pi by Alicia Kachmar

*Note: Some of these patterns require a Ravelry account. Make sure you are signed up or create a free account to access.

 

9 Patterns Inspired by Cinderella!

March 13th, 2015

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Was Cinderella your favorite Disney Princess when you were a little girl? Well, she’s making a big comeback! Disney’s new live-action Cinderella comes to theaters this weekend to bring magic to a new generation. Do you think this new film will be a fun update or is the classic version your all-time favorite?

Inspired by the new movie, I’ve put together some patterns that can bippity-boppity-boo your little one into a real princess. The projects include our new crocheted Topsy Turvy Princess Doll that transforms with a flip from day to night! And the adorable Fairytale Headband and Wand set requires no knit or crochet skills- a great project to craft with the kids!

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Craft Fairytale Headband and Wand
made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Bonbons
Crochet Topsy Turvy Princess Doll made with Vanna’s ChoiceVanna’s Glamour®, and Bonbons Knit Baby Crown Hat
Made with Modern Baby®
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Crochet Pumpkin Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® by Bowties and Fezzes
Knit Rats! made with Wool-Ease®
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Knit Lavish Booties
made with LB Collection® Cashmere
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Knit Fairy-Tale Blanket
made with Vanna’s Sequins by Nicky Epstein
Craft Fairy Wands made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend and Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Glitter Eyelash Loom-Woven Apron with Pockets
Made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp

 

5 Patterns Perfect for Petites!

March 12th, 2015

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As the weather moves from winter to warmer, a cardigan can serve as a great transitional piece. I’m a very petite person, so fit is always a concern, especially when it comes to sleeves. I prefer tops that have 3/4 sleeves because they end up being regular-sized – perfect for a small woman like myself!

I’d been eyeing the Perfect Crochet Cardigan for awhile and since with March is National Crochet Month, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start this wishlist project. I had also needed an excuse to use the Fishermen’s Wool® in my stash, which turned out to be a great substitute for Amazing® – I didn’t even have to change hook sizes!

It really is the “perfect cardigan” –  it worked up quickly, taking only a week to finish, and it fits great. I can also roll up the sleeves, as you can see, to create my own 3/4 sleeve effect. As a crafter, I added pockets so I have someplace to put my yarn cutter and measuring tape when I need it. It can even serve as a coat on those cooler spring evenings.

For more ideas, I’ve selected four projects that work well for petites!

Level 1 Crocheted Cardigan Eloise Eyelet Cardi Round-About Cropped Cardi My First Raglan Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Variation
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Celebrate National Crochet Month with Lion Brand and you could win an afghan named after YOU!

March 11th, 2015

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Celebrate National Crochet Month!

Vote for your favorite crochet block below and you could win the opportunity to have a Lion Brand afghan pattern named after you, we’ll even throw in the afghan too! You can vote once a day! (Not a Facebook user? Don’t worry, you can vote here).

We’ll randomly select and contact the lucky winner no later than April 15th, 2015.*

To vote, click on the image or “like” button below and be sure to fill out the entry form. Thank you for voting and don’t forget to come back to vote again tomorrow!

* One entry per person. Click here for the official rules.

 

15 Knit and Crochet Patterns that Even a Beginner Can Make!

March 11th, 2015

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Recently we debuted our newest collection of patterns at a fashion show called, You Can Do It! The show was divided into five sections, the first of which, Simple Rectangles, featured pieces made from, you guessed it, rectangles. These patterns were designed to give even a novice knitter or crocheter the confidence to tackle a gorgeous garment!

Shira sat down with Lion Brand®’s Design Director Adina Klein to talk about the inspiration behind these inventive projects.

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See the Simple Rectangles patterns below!

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Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Beginner Scarf Knit Basic Hat Knit Basic Wristers
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Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan and Cowl Crochet Sparkling Shell Top Knit Helio Poncho Crochet Perfect Sleeveless Tunic
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Crochet Blankets Are My Canvas Crochet Glamorous Ripple Poncho Crochet Not Your Grannie’s Gloves Knit Shaped Poncho
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Knit Tribeca Tunic Knit Tricolor Cowl Knit Senior Hat

 
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