Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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Celebrate the Stars and Stripes With These Flag Day Patterns!

June 14th, 2015

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Did you know? Although the most patriotic day — Independence Day — is celebrated on July 4th, Flag Day commemorates our nation officially adopting the stars-and-stripes-patterned flag on June 14th, 1777.

Natasha of Alaska Knit Hat designed this Old Glory hat – made with Woolspun® – just in time for a chilly summer in Alaska!

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Stars, stripes, pom-poms — this pattern’s got it all!

For more inspiration, check out our pattern recommendations below, as well as our Independence Day Pattern Round-Up!

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Knit Heartland Patriotic Scarf, made with Heartland® Crochet American Flag Dishcloth by Being Spiffy*
Made with Kitchen Cotton
Crochet USA Afghan, made with Hometown USA®

Wondering which of our yarns are made here in the U.S.A.? Watch the video below or click here for a full list!

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*Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

Dress Up Your Space With This Wall Hanging!

June 13th, 2015

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Are you looking to add a little character to your home this summer? Our Yin Yang Wall Hanging patterns are the perfect addition to any room. Our team has been so in love with the wall hangings trend, we just can’t stop making them!

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Yin Yang Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.
Braided Fringe Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.

Their popularity continues to grow and we are seeing them pop up everywhere, including Instagram and Pinterest! They are a fabulous summer yarn project. And the part we love the most?  They are so easy to create and no crafting skills are needed! We’ve provided instructions for the wall hanging shown in our photo – but remember this project is meant to inspire you, so feel free to experiment with other Lion Brand yarns and colors, too!

For this wall hanging we used our Quickie yarn. It’s a silky soft blend of natural wool and brilliant pre-dyed acrylic fibers twisted gently with a solid strand of black. We just love the texture and color palette of this yarn.  You can use any combination of Quickie colors because they all coordinate beautifully!

This project can be completed in well under an hour and costs under $30! Love it! We hope you enjoy creating your very own Yin Yang Wall Hanging!

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Wall hangings designed by Chelsea Carle, Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.

 

Lola Can’t. Not After Who She Met Today …

June 12th, 2015

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

Lola visits the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan and you won’t believe what happens next …

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Have you checked out Lion Brand’s latest pattern collection, Curvy Girl? These patterns are Lola-approved!


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Made with Textures®
Curvy Girl Crochet Rufled Collar Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Knit Cabled Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Crochet Tunic
Made with Heartland®

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Grab Your Knits and Head Out for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

June 11th, 2015

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Too often, knitting and crocheting is seen as antiquated or “old school.” As a millenial-aged knitter, I know this simply isn’t true. I learned to knit because I love crafting, and knitting
was a family tradition I’d always observed, but never participated in. Once I started knitting (almost a year and a half ago now), I couldn’t believe I hadn’t started sooner.

I’ve knit on crowded subway cars, in the park, and in work breakrooms. In fact, when I knit on my lunch-break at my old job, I got several other co-workers hooked! Soon, we had a couple of round looms being passed around so everyone had a turn making hats for the winter.

What I’ve found with knitting public is that it opens up a dialogue. People feel compelled to tell you about the knitters and crocheters in their family and the gifts they’ve received. They ask what you’re making, how long it takes you, what have you made previously… The list goes on! If you take your knitting out of the house, I’m sure you’re familiar.

Knitting can be a social hobby, which is what makes World Wide Knit in Public Day so special! It’s a day to celebrate your passion, join up with fellow crafters, and share your projects in progress. This year’s WWKIP day is June 13th. Guilds all over the world are posting their meet-up spots to celebrate the occasion; chances are, there’s one in your area!

Even if every day is “Knit in Public” day for you, it’s fun to acknowledge a shared interest. Use hashtag #wwkip on social networks to keep up with other knitters, and post your own pics!

Where will you take your knitting to on June 13th? Where’s your favorite place to knit (in public or not)? Share with us!

