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7 Creatively Crocheted Halloween Wreaths from the Crochet Crowd Challenge!

November 5th, 2014

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November is here and it’s time to switch modes … out of spooky, Halloween decor and back into fall and Thanksgiving mode!

BUT just before we do, we want to share some news! The Crochet Crowd’s Grim Wreath Challenge has just ended and the randomly-chosen, lucky winner of the $150 yarn prize goes to Crissi C. from New Hampshire! Congratulations and thank you for your entry Crissi!

There were so many great entries, we just have to share a few other great wreaths from the Grim Wreath Challenge submissions, so please take a look below!

Cristina Nelson
Fun colors, pumpkins, and other Halloween amigurumi adorn this wreath by Cristina Nelson
Nicole Bergen
This is a great Autumn wreath to keep up until the holiday season starts, by Nicole Bergen
Addie Austin
Love the skull couple and color combinations in this wreath by Addie Austin
Michele M Cook
An adorable family of creepy spiders by Michele Cook
Stephaney
Adorable ghostly characters in this lively wreath by Stephaney Williams
Crissi Lee Cohnko
Of course, what’s Halloween without an ode to A Nightmare Before Christmas, by Crissi Leigh Coko

 

 

Beat the Chill with 10 Popular Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Patterns

November 4th, 2014

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Winter is coming and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is the perfect yarn for colder weather. It’s a super bulky version of Wool-Ease® and it has the feel, warmth and softness of wool, with the easy care of acrylic – it’s also perfect for those who are normally allergic to real wool!

This is a great yarn to use when you’re learning how to knit: it works up quickly and easily for projects like sweaters, jackets, vests, slippers, hats, and, of course, scarves.

Two of our most popular projects use this yarn: our Hunger Games-inspired cowl, the District 12 Cowl Wrap, and one of our most popular sweaters, the Striped Boyfriend Cardigan!

AND For the entire month of November, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is 20% off the original price!

Find some inspiration in the collection below and for more free patterns, search Patternfinder – it’s time to get knitting and crocheting!

District 12 Cowl Wrap Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat Simple Knit Hat
Knit District 12 Cowl Wrap Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat Knit Simple Hat

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Make a Zodiac Scarf for Sagittarius Birthdays!

November 3rd, 2014

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saggitarius-zodiacl30230baIf you were born between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. Sagittarians are known for being open, friendly, and outgoing, but their most outstanding trait is their love of freedom.  They tend to be innovators  in whatever they do, with imaginations that run free. They are often artists, writers, actors or entrepreneurs.

The ruling color of Sagittarius is purple. Purple is the color that represents creativity. The combination of blues and purples is perfect for those born under this sign because with such an outgoing personality, you need to balance it with colors that are not too bright and don’t draw attention to yourself.

Famous Sagittarians include Willa Cather, Jane Austen, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and John Kennedy, Jr.

If someone you care about is a Sagittarius, this scarf will be the perfect gift.  It’s not just any scarf, but one that reflects their unique personality and mindset.

Looking to make a customized scarf for other birthdays?  Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.

 

FLASH SALE – Save 25% on Thick & Quick Yarns!

November 1st, 2014

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Save 25% on Thick & Quick® yarns on orders $35 or more, now through to November 4th, 12noon EST!

Coupon code ‘FLASH25TQ’ will be automatically filled into the coupon box at checkout on qualified orders. Only one coupon per person; cannot be combined with other coupons. ** Does not apply to Clearance Section yarns. **

 

Lola Finds Unexpected Friends … Somewhere Over The Rainbow

October 31st, 2014

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

Crochet Over The Rainbow Scarf Crochet Over The Rainbow Hat

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Stormy Weather Cowl: A #Scarfie Pattern by Tamara from Moogly!

October 30th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf!

As you may have seen already, our #scarfie program is underway and plenty of you have been tweeting your #scarfies and sharing them with us on Facebook, so thank you!

Today, we’ve got a pattern from the amazingly talented Tamara over at Moogly. Tamara’s Stormy Weather Cowl has been a big hit on her blog, and we’re excited to share her pattern with you. Only 2 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick are required for this project, so get your hooks and yarn ready!

Find Tamara’s pattern here: Stormy Weather Cowl

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P.S: We encourage all of you to tweet us your #scarfie (@lionbrandyarn), or share them on our Facebook wall – hashtag #scarfie! Read more about our #scarfie campaign here.

