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Christmas in July Day 2: 6 Knit and Crochet Scarves to Give!

July 16th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Scarves and Cowls to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

As a first time knitter or crocheter, you usually want to pick something simple, yet satisfying for your first project. Scarves have become the go-to for beginners as they learn stitch techniques, counting rows, and all the little nuances we love about crafting with yarn.

One of the first pieces I ever made as a gift was a scarf for my younger sister. Made in stockinette stitch with a gorgeous turquoise roving yarn, it was a relatively quick project. My only issue was that I’d also started on a scarf for my mother (among other projects), and I couldn’t tackle the two before the holidays came around! In the end, my sister unwrapped the scarf on Christmas, and the other scarf is somewhere in my stash (sorry, Mom!)

My advice: own your skill level, and manage your time wisely. If you know you won’t have a lot of time on hand to make multiple gifts, don’t take on a lot at once. Work through more complex patterns way ahead of time and save the easy stuff for closer to the holidays.

This year, I’ve got my eye on another quick and simple project — the Hudson Seed Scarf! I’d love to try my hand at a new stitch, and I’ve got plenty of time to make it before the cold weather rolls in.

Thinking of gifting a scarf to someone this year? Check out my suggestions below!:

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Knit Textured Cowl made with Landscapes® Knit Florida Sun Circle Scarfie made with Hometown USA® Knit Hudson Seed Scarf made with Fishermen’s Wool®
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Crochet Easy Pocket Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Infinity Cowl made with Homespun Thick & Quick® Crochet Brompton Abbey Cowl made with Heartland®

 

 

Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along – Week 3: Beginning the Body

July 15th, 2015

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Welcome back to the Lion Brand Summer 2015 Crochet Along!!  I can’t believe we are going to be half way done by the end of this week!!  My Sabrina Tunic is really looking great and now that I have started the body this project is really beginning to look like a wearable piece of art!!

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Last week we worked on the yoke, there were lots of interesting stitching techniques to help create the unique look of the upper part of our garment.  I loved all the participation and questions we had going on last week both here on our Lion Brand Blog and over on our Ravelry Crochet Along Group!! If you felt like the yoke was a little difficult you were not alone… Working with the darker yarn and some of the stitching techniques made us all pay closer attention to the pattern. There seemed to be a few question about rounds 11-13, if you still have questions… Make sure to hop over to the Ravelry Group and read through last week’s thread and see if it will answer any of your questions!! We had lots of great chit-chat about the yarn and pattern questions. Some of us are posting our progress pictures on Raverly too… It is great to see the Sabrina Tunic in other colors!!

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Christmas in July Day 1: 6 Hats to Make for Friends and Family!

July 15th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Hats to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

The only people I have made hats for are my nephews and my niece why you might ask? Well, because every hat I make I really want for myself. I find hats the easiest and ultimate fun knitting project because they range in skill level and allow you to get your project done really fast! A perfect holiday gift for anyone!

I have picked out a bunch of hats that I think are some good gifts for the stylish, laid back and everyday friend. Always read through the pattern and make sure you are able to do all the stitches. And if you see a knit pattern chances are we might have something similar in crochet. Hats are fun and a great way to spruce up your winter look.

1) Easy Eyelet Hat – This is a great pattern and uses our new yarn Textures® but, you can always substitute another worsted weight yarn.  Whenever I show this hat off at guilds they love it! It has that slouch effect so definitely for your friend who has slouchy hats galore!

2) I like this Aviator Earflap Cap because it’s unisex and is a simple pattern. This hat is for the friend who doesn’t want too much going on around their face.

3) I happen to know the person who designed this Easy Tam and I have seen many variations of it.  It’s like a piece of artwork.  (Maybe make this one for yourself!) Definitely allow time for this one because of the color work but, it’s totally worth it in the end.

4) I still have yet to make this Vintage Glam Turban. It’s a real easy one, too! For your very stylish friend who is always looking “together,” this is perfect!

5) I know from personal experience the Woolspun Level 3 knit hat is a great way to work on cables! That was my first cable hat and I was pretty impressed with my finished project.  It worked up really fast and is a great all day accessory.

6) This Amelia Earflap hat is for your friends who are forever cold!  Give them this hat for the holidays and they will be nice and toasty as it uses LB Collection®. Natural Wool.

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1) Crochet Easy Eyelet Hat made with Textures® Bonus: Matching Scarf 2) Crochet Aviator Earflap Cap made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® 3) Knit Gretchen’s Easy Tam made with Heartland®
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4) Knit Vintage Glam Turban made with Vanna’s Glamour® 5) Knit Level 3 Knit Hat made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® 6) Knit Amelia Earflap Hat made with LB Collection® Natural Wool

BONUS:

How could I not put a pattern for a cat hat — your cat needs a holiday present too!

I want to know what hat catches your fancy, which one do you plan on making? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Tea with Shira Goes on the Road: Come Visit Us at the Knit & Crochet Show in San Diego!

July 14th, 2015

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Every year some of us from the Lion Brand® team head to the annual Summer Knit and Crochet Show, which is held in various cities across the country. This year, we’re headed to sunny San Diego at the Town and Country Resort, and we’re taking Tea with Shira on the road!

