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Tantalized By Beautiful Cables? Now You Can Learn To Knit Them.

August 30th, 2015

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Cables are a great way to take your knitting (and crochet) to the next level. Using a cable needle (or double pointed needle), stitches are worked to create an overlapping motif that adds a braided or rope-like element to your project. While you could add cables to just about everything you make, these patterns really shine on tops, afghans, and hats. Incorporating cables into your knits gives your projects a touch of elegance, and makes each piece unique.

Knitting cables is easier than it looks! Check out a few of our resources — we’ll help you get started.:

We have 24 cables to choose from in our Stitchfinder. You can learn how to do them step by step, and be able to make them when your pattern calls for it!

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Ring of Fire Ice Storm Seven Sisters

 

Once you’ve got basic cable techniques down, try your hand at a new pattern! Below, a few of our favorite cabled projects.

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Knit Galway Poncho made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Cable Delight Shrug made with LB Collection® Baby Alpaca Knit Chatsworth Poncho made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Knit Cables and Ridges Hat made with Country® Knit Cabled Hat made with Heartland® Thick & Quick® Knit Chunky Cabled Hat made with Heartland® Thick & Quick®

 

 

 

 

How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom with Lion Brand!

August 29th, 2015

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For beginners who are interested in weaving, a cardboard loom is a great way to learn and practice designs before deciding to invest in a sturdier loom – like the Cricket Loom or Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit. This step by step tutorial will help you get started on your new journey into weaving!

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Materials

You will need a 14 X 20 in. (35.5 X 51cm) piece of cardboard, a ruler, a large-eye blunt needle, pencil scissors, and, of course, yarn.

The tutorial below is for a placemat made with Lion® Cotton, but we also recommend Bonbons, Vanna’s Choice®, Cotton-Ease® for beginner weavers.

Making Your Loom

With the ruler and pencil, mark a line 1 in. (2.5 cm) from each short end of cardboard. Beginning 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) from one end of line, and ending 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) from opposite end of line, make 53 evenly spaced (about 1/4 in. (6 mm) apart) marks along length of line. Cut a slit in cardboard at each mark, down to the 1 in. (2.5 cm) border.

Step 1

We are showing you the over 2, under 2 weaving method.

Wrap loom with base yarn, placing one strand in each notch then around the back of the loom to the next notch. At last notch cut yarn, leaving a 6 in. (15 cm) tail. There should be 53 strands. Thread blunt needle with about 10 in. (25.5 cm) of working yarn.

Note: Use a length of working yarn that feels comfortable to you. The longer the yarn, the more chance for tangles! The shorter the yarn, the more ends you’ll have to weave in!
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Introducing 14 New Colors of Lion’s Pride Woolspun!

August 28th, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
Arranging a color palette for your project is easier than ever with new colors of Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®! This wool-blend yarn is already a fan favorite for its softness and bounce — you’ll love the new color additions.

We’ve added mixes and prints to the Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® line — these skeins stitch up to create beautiful color work easily without the trouble of having to switch yarns. Create your own color palette, or choose from 6 color families to make coordinating sets!

Watch as our brand ambassador Shira introduces our new Color Made Easy program!:

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – https://youtu.be/59upD_Td4Q0 ::
 

Find our latest patterns for this yarn below:

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Beginner Loom Knit Hat & Scarf set in Metropolis Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Campfire Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Metropolis Color Family
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Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Forest Color Family Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Mesa Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Ocean Color Family
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Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Quarry Color Family Easy Crochet Cowl in Metropolis Color Family Beginner Knit Cowl in Forest Color Family

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters

August 27th, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
With seasons changing soon, we’re tempted to get started on scarves and hats — but it’s not that chilly yet! Fall is a wonderful time to experiment with layers – try adding a vest over a button down, a poncho over a simple top, or knee high socks or legwarmers over tights. Accessories like these a great ways to try out new patterns and introduce a new style to your closet. You’ll also be able to dress up existing outfits without having to buy a new seasonal wardrobe!

