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Portable Projects to Travel With

November 16th, 2015

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In this guest post, Lion Brand’s Technical Editor Jackie Smyth shares great project ideas for traveling knitters and crocheters.

I grew up in Brooklyn, in a family known for our ‘itchy feet’. Travel was our passion – whether a short local jaunt by subway or an endless flight to someplace more exotic.

I also grew up crocheting and knitting. I nearly always had a large project in progress, but I relied on smaller projects as my portable travel companions. Most every hat, shawl or scarf that I’ve made was created ‘in transit’.

Needle crafting is not just the perfect way to fill time between flights or to keep  busy on long train trips – but also a wonderful conversation starter in a strange city.

Most of my travel was long before the age of iPhones and social media. My memory of knitting on a cloudy day in Sarphatipark in Amsterdam is preserved only in a light blue cardi that, sadly, no longer fits.


How things have changed!

Now, posting pictures to your blog, to Instagram, or other favorite site makes it easy to enjoy lasting memories of a project created in a special place.

Meanwhile, all kinds of new accessories make travelling with a project easier than ever:

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Hiya Hiya Small Project Bag 2-in-1 Tote Travel Wallet


My perfect portable project is something smallish in size that doesn’t require super concentration.   Any of these would work well –

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Knit One Ball Scarfie made with Scarfie Knit Hudson Seed Stitch Scarf made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Beginner Level 1 Cowl made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Crochet Millbrook Cowl made with Vanna’s Complement

Afghans, when made in blocks or squares, are another favorite portable project. Here are some good ones –

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Crochet Dotty Dots Afghan made with Modern Baby® Crochet Tonal Diamonds Afghan made with Landscapes® Crochet Shoreline Afghan made with Vanna’s Complement

We’d love to know what project you take when you travel and would especially love to see your photos!


If You Can Make a Scarf, You Can Make the Duo Tone Throw!

November 15th, 2015

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It’s not surprising most beginning yarncrafters opt for a simple scarf as their first project. It especially helps when you’ve got the perfect yarn for the project; that’s why we designed Scarfie — one ball makes an entire knit or crochet scarf!

Once you’ve mastered a scarf, you’ve got all the skills you need to make a blanket — really! Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal introduces the Duo Tone Throw, made with Scarfie. Watch the video below to see how it’s done!

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Crochet Duo Tone Throw made with Scarfie


What We’re Making: Shira’s got the Crochet Bug!

November 14th, 2015

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We’ve all got a work in progress (a WIP, if you will) — here’s Shira’s! An avid knitter, Shira loves making baby blankets for her friends. Check out her first crochet baby blanket and learn which yarn she chose for this project in the video below!


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Yarn featured in this video: Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®

What are you working on with Lion Brand Yarn? Tag your WIPs with #lionbrandyarn on Twitter or Instagram and share your knits!


Curvy Girl Closer Look: Knit Drop Stitch Pullover

November 14th, 2015

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Extend the seasonality of your knit garments by layering them! The Drop Stitch Pullover features a mesh look that looks good with a simple tank, or a long sleeved tee. Using Vanna’s Glamour® makes it sparkle! Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares what she loves about it:

The Drop Stitch Pullover might be my favorite item in the collection.  Of course we made a top down sweater for you knitters as well!  I love this this can be worn fancy, casual and is super lightweight and covers everything you want to hide!  It’s a super easy knit too!

See a full view of this garment in the video below:

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Knit Drop Stitch Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®


Lion Brand’s Handmade Holiday Countdown with Kristy Glass – Check Back Every Day for a New Project!

November 13th, 2015

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You have time! Check in every day for the next 30 days for a new video with a great holiday project suggestion from Kristy Glass. Think of it as a virtual advent calendar for gift-giving!

She explains it all in the video below and below that you’ll find links to each day’s new pattern suggestion … Enjoy!

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Crochet Shark Afghan
in Hometown USA®

Knit Fast Finish Throw
in Jiffy®

Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket
in Hometown USA®

Knit Animal Talk Throw
in Heartland® & Homespun®

Crochet Penguin Mittens
in Vanna’s Choice®

Knit Sweets Scarf
in Modern Baby®

Crochet Millbrook Cowl
in Vanna’s Complement®

Knit Traffic Scarf
in Vanna’s Choice®

Crochet Dinosaur Scarf
in Vanna’s Choice®

Knit Blended Colors Baby Throw
in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Choice® Baby

Crochet Home Team Hat with pom pom!
in Hometown USA®

Knit Bright ‘N Easy Blankie
in Modern Baby®

Like the festive mouse amigurumi? Get the free pattern!