 

 

The Lion Brand Team runs a 5k!

June 10th, 2015

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Chelsea Carle is Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.

On Thursday, May 28th, a group of associates from the Lion Brand Yarn Company ran a 5K race organized by “Corporate Fun Run” at the Meadowlands Race Track in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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It all started when Evan Blumenthal, Lion Brand’s Director of Global Business Development, put the call out with the hopes that a few people would join him in the race. Evan had just run his first 5K (3.1 miles) and thought a Corporate Fun Run would be a great group activity for the company. By the time the day arrived 28 people had signed up! As a participant, you could choose to walk or run, so it was easy enough for anyone to participate.

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On the day of the race, the excitement and energy in the office was contagious. I’ve only been at Lion Brand for a few months, so for me it was a great way to connect with people in other departments. After work, everyone could not wait to change into their running clothes and get to the track. It was 92 degrees outside and it had rained earlier in the afternoon – time to sweat!

We arrived at the track and the excitement was palpable – there was a live DJ, food, and a large amount of spectators too! We all registered, pinned our race numbers to our shirts, and found our team. Everyone from the Lion Brand team was overflowing with pride! So much so that the photographers from the event were constantly coming over to take group photos of us! I think we had the most fun out of everyone there. We chugged our water and made our way to the track.

Once the race began, we encouraged each other to keep going and to finish. We were the only team whose members all waited until the entire team had finished to congratulate each person as they crossed the finish line …

All in all, the Corporate Fun Run was a great way for us Lion Brand folks to bond together, and now in the office we cheer each other on more than ever!

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We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Knit Amigurumi Raccoon by Lisa Eberhart

June 10th, 2015

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Here’s one raccoon you won’t mind sharing your backyard with this summer!

Knit designer Lisa Eberhart is the designer of this adorable knit amigurumi which uses Vanna’s Choice® yarn.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $3.99.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Grey, Black, White and Baby Pink. ::


 

3 Reasons Why Woolspun Will Be Your New Favorite Chunky Yarn!

June 9th, 2015

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In a recent post, we shared a great video tutorial from New Stitch A Day which shows how to knit a yarn over “YO”, and if you haven’t been keeping up with New Stitch A Day since then, why not? Johnny and his team release a new stitch each day, PLUS there are left-handed versions for each tutorial as well!

We’re thrilled that Johnny and his team have been using our chunky weight Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® for their tutorials. Since the New Stitch A Day team enjoys working with Woolspun so much, I thought I’d touch on 3 great reasons why you’ll love Woolspun too!

1. Color Range! Woolspun has 24 colors available in neutrals and brights, heathers and solids. There are many different color combinations that can be made with this yarn, which adds to its versatility. Make projects for anyone you know; you’ll definitely find something to make for a man, woman, teen, child, or baby with these beautiful colors.

To hightlight, watch the following New Stitch A Day tutorial, “Two Color Interlocking Block Stitch”:


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2. Stitch Definition: Stockinette stitch looks wonderful in Woolspun. Stitches look well defined and neat with this yarn – especially when working in the right gauge. The tightly plied (12 ply) construction of the yarn allows your work to truly stand out, especially if working on cables.

Take a look at the New Stitch A Day tutorial as Johnny shows you how to knit the C4B stitch (Cable with 4 stitches to the back):



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3. Easy Care: You get the warmth of wool, and the easy care of acrylic — how convenient! You can machine wash and dry your Woolspun projects for continued use, time after time, making this a great yarn to use for your next gift or baby project. No shrunken sweaters with this yarn!

We want to hear from you! Have you worked with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®? Tell us why you love it in the comments below.

 

Out of the Box Knit Project: Mood Scarves!

June 8th, 2015

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Here, three colors of LB Collection ® Angora Merino
are chosen to reflect three different moods.
Knitting can incite a lot of feelings — frustration over slipped stitches, joy at a completed piece, or even fear at an overwhelming yarn stash! For most, knitting is a way of unwinding at the end of a long day, or taking some time out of our schedules to focus on “me-time.”