 

Learn to Finger Knit with the Knitting Runner, David Babcock

October 29th, 2014

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db_squareFeatured in the New York Times and around the world, David Babcock is the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf (12 feet!) while running a marathon, which he did in Kansas City last October. Coupled with a great deal of skill and endurance, David credits his choice in using Lion Brand’s Hometown USA as a factor in his amazing accomplishment! Lion Brand is sponsoring David in the New York City Marathon on November 2nd, 2014 and lucky for us, he’s agreed to write for us leading up to race day! Plus, you can meet David while he’s in New York City!

This Sunday, I’ll be running the New York City Marathon while knitting a scarf. I’m doing it to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. While training for the New York City Marathon, I was faced with a problem. Due to security concerns I was told that I would not be allowed to bring knitting needles or a crochet hook with me on the run. I respect the great service that the New York Police Department provides and want to support their efforts. So I had to come up with a way to knit on the run without needles.

I tried arm knitting, but a 15 minute scarf doesn’t fill my target 4 hour finish time and the giant loose gauge would not hold up well on the run. I was aware of what is commonly called finger knitting but I didn’t feel that a 4 stitch stockinette would work well either. So I did a little experimentation of my own and in the process I learned more about knitting.

Knitting at its simplest level is just a series of loops inside of loops. Knitting needles are a very helpful tool for holding stitches and picking up and pulling loops through, but learning where to insert them and how to twist them was quite a challenge for me as a beginner.

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Go To The Fair – Michelle Edwards Visits Rhinebeck

October 29th, 2014

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“… Go to the Fair, Templeton. You will find that the conditions at a fair will surpass
your wildest dreams. Buckets with sour mash sticking to them, tin cans
containing particles of tuna fish, greasy paper bags stuffed with rotten …”
“That’s enough!” cried Templeton. “Don’t tell me anymore. I’m going.”

E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

baaaaConvincing my cousin Janet to go to The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival wasn’t hard. Unlike Templeton the rat in Charlotte’s Web, she didn’t need the lure of sour mash, stray particles of tuna fish, or even greasy paper bags. The mere mention of sheep and wool and she was on board.

I had been to Rhinebeck, as the event is known in the fiber world, when I was promoting my knitting book, A Knitter’s Home Companion. My fair days back then were spent almost entirely signing books. This summer, after attending a small Iowa sheep and wool festival, I got the itch to go back to the big one, to Rhinebeck, to see what I had missed.

Rhinebeck is not only about wool. Among the offerings there were a bred ewe auction, an angora goat show, and an exotic breeds parade. In addition, there were demos of “blue ribbon hearth” cooking, canine Frisbee, sheepdog herding and more. Not to mention classes like Weave a Williamsburg Basket, Art and Science of Natural Dyeing, Needle Felting in 2-D and 3-D, Made in the Moment Jewelry, Double Knitting, Beginning Rug Hooking and Spinning for Socks.

Of course, Janet and I went straight for the wool. We cruised booth after booth, discussed the merits of projects and yarns on display. Often our eyes were drawn to the handwork worn by other fair attendees. We admired lacy shawls, cabled sweaters and the stunning green baby blankets covering a pair of adorable twins in their side-by-side stroller.
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45 Minute Crochet Cowl Tutorial by Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini

October 28th, 2014

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Today, we’ve got a great tutorial for you by Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini! Vanessa will show you how to create a simple cowl in our beautiful, self-striping yarn, Amazing. This cowl works up extremely fast and will make a great gift for the upcoming holidays. Watch Vanessa’s tutorial below, and check out the link for her Amazing giveaway!

Click here for: 45 Minute Cowl Pattern

Click here for: Amazing yarn giveaway

 

9 Tutorials for Every Knitter and Crocheter to Try!

October 27th, 2014

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Beyond bringing you new patterns and reporting on the latest knit and crochet trends each week, Lion Brand also provides numerous tutorials on techniques and methods all knitters and crocheter should know about (and try at least once!). 

Tutorials are a great method of learning – for knitters and crocheters who are just learning the basic, to experienced crafters who want step-by-step visuals to master a new technique.

Bottom line, tutorials are a great way to learn new skills that will help you on future knitting and crochet projects!

Here is a collection of our most popular tutorials:

For more step by step instructions, look under our Tutorials and Tips & How To sections of the blog.  And for those learning how to knit or crochet, our Stitchfinder is also a great resource!

 
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