Vests and wraps are trendy alternatives to simple cardigans. They’re versatile, pairing well with both billowy blouses and solid basics. Keep one on your office desk chair to layer on your work outfit!

We prefer ponchos over pullovers for walks in the park, cheering on the team from the sidelines, or just wearing as a statement piece. With their simple construction, they’re a great project for beginners not yet ready to tackle on shaping sweater sleeves.

Use up the rest of the summer to get started on these fall knits!

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Knit Prince Street Legwarmers made with Tweed Stripes® Knit Level 1 Vest made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Knit Penelope Poncho made with Country®
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Knit Veranda Vest made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Autumn Light Gauntlets made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Cuffed Poncho made with LB Collection® Silk Mohair
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Knit Rustic Embroidered Wrap made with Wool-Ease® and Unique Knit Honeycomb Poncho made with Wool-Ease® Knit Cabled and Buttoned Wrap made with Heartland®

 

After My Hair Turned Grey, My Whole Outlook on Color Changed …

August 26th, 2015

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The Scarfie Effect! A funny thing happened when my hair began to grey.  I was thirty-five and resented a situation that seemed premature and, well, unfair.  For every grey hair I plucked, ten appeared, suggesting that resistance was futile. So I began experimenting with different DIY hair colors offered by the neighborhood drugstore.  Experimenting was fun.  I could choose shades with cool or warm highlights, go auburn in the summer, or Goth when I felt dramatic.  After a while, though, I sadly realized I wasn’t very good at covering what needed to be covered.  I sought professional help.

Between Brunette and Blonde…

My hairdresser worked for months to remedy the self-inflicted dye damage.  By now I was a decade older.  My underlying color was so grey that when brown dye was applied, my hair seemed blonde.  So, I became a dark blonde.  But it didn’t stop there—I went lighter and lighter.  My hair is now honey-colored, and I’m satisfied with the results.

My point is about personal color, but it applies equally to clothing.  No matter what, I want to look my best—don’t we all?  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that the colors most flattering to me aren’t the brights I wore when my tresses were chestnut.  With light hair, I prefer neutral and natural shades.  Fortunately, I really like neutrals and naturals.  They seem serene, and they play well with jazzy accents.  I love a camel coat with a crimson scarf, a grey tunic with a cobalt shawl, and anything black with apple green.

…And Every Shade in Between

My knitting, of course, reflects this preference.  Right now I’m in the mood to knit a beautiful sweater to wear in the cold months ahead, and I want an interesting yarn, as enjoyable to work with as to wear.  And—total wish fulfillment!—I’ve discovered Lion Brand’s Scarfie!

The Scarfie palette fits my personal color theory exactly. Scarfie is an ombré yarn that subtly moves from one shade to another.  It’s dreamily dynamic, hypnotic, and outright magical as it transitions from light to intermediate tones, then darkens. Working with it is like watching clouds at sunset or morning haze over mountains, except it’s you and your pattern, not Mother Nature, behind the changes!  The natural shades have a rustic purity, from cream to taupe in one skein, from silver to charcoal in another.  There are stunning low-key colors, too—rich cranberry to deep black, forest to deep black, denim to midnight.   All of them are in the palette most flattering to me.

It’s called Scarfie because one generous skein makes one generous scarf.  But I’m determined to do something larger—a sweater.  The gorgeous “Free Spirit Topper” in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder is exactly what I had in mind.  But there’s also a high-fashion crochet pattern, the “Duo Tone Throw” which is ultra simple to make but totally interesting at the same time, because two different shades of Scarfie, moving along their individual paths, create a rhapsodic interplay of colors.

I might have to make them both….

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Knit Free Spirit Topper Crochet One Ball Scarfie Crochet Duo Tone Throw
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Crochet Pero Poncho Crochet Diagonal Shaded Shawl Knit Neutral Slant Shawl

 
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