One of my most anticipated movies this summer is “Inside Out”, Pixar’s take on the emotions that “live” inside everyone’s head, and how they work together. With this concept in mind, I set out to find knitting projects based on moods, and found a really fantastic project!

Mood Scarves are a conceptual knitting project that take patience and reflection. Yarn colors are chosen based on what feelings you’ve decided to track, with each color corresponding to a specific feeling.

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The idea is to develop the project over a set amount of time — maybe it’s just a season, or the entire year! At the end of the project, you can look back at your work and see your feelings reflected.

Jem Weston shows her asymmetric mood scarf. Pattern here.*

The pattern? Knit 2 rows in the color reflecting your feelings for the day. That’s it!

Of course, a little guidance goes a long way. Simple patterns, where changing yarn colors is called for, are good outlines for which to start out a project.

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Knit Left Bank Scarf Knit Kaitlyn Cowl Knit Loop Scarf

There’s so much freedom in a project like this. Picking colors, picking the type of stitch, picking a time to reflect on… it goes on! Since the project is so personal, no two scarves will ever end up identical.

What do you reflect on when you knit? What colors would you use to track your mood? Share with us in the comments below!

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern.

 

Brace Yourself: Crochet and Crafted Friendship Bracelets

June 7th, 2015

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Remember when you found that one person who just gets you? The person with whom you have a bundle of inside jokes, the person who cheered you up when you were down, and who made you say “best friends forever!”

Friendship bracelets may sound like a relic of summer camp past, but they’re back and making a big splash this summer. Sure, you may have grown up, but it’s never too late to renew a mutual fondness with a revamped version of the friendship bracelet.

Here’s a few of our recent favorites; make one for you and a matching one for your best friend!

 

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Friendship Kit made with Bonbons. Crochet Broomstick Lace Cuff by Cult of Crochet* — Try it with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo. Crochet Tunisian Cuff made with Bonbons.
Crochet Seed Bead Bracelet from Cut Out and Keep*– Try it with Bonbons. Knit Seed Stitch Bracelet made with Vanna’s Choice®. Crazy Complicated Bracelet by Hey Wanderer* — Try it with Vanna’s Palettes®.

* Not a Lion Brand pattern

 

Bait and Stitch by Franklin Habit

June 5th, 2015

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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.

I don’t know about you, but if the person who invented the “click bait” headline suffered severe contusions after being buried alive in an avalanche of refurbished laptop computers I would not weep heavily into my handkerchief.

Unless you’re reading a transcription of this online article from a parchment scroll, you know what click bait is. You’re fooling around on the Internet when something like this catches your eye:

“She Ordered a Half-Caff Double Latte with Extra Foam. What She Got Instead Will Shock You.”

Being only human, you immediately cease writing a wry comment on the photograph of your sister-in-law’s new pet ocelot (a rescue, so cute) and click the link. Being only human, you brace yourself for the advertised shock.

Being only human, you are annoyed to find that What She Got Instead was not (as you had rather hoped) a cardboard cup containing a human nose; but a Half-Caff Double Latte without the Extra Foam. You have wasted two minutes of your life, you are not shocked, and in the meantime your own daughter has already written the clever thing you were going write on the picture of the ocelot.

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This was bad enough when it was new; now it has become pervasive. The time lost is the worst of it. We are all too busy, in a gadabout age, without running after shocks that do not shock and amazement that fails to amaze.

And those of us who have things to knit, to crochet, to weave–can we stand to lose precious moments this way? We cannot. Life is short. Yarn is long.

Therefore, as a service to the public, I have undertaken to collect the latest crop of click bait and present you with a concise summary of the bait beyond the click. If you wish to investigate further, at least you will know what you’re getting into.

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