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Crochet A Quick Hooded Cowl: a #Scarfie Pattern by Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me

December 9th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf

This great #scarfie project comes from Sarah, the creative mind behind the blog, Repeat Crafter Me. So cozy for this time of year, Sarah’s Crochet Hooded Cowl works up fast with 3 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and the toddler version only requires 2. This project is quite easy to crochet and assemble, and Sarah has even included some lovely pictures to help you visualize the process!

Make matching sets for you and your little one with Sarah’s awesome patterns: Crochet Hooded Cowl

Repeat Crafter Me Scarfie Blog

 

Well, Since You Asked…

December 9th, 2014

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Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

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In my career I have reached the stage at which total strangers not infrequently write to me to ask for advice. My mother, to whom I am and will ever be The Little Boy Who Somehow Got Tomato Soup on the Kitchen Ceiling, finds this hilarious.

“Not cooking advice, Ma,” I tell her. “Knitting advice.”

“I know,” says my mother. “But still.”

Usually the questions are straightforward:

Q. Should I put lifelines in my lace shawl?

A. Yes.

Sometimes the questions raise an eyebrow:

Q. Do you have any tips on re-sizing a woman’s sweater to fit a guinea pig?

A. You may omit the waist shaping.

Sometimes the questions raise two eyebrows:

Q. Have you ever blended male chest hair into handspun alpaca?

A. Not on purpose.

Questions like these are easily answered.

But then something landed in my inbox that brought me up short:

Q. I have been knitting for almost twenty years and I have always loved it. But lately I’ve lost the urge. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a project on the needles, and now suddenly nothing is exciting to me. I just don’t feel like knitting. I went to the yarn store twice last week and didn’t even touch anything. Please help. How can I get my mojo back?

Whoa.
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13 Gifts You Can Make with 2 Balls of Yarn or Less

December 8th, 2014

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Every year I participate in a handmade Secret Santa gift exchange. Working at Lion Brand has definitely inspired me to learn to knit, and as a person who usually crochets, I wanted to make something different and challenging this year.

I found the Ribbed Bolero pattern to be a good place to start. It’s a good beginner project to both improve knitting skills, and to make a great gift at the same time. It’s just like making a scarf — just much wider and folded in half.  This pattern is perfect as I had also been looking for a 2-ball project that uses Homespun®.

One of the many skills I gained from this project was learning to differentiate between a stockinette (which the pattern called for) and a garter stitch (which I accidentally did). I was surprised (and relieved) that it still looked similar the picture, except with a different stitch – and it only cost $15!

Below I’ve selected several 2-ball projects that will let you practice your craft and make a great handmade gift at the same time. Let the gift knitting begin!

Knit His or Her Hat Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash
Knit His or Her Hat Crochet Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash

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FLASH SALE! Save 20% on Favorite Fast-Finish Gift Kits

December 6th, 2014

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This sale is now over but for more great kits, please visit lionbrand.com kits.

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*** Click on the project you’d like to make and choose from two kits: one that contains the pattern and yarns; or one that contains everything – the pattern, yarns, needles and hooks. ***

 

New Easy-to-Follow Patterns for Knit and Crochet Projects!

December 5th, 2014

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We’ve developed a new system for bringing you easy-to-follow patterns for knit and crochet projects. The new pattern style features simple diagrams and less text, plus simplified written instructions so you can both visualize and understand each step.

We believe that you’ll find these patterns to be the easiest you’ll ever use, so you can knit and crochet with newfound confidence.

But don’t just take our word for it … below is a sampling of three popular patterns written in the new style. Click on the image or name and you’ll be taken to a PDF file featuring the new pattern style. Give it a try, start creating the easy way today!

Crochet Simple Shrug
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Level 2 Easy Knit Poncho
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Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
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We’d love to hear your opinion of this new style of pattern writing, so please leave a comment below.

 

Learn to Knit an Easy Fair Isle Tam with Christine from iKNITS

December 5th, 2014

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Christine from the iKNITS YouTube channel shows you how to work up Gretchen’s Easy Tam using Heartland yarn – which, by the way, is 20% off until the end of this month.