The Knit and Crochet Show is a great conference that’ll be taking place from July 22nd through July 25th. The show offers classes for learning and improving your skills, a marketplace for shopping, and many opportunities for meeting and chatting with other fellow crafters. Speaking of meeting and chatting with folks, you can come by the Tiki Pavilion Lounge (a public meeting space) within the resort, and the Lion Brand/Tea with Shira team will be present with tea, surprise goodies, and new yarns and garments for viewing!

Tea with Shira at the Tiki Pavilion Lounge:
Wednesday 7/22: 12-3pm
Thursday 7/23: 12-3pm
Friday 7/24: 10-12pm

We will have some lovely teas on hand thanks to the great folks at Harney and Sons, a family-owned and operated business that sells affordable, quality, fine tea. In fact, Shira sat town with Emeric Harnery, a 3rd generation family member and manager of the Harney & Sons shop in SoHo, New York City, for her 6th episode of Tea with Shira. Check it out here.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

*Please note we will not be selling yarns at the show*

 

6 Quick and Easy Patterns: Make Something for Yourself or for Baby!

July 13th, 2015

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Looking through Ravelry and various crafting blogs is always such a pleasure, because you come across so many creative and talented people. These sources are great places to find inspiration for projects you want to work on, or new skills to learn and master. So today, I’m happy to share six projects made in our supremely soft cotton yarns, LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo and Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton, by various designers and bloggers.

Check out the patterns below, which includes an adorable pouch to keep your accessories in, and precious designs for the little one(s) in your life.

Crochet Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch by Moogly
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Crochet Cotton Bamboo Headband by Jessie At Home
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Easy Knit Baby Hat by Gina Michele
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Beginner Knit Fringed Baby Booties by Mama in a Stitch
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Baby Yoda Hat by Elapine
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Baby Crochet Bath Set Pattern by Petals to Picots
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We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Granny’s Shining Star Square by Beatrice Ryan Designs

July 12th, 2015

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Did you know that our Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along leader Elena Ramshaw Hunt is also a talented designer?

It’s true! Using Vanna’s Choice®, she designed this bright and starry granny square, perfect for a sampler afghan:


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This is a FREE pattern, available through beatriceryandesigns.com.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Magenta, Kelly Green and Mustard. ::


 

It’s time to play is it knit or crochet? Guess and win!

July 10th, 2015

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Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Mosaic Cowl & Hat or the Sabrina Tunic, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and six (6) balls of LB Collection® Superwash Merino. *

Mobile users, click here if you can’t access the voting tools below.

* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email before August 5th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $65 USD.

 

Caption this Lola for a chance to win $250 to spend at lionbrand.com!

July 10th, 2015

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

The caption with the most votes will receive $250 to spend at lionbrand.com!

* Can’t see the entry form? Visit: http://lby.co/1G9NUFL


Crochet Sea Breeze Top Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan Crochet Shark Afghan Crochet Amigurumi Octopus
Crochet Sea Breeze Top
Made with Cotton-Ease®
Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan
Made with Modern Baby®
Crochet Shark Afghan
Made with Hometown USA®
Crochet Amigurumi Octopus
Made with Vanna’s Choice®

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9 Knit and Crochet Patterns Using Cotton-Ease and Kitchen Cotton (That you can work on in the Summer!)

July 9th, 2015

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Today we’re featuring patterns that use either Kitchen Cotton or Cotton-Ease® to keep you crafting through the warm summer months. Many of these patterns are small enough to work on while waiting for appointments, hanging out at BBQs, or even while enjoying those lovely summer road trips as you relax with your feet up. Take a look below and get inspired!

Crochet Flower Face Cleansing Pads by Petals to Picots
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Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket by The Stitchin Mommy
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Knit Patriotic Placemat by Jessie at Home
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Miu Miu DIY by Trinkets in Bloom (crochet)
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Textured Washcloth by Salena Baca Crochet
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Knit Reverse Cable Rib Baby Jacket by Adrienne Medrano (Ravelry) Cotton-Ease®
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The Hive Knit Dishcloth by Being Spiffy
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Easy Knit Top by Mama in A Stitch
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Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes
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Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along – Week 2: The Yoke – Working From the Top Down

July 8th, 2015

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CAL_08282014I love seeing a project come together!! Last week we made our swatches to assure our gauge was correct, joined the first row without any twists (hopefully) and worked on the first few rounds of our Sabrina Tunic!! Like I said last week… Those first few rows are the hardest part… So now we are ready to kick into gear and get our Yoke made!!

Since the Sabrina Tunic is made in one piece from the top down, this project will start shaping up quickly and we will see a hint of how it will look by the time our Yoke is complete. I love working with Vanna’s Glamour Yarn… The small amount of shimmer and sparkle will make this a perfect piece to wear this fall, and the nice bounce the yarn provides is also going to make the garment fit nicely. It’s still not too late to join us and make a Sabrina Tunic for yourself. You can even have the yarn shipped right to your doorstep… Click here to view and order your yarn kit!! If you are ready… Let’s get our hooks and get the party started!!

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