This tutorial is great for those who may feel intimidated by fair isle knitting; Christine does a wonderful job of making the pattern and technique easy to understand. With a beautiful snowflake/star image at the center of the hat, it’s the perfect winter accessory. There are plenty of colors in Heartland for you to choose contrasting hues that best suit your tastes. I personally like the red and white combination for a striking Christmas hat.

Watch Christine’s video below and get started!

 

12 Patterns Featuring Color and Texture – Perfect Baby Gifts!

December 4th, 2014

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Two of my good friends have recently had babies and while I’m still thinking about making gifts for my friends, I’m also thinking of their newborns this holiday season.

I love making baby gifts that are colorful or have a lot of texture – the extraordinary color palette of Modern Baby® is one of my favorite yarns for color, and for a touchable pattern with lots of texture, I always come back to the symbolic Tree of Life Afghan.  

Earlier this year, when Lion Brand introduced its newest yarn, Ice Cream, I got excited about the Confetti Color Blanket – the variegated colors and knitted indentations give it a touchable, fabric-like appearance – a delightful combination of both color and texture!

To inspire you this holiday season, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that feature color and texture:

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Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks
Knit Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks

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Introducing Ice Cream, Lion Brand’s Newest Yarn!

December 3rd, 2014

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Destined to be your new favorite baby yarn, Ice Cream is a soft and easy care yarn that works up to create delightful, self-striping colorways that blend unique and cheerful color combinations.

It comes in eight delightfully tasty colors like Lemon Swirl, Tutti Frutti, Banana Split, and Cotton Candy. There’s even Cookies & Cream, a sophisticated, tonal grey shade for the gender neutral projects.

This will be your go-to yarn for baby shower gifts, your own baby project and even big, bright and beautiful blankets like the Charleston Garden Blanket.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite Ice Cream patterns below. For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com.

Berry Pretty Hat, Botties and Mitts Knit Panda Pullover Crochet One Skein Wonder Vest Knit Favorite Baby Blanket
Berry Pretty Hat, Booties and Mitts
in Strawberry
Knit Panda Pullover
in Cookies and Cream
Crochet One Skein Wonder Vest in Banana
Split
Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy
Knit Confetti Color Blanket Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Stroller Blankie
Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
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Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl

 

Crochet Marine Life Amigurumi with New Book from Megan Kreiner, “Bathtime Buddies”: A Giveaway!

December 2nd, 2014

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Megan Kreiner, author of the popular book Crochet A Zoo, has released another book full of beautifully photographed, seriously cute amigurumi! This time, Megan has crocheted amazing under water critters in a wonderful assortment of cotton yarns for fun bath time play in her new book, Bathtime Buddies: 20 Crocheted Animals from the Sea. And of course, if you just love marine animals and want to make some just for little keepsakes, you can do that too.

Today, we’ve got a wonderful giveaway – we’re giving away two copies of Megan’s book, one per person. We hope you enjoy this book as much as we did. So many fun and well designed little projects in here!

Guidelines for the giveaway:

Rules and Guidelines:
1. Entries must be received by December 9th, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. One person per entry

»Click here« to enter the giveaway if the form below does not work for you.

 

Make a Zodiac Scarf for Capricorn Birthdays!

December 1st, 2014

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capricorn-zodiacIf you were born between December 22 and January 19, your zodiac sign is Capricorn. The Capricorn crafter is known to be very familiar with every stitch, their yarn stash is extremely organized, and their project wishlist is always completed.

As perfectionists, Capricorns love to try new stitches and projects and will practice their craft until they get it just right … before moving onto something more challenging. capricorn-sign

Capricorns might appear to be private about their crafting habits, but it’s actually that they are very shy. When it comes to displaying their feelings and emotions, they like to show their caring nature through handmade gifts – discreetly.

Show your favorite Capricorn how much you care with knit or crochet zodiac scarf in colors to match their amazing characteristics: charcoal grey for practicality, grey marble for ambition, barley for resourcefulness, and oatmeal for discipline.

Get the patterns for both knit and crochet!

Don’t know a Capricorn?  Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.

 
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